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Congress’ Knowledge Valued Close to €1bn

The monetary value of information presented at this year’s European Congress of Radiology in Vienna, amounted to €813m, according to a groundbreaking report. The total was arrived at by adding up the professional time spent compiling, and the research funding associated with, the content of the 3,331 papers presented. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Nancy: Home of Fibre, Hydreos and Materalia

Nancy, the capital of the Duchy of Lorraine in northeast France, is now synonymous with creativity and brainpower. The presence of large national research institutions, together with four high-yield industries and three internationally recognised competitive clusters, have been drawing conferences and meetings of all sizes and formats. From Boardroom…

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Dublin: Winning Immunology’s ECI 2024

The Convention Centre Dublin will host the 7th European Congress of Immunology in 2024. The event is expected to attract more than 3,000 delegates from 80 countries, and bring just shy of €5 million into the local economy. It was the Irish Society for Immunology’s third attempt at bidding for the meeting. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Jerusalem: “One Hub Nourishes the Other”

Building on a strong backbone of 17 academic institutions, Jerusalem has emerged as a hub for life science and biomedical companies. The holy city is today making groundbreaking achievements which attract the attention of associations around the globe, not least of which is playing a leading role across global research into cannabis. From Boardroom…

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Climate Week NYC: A Responsible Capital

New York has continued its commitment to becoming “the capital city of a responsible world” by hosting the 10th annual Climate Week NYC. More than 140 climate-focused meetings were part of the event, run by international non-profit The Climate Group, with some 10,000 people expected to attend from over 40 countries. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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ITU Telecom World 2018: Developing Tech SMEs

The recent ITU Telecom World 2018 in Durban has bolstered South Africa’s initiatives in information and communications technology and tech-driven small and medium-sized enterprise development. The event, hosted by the Department of Telecommunications and Post of the Republic of South Africa, took place at Durban International Convention Centre. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Reduce and Recover: A Legacy of Action on US Food Waste

In 2016 the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, together with the US Environmental Protection Agency and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, hosted the largest-ever meeting solely focused on stopping 40 percent of US food going to waste. A two-year legacy of action followed, leading up to a second event. From PCMA Convene…

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Maastricht: Three Conferences Create New Biomaterials Hub

Maastricht has emerged as a new bio-hub, with the Netherlands city hosting three major conferences for the sector. MECC Maastricht recently welcomed the annual European Conference on Biomaterials. The European Congress on Biotechnology follows in 2020, then the Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics in 2021. Photo: Jorge Franganillo. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Cape Town: Hosting the 2024 IAU General Assembly

At the recent General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in Vienna, it was announced that Cape Town in South Africa will host the 2024 event. With huge projects including the MeerKAT, Square Kilometre Array, and Southern African Large Telescopes, the continent is now a knowledge hub for cutting-edge multi-wavelength astronomy. From the Event…

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Singapore: WCPT 2015’s Legacy Advancing Physical Therapy

Over four days in 2015, more than 4,100 participants from 114 nations attended the 17th Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. Hosted by the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre and the SPA (Singapore Physiotherapy Association), the event left a significant legacy for the profession both in Singapore and across the world. From Boardroom…

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Scotland: Fintech Scotland Fortnight 2018

Scotland’s financial services sector is now growing as fast as London’s. So the country is focusing on its fintech future with a major series of business events. Fintech Scotland Fortnight 2018 comprises eighteen conferences and meetings across Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling. It aims to reinforce Scotland’s position in the sector. Photo: Carlos Delgado. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Vancouver: Hosting Women Deliver 2019

Last year Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Vancouver Convention Centre will be hosting the next Women Deliver Conference in June 2019. Held every three years, the last event was in Copenhagen in 2016, attracting 6,000 delegates. This time Women Deliver also wanted a host city matching its dedication to gender equality. From PCMA Convene…

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Association Meetings History Published

International association meetings continue to show “robust growth”, according to a new history of the sector. The International Congress and Convention Association report “A Modern History of International Association Meetings – Update: 1963-2017” was released to mark ICCA’s 55th anniversary. From Association Meetings International…

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Malaysia’s MITEC and China’s GICEC Partner

The Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre and China’s Guangdong Tanzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center have together signed an exclusive collaborative partnership expected to increase cooperation and foster greater bilateral ties between the two trading nations. The centre-to-centre partnership is thought to be the first between the countries. From CIM News Magazine…

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Lausanne and Montreux Share Congress Office

The Swiss regions Lausanne and Montreux have joined forces to cater for the larger association market. Lausanne Montreux Congress will not be limited to marketing, but also organise conferences, with the aim of increasing both destination’s influx of larger events. There will continue to be two offices, and also an LMC team. From Association Meetings International…

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CTICC Gets Ready for Audiology Meeting

The World Congress of Audiology is about to take place for the first time in Africa, attended by 800 delegates from the UK, Europe, USA and also Australia. The three-day event at CTICC is expected to make an economic impact of R15.3 million. Cape Town leads Africa in medical meetings, followed by Cairo and Kigali. From Meetpie.com…

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Brisbane Trailblazers: Second Round Call

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has invited early career professionals and researchers to help Brisbane attract international conventions and conferences. He was opening the second round of the Convention Trailblazer Grant, which funds its recipients to attend major events in their field and try to win future editions for Brisbane. Photo: Kgbo. From CIM News Magazine…

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Queensland to Get New Convention Centre

Following its AU$100 million purchase of the Novotel Twin Waters Resort in Queensland last month, The Shakespeare Property Group has announced it will also build a new convention centre for the Sunshine Coast. The AU$8 million venue is slated to open in April 2019, and will offer four event spaces. From CIM News Magazine…

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Incredible Impacts: Winners Announced

Three more of the $7,500 “Incredible Impacts” awards have been made by the International Congress and Convention Association, together with BestCities Global Alliance, to meetings that have made a lasting mark outside their own walls. Down Syndrome International, the Society for Ecological Restoration, and the Union for International Cancer Control are the three associations recognised. From PCMA Convene…

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Newcastle Has Record Meetings September

A record 52 events brought more than 3,500 delegates to the UK’s North East last month and led to an economic impact of more than £4.3 million. Over 1,500 attended major medical meetings. Where delegates booked accommodation through NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, half were international and from 43 different countries. From Meetpie.com…

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Wales Business Events Conference Held

Wales Business Events has held its first The Business of Events Wales conference in Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, where the new ICC Wales (pictured) is under construction. The idea was to motivate the region’s industry to grow to an international scale. Prominent UK advocates were on hand to deliver the message. From Association Meetings International…

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PCMA Reveals “20 in their Twenties” 2019

Wondering who the business events leaders of the future are? The Professional Convention Management Association has announced its “20 in their Twenties” class of 2019, the sector’s brightest young talent. Although the list is dominated by North Americans, professionals from Italy, Bulgaria and the UK are also in the group. From Association Meetings International…

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Dreamtime Heading to Perth in 2019

Tourism Australia’s key event for promoting Australia as a world-class destination for the incentive sector, Dreamtime, will be held in Perth for the first time in 2019. The city’s Convention Bureau Chairman Kevin Skipworth said CVB members would benefit enormously from hosting the event and promoting the city to meetings groups. From CIM News Magazine…

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Istanbul Partnership to Rebuild Ranking

The convention bureau tasked with bringing international association meetings to Istanbul has signed a two-year partnership agreement to strengthen its hand. Istanbul’s CVB has therefore now become an Association Relations Partner of ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association. The city’s standing as a destination has collapsed in recent years. From Association Meetings International…

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Knowledge Sharing and Organisational Development Through EuroHeartCare...

The EuroHeartCare conference is one of the most important platforms for driving research publications, exchanging ideas, and forming and deepening collaborations within the field of cardiovascular nursing in Europe. It aims to support healthcare professionals in delivering the best care possible to patients with cardiovascular disease. The 2017 edition was hosted by Jönköping University in…

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International Research Conferences: The Academic Impact

The study explores the benefits and barriers for individual researchers and universities when hosting research conferences. The study has been commissioned by the Danish Council for Research and Innovation Policy – an advisory body to the Danish Minister of Higher Education and Science. Thereby the study situates the hosting of research conferences as a potential…

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London Tech Week: London & Partners

London Tech Week is a festival of live events taking place once a year across the United Kingdom capital. Having been held now for four years, it has become a key gathering for the ICT industry in London. It connects the entire tech ecosystem both within the city and beyond, shapes the future of the…

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ICC Sydney: Feeding Your Performance

Many international convention centres use sophisticated methods to measure the economic impact of business events in their host cities. Others recognise the importance of food in customer experience and promote programs like paddock to plate or food miles. ICC Sydney marries these two concepts together and takes them to a new level by measuring the…

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The Sustainability of the Business Events Industry in Malaysia

Growing its business events sector is part of Malaysia’s strategy to achieve status as a developed nation by 2020. This case study presents the contribution made by the 55th ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) Congress towards developing the business events sector in the country. ICCA’s event engaged political leaders and the local community to raise awareness of the needs…

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Zoom-in on the Swiss Fintech Corner Setup at Sibos 2016 in Geneva

The Geneva Convention Bureau has adopted a policy of promoting Geneva not only as a destination but also as a center of economic, knowledge and innovation excellence. It does this by marketing meetings and events in relation to local key clusters of industry. As a result, a dynamic and virtuous feedback loop is established between Geneva’s economic or knowledge…

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The Power of Events

Events that create a long-lasting legacy share a common element: putting change first. This research report is our effort to encourage all event planners (where possible) to ask different questions and to seek different results. Planning an event is often a matter of priorities. What results do we want? What is the purpose of the event…

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A Modern History of International Association Meetings

The International Congress and Convention Association’s newest industry report “A Modern History of International Association Meetings – Update: 1963-2017”, released to celebrate ICCA’s 55th anniversary, reveals the results of an extensive study of 55 years of growth in the industry. The report marks an important milestone in ICCA’s history and recognises the continued influence of…

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Euro Fair Statistics 2017 (September 2018)

Drawing on official data from 14 national trade fair bodies who guarantee the quality of the statistics they provide, UFI’s latest report compiles statistics on 2,709 exhibitions covering a total of 27.6 million square metres of registered rented space in 2017. The report shows a notable increase of 5% in terms of the total number…

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2019 Meetings and Events Future Trends

There has never been a more exciting time for meetings and events. The growth in sophisticated venues across the globe and innovation in tech is making boundless creativity a reality. And smarter ways of using data to fine-tune the value around meetings programs are in full effect. The digital revolution and use of social media…

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Eight Common Misconceptions About Face-to-Face Events

Are you dealing with dwindling travel and event budgets? Are you looking at the improvements in technology and its lower cost of entry price points and wondering if face-to-face events still provide a good return on investment? Now, more than ever, the value of face-to-face events seems to be in question. This white paper highlights…

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The Event Marketing Evolution

New technology shows companies exactly how their events are translating into real revenue and profit growth – all the while making event management easier and delivering a better customer experience. For many corporations, hosting or sponsoring events – from small customer meetings to large conferences or industry trade shows – is an important component of…

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Panels Not Manels II: Learning from the Lessons of Herstory

The Duke of York may have had ten thousand men, but recently when the University of York announced an all-male panel of seven for a history (sic) conference, a well-known female alumna tweeted academic displeasure. The conference sponsor immediately took the message on board and postponed the event, winning himself a GenderAvengers award. From PCMA Convene…

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Multi-Hub Meetings: Partially Virtual in Multiple Locations

Some things just work better when you’re hearing from two locations at the same time. The industry has been talking for a while about virtual and hybrid meetings, both on the rise. But what about multi-hub events (partially virtual meetings where groups in different places share the same programme at the same time)? From PCMA…

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Creating a Healthcare Legacy with Intelligent Sponsorship

If a company sponsors a bar tab or breakfast at an event, the return on that investment may quickly wear off. But at the inaugural MANOVA in Minneapolis, one of the healthcare event’s biggest sponsors chose to offer something rather more lasting. Walmart installed something most unusual for a conference: a flu-shot station. From PCMA…

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“Tourism” or “Economic Development”? The Debate Continues

The debate about whether business events are “tourism” or “economic development” has been rumbling on for a decade. At a JMIC meeting earlier this year, the room decided “economic development” was the correct term. But one Iceberg partner finds himself going both ways (and with a spectacular mixing of metaphors).  From SoolNua’s Pádraic Gilligan at Padraicino…

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Putting a Price on the Knowledge Imparted at Events and Meetings

Can the knowledge imparted at a congress really be worth close to €1 billion? That’s the claim made by the European Society of Radiology and Vienna Convention Bureau about the European Congress of Radiology held in Vienna earlier this year. What does it say about the way we value knowledge? From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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Missing the Irony: Planning Brexit in the EU Funded ICC

The recent Conservative Party conference offered little clarity on the UK’s route forward to leaving the European Union. But did delegates also miss some irony? The event’s venue, Birmingham’s International Convention Centre, was partially funded by the EU with a donation of £50 million in 1991. Photo: Philip Pankhurst. From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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David Peckinpaugh: Designing Experiences for the Future of Events

Event designers are always imagining new ways to harness audience attention and make experiences memorable. But the pressure to be bigger and better than last year always seems to grow. David Peckinpaugh spoke at the Experient “Change Agents”-themed conference earlier this year, and here offers views on video about experience design. From Maritz Global Events…

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Event Waste: Meetings’ Green Credentials Take Centre Stage

The meetings industry has a huge environmental impact, from the distance delegates fly, to the reams of paper printed and kilowatts of energy used. As green culture takes hold, events with environment-friendly certification already have a market advantage. As expectations rise, this will become a minimum requirement. Views include Iceberg partner IAPCO. From Skift…

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Meetings Industry Gender Equality: Quotes on Quotas

Only seven percent of global CEOs are women. That stark fact opened a discussion about meetings industry gender equality at Cvent CONNECT Europe in London. Sitting on the panel were the CEO of Iceberg partner IMEX, Carina Bauer, and Fast Forward 15’s Fay Sharpe. Views on gender quotas proved extremely interesting. From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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Convention Centres: The Legacy of Action on Homelessness

Most convention centres are publicly owned, so local laws are framed to allow community access. When it comes to the homeless this can present challenges. But being public institutions, venues can also play an active role in assisting the homeless. The International Association of Venue Managers offers nineteen amazing cases in point. From PCMA Convene…

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The Watkins Report: City Rankings from Meetings Professionals

The Watkins Report for US and Canadian convention bureaux is published biennially, and Curt Watkins of Watkins Research has been conducting the study for the past 25 years. Here he shares his perspective on how the features planners are seeking in their host destinations have changed over recent decades. From PCMA Convene…

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Charleston: $63m Events Loss After Hurricane Florence

While Hurricane Florence didn’t touch down in Charleston, the destination estimates it took a $63 million hit as a result of cancelled events. Some organisers postponed early to avoid potential issues, others tried to move forward right up until the governor issued the call for mandatory evacuation. Some groups even turned events virtual. From PCMA Convene…

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9 November 2018

ASAE: Effectively Managing Group Conversations, Washington DC, USA

This informative course will review key facilitation principles and how to apply them to your face-to-face meetings. Some of these concepts can also enhance your virtual meetings. Association professionals who conduct meetings for staff colleagues, boards or committees, or volunteer groups will find this program especially helpful.

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13 November 2018

PCMA Webinar: Data: From Information to Orchestrated Action

Data doesn’t have to be a four-letter word! Learn how you can start to better quantify events and evolve your data capabilities to drive better decision making. In this session we will review basics for success and practical applications that can be employed today. Better understand basic data terminology and the foundational elements for success;…

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13 November 2018

Meetings Outlook: A Deep Dive into the Latest Business Trends 11/18

Meeting professionals are so over-taxed in the present, they often forget—or don’t have the time—to look ahead. Take a moment to preview the future based on MPI’s most recent Meetings Outlook research, published quarterly in The Meeting Professional magazine and then discuss the trends that are most affecting you and your peers. Brainstorm ways to…

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15 November 2018

ASAE CEO Symposium, Washington DC, USA

Explore how you can best work together to effectively carry out your association’s mission and enhance future success. The expert faculty from Tecker International, LLC, will help you and your leadership partner come to a common understanding of roles, responsibilities, and relationships in association governance and strategy.

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15 November 2018

Plan Your Meeting Live (PYM LIVE), Houston, USA

Plan Your Meeting Live (PYM LIVE) is a cutting-edge, relevant and engaging event developed specifically for the non-traditional meeting professional – the person whose job responsibilities include so much more than planning meetings or events. PYM LIVE  is a great way to hone your planning skills and connect with people who can help increase your chances…

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20 November 2018

MPI Webinar: Get On-board for Mindful Meetings

Health & Wellness initiatives are an important and growing aspect to meetings and events. Meeting planners understand intimately the level of stress that comes with the territory and science tells us that “stress is a killer”. In this session, learn how to be proactive in shifting this reality individually and for the client by weaving…

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25 November 2018

ICCA Forum for Young Professionals, Barcelona, Spain

The FYP brings together 35 young industry professionals from a diverse array of backgrounds. Over 3 days, the selected applicants are given networking opportunities, educational sessions, social activities and guidance worth their weights in gold from some of the most influential meetings industry figures. Participants will complete the FYP with a wealth of knowledge, a…

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25 November 2018

AIPC Facility Operations Summit, Barcelona, Spain

This is the one event anyone with a role or a stake in this critical area of centre management can’t miss out on. It is a rare opportunity for centre staff responsible for key operations functions to share issues and solutions on a global basis while also looking at how essential interactions amongst centre managers…

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26 November 2018

Best of Meeting Design Technology in a Day, Barcelona, Spain

The world of meeting professionals is moving ahead rapidly. Are you staying up to speed with these changes? Designing better meetings and events is more relevant than ever and growing in importance. And while technology advances influence many aspects of the planning process, our knowledge, and skills as planners and meeting designers, must also evolve to keep up with the constant developments in the…

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2 December 2018

19th Annual LGBTQ Tourism Forum, Florida, USA

This year, CMI is partnering with Destinations International to bring together leading industry professionals to share learnings about the LGBTQ market; these are the people behind the success stories. Designed for marketing and sales executives of tourism boards, CVBs and DMOs (we also welcome accommodations, tour operators, travel suppliers, events, agencies, and meeting and wedding professionals!). Topics include:…

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5 December 2018
6 December 2018

ASAE Online Seminar Series: Mindfulness for Better Leadership

Association leaders have multiple responsibilities and face limitless distractions, competing demands, and a consistent pressure to perform, so it’s no wonder that the practice of mindfulness is increasing in the business world, including in associations. In this five-session online seminar series, learn firsthand from other executives who share techniques they use successfully to thrive and…

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11 November 2018

57th ICCA Congress, Dubai, UAE

Cutting-edge, true to its rich heritage yet looking towards the future, Dubai is on the move and we’re bringing you along for the ride! Merging a world-class, custom-designed education programme, knowledge and business exchange, networking opportunities with senior meetings industry professionals and association executives from across the globe and all industry sectors, and the sights…

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16 November 2018

2018 CMP Conclave, Alabama, USA

Conclave is the industry’s only exclusive meeting of CMPs. The Conclave is a unique event for CMPs who wish to contribute to their profession, while advancing their own knowledge and skills, and expanding their professional network. Join your fellow CMPs to gain insight on unique perspectives and experiences throughout the industry to gather CE and network.

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27 November 2018

ibtm world 2018, Barcelona, Spain

The leading global event for the meetings, events and incentives industry, ibtm world delivers three inspirational days of business, networking and education to a community of international suppliers and buyers, helping drive their business into the future. Join over 15,500 industry professionals and enter a world of business opportunities.

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6 December 2018

‘A taste of Spain’ Networking Lunch, Birmingham, UK

Spain Convention Bureau and the Spanish Tourist Office are bringing key destinations of Spain, including Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Ibiza, to a ‘Taste of Spain’ networking lunch for UK Event Planners at the unique Amantia Restaurant, Birmingham, to give you the opportunity to discuss all the options open to you for future events in Spain. Attendees on the…

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9 December 2018

BestCities Global Forum, Bogotá, Colombia

Building on the huge success and 100% satisfaction rates of the Global Forum in Dubai & Tokyo, BestCities is delighted to announce Bogotá as the host partner for this year’s event from 9-12 December 2018. Open to senior international association executives (or AMC on behalf of the associations), the Global Forum is the ideal opportunity for decision-makers considering hosting…

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10 December 2018

Destination Texas, Dallas, USA

Connect with the top hotels, CVBs, DMCs, and venues from across the Lone Star state in pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments and unique experiential networking events, while enjoying a fully hosted, two-night stay at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel in Dallas, TX, from December 10-12, 2018.

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6 January 2019

PCMA 2019 Convening Leaders, Pittsburgh, USA

PCMA will host 2019 Convening Leaders in Pittsburgh, PA, known as” City of Bridges,” located at confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and recognized for its 400+ bridges and breath-taking vistas. The destination once known as “The Steel City” has transformed into a technology lightening rod with companies such as Google, Apple, Bosch, Facebook, Uber, Nokia,…

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11 January 2019

SITE 2019 Global Conference, Bangkok, Thailand

SITE’s signature annual event returns, with an agenda full of educational sessions, keynotes and speakers, certification opportunities, evening events and celebrations, award ceremonies, tours and more. Gather with SITE members and incentive travel professionals from around the world to explore our theme of Incentivising Diversity & Innovation. Ranked as one of the top tourist destinations, magnificent Bangkok, Thailand…

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9 February 2019
13 February 2019

Destinations International: Destination Showcase, Washington DC, USA

This dynamic one-day event offers Destination International members the opportunity to connect with the nation’s top planners in one location. Destination Showcase is designed to maximize opportunities for meaningful connections between planners and destination organizations and highlight how CVBs can drive more successful meetings.

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13 February 2019

CONVENE, Vilnius, Lithuania

CONVENE is an annual Baltic Sea Regions premiere boutique exhibition for the meetings, events and incentives industry. The two-day business to business event is an international show case for the regional meetings industry which accelerates the interest in, and demand for, holding meetings, incentives and conferences in the region. CONVENE also serves as an exciting platform…

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26 February 2019

Meetings Africa 2019, Johannesburg

In recent years, the global meetings industry has begun to recognise Africa as a sought after destination. Meetings Africa showcases Africa’s diverse offering of services and products where African associations and African meetings industry professionals can partner to help transform our continent.

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