Features

Showing Featured Features

View all Features

The San Diego Convention Center and the 100 Mile Harvest

The San Diego Convention Center, in collaboration with food and beverage supplier Centerplate, is playing a major role in boosting its local agricultural economy by sourcing key products and services from across the community. Also part of this supply chain is Moceri Food & Beverage, a local business and now primary produce vendor for the…

Read More

Cologne: Attraction of Chemistry

Last month the 20th European Symposium on Organic Chemistry took place in Cologne. The choice of destination was due in no small part to the high industrial and academic “chemical” density of the region, as well as the University of Cologne’s reputed chemistry department. A current Nobel chemistry laureate gave the keynote. From tw tagungswirtschaft…

Read More

JMIC Case Studies: Gaining Momentum

As The Iceberg reaches its half birthday – having launched in January 2017 – perhaps it is time to restate the principle behind the unusual metaphor we appropriated. If you prefer, perhaps it is time to gaze again at the blue sky above The Iceberg. This platform is presented by the Joint Meetings Industry Council and emerged not only as a vehicle for industry advocacy in general…

Read More

Sydney: “Transformation”, AIPC 2017 and ICC Sydney

The gleaming new ICC Sydney has just hosted the 2017 Annual Conference of the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC). As well as being a prime example of what a modern centre should itself be, the entire Darling Harbour redevelopment precinct was also the perfect setting for a theme of “Transformation”. From CIM News Magazine…

Read More

Colorado: Securing the Outdoor Retailer Trade Show

The Outdoor Retailer trade show is switching to a three event annual format and coming to Denver and the Colorado Convention Center. The story of its move away from Utah is a tale of politics, proposed legacies in conservation and health, and the tireless campaigning of Colorado’s outdoor recreation chief – and Everest mountaineer – Luis Benitez. From Outside…

Read More

Africa: The Event / The Iceberg Special Report

At Meetings Africa 2017, South Africa announced a bidding fund to target and win international association conferences and meetings. But subvention can be a mistake if not clearly linked to encouraging growth in key knowledge sectors. A special Event video report – produced in partnership with The Iceberg – explores the role the meetings industry will play in African economic development.

Read More

Calgary: A Tech Revolution and a Convention Centre

Innovative technology start-ups are now increasingly visible alongside the more established energy sector across Calgary’s business landscape. The destination is home to the largest number of fledgling tech businesses per capita in Canada, and the recently refurbished Calgary TELUS Convention Centre likes to see itself as a facilitator of this entrepreneurial trend. From PCMA Convene…

Read More

Singapore: The Next Silicon Valley

Already with the world’s fastest Internet connection speed, the city-state of Singapore is making a play to become Asia’s leading start-up incubator and the next silicon valley. The Singapore Tourism Board makes the case that coming investment in R & D, the many ICT events already held there, and an easy business environment all help foster tech success. From PCMA Convene…

Read More

The Battle Hymn of re:publica

From its annual home in Berlin, re:publica is a sizeable conference celebrating and debating digital disruption in a face-to-face format. The bohemian approach of the 2016 running cemented a ten year track record of legacy influence on regulation and legislation. There are also now sister events in Dublin and Thessaloniki. Photo: Jan Zappner. From tw tagungswirtschaft…  

Read More

IMEX 2017: Incredible Impacts

IMEX 2017 in Frankfurt saw the launch of one initiative rather complementary in its aims to what the Joint Meetings Industry Council and The Iceberg are also trying to achieve. ICCA – the International Congress and Convention Association – and BestCities Global Alliance announced that associations whose meetings have a great legacy story to tell will be able to apply for…

Read More

IMEX 2017: A View of the City

IMEX 2017 – the largest ever running of the show – officially opened on May 16 with a state of the industry address from IMEX Group Chairman Ray Bloom. German Convention Bureau Managing Director Matthias Schultze also spoke – in strong support of unfettered movement across borders – and the opening keynote came in the form of a unique city perspective on the…

Read More

Go Vilnius: Marketing & Economic Development in One Agency

Vilnius, capital of the Republic of Lithuania in Northern Europe, was the host for CONVENE earlier this year and has long been a leading events destination in the region. Now the new Go Vilnius agency will link up the city’s marketing with its more strategic economic goals of attracting investment and talent. From TMF Dialogue Marketing…

Read More

News

Showing Featured News

View all News

“Exciting” ESC Congress Defies Terror

Following the terror attack in Barcelona, the European Society of Cardiology Congress has been held in the city. Over 31,700 delegates attended from 153 countries. 4,515 abstracts were submitted. A three-day public health event was also staged. ESC President Prof. Jeroen Bax said attacks “only succeed if we allow them to succeed.”. From Association Meetings International…

Read More

UK Meetings Spend Reaching New Heights

UK meetings spend is reaching new heights, according to the first HBAA Meetings Barometer. Average spend is up of 31 percent in the first half of 2017 from the same period in 2016. Total spend on meetings was up 9 percent, average spend per delegate up 29 percent, and average meeting size up 12 percent. From Meetpie.com…

Read More

SNAICC National Conference to Create “Social Legacy”

The SNAICC National Conference is just starting in Canberra. The organisation represents Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. In years past many were forcibly removed from their families. Canberra Convention Bureau CEO Michael Matthews said “we hope the outcomes and social legacy from meeting… …are significant and continue to drive real change.”. From CIM News Magazine…

Read More

Events Postponed as Hurricane Irma Nears

With cities across the path of Hurricane Irma braced for impact, major events were postponed as the storm neared. With a state of emergency declared in Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, Iceberg partner Northstar put back Destination Southeast in Miami Beach to December. Meanwhile, the Caribbean is reeling from Irma’s pass. From Meetpie.com…

Read More

Hamburg Received 3m Delegate Stays in 2016

Just as over 5,000 cruise industry workers were in town attending Seatrade Europe, Hamburg announced that it received three million business event overnight stays in 2016. This brought in over €706 million to the economy. 64,000 events were held, up from 57,000 in 2015, and attracted 1.8 million delegates, 19 percent from abroad. From Association Meetings International…

Read More

One Third of MI Professionals Experience Mental Health Issues

One in three UK event industry workers experience a mental health problem. The national average is one in four. The findings are from a survey for the industry campaign EventWell, which starts on September 18. Three quarters of respondents suffered stress due to their workloads, and 13 percent were currently experiencing a problem. From Meetpie.com…

Read More

Exhibition Industry to Grow 4 Percent in 5 Years

The global exhibitions market is predicted to grow by four percent by 2021, with Southeast Asia a key region for new business. The news comes in Globex 2017, an annual report from AMR International. The US is the largest market, China is second, with Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Macau and the Philippines growing fast. From Meetpie.com…

Read More

GRB Houston Returning to Normal Operation

Following its repurposing as Houston’s mega-shelter during the height of Hurricane Harvey flooding, accommodating more than 10,000 evacuees, the George R. Brown Convention Center is now resuming more customary functions. “The selfless desire to help each other is truly inspirational” said Mike Waterman, President of Visit Houston. “Clearly hospitality is in our DNA.”. From Meetings & Conventions…

Read More

Seoul to Build on Hosting World Architects Congress

Seoul’s designation as UNESCO Creative City of Design – not to mention “creative architecture development policies” – have just seen it host the Union of International Architects’ World Architects Congress. Around 30,000 attended the event, which included a tribute to Zaha Hadid, whose work included Seoul’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Photo: Eugene Lim. From Intellectual Capitals…

Read More

Melbourne Wins Biggest Ever Conference (Again)

Not content with being named “most liveable city” by the Economist Intelligence Unit Global Index for seven years running, and just days after snagging the 13,000 attendee Lions Clubs International Convention 2024 – Melbourne has now won the 14,000 delegate World Ophthalmology Congress 2022. This will generate AU$85 million for Victoria. From CIM News Magazine…

Read More

London Open for Meetings Off-peak

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for more off-season business events to be held in the UK capital. A London & Partners report “A Tourism Vision for London” suggests investing in promoting the city to new and off-peak visitors, and in building new amenities and infrastructure, especially aimed at business visitors. From Association Meetings International…

Read More

Madrid’s IFEMA Aiming for 3m Visitors in 2017

Demonstrating the buoyancy of the exhibition industry, Madrid convention and exhibition complex IFEMA has said it should see three million visitors in 2017. Its revenue is forecast at €112.5 million, which represents more than 100 trade shows and congresses and over 500 events in all, including the 12,000 delegate World Dental Congress. From Association Meetings International…

Read More

JMIC Case Studies

Showing Featured JMIC Case Studies

View all JMIC Case Studies

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Conferences: Catalysts for Thriving Economies

This research by Business Events Sydney (BESydney) demonstrates that business events offer delegates unrestricted exposure to innovative ideas and opportunities to develop new knowledge and skills. Part of the Beyond Tourism Benefits series, the new study by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) – Conferences: catalysts for thriving economies – provides further evidence showing that…

Read More

Research

Showing Featured Research

View all Research

Ten Things Top Performing Companies Do Differently

In today’s highly competitive economy, it is not surprising that businesses are seeking trusted new ways to differentiate themselves and sustain success. As major thought leaders and consultancies point repeatedly to human capital as the prime modern differentiator (even outstripping financial capital), it raises the question: what are truly successful companies now doing differently regarding…

Read More

On the Horizon – Healthcare Congress Trends to Watch

For the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, compliance and regulation are a way of life. In this already complex environment, the ever-changing regulatory landscape has increased the pressure over recent years. These dynamics are having a profound effect on healthcare congresses, which represent the largest segment of educational meetings. The future of these events depends on…

Read More

DestinationNEXT – 2017 Futures Study Update

The DestinationNEXT Futures Study identifies the trends and opportunities that will shape the future of destination marketing and management. This Futures Study update, conducted in 2017, is intended to build on the learnings from the 2014 Futures Study, and to determine updated trends and strategies that will keep the thousands of destination organizations around the…

Read More

Australian Workplace Skills Survey

A skills survey of the business events sector, coordinated by Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) in partnership with the Australian Association of Convention Bureaux and the Exhibition & Events Association of Australasia (EEAA), has found that critical skills gaps are considerably impacting the business events industry. With a significant survey response rate of 39 per…

Read More

The Trade Fair Industry in Asia – 13th Edition (July 2017)

The latest UFI / Business Strategies Group report on the trade fair industry in Asia has now been published complete with updated statistical information from 2016. Leaflet here… The Trade Fair Industry in Asia – 13th Edition (July 2017) – Leaflet Order form here… The Trade Fair Industry in Asia – 13th Edition (July 2017) –…

Read More

Opinions

Showing Featured Opinions

View all Opinions

Taking Heart After Terror

After the Barcelona terror attack, the European Society of Cardiology Congress proceeded as planned with great success. Over 31.700 attended from 153 countries. 4,515 abstracts were submitted. Let cynics and terrorists take note of a heart-warming truth: it’s business and professional events that drive world change and improvement. From the editor’s blog at Association Meetings International….

Read More

No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

Rather than controversial name and shame blacklists, here’s a rather more creative solution to the problem of discouraging the attendance of FAM trip freeloaders. Charge an appropriate token entry fee… and then donate the proceeds to industry charity Meeting Needs. Some clever thinking at Cliveden House in Berkshire, United Kingdom, from the editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

Read More

Waste: Such a Waste

Following an interview with Positive Impact’s Fiona Pelham, Meetpie.com’s editor has been contemplating the volume of waste visible during the average daily commute. But events are now discarding bad practice, and great strides in sustainability are being made and recognised across the sector. Contribute with the hastag #Shareapositiveimpact. From the editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

Read More

Industry Millennials Driving Sustainability

Fiona Pelham – founder of Iceberg partner Positive Impact – says younger industry professionals are spearheading sustainability and making it part of normal practice. Positive Impact is currently promoting events sustainability in tandem with the United Nations Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The sector can get involved by sharing best practice with the hashtag #Shareapositiveimpact. From Meetpie.com…

Read More

The New Politics: W(h)ither Diversity?

After recent events in Charlottesville – and President Trump’s response to them – how will the role of diversity change across the business events landscape? Will promoting inclusion – in terms of religion, race, gender or sexual orientation – having grown in significance over recent years, now slip back down the agenda? From Successful Meetings…

Read More

Associations: The Importance of Education

Kai Troll – Chairman of Best Buddies EMEA and Head of Development at the International Sport and Cultural Association – has been discussing both the reasons associations are of value to their members and the future of the model. Education is right at the heart of the sector, but not always effectively delivered. From Boardroom…

Read More

Fresh Thinking on Food

With edible legacy stories elsewhere on The Iceberg – the San Diego Convention Center (Features) and the ICC Sydney (JMIC Case Studies and here) – please tuck into some fresh thinking on meetings food and beverage. The sharing trend, interactivity, using dieticians, accommodating dietary requirements… all palates are catered for. From CIM News Magazine…

Read More

AIPC Research Creates a Roadmap for Industry Advocacy

A roadmap for industry advocacy has emerged from a piece of research conducted by AIPC, the International Association of Convention Centres. The AIPC Local Resident’s Survey targets three cities where the impact of visitor traffic is considered an issue: Berlin, Barcelona and Amsterdam. An advisory from Rod Cameron, Executive Director, AIPC and the Joint Meetings Industry Council…

Read More

Meetings are Serious… Just Don’t Forget the Joy

As we switch from “business tourism” to “economic development” and “knowledge transfer” – and as we quantify the return on investment our events create – let us not forget the human values also at the heart of this industry. Let us not squeeze the joy out of meetings. From the editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

Read More

Feedback from a Speaker

We all know what professional conference organisers want from speakers they engage in constructing content for meetings and events. But what do the speakers want in return from organisers? Consultant and Strategic Meetings Management guru Kevin Iwamoto offers a list of eight peeves and pointers from the speaker point of view. From Meetings & Conventions…

Read More

Principal’s Recruitment Principles

The UK meetings and events industry is heavily dependent on foreign labour. The effect of Brexit on its ability to recruit remains a unknown quantity. Even before the surprise referendum result, possibly the country’s biggest independent conference group, Principal Hotel Company, created a training academy which is now attracting local talent. From the editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

Read More

Shaun Hinds on Manchester Central’s Next Ten Years

Manchester Central is now celebrating ten years since becoming an exhibition and conference centre. The venue’s new CEO Shaun Hinds has clear views on its next decade, in terms of industry disruption, the evolution of meetings and events, extending the conference experience beyond the event itself, and in the use of technology. From the editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

Read More

Education

Showing Featured Education

View all Education

27 September 2017

Webinar: Could You Just Do One More Thing?

How many times have you heard that from someone with lavish taste and a small budget? How do you set boundaries with your clients, either internal or external? Come prepared to share a time you have felt overwhelmed, short staffed, short of resources or short tempered. Learn to establish clear goals and objectives, define and…

Read More
27 September 2017

How to Run a Channel Sales Incentive Program – Webcast

In this free webcast moderated by Incentive’s Leo Jakobson, attendees will learn everything they need to know to run an effective dealer network incentive program. The session will offer a step-by-step guide on how to create the rules structure, promote the program, track participant performance, deliver the awards, and measure the results.

Read More
28 September 2017

Meetings Measurement: Post-Event Research – Webinar

Learn the structure and content requirements for qualitative and quantitative tracking methods to measure the accomplishment of your meeting’s goals and objectives–the ROE (experience), ROO (objective), and ROI (investment). Discover a list of post-meeting lifecycle dimensions (what to measure) and guidance on how to conduct post-event qualitative interviews and group discussions. Learn a model for…

Read More
28 September 2017

Sustainable Events Associate Training, Manchester, UK

Interested in supporting the creation of a sustainable event industry?  Passionate about events and/or sustainability?  Register now to join our associate training and become part of a global team of people who believe events should have a positive impact.

Read More
3 October 2017

Webinar: Cracking the Code on Room Block Practices

By now we realize, a silver bullet doesn’t exist to solve the many challenges surrounding today’s contracted room blocks. Instead, we realize a collection of practices should be at play. Some practices are foundational building blocks while others have only been used only in recent years. Learn about the latest practices you should consider deploying…

Read More
5 October 2017

6th ECM City Cards Expert Meeting, Vienna, Austria

This year’s City Cards Expert Meeting will focus on how to make your city card a success. Our broad approach will include presentations and discussions on latest product developments, successful partnerships, innovating marketing strategies and much more. Meet and network with European colleagues managing city cards schemes, share knowledge and insights to stay ahead of the latest…

Read More
8 October 2017
9 October 2017

IMEX America Business School, Las Vegas, USA

Prioritize your professional development at PCMA’s MBA-quality program.  This is your opportunity to immerse yourself in a free high-level professional development program led by inspiring business experts and academics from outside the meetings industry. Sharpen your business skills as you learn alongside, and connect with, other IMEX participants ahead of the show.

Read More
9 October 2017

The Best of Meeting Design Technology in a Day, Las Vegas, USA

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 Meetings and Events Industry.

Read More
11 October 2017

WEBCAST: Draft a Contract Like a Pro

With the proper help, it is possible to build a contract that will protect today’s meetings. This webcast will feature advice and tips from legal experts, meeting planners, and suppliers on how to customize a contract to address the specific needs of a meeting with a special emphasis on understanding the commitments and risks the…

Read More
17 October 2017
18 October 2017

PCMA Canada East Chapter: Work Life Integration, Ontario

Nova Browning Rutherford masterfully weaves life lessons she’s gathered from her career in Hollywood to deliver instantly relatable presentations. She helps to spark a renewed sense of confidence and empowerment over one’s own life. Audiences walk away with a fresh appreciation for their past, a bold affirmation of their power to transform their current experience,…

Read More

Events

Showing Featured Events

View all Events

26 September 2017

IT&CM Asia, Bangkok, Thailand

Established in 1993, IT&CMA is at the forefront of fostering MICE growth opportunities for the Asia-Pacific and beyond. Its multi-faceted programme engages regional and international industry suppliers and buyers in the realms of business, education and networking. IT&CMA also features dedicated platforms designed around the interests of valuable MICE niche segments, enabling the event to consistently…

Read More
9 October 2017
9 October 2017
9 October 2017

Reception and Fundraiser (just prior to IMEX), Las Vegas, USA

Let’s Raise Funds While We Raise Our Glasses. Our chapter holds an annual fundraiser to honor the commitment, dedication and work of our meeting industry champions:  Don Welsh, CMP, President & CEO, Destinations International and Gary Schirmacher, CMP, SVP of Industry Presence & Strategic Development for Experient.

Read More
10 October 2017

IMEX America, Las Vegas, USA

If you influence or manage international or domestic meetings and events, then IMEX America is where you belong. Whether you’re a corporate, association or agency planner you’ll discover fabulous business, education and networking opportunities. This truly is the power source for the meetings industry. Productive appointments. Face time with key players. The knowledge to boost your…

Read More
15 October 2017

Associations @ Work, Baltimore, USA

Associations @ Work is ASAE’s premier business conference that addresses the interrelated business functions – executive management, finance, development, operations, human resources, and fundraising – in associations. Associations @ Work is designed for association professionals to heighten collaboration and learning exchanges with colleagues by identifying and applying solutions to optimize efficiencies, solve cross functional operational…

Read More
16 October 2017

Finance, Operations & Technology Summit, Florida, USA

The Finance, Operations & Technology Summit is both a disciplined-focused and cross-functional gathering of senior leadership. As operations knows no bounds, integrating cross-functional disciplines, while also targeting the three disciplines, helps to advance operational performance at destination organizations and CVBs. We encourage attendees to participate all three days.

Read More
23 October 2017

Destinations International Membership Summit, North Carolina, USA

For more than 30 years, DMAI’s Membership Summit has supported the evolving role and the impact of the membership professional. This community of partners, inclusive of both membership and partnership roles, targets discussions about changing trends in the destination marketplace, redefining membership and partnership responsibilities to maximize impact, and recalibrating the sponsorship value proposition, to…

Read More
25 October 2017

Destinations International 2017 Advocacy Summit, Maryland, USA

Join us in Baltimore, Maryland for Destinations International’s inaugural Advocacy Summit, as we bring together destination organization professionals for the exchange of ideas and practices. Learn from experts and insiders about the latest trends and threats to our industry, discover tools and research available to you and enhance your leadership skills with advocacy training.

Read More
29 October 2017

Destination Arizona, Phoenix, USA

Connect with the top hotels, CVBs, DMCs, and venues from across Arizona in pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments and unique experiential networking events, while enjoying a fully hosted, two-night stay at The Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, AZ, from October 29-31, 2017.

Read More
1 November 2017

Global Incentive Summit, Reykjavik, Iceland

Experience the beauty of Iceland at the 2nd annual event for incentive buyers in the U.S. and across the EMEA Region, featuring pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments, unique experiential networking events, and a fully hosted, three-night stay in Reykjavik, November 1-3, 2017.

Read More
1 November 2017

84th UFI Global Congress, Johannesburg, South Africa

(UFI Members Only.) UFI is the leading global association of the world’s tradeshow organisers and exhibition centre operators, as well as the major national and international exhibition associations, and selected partners of the exhibition industry. UFI’s main goal is to represent, promote and support the business interests of its members and the exhibition industry.

Read More

Publications

Showing Featured Publications

View all Publications

Newsletters

Showing Featured Newsletters

View all Newsletters

Partner Spotlight

Showing Partners

View all Partners