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JMIC Iceberg Launches Global Ambassador Call

The Iceberg, presented by the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC), is the established industry metaphor for the extended value capture of business and professional events. The Iceberg Global Ambassador Program, announced at IBTM World, will commence in January 2019. The JMIC Iceberg initiative encourages industry stakeholders to secure a role in delivering – and contributing to…

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Ottawa: Innovating in Integrated Immigration

Ottawa, a capital at the crossroads of government, education and advocacy, has an integrated and holistic approach to immigration. So it is no surprise that the International Metropolis Project, a network of researches, policy makers and community groups focussed on improving migration and diversity, chose this capital hub for its 1,500 delegate 2019 conference. From Boardroom…

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Glasgow: Cancer Conference Career Legacy

Organisers of the National Cancer Research Institute Cancer Conference in Glasgow are seeking a long-term legacy with a special event aimed at school students considering a career in science or medicine. Sixth form students from across Scotland considering such a professional future have been invited to hear from researchers at the meeting. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Paris: The ERS International Congress 2018

Paris is a leading destination for association meetings. The International Congress of the European Respiratory Society recently took place in the Paris Convention Centre. A platform for the latest knowledge in respiratory medicine and science, the event draws more than 20,000 delegates from over 130 countries for around 420 scientific and educational sessions. From Boardroom…

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Sydney: Sibos Showcases Financial Services Sector

Sydney has hosted a successful Sibos, the world’s premier financial event, cementing Australia’s reputation as innovative financial services hub, while also showcasing local investment opportunities, fintech start-ups and young talent. The event welcomed more than 7,600 business leaders, global banks, academics and entrepreneurs from 150 countries to ICC Sydney. From AMI intellectual Capitals…

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Legacies of the Data for Good Exchange 2018

The Data for Good Exchange was introduced in 2014 as part of the 20th ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, and expanded to a standalone event the following year. This year the event tackled issues from gender equality and climate change to human genetics and the US census. Photo: Pablo Angulo Troconis. From…

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Global Business Events Worth $1 Trillion

Business events add more than $1 trillion to the global economy, preliminary results of the Events Industry Council’s first Global Economic Significance of Business Events study show. In 2017, according to the Iceberg partner’s report, business events brought together more than 1.4 billion participants in over 180 countries. From PCMA…

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Yokohama: The 22nd Human Genome Meeting

The 22nd Human Genome Meeting took place at PACIFICO Yokohama this March. Japanese scientists are at the forefront of genome research, including large-scale population sequencing, and much of that innovation and the institutions behind it cluster around the seaport of Yokohama, second-biggest city in Japan. From Boardroom…

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Marseille: Six Sectors Grow Conference Business

Thanks to a whole-city approach in promoting key sectors, the number of conferences staged in Marseille has been steadily growing. The recent World Conservation Congress win says a lot about the city’s presence on the international meetings scene. But six clusters of expertise are also shaping which association conferences Marseille attracts. From Boardroom…

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Nice: Smart City, Green City, Meetings City

Nice is the fifth largest city in France, and was sixth most popular European destination for planners in the 2015 American Express Global Meetings Forecast. Venues like the Nice Acropolis Congress & Exhibition Center have attracted events like Cardiostim or the European Congress of Psychiatry. Six of ten regional clusters are represented. From Boardroom…

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Sarawak: Growing Agriculture Through Business Events

Sarawak in Malaysia is leveraging business events to help it become a smart agriculture hub for the Asia Pacific region. The BESarawak Alliance has been formed to encourage growth in key sectors, and one of BESA’s first initiatives is an agriculture-based familiarisation trip taking place in conjunction with the first Sarawak AgroFest. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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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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Events to Play a Major Role in UK Tourism

The UK government is to agree a landmark deal for the tourism industry in a bid to attract more visitors and to drive economic growth. The UK events sector, which is worth more than £42.3 billion a year, is set to play a major role in the plan. Photo: David Holt. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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ICC Sydney Unveils Creative Legacy Stream

ICC Sydney has announced a new creative industries stream for its legacy programme, to showcase Australian home-grown talent and support the next generation of creative leaders. This expands on the existing initiative and connections, providing events and delegates with the opportunity to interact with the region’s thriving creative economy. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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IBTM World Industry Report Presented

Among other sessions at IBTM World in Barcelona, findings from the IBTM World Industry Trends Report 2018 were presented. Rob Davidson of MICE Knowledge said that the top three reasons for booking an incentive destination were political stability and safety (66 percent), value for money (65 percent), and service quality (59 percent). From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Kuala Lumpur Drawing European Associations

Eleven European international association events attracted 11,960 delegates to Malaysia in 2018 and were all held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. These events were amongst the venue’s 1,189 held this year up to October, which have been attended by over 1.85 million participants. Sectors have included anaesthesia, cancer, diabetes and rubber. From Boardroom…

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Brisbane Wins Pharma World Congress

The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre will host the International Pharmaceutical Federation World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2021 with 2,500 delegates expected to attend. A local hosting consortium of associations worked with BCEC and key convention partners Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing to secure the prestigious event. From CIM News Magazine…

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Matthias Schultze Wins JMIC Power and Profile

Matthias Schultze, the Managing Director of the German Convention Bureau, has won this year’s Profile and Power Award, one of the meetings industry’s most coveted honours. The award, given by the Joint Meetings Industry Council, which presents The Iceberg, recognises individuals who have made a significant impact on the world of meetings. From Association Meetings International…

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BESydney Scores Big Incentive Wins

Business Events Sydney is set to enjoy a record-breaking year, having secured AU$102 million to date from the global incentive market. Its strategic decision in 2004 to invest in expanding incentives to Australia from Asia has resulted in close to twenty percent year-on-year growth in the value of events secured from that continent. From CIM News Magazine…

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IBTM World 2018 Breaks Booking Record

IBTM World has broken a previous record for pre-arranged meetings with 77,651 booked ahead of this year’s event, five percent up on last year. As well as the returning brands, this year’s first-time exhibitors include the Tourism Promotion Board Philippines, Tourism New Zealand and the Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Club Melbourne Program Recognised

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s Club Melbourne Ambassador Program has received the City of Melbourne’s highest accolade after receiving the 2018 Melbourne Award for Contribution to Profile by a Corporation. The Club helps leading Melburnians establish, secure and host major conferences that boost the economy and attract thought leadership. From CIM News Magazine…

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Scottish Event Campus Plans Expansion

The Scottish Event Campus has applied for planning permission of a major expansion project, with the aim of creating a unique global event campus. The £150 – £200 million build will develop the west end of the campus, constructing a dedicated entrance, and additional meeting, exhibition and networking spaces. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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GDS-Index Awards Announced

Copenhagen, Gothenburg and Goyang were the winners at this year’s GDS-Index Awards, which recognise those destinations trying to minimise the environmental impact of business tourism. For the third year running, the Iceberg partner’s awards were announced during the closing ceremony of the ICCA Congress, this time being held in Dubai. From Association Meetings International…

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VisitScotland Business Events Campaign Win

The International Congress and Convention Association announced VisitScotland Business Events as the winner of this year’s prestigious ICCA Best Marketing Award at the closing ceremony of the 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai. The winning low cost, high-impact social media campaign, Ideas Become Legend, united the industry and connected associations with expertise. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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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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Universal Accessibility in Meetings

Universal Accessibility in Meetings is a research study conducted by GainingEdge, in collaboration with project partners BestCities Global Alliance and Rehabilitation International. The goal of this research project is to promote awareness among meeting organisers and the supplier community on the need to remove barriers in meetings and conventions for delegates with disabilities. The study…

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International Convention Destination Competitive Index

A new index which ranks cities in terms of their competitive strength for attracting international conventions was launched at the 57th ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) Congress 2018. The index scores cities based on their strengths in relation to eleven key drivers that GainingEdge says influence association decision-making during destination selection processes. The first…

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Travel Truths for Business Events Corporate Incentive Travel

Tourism continues to dominate Asia Pacific’s travel industry, but the corporate incentive travel segment, already representing a quarter of the global travel industry, continues to make steady gains. The Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) partnered with PCMA Education Foundation to commission a research project to help APAC region meeting planners understand what is driving this expanding…

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Women in the Exhibition Industry

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, announced the results of Women in the Exhibitions Industry at the 85th UFI Global Congress in St. Petersburg, Russia. The research is a joint project between UFI and its media partner m+a providing insights into the perception of women’s and men’s skills in the workplace, the potential…

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2018 Global Economic Significance of Business Events

The Events Industry Council commissioned a study on the global economic significance of business events, conducted by Oxford Economics. This is unprecedented research that could only be accomplished through the collaborative efforts of the public and private sectors to qualify the value, influence and impact that business events produce throughout the world. It further enables…

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2019 Global Meetings and Events Forecast

Looking into 2019, meeting professionals have an optimistic view of the meetings market. This global survey shows planners in many regions are planning more meetings, for more attendees, and of longer duration. The industry is mature, stable, and achieving incremental growth. Download the American Express Meetings & Events 2019 Global Meetings and Events Forecast to find…

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57th ICCA Congress: Highlights of Four Days in Dubai

The 57th ICCA Congress took place last month in Dubai. The four-day industry event was the biggest the International Congress and Convention Association had ever held outside of Europe, with 1,156 attendees from 70 countries. ICCA’s Charity Run ‘N’ Walk, the Farewell Dinner and three sets of awards were among the highlights. From SoolNua blog and news…

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Ensuring Accessibility: A Planner’s Guide to Best Practice

Accessibility is a concept buzzing around the business events industry, but what do planners need to know to ensure awareness at congresses? According to new research from Iceberg partners BestCities Global Alliance and GainingEdge, working with Rehabilitation International, universal accessibility is now key to business growth, knowledge sharing and increased competitiveness for destinations. From PCMA…

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Incredible Impacts: A Winning Approach to Creating Legacy

The second round of grants from the International Congress and Convention Association and BestCities Global Alliance’s “Incredible Impacts” awards have just been awarded to associations whose meetings create longterm legacies. Jane Cunningham, Director of International Associations at BestCities, breaks down this year’s winning entries and discusses what the judges are looking out for. From BestCities Global Alliance…

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MEET RĪGA: The Outsourcing, Insourcing Debate

As more associations create event departments, some see less value in the work of professional congress organisers. So are associations’ event departments taking over what PCOs or destination management companies bring to the table, and what does that actually mean? Aigars Smiltans, director of MEET RĪGA, explains. From Boardroom…

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Incentive Travel: Weathering the Headlines

Now companies have to respond almost immediately to bad publicity, overreaction is the danger. When the positive benefits of an activity aren’t understood, the damage can be even greater. Our incentive specialist looks at headlines the sector has weathered and what they say about the real value of incentive travel. From SoolNua’s Pádraic Gilligan at Padraicino…

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Associations Growing Global I: International Coach Federation

The Iceberg is publishing a series of interviews jointly produced by our partners Boardroom and the Global Association Hubs Partnership. The contributors are all addressing the increasing decentralisation and globalisation of large international associations. The series is starting with Magdalena Mook, Executive Director and CEO of ICF, the International Coach Federation. From Global Association Hubs Partnership…

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Sydney Speaker Series Luncheon 2018: An Iceberg Special Report

Politician, diplomat and educator Baroness Amos has given the keynote at a Sydney Speaker Series luncheon in London. The event was delivered in partnership between Business Events Sydney and ICC Sydney, and was hosted by the High Commission of Australia. The Iceberg itself was invited to attend, and was even able there to interview BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith….

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Meetings Need to Become Part of the Innovation Economy

Meetings need to become part of the innovation economy, according to the recent ICCA Congress in Dubai, and this “new industrial revolution” needs fresh thinking from suppliers. The discussion included city expert Greg Clark and Vienna’s Christian Mutschlechner, who joked that planners might soon 3D print their own venues. From editor’s blog at Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Global Economic Significance of Business Events: Video

A new study has found that the business events industry boosts global gross domestic product by $1.5 trillion. Karen Kotowski, CEO of the Events Industry Council, which is behind the Global Economic Significance of Business Events report, discusses its findings with Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX, which was one of the partners in the research. From IMEX…

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Mike Cannon: The Sarawak Outsider Returns to AACB

Mike Cannon, former Executive Director of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux, was recently in Sydney to collect an AACB Hall of Fame plaque. During he visit he gave an interview on affordable events, Australia’s new Business Events Bid Fund, regional meetings, future challenges for convention bureaux, and their value to members. From CIM News Magazine…

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Incentive Travel and Higher Purpose: Not What or How, But Why?

The recent Incentive Travel Industry Index has detected changes in the sector’s rationale. While the top reasons remain sales, revenue and overall profitability, some “softer” objectives have climbed up the rankings and are impacting event design and desired outcomes. In particular, improving relationships between workers and management now holds second place. From SoolNua’s Pádraic Gilligan at Padraicino…

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Transformative Tech and Mission Critical Meetings

Technology is transforming the way the world does business. Business events facilitate this as the place where tech startups gain exposure. But should the meetings industry also be preparing the world for the workplace transformation that technology will bring? Perhaps its role is mission critical to our future, says PCMA leader Sherrif Karamat. From PCMA…

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10 February 2019

AIPC Academy 2019, Brussels, Belgium

The AIPC Academy is the only comprehensive professional development program aimed specifically at international convention centre issues and opportunities. Updated annually to reflect the most current conditions, it is the best possible investment a centre can make in the development of fully professional staff ready to meet the facility management and marketing challenges of today…

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13 February 2019

ECM Spring Meeting 2019, Edinburgh, UK

A fully loaded two-day conference with leading international experts, event owners and select international showcases that will provide you with all the insights and inspiration you need to cultivate the event scene in your city. We proudly present event leaders and creatives from some of the world’s leading happenings and dissect the strategies that made…

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14 May 2019

UFI Operations and Services Forum 2019, Birmingham, UK

Each Focus Meeting is dedicated to a specific topic in relation to an exhibition industry issue. Open to all industry professionals, these meetings are composed of speakers’ presentations, as well as round-table discussions and debates between the participants and the lecturers.

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18 May 2019

Association Expert Seminar, Frankfurt, Germany

The AES covers all aspects of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of meetings and at the same time is a unique opportunity for suppliers to understand client objectives and business cultures, and for association executives to understand how to negotiate with and understand the objectives of suppliers, enabling both sides to establish stronger and more…

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INCON Industry Resources

INCON is committed to sharing best-practice, knowledge and expertise with our peers in the event and destination management industry.  INCON’s extensive Resources Section includes Expert Articles, such as ‘5 Ways to Gain the Most Traction from an Event Hashtag’, Case Studies and Expert Guides, such as ‘5 Reasons Why We Need Face-To-Face Meetings’.

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BestCities Resources & Learning

Resources: Checklists & Templates to aid Meeting Planners in delivering a successful event. Learning: Latest industry trends, best practices & opinion pieces shaping the international meetings market:  Top take-aways from the BestCities Global Forum Dubai; How local ambassadors can impact international meetings; How one industry alliance is thinking beyond the economic impact equation; Unethical bidding…

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GCB Seminars

Our GCB seminars are customised trainings for meeting and event professionals. Based on a recent survey, education about trends, social media, marketing and communication are currently most in demand. A number of training offers, such as the “Sustainability Advisor 2.0” seminar and two interactive webinars, have already been successfully implemented. In future, the GCB will…

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SoolNua Bespoke Keynote Addresses, Talks, Seminars & Workshops

SoolNua creates educational content for meetings and events professionals that’s both theoretically sound and practically useful. Talks, workshops and training programmes are bespoke, customised to your specific needs and designed to address and to heal specific pain points in business strategy and Marking & Communications.

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SFA Bespoke Training Workshops

SFA offer bespoke one-on-one or group training, customised to a client’s needs and the level of experience of the participants. Run in a ‘workshop’ style, these training courses are fairly informal and practical, but very interactive and engaging, offering the tools and tips to help sales and research staff within a venue, hotel or convention bureau to achieve maximum results.

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M&IT Masterclass Webinars

ONLINE TRAINING: Complete series for event professionals. Train your entire office for one small fee and no travel expenses! Bring your entire events team up to speed on the latest must-have knowledge for the industry:  Social media for the events industry; The Bribery Act; Health, safety & risk assessments; Data protection in events; Venue contracts minefield.

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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

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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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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25 February 2019
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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1 March 2019

M&IT Industry Awards, London, UK

The event industry’s biggest and most prestigious recognition programme; the only independently audited events industry awards programme. Organised by Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine, the awards event brings together all sectors of the business to reward excellence of service and product and to enjoy fantastic cuisine, fine wines, excellent live entertainment and raise funds for charity.

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6 March 2019

ICCA Scandinavian Chapter Annual Meeting, Bergen, Norway

We look forward to three interactive, informative and inspiring days with new knowledge, network and examples of best practice. Once you travel back home from the chapter meeting, our aim is that you will have concrete ideas and tools to implement in your daily work. The invited speakers will give inspiration, as well as present how…

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14 March 2019

UFI Asia-Pacific Conference 2019, Tokyo, Japan

The most important gathering of Asian exhibition industry leaders, this fast-paced, two day event is geared towards providing industry updates and insights from across the region, combined with quality networking and unique cultural experiences.

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18 March 2019

ICCA France Benelux Chapter Summit 2019, Rennes, France

ICCA France Benelux Chapter is providing a great opportunity for members in the region to share experiences and best practices amongst each other. The Next Annual Chapter Summit will take place in Rennes, France, from 18-19 March 2018. The event is open to all ICCA members and for non-members by invitation only.

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8 April 2019

UFI MEA Conference 2019, Dubai, UAE

The purpose of these seminars is to make UFI known to the exhibition industry of a given region and to transmit the know-how of experienced UFI members in the scope of international exhibition business cooperation. These seminars are also open to non-members.

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