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Montreal: Scientific Pioneer

Montreal has become Canada’s cultural capital: not quite North American, but not entirely European either. Already home to top-notch researchers in fields like genetics, aging, economics and life sciences, Montreal’s scientific community is building on its international reputation. It is doing this both by winning scientific awards and by attracting large-scale international conventions. From Boardroom…

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Jerusalem: Association Knowledge Hub

The longest inhabited city on the globe, Jerusalem is not only holy to three major world religions but also an evolving association destination. Thanks to the presence of 17 academic institutions, the Israeli capital is also a modern-day knowledge hub. It boasts the largest number of start-ups and venture capital investments per capita anywhere. From Boardroom…

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Incredible Impacts: World Confederation for Physical Therapy

In November the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) welcomed a record number of delegates to its 56th annual congress. Almost 1,300 members, including more than 40 association executives, travelled to Prague for four days of education, chapter meetings and networking. During the event, the inaugural winners of the “Incredible Impacts” grants supported by both…

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Incredible Impacts: World Parkinson Coalition

In November the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) welcomed a record number of delegates to its 56th annual congress. Almost 1,300 members, including more than 40 association executives, travelled to Prague for four days of education, chapter meetings and networking. During the event, the inaugural winners of the “Incredible Impacts” grants supported by both…

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Paul Flackett: The Boy from Birmingham

Friends, family, and colleagues of the late Paul Flackett joined in celebration of the IMEX and business events industry icon at a memorial event generously hosted by London’s Queen Elizabeth II Centre. Comic, emotional, and musical farewells from all corners of the world were delivered in fond remembrance of “the boy from Birmingham”. These included…

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Incredible Impacts: Making a Mark

In November the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) welcomed a record number of delegates to its 56th annual congress. Almost 1,300 members, including more than 40 association executives, travelled to Prague for four days of education, chapter meetings and networking. During the event, the inaugural winners of the “Incredible Impacts” grants supported by both…

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Incredible Impacts: The Beyond Tourism Impact of Meetings

Last month the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) welcomed a record number of delegates to its 56th annual congress. Almost 1,300 members, including more than 40 association executives, travelled to Prague for four days of education, chapter meetings and networking. According to Czech Statistical Office data, Prague welcomed a total of 4,426 conferences in…

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Intellectual Capitals: This is Wales

With ICC Wales opening in 2019, and with key strengths in the automotive, aerospace, and marine renewable energy sectors – not to mention life sciences, cyber security and compound semiconductors – how does the land of rugby and song marshall and present its knowledge economy to attract prospective international meetings? From Intellectual Capitals…

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Playing the Long Game: The Power of Conferences

The question is often asked: what are the benefits of holding conferences? Often the real answers to the question only emerge years after an event has taken place, when the ideas presented or connections made have become breakthroughs that save lives, change society or redefine best practice and policy. Business Events Sydney (BESydney) and the…

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Mainz: Translating Cancer Science into Survival

The city of Mainz in western Germany has just played host to the Third International Cancer lmmunotherapy Conference 2017. It was selected for the 1,500-delegate event not just as a cost-effective destination, but also as a knowledge hub in the sector and home to one of Europe’s leading cancer immunology research centres. From tw tagungswirtschaft…

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Healthcare Association Meetings Legacies

Once the meetings industry was viewed only in terms of spend during an event: flying in, commuting by taxi, renting venue space, booking accommodation and eating at restaurants. Those days are over. Daniel Waigl, executive director of the Radiological Society of Europe, explains how healthcare association meetings deliver legacies of improved treatment and awareness. From Boardroom…

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Montreal: A Rooftop Agricultural Legacy

The Executive Chef of Montreal’s convention centre doesn’t need to go far to find kale, lettuce or strawberries. There’s a good chance he’ll find what he needs on the rooftop of the building in the Urban Agricultural Lab. This state-of-the-art farming project is an extraordinary story of community partnership that has led the Palais des…

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Dubai Continues to Dominate

Dubai’s meetings dominance continued in 2017. The emirate won a record 212 bids and proposals, a 61 percent increase on 2016. Key wins included the Baby Care Annual Incentive, with an expected 1,500 attendance, and the Amway Russia Annual Incentive which will bring in 2,700. Both events will take place in 2018. From CIM News Magazine…

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2018’s Key Incentive Trends Named

Increasing regulation, rising business optimism, and a growing appetite for wellness: these are some of the things shaping incentive travel, reward and recognition programmes in 2018. So says the Incentive Research Foundation, which has published its annual study highlighting the top incentive trends that will affect organizations in the year ahead. From Meetings & Conventions…

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The Future is Calling: AIME 2018 in Melbourne

Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo 2018 in Melbourne is set to inspire event professionals with a range of never before seen interactive features. A system blending human connection and technology via touchscreen video platform will welcome delegates on arrival. The automated Selfiebot will interact with them and roam around taking photographs. From CIM News Magazine…

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The Astrodome: Houston Solves Another Problem

The Harris County Commissioners Court in Texas has unanimously approved a $105 million plan to redevelop the iconic Houston Astrodome into an event space. This allows the project to move forward to the design phase. Plans include two levels of underground parking, with nearly eight acres of column-free exhibition space on top. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Strong Start to 2018 for ExCeL

ExCeL London has seen a strong start to 2018 with a host of new events relocating to the venue. On the conference side, ExCeL will welcome the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery and the International Association for Dental Research this year, as well as the return of Diabetes UK. In 2019 Sibos is coming. From Meepie.com…

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Enhanced IBTM Arabia in Abu Dhabi Hailed a Success

The 12th edition of IBTM Arabia, which has taken place in Abu Dhabi, has been hailed a success with 2,700 business meetings held between the elite group of event planners and exhibitors. Delegates also attended networking events and education sessions. Several changes were made this year, including enhancements to the hosted buyer programme. From Meetpie.com…

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Convening Leaders Broke Records in Nashville

Despite not quite breaking a human guitar world record, the flagship event of the Professional Convention Management Association, Convening Leaders, attracted a record 4,457 delegates last month, up seven percent on 2017. The Nashville meeting also attracted 1,604 attendees who followed proceedings online and 109 in the Asia Pacific who watched on catch-up. From Association Meetings International…

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Barcelona’s CCIB Resilient During 2017

A deadly terror attack and chaotic independence push failed to dent Barcelona’s reputation as a meetings destination in 2017. The Barcelona International Convention Centre hosted 122 events, a nine percent rise and new record. Over 473,200 delegates visited, and its revenue topped €33.3 million, with big medical and scientific meetings dominating. From Association Meetings International…

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QEII Centre Can Still be Saved, Says BVEP

The Business Visits and Events Partnership has welcomed a decision to review the impact on the QEII Centre of a vote by the House of Lords to leave the Palace of Westminster during a six year renovation. Many Lords expressed concern over central London’s largest conference venue being temporarily chosen to host the upper chamber. From Meetpie.com…

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Firms Disregard Sexism Warning at Gambling Event

Before opening, the ICE Totally Gaming event at London’s ExCeL was warned by the Gambling Commission that it faced a boycott if it did not stamp out sexism. The message fell on deaf ears, as Microgaming kicked off proceedings with a Playboy-themed show, while Endorphina had pole dancers on its stand. From Meetpie.com…

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Clarion Events & Global Sources: Another Mega-Merger

One of the world’s leading independent events organisers, London based Clarion Events, has completed a merger with exhibition and online B2B marketplace operator Global Sources, based in Hong Kong. Both are owned by investment firm Blackstone, which will control the combined group. The merger creates one of the world’s largest privately-owned exhibition businesses. From CIM News Magazine…

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Visit Florida’s Budget Battles Resume

Less than a year after the last Visit Florida budget battles, the fighting for funding is again underway. Governor Rick Scott (pictured) has called for a $100 million budget, while the House of Representatives wants to keep the current $76 million and the Senate wants to cut it to $50 million. From Meetings & Conventions…

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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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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…

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IRF 2018 Trends Study

The IRF 2018 Trends Study highlights ten key trends that will affect organizations, their products and services, and the workforce in 2018. From market optimism to concerns about risk and safety, the study identifies key areas of change and their implications for workforce engagement, incentive travel and recognition. IRF 2018 Trends Study (IRF website version)

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How UK Cities Excel at Hosting Conferences in Advanced and Creative...

The United Kingdom is a preferred host for international meetings, conferences and events because of its economic, academic and industry sector strengths. That applies equally to the major gateway cities and the many regional cities spread across every corner of the UK, each with extensive clusters of expertise in advanced and creative industries. This sector…

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Positive Impact: Telling the Story of the Power of Events

Positive Impact has marked the end of its campaign during the UN Year of Sustainable Tourism with the launch of a report at IBTM World “Telling the Story of the Power of Events”. The report which has had input from five academics and had a three month period of accepting contributions from across the global…

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UFI World Map of Exhibition Venues (November 2017)

UFI’s World Map of Exhibition Venues (November 2017) reveals that the total venue space available for exhibitions has grown 7.4 percent in the last six years, from 32,500,000 to 34,900,000 square metres (gross indoor exhibition space, venues over 5,000 square metres). The fastest growth is in venues offering more than 100,000 square metres, a rise of…

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UFI and Explori Global Exhibitor Insights (November 2017 Edition)

This report gives an overview of the experience and intentions of exhibitors at trade shows across the world. It aims to give event organisers a deeper understanding of the patterns and trends that drive positive and negative exhibitor experiences and the objectives and behaviours that underlie them. This report has been created in two stages….

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Attending Conferences Doubles Promotion Chances

What makes a good conference? Pádraic Gilligan picks again over the recent SITE + MPI Global Forum in Rome. But he reaches the Eternal City via a Harvard Business Review article about US women’s networking events, and research revealing that those attending were twice as likely to be promoted within a year than the no-shows. From SoolNua’s Pádraic Gilligan at Padraicino…

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The General Denial of Data Protection Requirement

The imminent sledgehammer of the EU’s General Data Protection Requirement (GDPR) has been in the air for some time now. But does the extent to which companies have been ignoring their soon-to-be regulatory responsibilities mean that we should in fact be calling it GDDPR: the General Denial of Data Protection Requirement? From Meetings & Conventions…

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“Crazy Idea”: Psychotherapy Congress’ Freudian Walk

Sometimes meeting and destination are truly a perfect fit. In 2023 the World Council for Psychotherapy’s World Congress returns to its inaugural venue, the Sigmund Freud Private University in Vienna. With the city being the birthplace of Freud himself, the Vienna Convention Bureau suggested the “crazy idea” of a “Freudian walk”. Photo: Gugerell. From PCMA Convene…

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Creating a Local Legacy in Lampedusa

By involving local communities in your meetings you can create a concrete legacy for the host destination. Strategic results can be achieved for everyone. A good example of legacy creation is the SIAARTI Academy 2017, an innovative training event for members of the Italian Society for Anaesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care. From Boardroom…

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Configuring Confident Confexes

Exhibitions at conferences, or confexes, provide a wealth of opportunities to improve the delegate experience. South African confexes are on a par with the rest of the world. They share similar trends in the increasing use of technology, in improving conference content, and in a greater focus on networking opportunities. From the Event…

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South Africa: Winning Incentive Strategies

Looking at the country through the eyes of an incentive travel planner reveals there are myriad ways to unpack and repackage the “South African experience”. Requests still come in for the traditional offerings like safaris and beach trips. But planners are all about looking at locations with a fresh eye. From the Event…

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“Shared Economies” at Meetings Africa 2018

Meetings Africa 2018 is about to open its doors, as the travel and tourism trade, plus local and international buyers and media, head for the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. This year’s theme is “shared economies”, meaning the importance of collaboration in destination marketing and boosting development in Africa through business meetings. From the Event…

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Dubai Reaches New Heights

As reported in News, Dubai’s meetings dominance continued in 2017. The emirate won 212 bids and proposals. Expo 2020 is also nearing. Dubai has always hosted spectacular familiarisation trips, and an Iceberg partner has just enjoyed one, during which the brand new Dubai Frame (pictured) was on the itinerary. From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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World Parkinson Congress: A Patient Legacy

The Iceberg has previously reported how the World Parkinson Congress’ involvement of patients won it one of ICCA and BestCities Global Alliances “Incredible Impacts” awards. Here Elizabeth “Eli” Pollard, Executive Director of the World Parkinson Coalition, describes in further detail her organisation’s approach to creating a patient legacy in its host cities. From Boardroom…  

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Sherrif Karamat: Vision Through Disruption

The Professional Convention Management Association’s new President and CEO is Sherrif Karamat, previously the PCMA COO. In the first of a monthly column he’ll be writing as part of his new post, Sherrif contrasts the legacies of conferences and conventions with the current disruption faced by almost every sector. From PCMA Convene…

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Marriott Commission Cut: Independent Planners React

Marriott International is cutting to seven percent the standard ten percent commission paid to group intermediaries in the US and Canada. The move prompted fierce reaction from the industry, much collated above in News. But Iceberg partner Northstar has also filmed video interviews with organisers at its Independent Planner Education Conference. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Harassment: Beyond the Hashtag

After the Presidents Club Dinner, it was the charity sector that took the heat, while meetings and events whistled a tune and looked the other way. Coming research will show that the MI also has a problem. But perhaps the response needs to be proportionate and in context. From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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4 March 2018

Destinations International 2018 CMO Summit, Pennsylvania, USA

Destinations International’s CMO Summit is your opportunity to join fellow marketing leaders and colleagues to discuss the evolving role of destination marketers and how your destination adapts to the dynamic landscape of place-making. Designed for professionals in leadership positions within the marketing department of their organizations, including Chief Marketing Officers, VPs and Directors, the CMO Summit…

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6 March 2018

Flair for the Dramatic: Your Intro to Stage Management – Webinar

From the apron to the fly gallery, discover the amazing world of the theater, and how it mimics the production elements of live event design. Learn the terminology your audiovisual and stage management professionals use and how you can better design your main stage experiences. Discover how stage elements, lighting equipment, sound engineering–even props–can impact…

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8 March 2018

6th European Association Summit, Brussels, Belgium

Organised by visit.brussels, this annual peer-to-peer education and networking forum has become an unmissable opportunity to share information and knowledge, and network with other international associations. The Summit features educational content delivered by association experts and professionals from various fields. Focusing on practical cases ranging from local issues, governance, member relations or communications and new technologies,…

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8 March 2018

Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate Refresh Q1 2018 –...

To keep our Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate recipients up to date on healthcare meeting compliance regulations, cross-border compliance, CMS Open Payments changes and updates, the EFPIA Disclosure Code, and other healthcare trends, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) requires all current HMCCs to attend a refresh webinar on the second anniversary of their class date.

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11 March 2018

The Great Ideas Conference, Colorado Springs, USA

Evolve from ideation to implementation with the help of association leaders at the 2018 Great Ideas Conference. You’ll get inspiration by sharing with others, attending forward-thinking idea labs, and leaving your comfort zone. Bring your ideas to the table March 11–13, 2018.

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13 March 2018

The Science of Audience Engagement – Webinar

Creating engaging meeting experiences can be a challenging prospect for meeting professionals, but science is here to help. Learn what happens in the brain when people tune and in pay attention, and why people tune out at your meetings and events. Discover how to use the science of audience engagement as a meeting professional; gain…

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13 March 2018

Meetings Quest, Mississippi, USA

America’s longest-running series of educational and networking events for meeting planners.  Experience innovation that works at Meetings Quest: Appointment-based trade show; Well-established event with an innovative approach; Great mix of destinations, venues and suppliers; Compact format: 1-1/2 day agenda; Experiential activities that allow business networking in a fun and informative environment.

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20 March 2018

The Decision to Attend – Webinar

Attendees are consumers; discerning travelers who may choose to attend conventions and exhibitions—or not. That’s why the mutual goal of both meeting/exhibition professionals and DMOs is generating positive word-of-mouth: repeat bookings and increased attendance. Discover insights from the second Decision to Attend Study, and how it could dramatically impact the way you design and market…

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3 April 2018

Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) Credential, Alberta,...

Join fellow senior executives in advancing your career to blend theory with experience and application of knowledge to help industry leaders thrive in a constantly changing environment. The CDME program focuses on vision, leadership, productivity and implementing business strategies. Sign up for the following face-to-face courses in Banff, AB, Canada now.

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12 April 2018

LIVE ONLINE: Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate Course (HMCC)

The Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) program provides healthcare meeting compliance stakeholders with the knowledge and experience they need to successfully navigate the increasingly complex pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device regulatory environment. A broad range of healthcare topics including cross-border healthcare compliance, industry trends, global regulations, and compliance, codes, laws and mandates will be covered. Participants of…

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17 April 2018

Counteracting the Cacophony of Miscommunication during the Meeting...

In the meeting and event planning world, ineffective communications can obstruct information, hinder collaboration and negatively impact the overall success of an event. In this highly interactive, high-energy presentation, Jan Spence will use her vast knowledge helping companies and individuals take their teamwork, listening, and communication skills to the next level by sharing tips on…

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19 April 2018

IAPCO EDGE Seminar, Taipei, Taiwan

An IAPCO EDGE embraces all sectors of the Meetings Industry. The target audience is PCOs/Meeting Planners; National/International Organisations/Associations; Convention Bureaux/Tourism Bodies; Congress Centres/Conference Hotels; Exhibition Managers; Pharma and Medical Device Companies; DMCs; AMCs; Travel Agencies.

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1 March 2018

UFI Asia-Pacific Conference (Open Seminar) 2018, Kuala Lumpur

Over the past 13 editions, this conference has been 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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1 March 2018

ICCA Sector Destination Marketing Small Client/Supplier Business...

Organised for European destination marketing members who are looking to attract small conferences to their destination, the participating clients get the opportunity to meet people from other bureaux. They make initial contact with the sales team as well as learn the suitability of the destinations. Bureaux and clients are given a de-briefing session to get valuable…

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2 March 2018

M&IT Awards 2018, London, UK

Join over 1,200 events industry professionals at the BIGGEST and most prestigious event in the year. It is the only independently audited industry awards programme and is attended by key personnel from around the world. Organised by Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine, the awards event brings together the various sectors of the business to measure market…

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7 March 2018

ICCA Scandinavian Chapter Annual Meeting, Vejle, Denmark

It is with great pleasure that Inspiring Denmark invites you to the 2018 ICCA Scandinavian Chapter Meeting, which will take place in Vejle, Southern Denmark, 7-9 March. We look forward to three interactive, informative and inspiring days with new knowledge, network and examples of best practice. (This event is open to ICCA members and for non-members…

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8 March 2018
11 March 2018

Incentive Live, Las Vegas, USA

Apply today for the 2nd annual Incentive Live! Recently expanded to include brand name merchandise and gift cards, as well as incentive travel, Incentive Live is your one-stop event to meet with all of the top suppliers throughout the incentive industry. In addition to one-on-one business appointments, you will also experience curated educational sessions from the editorial team at…

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13 March 2018

World Meetings Forum 2018 – Summit – Mexico State

World Meetings Forum is a dedicated space open for discussion and analysis of global trends, statics and the path for the Global MICE Industry including business exchange and networking moments. WMF puts all the effort to bring events that helps our industry to educate on all levels.  

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13 March 2018

Meetings Quest, Mississippi, USA

America’s longest-running series of educational and networking events for meeting planners.  Experience innovation that works at Meetings Quest: Appointment-based trade show; Well-established event with an innovative approach; Great mix of destinations, venues and suppliers; Compact format: 1-1/2 day agenda; Experiential activities that allow business networking in a fun and informative environment

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19 March 2018

ICCA France-Benelux Chapter Summit 2018, Utrecht, The Netherlands

The France Benelux Chapter has members across the 5 countries: France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourgh and Monaco including convention bureaux, PCOs, convention centers, media groups and other suppliers in the meeting industry. Most of the professionals you will find in the France-Benelux chapter have been ICCA members for many years, and have extensive experience in hosting…

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11 April 2018

ICCA Iberian Chapter Annual Meeting, Granada, Spain

The ICCA Iberian Chapter was created in the early 90s after years participating amongst other colleagues in the Mediterranean Chapter. All Spanish and Portuguese ICCA Members at that time thought about joining forces together in order to create an Iberian Chapter that could attract to both countries new business opportunities. Attracting new congresses and events to Spain…

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15 April 2018

Destination California, USA

Connect with the top hotels, CVBs, DMCs, and venues from across the state of California in pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments and unique experiential networking events, while enjoying a fully hosted, three-night stay at The Loews Coronado Bay Resort in Coronado, California, from April 15-18, 2018.

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19 April 2018

ibtm africa, Cape Town

ibtm africa is where meetings, events and incentives industry decision makers meet for business adventures across Africa. If you do business in Africa, join us in Cape Town on the 19th – 20th April 2018 at the CTICC (Cape Town International Convention Centre) where elite meeting planners and buyers will join exhibitors for an exclusive opportunity access quality education and networking events….

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