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European Union: Entering the Conversation

From tw tagungswirtschaft: The European elections are approaching. But for many citizens and quite a few event professionals, the European Union seems far away. Yet the European Parliament and the European Commission influence our (professional) lives on a daily basis. The EU Dialogue and the EU project BEFuture build bridges to Brussels and underpin the…

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‘It’s a Game Changer’: Calgary’s Expanded BMO Centre Opens

From Global News: In design stages for a decade before another four years of construction, the much-anticipated grand opening of Calgary’s latest showpiece has finally arrived with the unveiling of the newly expanded BMO Centre. There’s one emotion in particular that comes to mind for Kate Thompson, president and CEO of the Calgary Municipal Land…

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How to Organise Impact Conscious Conferences in Wellington

From Boardroom: New Zealand is well known for its spectacular scenery but, increasingly, the country is gaining a formidable reputation as an intellectual powerhouse and enticing international event organisers. At the centre of this perception shift is the country’s capital, Wellington, which is attracting associations from across the globe looking to leverage New Zealand’s focus…

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Destination Canada to Unveil Case Study #1 at IMEX

The largest ever Legacy & Impact Study of Business Events, announced by Destination Canada last year, is set to unveil its first video-rich edition to the Press at IMEX in Frankfurt. The 3-Year, 16-event study of events held in Canada between 2018-2024 will deliver insights and data which ultimately may provide a framework for extended…

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BE>FUTURE Prepares for IMEX Update

BE>FUTURE, the 30-month project inspired by leading EU convention bureaux from Flanders and Catalunya and co-funded by the European Union to the tune of €4m, aims to use the opportunity to transform the European Business Events Industry into a regenerative, resilient, and responsible powerhouse aligned with European Tourism Transition Pathways and the UN Sustainable Development…

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ICCA Extends Partnership with UN Tourism

From ICCA: This landmark partnership agreement sees ICCA recognised as the UN Tourism partner for business events across all UN Tourism platforms and initiatives. This collaboration recognises the influence and transformative potential of the business events industry and puts it on the map as a key driver for socio-economic progress across the world. ICCA acknowledges…

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European Union: Entering the Conversation

From tw tagungswirtschaft: The European elections are approaching. But for many citizens and quite a few event professionals, the European Union seems far away. Yet the European Parliament and the European Commission influence our (professional) lives on a daily basis. The EU Dialogue and the EU project BEFuture build bridges to Brussels and underpin the…

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Reed Exhibitions: Our Journey to Net Zero by 2040

In February 2024, RX published its Roadmap to Net Zero Events in 2040. We talk to Global Sustainability Director Helen Sheppard about RX’s sustainability commitments, the challenges of measuring event emissions, and the company’s progress to date. RX is a founding signatory of the Net Zero Carbon Events pledge, a global collaboration which was launched…

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Copenhagen Legacy Lab Raises its Legacy Game

From Wonderful Copenhagen: In a first for the international events industry, Copenhagen Legacy Lab has expanded its legacy framework for congresses to include events. The process will ensure a strategic approach to creating long-lasting positive impact from international events held in the Danish capital. International events have – just like congresses – the potential to…

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Associations Look to the Future

From Skift Meetings: Societal transformation and the future of association meetings were the themes an ICCA conference, part of Business Events Industry Week, held in the most apropos setting, ASAE’s headquarters. The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) held “The Future of Association Meetings and Societal Transformation,” a half-day conference at the headquarters of ASAE…

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Academic Conferences Tackle the Taylor Swift Phenomenon

From PCMA: Taylor Swift’s continued rise in popularity has helped define the post-pandemic zeitgeist — so much so that her influence has been the topic of academic conferences. The first major event centered on the singer — aptly named Taylor Swift: The Conference Era in honor of her ongoing global Eras Tour that celebrates the…

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BestCities Deliver Smash Hit in Melbourne

CREATING CONNECTIONS WITH PURPOSE: The BestCities Global Alliance’s annual Forum was delayed from December 2023 to coincide with the Australian Tennis Open, in Melbourne, in January where international associations and the 13 member cities of the Alliance convened to advance positive impact and social legacies from their meetings. Loren Christie, managing director of the Alliance…

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Singapore Commitment to Performance & Legacy Wins Out

From TTG: Despite rising costs, Singapore’s business events sector has demonstrated remarkable recovery, exceeding pre-pandemic attendance figures at numerous high-profile events, aligning with the government’s vision of becoming a global hub for business events and indicating further growth potential. When asked about how STB is helping to temper rising event costs, Yap Chin Siang, deputy…

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Legislative Action Day Converges Industry Leaders on Capitol Hill

From Skift Meetings: Industry advocacy group Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA) gathered the industry on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Participants discussed issues derailing the meetings and events industry with policymakers on a day filled with meetings. Approximately 140 meeting and event professionals from 27 states met with lawmakers in hundreds of meetings during Legislative Action…

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Guadalajara to Host World Physiotherapy Congress 2027

From M&IT: Guadalajara in Mexico, a member of the BestCities Alliance, has been selected as the host city for the World Physiotherapy Congress 2027. The successful bid was a collaborative effort between the AMEFI National College of Physical Therapy, the Mexican Association of Physical Therapy and the Guadalajara Convention and Visitors Bureau. World Physiotherapy represents…

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Association Impact Masterclass to be Hosted by BestCities in Dublin

ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association, is pleased to announce that in partnership with the BestCities Global Alliance, that an Association Impact Masterclass will be held in Dublin from 26-28 January 2025. This Masterclass, part of ICCA’s portfolio of educational offerings, will focus on empowering association leaders by enhancing their capabilities in designing, delivering,…

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DI Announces First Global Leaders Forum in Dublin, Ireland

Destinations International (DI), the world’s leading resource for destination organizations and convention bureaus, is excited to announce the inaugural DI Global Leaders Forum, set to convene in Dublin, Ireland, from February 11-13, 2025. This landmark event marks the first time DI will be hosting a global gathering outside of North America, signifying a new era…

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TCEB Aligns to Priority Sectors & Sustainability

From Conference & Meetings World: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization), or TCEB, unveiled a new direction, performance in sustainability and potential of innovation of Thai MICE industry, including new product development for European market, at IMEX Frankfurt 2024. Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, TCEB President, said that TCEB has set a new direction…

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DEI Executive Jailed for Orchestrating Fake Events to Steal $5m

From Conference & Meetings World: An ex-diversity programme manager for Facebook and Nike has been sentenced in the US to five years in prison for stealing more than $5m from her employers. A release from the US Attorney General’s office in Georgia said Barbara Furlow-Smiles (pictured) had set up fake business deals, invoices and events…

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ECA Welcomes ICCA as its Newest Alliance Partner

The Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA), the unified advocacy voice of the business events industry, is pleased to announce that the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has joined ECA as its newest alliance partner. “Whether its supporting smart decarbonization and sustainability measures or advancing policies that help advance seamless international travel and commerce, our…

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Sarawak Releases IJBEL Special Edition on Sustainability at IMEX

From Business Events Sarawak: The International Journal of Business Events and Legacies (IJBEL) Strategic Advisory Tripartite has launched the special edition of the journal today at IMEX Frankfurt. Volume 2 Issue 2 of IJBEL focuses on sustainability and underscores the dedication to promoting sustainable practices within the business events industry. IJBEL is the first international…

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Sydney’s Change Agenda Helping Associations to Meet with Purpose

Business Event Sydney (BESydney) and International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) have been leading the way in business events for 65 years (55 years and 10 years respectively). Their trusted leadership in the impact of business events has meant the organisations are at the forefront of a new era of business events that focus on…

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PCMA and SANCBE Introduce CONVENE 4 CLIMATE

From German Convention Bureau: PCMA and The Strategic Alliance of the National Convention Bureaux of Europe (SANCBE) today announced Convene 4 Climate, the global business events industry’s inaugural sustainability conference, will be open to curated participation in a workshop-based environment. This exclusive gathering, 2-3 October in Barcelona, aims to drive responsibility, harness the power of…

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ICCA Releases Annual Country & City Rankings Report 2023

From ICCA: In a joint effort with ICCA members, ICCA’s Research Team compiled data on almost 10,000 meetings that took place over the course of 2023 throughout every region around the globe. This year’s report stands out for the increased continental diversity in the Top 20 country rank as, besides European, Asian and North American…

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GLOBAL DIY-SUMMIT: Copenhagen Inspires Organisational Transformation

The Global DIY-Summit is jointly organised by the DIY Retailers Association (EDRA), Global Home Improvement Network (GHIN), and the Home Improvement Manufacturers Association (HIMA). It’s managing director, Inaki Maillard EMBA, shares the story of how the deployment of the Copenhagen Legacy Lab to co-create the DIY Legacy Project has transformed not only the event, but…

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A BestCities Global Alliance Case Study: Global DIY Summit

From BestCities: The Global DIY Summit stands out as a premier networking event, connecting leaders in the DIY, Home Improvement, and Garden Centre markets. Organized by the European DIY-Retail Association (EDRA), the Home Improvement Manufacturers Association (HIMA), and the Global Home Improvement Network (GHIN), this summit draws over 1,000 delegates from more than 55 countries….

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Mission Innovation – A Story of Hydrogen and Conference Power!

From SFA Connect: Mission Innovation, a workshop on hydrogen energy and the national gas grid, was held in Chester, UK in 2019. This event brought together experts from across the world, to share best practice and combine ideas on how to overcome challenges within the energy industry. Participants represented governments, industry and the research community…

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BestCities Case Study: The World Down Syndrome Congress

The World Down Syndrome Congress (WDSC), hosted in various BestCities destinations, has been a beacon of hope and progress for individuals with Down syndrome. By bringing together families, professionals, and self-advocates, the Congress has fostered a global community dedicated to inclusion and advocacy. Each congress, organized by Down Syndrome International, has been a platform for…

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Agrifood Event Cultivates Innovation and International Participation

From PCMA: Rooted in New York but reaching the world online, the Grow-NY Competition and Summit provides $3 million in funding for innovative startups working throughout the agrifood ecosystem, from new farming technologies to ready-to-eat food products. No one understands the importance of proper cultivation better than those who work in the food and agriculture…

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5 Years of Meeting for Impact

From #Meet4Impact: With immense pleasure, and a sense of disbelief at how swiftly these five years have flown by, I am thrilled to share #MEET4IMPACT’s very first account of our journey toward impact. Six years ago, after spending two fruitful decades in the business events sector, toggling between event planning and association leadership roles, I…

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Mixed Performance, Record Investment – UKCAMS 2024

The latest research into the UK’s conference and meetings sector suggests that the industry’s post-Covid recovery did not gather momentum in 2023 but rather witnessed a somewhat mixed performance. While there were undoubtedly some venues that were doing really well, others were finding the market more challenging and not experiencing a continuous upward trajectory in…

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New Report Looks Inside RFP Processes

From Boardroom: The “RFP of the Future” report, recently conducted and published by Conferli, offers an insider’s look at Request for Proposal (RFP) processes within associations. Based on a survey of 94 associations, the study highlights a significant shift towards centralised RFP processes designed to enhance efficiency, transparency, and sustainability. The report reveals that over…

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These US Cities are Becoming the Most Expensive to Visit

From Forbes: Inflation continues to have a major impact on the cost of travel, but it’s not hitting all cities equally. Some destinations are increasingly expensive, while others have actually seen average travel costs fall over the past few years. Forbes Advisor explored which U.S. cities have experienced the most significant cost increases in recent…

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ICCA | Country & City Rankings Report 2023

From ICCA: In a joint effort with ICCA members, ICCA’s Research Team compiled data on almost 10,000 meetings that took place over the course of 2023 throughout every region around the globe. This year’s report stands out for the increased continental diversity in the Top 20 country rank as, besides European, Asian and North American…

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Advancing Women In Business Events

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) and the PCMA Foundation today released the final report of Advancing Women In Business Events, a groundbreaking, two-part global study focusing on the advancement of women in the industry, specifically the gender disparity in leadership, despite being a female-dominated field. This foundational study will be conducted every two years to benchmark…

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A Mid-Year Reflection: Insights and Progress

By Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Group: May was an eventful month, with IMEX Frankfurt and MPI’s WEC bringing the industry together under one roof once again. These events mark significant points in our calendars, offering us the global meetings and events industry a chance to pause and assess where we stand. It’s clear –…

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Elevating the Business Events Industry Starts With Advocacy

From Event Manager Podcast / Skift Meetings: This episode features Tommy Goodwin, Vice President, Government Affairs for the Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA). The conversation focuses on advocacy in the meetings industry. Here are a few of the topics we cover: Fully welcoming international exhibitors and attendees back to the US; Sustainability and climate change;…

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Why we Need to Re-Frame and Re-Position Incentive Travel

By Pádraic Gilligan: Recently I posted on sustainability and incentive travel concluding that current definitions / understandings of each rendered them as irreconcilable opposites – sustainability was “limiting”, requiring restraint, reduced consumption, thoughtful, conscientious behaviour while a travel reward was sans frontiers and sans souci, suggesting freedom, extravagance, conspicuous consumption.

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New European Tourism Commission Chief Steps up to Face the Challenges

From WIT: Beyond numbers, destinations need to rethink what they really want from tourism, says Miguel Sanz Castedo. With European tourism at a critical juncture, coming under pressure on several fronts, including environmental and social, the new president of the European Tourism Commission (ETC) says it is even more timely to remind Europeans of the…

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A Disrupted Vision of Leadership

From Conference & Meetings World: Speaker and emcee, Holly Ransom, who hosted the recent PCMA Convening Leaders gathering in San Diego, shares her philosophy of effective engagement and leadership: Holly Ransom’s journey into public speaking began at a young age when she was involved in non-profit projects. She won an international award at a microfinance…

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How Did We Allow This to Happen?

From WiT, Viator’s founder Rod Cuthbert on the rise of Google: As Google continues to roll out AI-powered search features, which will undoubtedly increase its dominance in travel, Rod Cuthbert, the founder of Viator and generally acknowledged as the “Godfather of tours and activities”, got quite indignant during his session at WiT Japan & North…

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Industry Advocacy and Let the Games Begin!

From New in Events Podcast: Mike Fletcher and Paul Cook catch up with ICCA President Marta Gomes to find out how her home city of Paris is gearing up for the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer. Marta also talks about the importance of advocacy to highlight and emphasise the events industry’s relevance, and importance…

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TECH CENTRAL, SYDNEY: How Business Events Drive Deep Tech

Sally-Ann Williams FTSE leads the charge in Australia’s deep tech revolution as CEO of Cicada Innovations, an incubator nurturing visionary innovators tackling global challenges through science and engineering. From MedTech to Clean Energy, Cicada has empowered hundreds to bring high-impact technologies to the world. The Iceberg joins Williams to understand the collision spaces and ecosystem…

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Communicating What’s Good about Business Events

By Pádraic Gilligan: Last May the Events Industry Council published the latest iteration of its Global Economic Significance of Business Events and valued business events’ contribution to global GDP at USD$1.6 trillion. This figure, in fact, would rank business events as the 13th largest economic stream globally. The EIC study, conducted in partnership with Oxford…

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Nothing but Award Washing

From Meetings International, by Roger Kellerman: How many international “competitions” are there to select the world’s, the continent’s, or a certain region’s or country’s, best hotel? How many owners and managers happily send their best-looking employees, in their fanciest outfits, to these so-called award ceremonies around the world to promote their “wins?” If we take…

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Gregg Talley: Building Human Connections and Communities

From Skift Meetings: Not many can say they grew up in the events industry, but Gregg Talley can. He has been at it for more than four decades. Gregg H. Talley is the chief executive officer of Talley Management Group, an association and event management firm that works with U.S. national global associations. Talley also…

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Building Bridges, Not Walls

From Destinations International, by Gretchen Hall: When we at Destinations International (DI) announced Tampa, FL as the location for our 2024 annual convention, it sparked a meaningful dialogue among our members. Given recent Florida legislation affecting key community groups, our choice raised important questions about our values and our strategies in the face of social…

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Education

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24 June 2024

UFI-Exhibition Management School (Jun-Jul 2024), Online

UFI and MBB-Consulting Group (MBB) are working to provide this industry education programme for exhibition organisers: the UFI-Exhibition Management School (UFI-EMS). The curriculum was developed jointly with the UFI community, making it a programme designed by exhibition organisers for exhibition organisers. Target Group: Mid to Senior representatives from Exhibition Organising Companies; Language: English; Format: Online…

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24 August 2024

38th CityDNA Summer School 2024, Brno, Czech Republic

The CityDNA Summer School provides great insights into the structure and functioning of the Meetings Industry. Our programme, filled with up-to-date and cutting edge examples of European best practice, lays out a comprehensive framework for you to build your expertise in one of the tourism industry’s most lucrative sector. It is perfect for those just…

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19 October 2024

Destinations International 2024 Fall CDME Courses, Puerto Rico

The CDME program prepares senior executives, who want to advance their careers to blend theory with experience and application of knowledge to help industry leaders thrive in a constantly changing environment. The program focus is on vision, leadership, productivity and implementing business strategies. The Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) program prepares senior executives to lead…

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20 October 2024

AIPC Canadian Academy, Toronto

Attracting, retaining, and growing talent is a global challenge for our industry, not only in Canada but worldwide. One way of addressing this challenge is providing the upcoming leaders of convention centres with unique professional education, focusing on their specific needs. That is why Convention Centres of Canada and AIPC decided to co-create a Canadian…

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How to Include Sustainability Into Conference Planning

Discover how Singapore, as a premiere business event destination, can help you organize impactful conferences. In this special Knowledge Capital Boardroom MiniCourse, Carrie Kwik, Executive Director Europe, Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau, explains what makes Singapore so special when it comes to organizing high-quality association events that will have long-lasting legacies both for your organization…

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Impact Strategy and Measurement Masterclass, Online

Currently, only a small number of destinations have clearly defined legacy and impact strategies and use outcome and impact indicators to monitor their non-financial performance. Go to the next level of performance: learn the latest social impact theories and approaches to enable you to develop a robust impact strategy and implement measurement processes to monitor…

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Northstar Learning Academy, Online

On-demand education from experienced industry professionals: This series of lessons can be reviewed at your own pace, on-demand, saving your progress as you go. At the end, you will take a quiz on what you’ve learned to receive a certificate of completion for CMP credits.

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PCMA Courses & Certifications

Become an authority on live stream and digital events; master the art of event measurement, from event conception to post-event debrief; crack the code on producing hybrid events that work for your organization’s needs, budget, and technology; solve complex business challenges with innovation-driven strategic solutions – study on-the-go and on your schedule with PCMA…

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18 June 2024

TEAMS Europe, London, UK

Step into the exciting world of sports with TEAMS Europe! Presented by SportsTravel, the event is part of the renowned TEAMS brand, which has been shaping and defining the sports-event industry for over 20 years. Join sporting-event rights holders, destinations and suppliers for an exclusive opportunity to network, share insights, and learn about the latest…

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19 June 2024

The Meetings Show, London, UK

The Meetings Show is the UK’s leading exhibition for the events, meetings, and incentives community. Proudly brought to you by Northstar Meetings Group, a name synonymous with excellence in the MICE industry, we’ve been bringing together thousands of event professionals since our launch in 2013. It’s an event all about connections – providing a platform…

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20 June 2024

Destination West, Denver, Colorado, USA

Destination West is the premier hosted-buyer event for qualified meetings and incentive professionals sourcing programs in the West. Formerly Discover Colorado, Destination West will also include other destinations and hotels in the Western U.S. Destination West enables attendees to experience firsthand the most desirable destinations, hotels and activities for successful meetings, while making invaluable business…

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23 June 2024

PCMA edUcon 2024, Detroit, MI, USA

Experience the future of event leadership at PCMA’s edUcon. Connect with industry peers, gain insights from innovation trailblazers and explore new possibilities for the future of events. Witness live demonstrations of progressive learning formats and craft a modern event playbook filled with fresh concepts to elevate your career. Don’t miss this opportunity to stay ahead…

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24 June 2024

ICCA Global Association Forum 2024, Cancun, Mexico

The ICCA Global Association Forum is an annual event focused on bringing together association meeting planners, senior association representatives and meeting suppliers from across the world, to provide valuable insights and practical tools and resources to support the association meetings industry. The event will also incorporate tailored business networking opportunities, using a unique matchmaking technology…

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30 June 2024

AIPC Annual Conference 2024, Costa Rica

This year’s conference is themed Next Gen Venues: The Power of Collaboration. Our aim is to delve into the evolution of conference venues, focusing on creating a sense of FOMO (fear of missing out) that is instrumental in attracting delegates. We’re dedicated to exploring innovations across the entire event value chain – not just in…

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16 July 2024

Destinations International Visitor Services Summit, Florida, USA

The Visitor Services Summit is a gathering of visitor experience and community engagement professionals. Join us as we focus on re-envisioning the purpose and value of the visitor center and how we engage with our communities, visitors, and residents. Learn from your peers as we share best practices, opportunities, and new innovations.

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16 July 2024

Destinations International 2024 Annual Convention, Florida, USA

Annual Convention is the destination organization industry’s premier event to meet your peers and gain cutting-edge knowledge to tackle the challenges of tomorrow. The world of destination marketing and management is now completely different. Destination organization professionals of today must have a renewed focus on solutions to tackle the challenges of showcasing organizational strength and…

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Natalie O’Brien AM

Chief Executive, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)

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Natalie O’Brien AM is Chief Executive of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), where she is responsible for the strategic direction of the business. She also has oversight of planning and future management of the new Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCEC) opening in 2026. Natalie is a former CEO of Food + Wine Victoria,…

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Senthil Gopinath

Chief Executive Officer, ICCA

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Senthil Gopinath has over 20 years’ experience in the meetings, association and leisure industry. He has held a wide range of positions, including CEO of Sri Lanka Convention Bureau, and Vice President of Kuoni. In 2006 Senthil moved to Dubai to work for Congress Solutions International, the Professional Congress Organiser (PCO) arm of Emirates Group….

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Geneviève Leclerc

Co-founder, #MEET4IMPACT

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Geneviève is a Canadian industry professional based in Montreal. She has 26 years of experience in congress management and consultancy services for national and international associations and has managed international events in over 20 countries. Geneviève has been active at elevating the industry’s capacity in sustainability and value creation since 2006, when she was an…

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Remi Deve

Chief Editor, Boardroom

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A specialized journalist in the association management field, Remi has been active in the meetings industry for more than 15 years. Together with Cecile Koch, he launched Boardroom in 2017, a niche publication specialized in association management and events. Boardroom covers a wide spectrum of issues of interest to associations based globally and is specifically targeting association…

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Natasha Richards

Head of Advocacy & Industry Relations, IMEX Group

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As Head of Advocacy & Industry Relations, Natasha oversees all industry partnerships, sponsorships, pan-industry initiatives and strategic alliances for the IMEX Group. Natasha plays a key part in business events industry advocacy efforts on behalf of the IMEX Group including the prestigious IMEX Policy Forum. In this capacity she is responsible for bringing together national…

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Nigel Brown, CICS

Director, Marketing & Partnerships, BestCities Global Alliance

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Nigel started his career at the head office of the International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA) in Amsterdam. He was part of the event organizing team of the association and served 7 years organizing a host of events on all continents. During his tenure he gained extensive project management skills and was responsible for implementing…

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Lyn Lewis-Smith

Chief Executive Officer, Business Events Sydney

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Lyn Lewis-Smith is CEO of BESydney and leads a global team of professionals spanning Europe, North America and Asia who are charged with securing global meetings of strategic, economic and social benefit to Sydney, Australia. The organisation works across sectors which include infrastructure, technology, professional services, advanced manufacturing, education and health. Lyn has led transformation…

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Tommy Goodwin

Vice President, Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance

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Tommy Goodwin is Vice President for the Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA), a newly-formed association dedicated to the recovery and advancement of the business events industry. In this role, he leads ECA’s advocacy and member engagement work on behalf the interconnected ecosystem of exhibitors, show and event organizers, suppliers, venues, and destinations that comprise the…

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Amelia Roziman

Chief Executive Officer, BESarawak

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Amelia is a pioneer of BESarawak with over 21 years of branding, marketing and PR experience whose career in the sector began as a sales coordinator. Within 12 years, she helms the organisation as a CEO. Coming from the indigenous Bidayuh tribe of Sarawak, she is passionate about developing her homeland and providing opportunities for…

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Greg Newton

General Manager, BMO Centre at Stampede Park

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Born in Toronto, Canada, Greg has divided his life between living in Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa. With now more than 20 years in the hospitality industry Greg has spent time in Management of a high end independent mountain resort property (The Rimrock Resort), Hyatt Hotels and the Intercontinental group before moving over to convention centers….

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Loren Christie

Managing Director, BestCities

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Loren Christie brings more than 25 years of experience in Tourism & Hospitality to his role as Managing Director of the BestCities Global Alliance. He held various leadership positions with Starwood Hotels & Resorts during his 17 year career with them including Director of Sales for International Congress, Business Transient and Leisure Sales at the…

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Alexander Alles

Executive Director, Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC)

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Alex Alles joined JMIC Joint Meetings Industry Council in August 2022. There he is responsible for the overall operations of the association as well as the project office of the Net Zero Carbon Events. NZCE is an industry-wide initiative aiming to help stakeholders of the meetings and events sectors to decarbonise. Before joining JMIC, Alex…

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