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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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CHANGE STARTS HERE: How BESydney Advances the Government Agenda

In a candid interview from Sydney, New South Wales, the General Manager of Content, Creative & Corporate Affairs at Business Events Sydney – Carolin Lenehan – shares the conversation that is now being had between her organisation and government – a conversation that The Iceberg would urge all DMOs to share with their city, state,…

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Unlocking Government Support the Sarawak Way

Chief Executive Officer of Business Events Sarawak and The Iceberg Ambassador Amelia Roziman ABS CIS combines with GainingEdge Chairman, Gary Grimmer, to share the success of her organisation as she prepares to host of the first ever ICCA Association Impact Masterclass being held in Kuching in April. Alignment to the 10-Year Development Strategy of the…

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Meet Wellington’s Science Leaders Attracting International Events

From AMI Magazine: New Zealand is strengthening its reputation as it puts science and innovation at the top of its agenda. And it’s proving attractive for associations bringing their conferences to its capital city, Wellington. Wellington boasts the largest research, science and innovation workforce in New Zealand. Whether it’s life sciences, climate innovation, or the…

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ICCA Heads to Sarawak for Association Impact Masterclass

At IBTM World in Barcelona, the architects of the ICCA Association Impact Masterclass confirmed that the educational is to take place in Kuching from 25-27th April. A 2-day immersive educational designed and delivered by GainingEdge and #Meet4Impact, the Masterclass is appropriately being unveiled in the ‘Legacy Capital’ of Malaysia and Borneo and hosted by its…

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ICC Sydney Elevates Corporate Ethics Through ‘RESPECT’ Initiative

From Boardroom: In the heart of Darling Harbour in Sydney, the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) stands out not only as a top-tier venue for international gatherings but also as a paragon of corporate responsibility and ethical conduct. Anchoring its operational philosophy firmly on the principle of respect, ICC Sydney has taken significant strides…

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Business Events Need Face Recognition

2024 will see the Business Events Industry exceed pre-pandemic levels of turnover and attendance as the demand for in-person business, professional, and policy engagement continues with alacrity. But as PCMA CEO, Sherrif Karamat famously reminded The Iceberg at the beginning of the recovery, “the time to buy an umbrella is when the sun shines.” So…

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Demand for Regional Engagement Drives Growth in AP

AIME (Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Exhibition) held annually in Melbourne, Australia, is just around the corner. The event organiser, Matt Pearce, gave The Iceberg some insight into the sudden proliferation of events being staged in the region. China and India are both showing demand for outbound, Pearce confirmed, and subject to developing the connection between…

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A Lesson in Collaboration and Trust

From AMI: Like a lot of international conferences run by American professional bodies, the biannual International C. elegans Conference was firmly planted in American soil. The international in its title referred to the audience profile, not where it was held. But that all changed last year when organisers, who had been mulling the possibility of…

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Green Backed: The Rise of Sustainable Subventions

From AMI: As associations become more focused on people and planet, Holly Patrick looks at how sustainable subvention initiatives are paving the way for greener gatherings… In the hyper-competitive international meetings market, “subventions and financial grants are super important,” says Elena Fis, sustainability officer at congress organiser Kenes group. “A lot of destinations have significant…

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GDS-Forum: Creating a Sustainable Vision of Destination Stewardship

In an eventful week, Valencia in Spain hosted the inaugural GDS-Forum organised by the Global Destination Sustainability Movement (GDS-Movement) which preceded the CityDNA Autumn Conference. The Forum departed from the meeting norms of pre-pandemic times to unveil the ‘unconference’ which Founder and CEO, Guy Bigwood, described as ‘a workshop on steroids’. It was undoubtedly different…

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CityDNA Autumn Conference: Building Blocks to Destination Positive

Europe’s leading destination management and development leaders from cities across Europe and beyond convened to explore the positive impacts derived from tourism (and events) exploring 4 key pillars, or building blocks, including Climate Action, Social Responsibility, the Circular Economy, and Societal Impact. The event echoed the mission of the European knowledge sharing alliance for cities…

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Meet the Visionary Canadians Attracting International Events

From Boardroom: When people think of Canada, they may picture pristine mountainous landscapes, the most famously friendly people in the world or perhaps a bottle of maple syrup. And while Canada is blessed with unparalleled natural beauty and an incredibly welcoming population – some of whom enjoy a drizzle of syrup here and there…

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Artificial Intelligence: A Viral Sensation or A Revolutionary Tool?

From Boardroom: As we strive towards a more sustainable future, the integration of AI into association operations can be a game-changer. It not only enhances the efficiency of organizations but also contributes significantly to building a more sustainable world. This article, part of our Building Back Better series, explores the ways in which AI benefits…

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Stronger Together

From Boardroom: Sven Bossu, CEO of AIPC, the international association of convention centres, contends that strategic partnerships enable organizations, even if they’re small, to ‘punch above their weight’: We just had our first ever local AIPC Academy at the MTCC in Toronto, organized in close collaboration with the Convention Centers of Canada (CCoC). It is…

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Meet the Visionary Canadians Attracting International Events

From Conference & Meetings World: One of Canada’s greatest offerings remains undiscovered by many. When people think of Canada, their minds may conjure images of pristine mountainous landscapes, some most famously friendly people in the world or perhaps simply a bottle of maple syrup. And while, yes, Canada is blessed with unparalleled natural beauty and…

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Sydney bets all on Intellectual Capital

From PCMA: Progressive and innovative, Sydney is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. In addition to an environment that is ripe for new and expansive ideas, the capital of New South Wales and one of Australia’s largest cities is equipped with an advanced infrastructure, from modern meeting facilities to a seamless…

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Destination Canada Initiative Spotlights Intellectual Capital

From PCMA: It’s no secret that Canada attracts flocks of business events with its robust connectivity, top-of-the-line venues, and natural beauty. These days, the destination is promoting — and making readily available — an equally valuable asset: the country’s intellectual capital. Launched in April 2023, the Canadian Visionaries Network (CVN) is a one-stop shop for…

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AIPC FUTURESHAPERS: The Legacy Continues

The second edition of the FutureShapers Educational Program which culminates in a presentation shoot-out at the AIPC Annual Conference once again astounded the membership of the world’s leading venue community. The Iceberg joined a buzzing crowd in Luxembourg to witness Team Equal battle it out with Team Visionary. In a double-bill, The Iceberg shares the…

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UIA Congress 2023: Engaging the Legacy Generation

Home to the UIA Congress 2023, Copenhagen has relished the title of World Capital of Architecture. But behind the spotlight was a determined group of women collaborating to ensure that the legacy of both the event and the profession burns brightly for generations to come. UIA worked with the Copenhagen Convention Bureau and other stakeholders…

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ICC Sydney Strengthens Commitment to Social Impact

From ICC Sydney: In a demonstration of its commitment to philanthropy and social impact, International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), managed by ASM Global, has recognised its charity clients at its inaugural appreciation luncheon yesterday. The event follows a bumper year for ICC Sydney where charity and not for profit organisations declared at least A$7.1…

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