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Industry Mourns ASAE CEO John H. Graham IV

John H. Graham IV, President and CEO of the American Society of Association Executives, has died after a battle with cancer. Graham was both well known and highly respected across the association world. Legacies of his long tenure include more than doubling the Iceberg partner’s membership and starting the Diversity Executive Leadership Program. From MPI…

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Doors Open to ICCA’s Association Community

ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association, has officially opened the doors of its Association Community. Now association executives can join the Iceberg partner’s membership of convention centres, destination marketing organisations (DMOs) and professional congress organisers (PCOs). From Association Meetings International…

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San Francisco Hosts Convening Leaders

Industry mega-gathering Convening Leaders has just taken place in San Francisco’s Moscone Center. The organiser PCMA, the Professional Convention Management Association, gave details of its flagship event’s impact at a press conference, just after the signing of a partnership with the Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau. From PCMA…

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Nara Convention Venue Set for Spring Launch

Famous for its giant Buddha and historic temples, the ancient city of Nara will open a new venue this spring in a bid to become one of Japan’s leading event destinations. The Nara Prefectural Convention Center will allow the compact city to host conferences for up to 2,000 participants. From Association Meetings International…

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MCEC Opens Doors for Bushfire Evacuees

As bushfires continue to cause devastation across all of Australia, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre has become a disaster relief centre. It is offering transition assistance to evacuees from Mallacoota in East Gippsland, including access to food and water, medical support and other services. From News.com.au…

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Meetings Industry Talks Sustainability at COP25

The teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg may have grabbed more headlines, but meetings and events leaders also got to address some of the biggest sustainability challenges facing the industry during a panel debate at UN Climate Conference COP25 in Madrid. Article includes full video from the session. From Association Meetings International…

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Brand USA Rescued by US Congress Vote

The US Congress has just voted to renew funding and thus rescue the nation’s destination marketer Brand USA as part of a $1.4 trillion budget package. The reauthorisation comes with a changed funding structure, and a rise in the cost of America’s online visa waiver programme ESTA from $14 to $21. From Skift…

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Te Pae Secures Flagship Association Meetings

A further raft of associations have signed up to hold flagship meetings at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, less than a year before the venue’s scheduled opening. Te Pae managers finished 2019 on a high with more than 50 events already confirmed, worth about NZ$30 million to the New Zealand city. From Association Meetings International…

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Associations Congress UK Held in Birmingham

Associations Congress UK 2019 saw the event’s highest-ever association attendance drawn to Birmingham’s ICC for two days of education, engagement and entertainment. This included sessions on strategy, events, membership and education, followed by an awards lunch. From Association Meetings International…

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EICC’s 2019 Set to Post Sales and Profits Record

Edinburgh International Conference Centre is “on track” for “record sales and operating profits” in 2019 after hosting some of the world’s most high-profile conferences. EICC has also calculated that the economic impact the venue makes on the region lies at around £55 million. From Association Meetings International…

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Seoul Secures Six Major Meetings to Start 2020

Seoul is gearing up for a busy new year of international meetings, with six notable large-scale gatherings set to bring 17,200 participants to the city’s conference venues in the first half of 2020. The three biggest account for 10,900 of the total and are enjoying the destination’s event support programme PLUS SEOUL. From Boardroom…

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