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BESydney’s Martin Boyle to Lead IAPCO

The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers has appointed Martin Boyle, Director of Europe for convention bureau BESydney, as its new CEO. Boyle will take the helm in April next year, replacing Executive Director Sarah Storie-Pugh, who will continue in a part-time capacity. From Association Meetings International…

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Durban to Stage ICCA Association Event

For the first time ever, South Africa will host the International Congress and Convention Association’s Association Meetings Programme in June 2019. A hundred members of ICCA and association executives will gather over three days at Durban International Convention Centre which this year is celebrating its 21st anniversary. From Boardroom…

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Lausanne Joins Energy Cities Alliance

A city best known as the seat of the Olympics movement has become the latest member of the Energy Cities Alliance, a marketing consortium of business events destinations. Lausanne’s inclusion marks an apparent shift in emphasis in the consortium towards “sustainable energy solutions”. From Association Meetings International…

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APAC “Meeting Room of the Future” Released

Experience creation is the top priority for Asia Pacific event planners, according to IACC’s first APAC edition of its “Meeting Room of the Future” report. 66 percent of the region’s meeting planners claim delegates seek more engagement, personalisation and interactive technologies at business events than before. From CIM News Magazine…

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Vanessa Cotton Scholarship Awarded

Event management student Ebony Banks is the winner of the 2018 Vanessa Cotton Scholarship Award, organised by the MPI UK and Ireland chapter. The student of Wrexham Glyndwr University emerged victorious from the ten-strong shortlist to win a month-long paid internship with Reed Travel Exhibitions. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Wellington CEC Gets Council Green Light

Wellington’s new Conference and Exhibition Centre has been given a green light by Wellington City Council paving the way for the beginning of construction next year. The 18,000 square metre CEC will feature dedicated convention space spread across its top two floors and a ground floor gallery to accommodate touring exhibitions. From CIM News Magazine…

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Good Grub: Quebec’s Insect Food Conference

Quebec City and Laval University will host a major international meeting on using insects as food for both humans and animals. The Third International Insects to Feed the World Conference, which will be held at the Quebec City Convention Centre in June 2020, will bring together 500 experts from around the globe. From Boardroom…

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Toulouse Centre Under Construction

The new Toulouse Exhibition and Convention Centre is now under construction and will offer three venues in one when it opens in June 2020 as the third largest in France. Located six kilometres from Blagnac International Airport, the centre will offer easy road access for attendees with 5,000 parking spaces on site. From Association Meetings International…

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Newcastle Wins Major Design Conference

An international design conference that has been held before in New York and Oslo is heading to Newcastle in 2019. More than 150 delegates are expected to descend on the North East English city for the annual Design History Conference, set to be held at Northumbria University in September. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Congress Center Basel’s Busy 2019 Calendar

After a busy 2018, Congress Center Basel is once more preparing to host a number of major international events. Small congresses in the first quarter, including the 50th Annual Meeting of Iceberg partner the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers, will be followed by larger meetings in the medical and computational biology sectors. From Boardroom…

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ICCA and ASAE Collaborate on Forum

Iceberg partners the International Congress and Convention Association and the American Society of Association Executives have collaborated on ASAE’s Asia Pacific Association Leadership Forum. The event saw more than 150 association executives from the region head to Singapore for the annual educational Forum held at the Grand Hyatt. From CIM News Magazine…

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BSAVA Moving to Manchester Central

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association, organiser of the largest and oldest sector congress in Europe, is moving its event to Manchester from 2021. The bid, secured by Manchester Central in collaboration with Marketing Manchester, is thought to be worth £110 million to the local economy over three years. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…  

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Brisbane’s CVB Celebrates 40 Years

Brisbane’s convention bureau is celebrating its 40th anniversary of attracting conferences and visitors to the city. Established in 1978, the Brisbane Visitors and Convention Bureau merged into the city’s economic development board Brisbane Marketing in 2000. Today Brisbane business events generate more than AU$257 million a year in economic impact. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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MPI’s Meetings Outlook Report Released

Meeting Professionals International has released its latest Meetings Outlook report, which highlights projected favourable business conditions, with the caveat that budgets are unlikely to increase. Only 1.5 percent of those polled believed budget conditions were favourable, with 43 percent thinking budgets would get 1-5 percent better. From Association Meetings International…  

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