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Corporate Incentive Travel Growing in APAC

Corporate incentive travel is on the rise, creating opportunity for events in the Asia Pacific region, according to a report from the Melbourne Convention Bureau in partnership with the PCMA Foundation. The report was released at the PCMA Annual Conference in Bangkok. APAC business events are valued at over $200 billion. From PCMA…

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New Competitiveness Ranking: Paris Leads

Paris has topped a new index which ranks cities in their competitiveness at attracting major international conventions. Iceberg partner GainingEdge CEO Gary Grimmer said his company’s index would help destinations know how many conventions they should expect to be hosting every year. Paris was followed by Washington, Barcelona, New York and Boston. From Association Meetings International…

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Montreal Honours its $73m Ambassadors

Ambassadors who helped bring a dozen international meetings to Montreal have been honoured by the city at a gala dinner. The events, covering everything from AI to thrombosis, are expected to attract 32,000 delegates and pump $73m into the province. Eighteen individuals were toasted at the Palais des congrès de Montréal function. From Association Meetings International…

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James Rees Becomes New ICCA President

James Rees, the Executive Director of ExCeL London, has been elected President of Iceberg partner the International Congress and Convention Association. The announcement was made at the 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai. Rees was first elected to the ICCA board in 2012 and in 2017 became a Vice President. Includes video interview. From CIM News Magazine…

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CINZ CSR Facilitates Free School Meals

Eat My Lunch runs a “buy one, give one” scheme distributing packed school meals in New Zealand. Now Conventions and Incentives New Zealand is helping planners weave corporate social responsibility into their events by partnering with the award-winning social enterprise. At a conference in Auckland, CINZ donated 200 lunches to Kiwi schoolchildren. From CIM News Magazine…

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Global MICE Collaborative Launched

During IMEX America, three leading industry associations announced that they are joining together to develop an events task force for emerging markets. Iceberg partners SITE (the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence) and MPI (Meeting Professionals International), plus the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, have in tandem launched the Global MICE Collaborative. From the Event…

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Sydney to Stage Two Future Energy Meetings

New South Wales is to host two major global meetings bringing both the world’s energy thinkers and decision makers to Sydney. Focusing on future generation, storage and conversion, the International Conference on Photovoltaic Science and Engineering in 2021 and the International Meeting on Lithium Batteries in 2022 will jointly attract 2,600. From CIM News Magazine…

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Brisbane Wins iMig 2020 Conference

Brisbane’s BCEC is set to host 500 of the world’s best sector surgeons, respiratory researchers, clinicians and allied health professionals after securing the 15th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group in 2020. Australia has one of the highest rates of the disease in the world. Photo: Kgbo. From CIM News Magazine…

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Women in Exhibition Sector Report Released

The global exhibition industry association UFI, an Iceberg partner, has released the results of research into women who are working in the sector. “Women in the Exhibition Industry” collates an online survey of over 200 respondents, mostly women. 82 percent of them highly appreciated working in exhibitions and loved their jobs. From CIM News Magazine…

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Indonesia Launches $1m Bid Fund

Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism has announced a $1 million bid fund in 2019 to increase its share of international meetings. Indonesian Tourism is also thinking about developing new destinations like Batam and Bintan. Currently only Bali and Jakarta are considered meetings-ready. An IMF World Bank Meeting was held this October in Bali. From Association Meetings International…

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ICC Sydney Launches Reconciliation Plan

A ceremony at ICC Sydney has launched its Reconciliation Action Plan, which will recognise and celebrate during events the cultures and traditions of Australia’s First Nations. These include the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the custodians of the land on which ICC Sydney sits. From CIM News Magazine…

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BESydney Appoints New Ambassadors

Nine Sydney champions have joined the Business Events Sydney Global Ambassador Program. They include Professor Carol Pollock, Melanie Brock, Ann Sherry AO and Jim Prendergast, pictured above left to right with Lyn Lewis-Smith of BESydney. In total Ambassadors have helped Sydney secure over AU$320 million of global events until 2026. From CIM News Magazine…

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Melbourne’s October: Nine Large Conferences

Melbourne has just come off the back of a busy October hosting nine international conferences. The events, which attracted over 5,000 delegates, included the World Urban Parks Congress, the World Congress of Colleges and Polytechnics and the International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies. Venues ranged from MCEC to Melbourne Cricket Ground. From CIM News Magazine…

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UFI Global Congress Staged in Russia

Over 450 event professionals from over 54 countries have gathered in St Petersburg to attend the 85th UFI Global Congress. The event kicked off with the UFI General Assembly, and the exhibition industry’s global association, which is an Iceberg partner, also released two research reports: Global Visitor Insights, and Women in the exhibition industry. From the Event…

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Cape Town’s CTICC Secures 15 Major Events

Cape Town’s CTICC has secured fifteen major conferences in the last six months alone, many being hosted in Africa for the first time. They include the International Council on Systems Engineering 2020, the 2021 World Congress of the International Health Economics Association, and the 2024 General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union. From the Event…

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SWIFT’s Sibos a Success for ICC Sydney

ICC Sydney’s staging for show organisers SWIFT of the huge finance conference Sibos just saw 7,600 business leaders, academics and entrepreneurs take over the venue for four days. Sibos’ trade show included 180 exhibitors, custom-built stands, interactive zones and live activations, while a further 75 private meetings ran alongside official sessions. From CIM News Magazine…

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Seoul Wins 40 Large Conferences in 2018

Seoul has secured 40 international conferences so far in 2018, which will bring in over 35,000 delegates. Twelve of the events are large-scale and account for around 25,000 attendees of the total. According to a recent UIA report, Seoul was the third most popular international meetings city from 2015 to 2017. From Association Meetings International…

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