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The Meetings Show Asia Pacific Breaks New Ground with Roaring Debut

From M&IT: The Meetings Show Asia Pacific, the region’s leading event for the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) industry, launched its highly successful inaugural edition this week at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. The show welcomed more than 1,000 event professionals across the Asia Pacific region and from…

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Northstar Looks East as TMS Debuts in Singapore

The Iceberg’s global media partner, Northstar Travel Group, will convene meeting and event planners in Singapore as The Meetings Show expands its footprint into AsiaPac, from 17-18th April. Up to 80% of buyers will be drawn from the region while international buyers will make up the remainder of the hosted buyer event being held in…

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PATA Welcomes Noor Ahmad Hamid as New CEO

From PATA: The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Noor Ahmad Hamid as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1, 2023. Noor’s appointment for a three-year term will usher in a new era for PATA as one of the world’s most influential industry associations dedicated to promoting…

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Events Sector Finally Getting Recognition – What’s Next?

It took a pandemic for governments to realise the value of business events. Now the sector has to keep up its advocacy and collaboration efforts. At the recent UFI Asia-Pacific Conference 2023 in Kuala Lumpur, leaders in the Asia’s events and exhibitions space shared about their effective advocacy strategies and learnings… From Meetings & Conventions…

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30th AIME Show Opens in Melbourne

More than 400 hosted meeting and incentive buyers and an estimated 2,000 trade visitors attended the first day of Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to meet some 350 exhibitors from destination marketing organisations, hotels, conference centres, and other meeting industry suppliers. From Meetings & Conventions Asia…

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AIME Announces Knowledge Program Agenda for 2023

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has revealed the speakers for its Knowledge Program, which takes place the day before the show floor opens for meetings between the world’s business events buyers and sellers next month. Sessions presented by industry have been broken down into emotional intelligence and classic intelligence sessions. From micenet…

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Business Travel Fares Rising Through 2023

Global travel prices are predicted to continue to increase in 2022 and then throughout 2023, says the 2023 Global Business Travel Forecast. Published by CWT, the study covers the drivers behind the increasing prices. According to the report, these are rising fuel prices, labour shortages, and inflationary pressure on material costs. From Conference & Meetings World…

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Leveraging Intellectual Capital – The Second Edition

Global convention sector consulting firm GainingEdge has launched its second annual report on leveraging the intellectual capital of convention destinations, based on an analysis of international association leadership. The research underpinning the Iceberg partner’s report identifies the relative strengths of 350 destinations via the presence of their local intellectual leaders in the governing bodies of international associations that…

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Sustainability Study Maps Greener Travel

New GBTA (Global Business Travel Association) research has collected industry and external stakeholder insights to benchmark perceptions, priorities and actionable opportunity for more sustainable business travel. Barriers to making business travel more sustainable include higher costs, limited data, and lack of access to information. From Meetings International…

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UFI Global Barometer Notes Recovery

Iceberg partner UFI, the global association of the exhibition sector, has released the latest edition of its flagship Global Barometer. Figures highlight the quickening pace of the industry’s recovery in 2022 after the continuing impact of the pandemic throughout 2021. The results vary between locations, primarily driven by reopening  dates for exhibitions.. From Exhibition World…

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PCMA’s GMID Debate: Vaccine Passports and Industry Recovery

In celebration of Global Meetings Industry Day, PCMA hosted the first ever PCMA APAC and EMEA debate, attracting over 500 registrations from 57 countries. Moderated by Oscar Cerezales, Global Executive Vice President Corporate Division of Iceberg partner MCI Group, the big debate discussed the pros and cons of the potential vaccine passport. From PCMA…

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Business Events Council Merger Paused

A roadmap to merge the Events Industry Council with the Joint Meetings Industry Council (which presents The Iceberg) was finalised in December with both optimistic it would get ratified. JMIC members gave the plans unanimous support, but the deal is no longer on, albeit with the door still apparently left ajar. From Association Meetings International…

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Competitive Index 2020

Global convention industry consulting firm and Iceberg partner GainingEdge has released its third annual Competitive Index of international convention destinations.  The 2020 edition extends the listing to the world’s top 101 cities, those which have hosted 87 or more international conventions over the past three years as reported by the International Congress and Convention Association….

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International Meetings: For Sector to Recover, What Must be in Place?

To have international association meetings looking anything like they did before COVID-19, either of two things must happen: enough host countries push their daily case rate down to nearly zero so overseas delegations become possible, or else science comes to the rescue with a vaccine or treatment(s). From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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The JMIC Global Manifesto: Speaking with One Voice

The Joint Meetings Industry Council, which presents The Iceberg, has released a manifesto that sets out arguments as to why business events can and should be utilised to drive economic recovery and renewal in the post-COVID-19 era. The document was assembled with the advice and input of a broad range of industry leaders. This was…

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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the International Meetings...

Against the backdrop of the global COVID-19 outbreak, CIMERT (the Center of International Meetings Research and Training), supported by Iceberg partner ICCA (the International Congress and Convention Association) has released its first ever report The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the International Meetings Industry. The industry survey was initiated by Chengdu Municipal Bureau of…

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Coronavirus: CIMERT / ICCA Report Launched

Less than one month after Iceberg partner ICCA and CIMERT (Center of International Meetings Research and Training) began studying the effects of COVID-19 on the events industry, a first report has been released. The document maps pandemic impact on meetings across the world. From Association Meetings International…

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Coronavirus: ICCA Data Powers Joint Research

Iceberg partner ICCA and CIMERT (Center of International Meetings Research and Training) have jointly monitored since February the status of meetings in the ICCA Association Database affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Based at Chengdu University, CIMERT has had fifteen students and three lecturers working virtually on the project. From the Event…

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