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13 February 2025

UFI Asia-Pacific Conference, Melbourne, Australia

The UFI team is excited to bring the UFI Asia-Pacific Conference to Australia for the first time in the history of this conference. Australia is an essential part of the Asia business events landscape with its world-class venues, strong supporting infrastructure and thriving entrepreneurial spirit. In addition, holding our conference in conjunction with AIME, hosted…

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Sydney’s Change Agenda Helping Associations to Meet with Purpose

Business Event Sydney (BESydney) and International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) have been leading the way in business events for 65 years (55 years and 10 years respectively). Their trusted leadership in the impact of business events has meant the organisations are at the forefront of a new era of business events that focus on…

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TECH CENTRAL, SYDNEY: How Business Events Drive Deep Tech

Sally-Ann Williams FTSE leads the charge in Australia’s deep tech revolution as CEO of Cicada Innovations, an incubator nurturing visionary innovators tackling global challenges through science and engineering. From MedTech to Clean Energy, Cicada has empowered hundreds to bring high-impact technologies to the world. The Iceberg joins Williams to understand the collision spaces and ecosystem…

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BESydney Shares Customised Event Smarts on New Portal

From Conference & Meetings World: Business Events Sydney (BESydney) has launched its new event planning portal, designed to support event organisers to access tools, resources, and funding to host their business event in Sydney. The new planning portal has been designed in consultation with customers who run small events and agents to address the challenges…

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Adelaide Becomes 4th Australian City to Join Sustainability Movement

From AMI: Adelaide has joined a destination sustainability benchmarking programme to assess its weaknesses and build on its strengths in areas of environmental and socio-economic transformation. The South Australian capital is the fourth Australian city to join the Global Destination Sustainability Movement (GDS-Movement), alongside Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Business Events Adelaide’s chief executive officer, Damien…

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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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Julia Swanson: Prevention is Better than Cure

From the BestCities Global Forum, hosted in January by Melbourne, its Convention Bureau Chief Executive, Julia Swanson, reflects on the values alignment now being demanded by future members of professional societies and associations. Cultural alignment, a sense of purpose, and creating long lasting community impacts are top of mind for the next generation, she says….

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THE POLLINATOR – Belinda Moore and Associations

From the BestCities Global Forum in Melbourne earlier this year, Strategic Membership Solutions’ owner, Belinda Moore, was perhaps the pick of the speakers on view. Covering 9 challenges that keep association executives awake at night, the editor of Associations Evolve shares her insights with The Iceberg.  Destinations that embrace the association challenges will succeed…

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Data Dashboard Will Measure Economic Contribution of Business Events

From Australian Business Events Association: An announcement by Minister for Trade and Tourism, Special Minister of State Senator the Hon Don Farrell (pictured above) said the Albanese Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment to better measure the contribution of business events to the Australian economy through the development of a new business events…

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10 February 2025

AIME 2025, Melbourne, Australia

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) is the leading trade event for the meetings and event industry in the Asia Pacific region. AIME is where industry decision makers connect, create and do business. We bring together international and local event planners and connect them with the best destinations, venues and event suppliers from…

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Australia and the Future Cities Agenda

From Property Council of Australia, by Prof. Greg Clark: To set the scene to next week’s Future Cities Summit, world renowned urbanist Greg Clark has penned an essay addressing the core issues on the Summit agenda: This future cities agenda does not just imagine a world of hyper competition between 10,000 cities. It also anticipates…

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Sydney to Host 5th World Conference Of Women’s Shelters

From BESydney: Wesnet (Women’s Services Network Inc.) is pleased to announce that together with the Global Network of Women’s Shelters (GNWS), Australia will be hosting the 5th World Conference of Women’s Shelters (5WCWS) in Sydney from 15-18 September 2025. This will be the first time ever held in the Southern Hemisphere. Launched in New York…

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Collaboration at the Forefront of Scientific Progress

From The Sydney Morning Herald: Great discoveries – the ones that alter the course of human history – rarely happen with the sudden “Eureka!” moment you see in the movies: a lone inventor’s sudden flash of genius, giving birth to a fully formed breakthrough no one has ever thought of before. In the real world,…

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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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MCB Launches “First Peoples Engagement Guide”

From Meeting Spotlight: The Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has announced the launch of its “First Peoples Engagement Guide,” a resource aimed at assisting event planners in creating culturally enriching business events and fostering positive social impact. The introductory guide is aimed at the business events industry and includes practical information about when and how to…

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The Biggest AIME in a Decade Opens in Melbourne

AIME Press Release: The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has today launched its 2024 event that will be the biggest AIME in a decade. Taking place at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), AIME will host more than 600 buyers from around the world, welcome 3500 visitor and 570 exhibitors from various business…

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BestCities Launch Legacy Case Study Series

From BestCities Global Alliance: The 23rd World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems in Melbourne, 2016, showcased ITS Australia’s expertise and fostered government and community engagement in intelligent transportation. Prioritizing diversity and strategic networking, it achieved significant industry growth, policy influence, and youth engagement. This event exemplifies the lasting benefits of hosting international congresses for industry…

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BestCities Creates Connections with Purpose at 2024 Global Forum

BestCities Global Alliance welcomed international association representatives, trade media, industry thought leaders, and representatives from 13 BestCities destinations to its annual Global Forum, which took place January 18-21 in Melbourne, Australia with the support of Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB). BestCities’ flagship event featured a strong education program with speakers including Mark McCrindle, social researcher and…

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