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ICCA Extends Partnership with UN Tourism

From ICCA: This landmark partnership agreement sees ICCA recognised as the UN Tourism partner for business events across all UN Tourism platforms and initiatives. This collaboration recognises the influence and transformative potential of the business events industry and puts it on the map as a key driver for socio-economic progress across the world. ICCA acknowledges…

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A BestCities Global Alliance Case Study: Global DIY Summit

From BestCities: The Global DIY Summit stands out as a premier networking event, connecting leaders in the DIY, Home Improvement, and Garden Centre markets. Organized by the European DIY-Retail Association (EDRA), the Home Improvement Manufacturers Association (HIMA), and the Global Home Improvement Network (GHIN), this summit draws over 1,000 delegates from more than 55 countries….

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IAPCO Survey Flags £12.15bn Economic Impact on Global Destinations

From Conference & Meetings World: The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) has published its annual member statistical survey covering the previous year, 2023. IAPCO worked with the annual return data provided by members, who reported delivering over £12.15bn (US$15.22bn) of economic impact into destinations around the globe in 2023. In addition, the association…

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The Impact of Hybrid Working on the Meetings and Events Industry

This latest First Look Research survey by Northstar Meetings Group, sponsored by IHG Group, suggests remote working is now a permanent fixture for event professionals, with only six per cent of employers who made the switch to hybrid during the pandemic enforcing a full-time return to the office. In fact, just over one in ten…

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Study Aims to Help Destinations Create a More Welcoming Environment

Destinations International and City Destinations Alliance are collaborating on a global accessibility study to provide valuable insights into where destinations are on their journey to becoming accessible to people with disabilities; significant progress is already underway in North America, Europe and beyond. Please support the study by completing the survey…

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5 June 2024

Global Exhibitions Day 2024

The ninth edition of Global Exhibitions Day (GED) will be held under the theme “Exhibitions are catalysts to sustainable futures”. Celebrated annually on the first Wednesday of June, all interested in increasing the visibility of the exhibitions industry regionally and on a global scale are invited to participate. The GED 2024 theme reinforces the role…

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UFI Global Exhibition Barometer 32nd Edition (January 2024)

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has released the latest 32nd edition of its flagship Global Exhibition Barometer research which takes the pulse of the industry. The results highlight that in most markets around the world the exhibition industry fully recovered from the pandemic slump in 2023, with revenues reaching a comparable level…

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Theme and Key Pillars Announced for GED 2024

From Exhibition World: The ninth edition of Global Exhibitions Day (GED), facilitated by UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, will be held on 5 June 2024 under the theme ‘Exhibitions are catalysts to sustainable futures’. Celebrated annually on the first Wednesday of June, all interested in increasing the visibility of the exhibitions industry…

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Creating Meaningful Events in Challenging Times

From GCB: Business events are truly multi-talented as platforms for the exchange of knowledge and for networking people. But as we face a multitude of global challenges and transformation processes, meetings, conferences and congresses also need to be readjusted. What solutions can business events offer in the context of climate change, pandemics, international conflicts or…

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Convention Cities Index | Dec 2023 Interim Report

From Northstar Meetings Group: Nearly four years after the world shut down due to Covid and prognosticators declared a “new normal,” 2023 appears to have been a year where the meetings industry returned to something resembling the “old normal.” Hotel room-rate fluctuations have moderated since Northstar Meetings Group’s June 2023 Convention Cities Index. Airlines are…

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Skift Presents This Year’s Megatrends

From Skift Meetings: For me, 2024 feels like a year on a precipice. So much of the world is in flux. From geopolitical unrest to the almost biblical levels of fires and floods and humanity’s rush into artificial intelligence – there’s a palpable sense of urgency. But in the travel industry, we’re lucky to work…

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Time to Take Action on Women in Business Events Leadership

From BESydney: Business Events Sydney (BESydney) and the world’s largest association for business events strategists, PCMA, released the findings of a new global study into Advancing Women in Business Events in San Diego overnight. During 2023, the PCMA Foundation and Business Events Sydney (BESydney) set out to explore the pronounced gender gap in the global…

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Advancing Women Leaders in the Business Events Industry

From PCMA: Although women make up approximately 70 percent of the global business event workforce, they are underrepresented in top-tier management positions, according to a research report, Advancing Women in Business Events, released jointly by the PCMA Foundation and Business Events Sydney (BESydney) on Monday at Convening Leaders 2024 in San Diego. Women leaders are…

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UFI World Map Of Exhibition Venues (2023 Edition)

From UFI: Want to know about the global venue landscape, where to take your show, which countries /cities host the most exhibition space? For the first time, this edition of the report was prepared by jwc GmbH, in close cooperation with UFI. In line with UFI’s mission to provide vital data to the entire industry,…

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Creating Socially Accountable Health Conferences

From Education for Health: Very little attention has been given to the social accountability of conferences, either in action or in scholarship, in particular, of scientific conferences. Concerns that have been raised include: (1) Local communities and regions suffer from ecological pressure caused by conferences, (2) There is limited value to the local community, (3)…

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What Does the Future of the Events Industry Look Like?

From M&IT Magazine: 2024 is set to be a balancing act for event professionals as the sector engages with some of the “biggest conversations of our time” according to the IBTM World Trends Report 2024. The annual report addresses some of the biggest macro-economic, political, ecological, and next-generation technological issues affecting the meetings and events…

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UK’s TBOE Launches 2023 Global Destination Report

From Conference & Meetings World: The Business of Events (TBOE), the independent advocacy group for the UK’s events sector, has launched the next edition of its Global Destination Report. Commenting on the report, Martin Fullard, associate director, The Business of Events, told Conference & Meeting’s World’s sister publication, Conference News, “This year’s Global Destination Report…

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How ‘ESG’ Came to Mean Everything and Nothing

From BBC: “ESG” was supposed to be a clear way for companies to explain their business decisions around environmental, social and governance considerations. How did the term go off the rails? In 2015, Paris was buzzing with anticipation as world leaders gathered for the UN’s annual Climate Change Conference (COP21). After weeks of intense debate,…

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Meetings Industry Must ‘Change Narrative’ on Sustainable Aviation

From Association Meetings International: Meeting and events leaders must influence the conversation around sustainable aviation as companies implement carbon budgets that threaten to hit delegate numbers. That was the plea from Mariela Bazan, from the Event Industry Council, who was chairing a session on the environmental impact of conference flights at the 62nd ICCA Congress,…

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Recognizing Associations Creating a Positive Impact

From Skift Meetings: While serving water from a paper box, using cutlery made from bamboo or digitizing materials impacts the amount of event waste created, the overall challenge of reducing the carbon footprint of events remains. Ultimately, associations can make a more significant impact by supporting organizations committed to sustainability and promoting social responsibility initiatives….

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Is Carbon Passporting Inevitable?

From The Conversation, by Ross Bennett-Cook: The summer of 2023 has been very significant for the travel industry. By the end of July, international tourist arrivals globally reached 84% of pre-pandemic levels. In some European countries, such as France, Denmark and Ireland, tourism demand even surpassed its pre-pandemic level. This may be great news economically,…

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