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How Meeting Venues Are Adapting to the Demand for Hybrid

When looking for hybrid meeting sites, over a third of respondents to the Convene Recovery Dashboard surveys conducted in late summer and autumn were seeking venues with broadcasting facilities. As a result, convention centres around the world have worked quickly to meet the demand, with facilities designed as spaces to reflect the destination. From PCMA…

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APA Convention 2020: Pivot to All-Virtual, Then Crush It

Like many other organisations, the American Psychological Association quickly switched its in-person 2020 annual convention to an all-virtual event because of COVID-19. Even though the pivot happened in just three months, it was decided from the start to make the August event better than it could possibly have been on site. From PCMA…

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RNC 2020: Three Key Takeaways from the Online Convention

2020’s RNC (Republican National Convention) offered event industry strategists another opportunity to see how organisers of a high-stakes, big-budget meeting can answer the challenges of capturing audience attention and engagement during the pandemic, still getting criticism over their choice of venues and lack of social distancing. From PCMA…

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United Fresh Produce Association’s Virtual Convention Centre

When the United Fresh Produce Association cancelled its annual convention and expo this spring, organisers quickly put the content online. The scramble proved to be so successful that the association has kept it going, turning a one-off event into an online platform with permanent expo, social gatherings and on-demand education. From PCMA…

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8 December 2020

ASAE | 2020 Technology Exploration Conference, Washington DC, USA

Immerse yourself in new, interactive opportunities designed to help move your organization forward at this year’s revitalized Technology Exploration Conference. Get real-world experience in our new, hands-on tech training seminar and attend a series of learning sessions and demos from the best in the industry—all under one roof. Discover how the latest technology can drive…

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Coronavirus: ASAE Aid Plea Gains Ground

Another round of coronavirus relief has been passed by the US Congress without the inclusion of professional and trade groups. But there are signs that legislators are now aware of the need to widen out eligibility to such non-profits. Iceberg partner ASAE and thousands of other associations have been pressing the case. From Associations Now…

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Innovative Events: Science Meeting Experiments

In January two scientists wrote an article asking why conference design for those involved in scientific research has been slow in evolving. While some science meetings are surely guilty as charged, others do have an appropriately innovative approach. Here are ten that break with tradition to design experiences with big impact. From PCMA…

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Coronavirus: ASAE in Association Aid Plea

Iceberg partner ASAE plus almost 3,000 associations have asked the US Congress to provide further aid for trade and professional groups during the COVID-19 crisis, and to make such not-for-profits eligible for small business interruption loans. The recent $2.2 trillion CARES Act does little to assist associations. From Associations Now…

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Four Cities Linked: The Global Associations Hubs Partnership

Most ambitious destinations market meetings by targeting key economic growth sectors and by making good use of knowledge economy assets. GAHP, the Global Association Hubs Partnership, links up four such cities with strong association ecosystems and support. GAHP is also a partner of The Iceberg. From Association Meetings International…

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Three Incredible Impacts: A Trilogy of Legacy

The “Incredible Impacts” grants celebrate the “beyond tourism” legacy value of international association meetings and their projects that are delivering positive social impact. A panel of independent judges from the association world determines which meetings have left a proven legacy, and award three grants of $7,500 on behalf of Iceberg partners BestCities Global Alliance and…

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Industry Mourns ASAE CEO John H. Graham IV

John H. Graham IV, President and CEO of the American Society of Association Executives, has died after a battle with cancer. Graham was both well known and highly respected across the association world. Legacies of his long tenure include more than doubling the Iceberg partner’s membership and starting the Diversity Executive Leadership Program. From MPI…

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Speaking Out Against the Speaker: A Financial Services Watershed

When an attendee posted video of a speaker’s lewd remarks at a financial services conference, it was actually the video poster who was breaking the rules, since the invitation-only event had a privacy policy. But the event in fact commended the poster and instead the billionaire panellist was barred from future events. From PCMA…

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Failure: Every Bit as Important in Imparting Knowledge as Success

Most conferences focus on success stories and those leaders who have chosen the right path with positive results. But real learning also comes when you talk about what didn’t go right. That’s the philosophy behind meetings known as “Fail Festivals”, which celebrate lessons emerging over shared “Fail Tales”. From PCMA…

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