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ICCA Releases 2017 Destination Rankings by Delegate Numbers

Last month the International Congress and Convention Association published its annual rankings of countries and cities for international association meetings. Now ICCA has an alternative view of the data: destinations ranked by estimated number of meeting delegates. Again, Barcelona is top city, and the United States top country. Other placings shift slightly. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Japan Meetings Campaign to Fill Coming Capacity

Japan has launched a campaign to consolidate its position as Asia’s leading international meetings destination. “New Ideas Start Here” will showcase the country and its cities to potential international clients. Japan is now undergoing a massive convention centre building programme, with nine new venues expected to open by 2021. From Association Meetings International…

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Glasgow Celebrates a Record May of 22,000 Delegates

Glasgow celebrated its busiest May on record with more than 22,000 event delegates visiting, bringing in an estimated £25.5 million to the local economy. The month started with 7,000 attendees at the All Energy Conference and Exhibition, followed by two medical meetings at the SEC attracting a total of over 8,000. From Meetpie.com…

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Stem Cell Knowledge Hub Wins Major Meeting for Hamburg

The 2021 annual meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research will see 4,000 researchers and professionals heading to the Congress Center Hamburg. The meeting is being co-sponsored by a local knowledge hub incorporating Life Science Nord, Fraunhofer IME ScreeningPort, and the Hamburg Ministry for Science, Research and Equality. From Intellectual Capitals…

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GED 2018: Australasian Exhibition Sector Growing

There is cause for optimism in the Australasian exhibition sector, according to the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia’s 2018 Market Monitor research. The headlines include year-on-year growth and higher satisfaction from exhibitors. Health, travel, education and business are seen as sectors with the greatest potential, while mining is in decline. From CIM News Magazine…

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GED 2018: 85 Countries Unite for Global Exhibitions Day

Exhibition professionals from around the world participated in record numbers during the third Global Exhibitions Day on June 6th. GED 2018 both showcased the industry’s major contribution to destination economies, and was the largest exhibitions advocacy event to date, with some 85 countries taking part according to UFI, the industry’s global association. From TSNN…

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London Tech Week 2018 Opens in UK Capital

Some of the biggest names from the global technology and business community have joined more than 50,000 delegates at London Tech Week 2018. The event is Europe’s largest festival of technology and innovation, where major tech brands like Google, Twitter, and Facebook are joined on stage by some of London’s leading sector stakeholders. From PCMA…

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London and ExCeL Healing Wounds at EWMA 2020

In 2020 ExCeL London will host the European Wound Management Association Conference. The event, for 4,000 nurses, doctors and other medical professionals, chose to return because of the respected practitioner and research sector based in London. This is the latest of several medical associations to choose London and ExCeL for their meetings. From Boardroom…  

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GED 2018: Abu Dhabi Confident of Exhibitions Growth

The Chief Executive of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company says the emirate will be a “key player” in the growth of the exhibitions industry. Speaking on Global Exhibitions Day, Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri said ADNEC venues would “contribute to the growth and development of Abu Dhabi and the UAE”. From Association Meetings International…

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Ottawa Targeting Wins International Association Meetings

Ottawa has won a clutch of major international association meetings as part of its ongoing campaign to target industry sectors with strong links to the city. This focus has netted more than a dozen big events held over the next two years, including the International Conference of Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments. From Association Meetings International…

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MI Calls for Speed as UK Green Lights Third Heathrow Runway

The controversial plan to build a third runway at London Heathrow has been green lit by the UK government. But Britain’s meetings industry has called for a speedy take-off to help the sector after Brexit. Research claims just a one percent increase in international business air travel would deliver £400 million in economic benefit. From Meetpie.com…

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Marseille Wins IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020

The French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, have jointly agreed to organise the IUCN World Conservation Congress. It will be held in June 2020 at Parc Chanot, Marseille, and France’s commitment to event sustainability was one reason for the country’s selection. From Boardroom…

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GDS-Index Launches Circular Economy White Paper

The Global Destination Sustainability Index has released its second white paper: “Sustainable Destination Management Trends and Insights: The Road to a Circular Economy”. The GDS-Index is a partnership between ICCA, ICCA’s Scandinavian chapter, IMEX, ECM and MCI Group. The report draws from 40 cities that participated in the 2017 GDS-Index benchmarking study. From Meetpie.com…

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“Decent” Growth for Exhibitions, Says Research

Although underperforming against the wider economy, the exhibition industry continued to expand during the first quarter of 2018, according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research, which has published the first-quarter results of its periodic Index research report. The industry posted a “decent” year-over-year gain of 1.8 percent in the quarter. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Mohegan Sun Earth Expo & Convention Center Ribbon Cut

The opening ribbon has been cut in the new Earth Expo & Convention Center at Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut. The $80 million expansion brings the venue’s meeting space to more than 275,000 square feet, including the 125,000 square foot, column-free Earth Expo Center, and the 20,000 square foot Earth Ballroom. From Meetings & Conventions…

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PCO Community Mourns Gonzalo Perez Constanzo

The PCO community is mourning the loss of Gonzalo Perez Constanzo who has died aged 61. The past President of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers passed away in Buenos Aires after a long battle with cancer. During his tenure as IAPCO President he launched the Albert Cronheim Scholarship. From Association Meetings International…

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CINZ Calls for Business Events Tax Reform

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand has called for the removal of the Goods and Services Tax disadvantage the country’s international conferences face compared to other destinations like Australia. Currently GST is charged at 15 percent on registration fees in New Zealand regardless of whether or not attendees are residents. From CIM News Magazine…

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Melbourne Wins Five Life Sciences Meetings

Melbourne has secured five international life science conferences in 2019 and 2020, boosting Victoria’s status as a medical technology and pharmaceutical investment destination. The AusMedtech Conference in 2019, AusBiotech National Conferences in 2019 and 2020, and the Biotech Invest Conferences in 2019 and 2020 will attract thousands of delegates. From CIM News Magazine…

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