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London and Paris Join Forces on Incentives

London and Paris are collaborating to offer a range of travel products aimed at North American incentive buyers. Specialised itineraries of the two-in-one incentive trip have been created allowing delegates to experience new cultural attractions, restaurants and hotels in both capital cities. This includes an official partnership with Eurostar. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Dubai Secures Ten New Congresses

Dubai World Trade Centre has secured bids to host ten new global congresses from 2019 to 2022. The high-profile events will bring into Dubai around 37,000 delegates, and include two space congresses set to be hosted at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, the UAE’s hub for space science and research. From Boardroom…

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Edinburgh Ambassadors Slam Proposed Cuts

Academics across Edinburgh have slammed proposed budget cuts that would see an 89 percent drop in the capital’s marketing over the next two years as well as the closure of its ambassador programme. Over 75 Edinburgh ambassadors contacted the City Council objecting to the proposal to slash Marketing Edinburgh’s budget by £790,000. From Association Meetings International…

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Arms Fair Moves Twice After Protests

The Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability arms fair has been moved from the NEC Birmingham to Farnborough International after a protest campaign against the event. The decision to hold it in Birmingham was only made in November, with DPRTE having originally been scheduled for Cardiff before similar objections from local people. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Estonia Awards Largest Scientific Meeting

The largest international scientific meeting ever held in Estonia has been named “Conference of the Year” in a ceremony hosted by the country’s convention bureau. The winning 34th European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium was hosted at the Estonian Business School and Tallinn University. The ECB also named new conference ambassadors. From Association Meeting International…

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Meetings Africa Talks 2019 Event Greening

This year’s edition of Meetings Africa is set to be the greenest ever, with more event greening in place than ever before. Africa’s foremost industry trade fair has pioneered the practice since 2011. The show takes place at the end of February in the International Convention Centre in Sandton, Johannesburg. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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PCMA Expanding European Education

The Professional Convention Management Association is expanding education and outreach opportunities throughout Europe in 2019 with sessions in the UK, Spain, Belgium and Switzerland. As well as its annual European Influencers Summit and Knowledge Exchange programme, PCMA will continue collaborating with other major industry associations as education partner. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Lausanne Montreux Congress Wins 16 Bids

New convention bureaux alliance Lausanne Montreux Congress won sixteen events in its first full year of operation, with the biggest likely to attract 1,400 delegates. The bids will see the cities host over 8,350 delegates between now and 2022, and pump around CHF 16.5 million (€14.5 million) into the regional economy. From Association Meetings International…

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Wesgro Holds Meeting on Medical Cannabis

Wesgro, the tourism, trade and investment agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, has hosted a first meeting around the potential of medical cannabis in South Africa. CEO Tim Harris said: “It is not often that an entire new global industry emerges from nothing to a $50 billion-plus sector”. From the Event…

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£1bn Renovation Green Lit at Olympia London

Olympia London has received planning permission for a £1 billion renovation. The new vision of the 132-year-old exhibition centre is a diverse quarter, with events space, communal areas and leisure facilities. Work will start this year, with the first tenants moving in by 2023, and Olympia will continue to operate during renovation. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Wonderful Copenhagen Sets Green Standard

The Danish capital has set a new global standard with Wonderful Copenhagen being named the world’s first Green Tourism Organisation. The certification supports destinations that do something extraordinary for their sustainability. Copenhagen CVB and the city of Copenhagen come second in the rankings of Iceberg partner the Global Destination Sustainability Index. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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IMEX Harnessing the Power of Imagination

The IMEX Group is championing the power of imagination as its talking point for 2019. The theme has been chosen in response to the growth of digitalisation, and the team will be focusing on three core aspects across its events: transformation and collaboration, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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BestCities Launches Brand Platform

Iceberg partner BestCities Global Alliance has unveiled a new brand platform and updated strategic plan as it approaches its twentieth year of operation. The Alliance is made up of twelve leading cities for major conferences and business events. International associations were consulted on the new platform’s principles. From Boardroom…

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“No Plastic” Campaign at ExCeL London

ExCeL London is reducing waste with a “No Plastic” campaign to outline its commitment to this global issue. The approach will initially focus on the 27 retailers along its central boulevard. “Waste from single-use plastic is a critical issue for our industry,” says Jeremy Rees, CEO of ExCeL London. From Boardroom…    

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Bilbao’s BEC Becomes Full ICCA Member

The Bilbao Exhibition Centre has become a full member of Iceberg partner the International Congress and Convention Association. The first event at which BEC will take part as a member will be the General Assembly of the Iberian Chapter (Spain and Portugal), in Oporto in April, along with over sixty delegates. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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UK Conference and Events Market Growing

The United Kingdom conferencing and events market is growing as a whole, despite the conference and meetings segment suffering decline for a third consecutive year. So says an in-depth study of eleven industry reports by Warwick Conferences. A focus on ROI means the number of events being organised is down. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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KLCC Economic Impact Up 80 Percent

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre delivered a record-breaking RM888 million in revenue during 2018, an 80 percent increase on 2017. The Malaysian venue hosted 1,485 events, and also saw a hike in guests arriving in the city, with a total of 2.18 million, an increase of 49 percent on the previous year. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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VisitBritain Seeking Global Market Growth

Kerrin MacPhie, VisitBritain’s Head of Business Events, is seeking to further the organisation’s reach to global markets. MacPhie outlined her plans at the MPI Economic Insights in London. She said VisitBritain was looking to expand around the world and draw buyers from international markets like America. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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