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ICCA Celebrates Game-Changing 62nd Congress in Bangkok

From ICCA: Across four magical days in Bangkok, the 62nd ICCA Congress (12 – 15 Nov 2023) emerged as a beacon of industry leadership, innovation, and advocacy for the international meetings and events industry. In a record-breaking ICCA Congress for the APAC region – and the third largest congress in ICCA history – 1,123 participants…

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City Destinations Alliance Issues Call for Speakers

City Destinations Alliance has announced its Call for Speakers for its next International Conference, in Bologna on 24-27 April 2024, is now open. Industry professionals will be invited to perform a ‘collaborative reality check on urban tourism’ and the organisation is keen to hear from anyone who feels they have a valuable contribution to make.

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UFI Launches Dedicated Advocacy Portal

From UFI: UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has launched a dedicated advocacy portal on the UFI website. The portal bundles information and materials on key industry initiatives, highlights relevant industry issues, and profiles partner institutions to drive and advance advocacy for the exhibition industry globally. In a constantly evolving landscape, UFI recognises…

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Beijing Adds to its International Credentials

From China National Convention Center II: As the world-renowned capital of China since ancient times, Beijing has now developed into a modern international city. It is home to seven world heritage sites and the first capital city in the world to have a UNESCO Global Geopark. China National Convention Center phase II (“CNCC II”), the…

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New Social Impact Specialist Joins BESydney Team

From BESydney: As part of Business Event Sydney’s (BESydney) Change Starts Here agenda, it has engaged a Social Impact Specialist to drive the Social Impact strategy from the bidding stage all the way through, with a focus on measurement. Tina Demetriou will be joining the team from 21 November bringing a strong background in event…

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BestCities and ICCA Announce 2023 Incredible Impact Winner

From BestCities Global Alliance: BestCities Global Alliance and the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) are proud to announce the winning association of this year’s Incredible Impacts Programme, the Associated Country Women of the World. ACWW has set the industry standard in the last 12 months and has driven real change through passion, education, and…

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BESarawak Announced as Exclusive Seed Grant Contributor

From Business Events Sarawak: The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) announced Business Events Sarawak (BESarawak) as the exclusive Seed Grant Contributor for the first legacy impact certification programme – Association Impact Masterclass. “ICCA is very excited to have Sarawak on board as the destination exemplifies greatness in developing legacy impact, setting a remarkable standard…

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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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Emirates Makes $52 Billion Deal With Boeing at Dubai Airshow

From Skift: Dubai’s national carrier Emirates has ordered an additional 90 aircraft from Boeing in a $52 billion mega-deal the entire industry was waiting for today. Announced on day one of the Dubai Airshow, the deal brings Emirates’ total orders to 295 aircraft. The deal was made in the presence of the emirate’s crown prince,…

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Sarawak Advocates Legacy Impact Agendas at ICCA Congress

From Business Events Sarawak: Sarawak has geared up as a global business events advocate for the government sector at the 62nd ICCA Congress in Bangkok, Thailand from 12-15 November with the Sarawak delegation, led by The Honourable Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah fueling the global interest in legacy impact initiatives in several power-packed activities…

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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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Laura Purdy to Chair New North American Chapter of UFI

From Exhibition Place: Laura Purdy has been appointed as the inaugural Chair of the newly established North American chapter of the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) together with vice chairs Kim Carcone from the Toy Association (U.S.A) and Pepe Navarro from Tarsus/Informa (Mexico). This announcement was made during the 90th UFI Global Congress…

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Legends Announces Acquisition of ASM Global

From Business Wire: Legends and ASM Global today announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which Legends will acquire ASM Global to create a premium live events company dedicated to providing outstanding experiences for fans around the world. The acquisition of ASM Global’s venue management capabilities will enhance Legends’ services portfolio, positioning Legends to…

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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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XIN MICE to Co-organise CTW China 2024

From TTGmice: XIN MICE (Beijing) Co., an investment company of CITIC Tourism Group, has signed on as the co-organiser of CTW China 2024. Scheduled from March 26-28, 2024, next year’s IT&CM China and CTW China will be back as a 100 per cent in-person event, and held at the Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of…

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AMBASSADOR PROGRAMMES: The Connective Tissue of a Destination

VisitBritain Business Events convened many of its destination ambassadors at the Institute of Directors in Central London to celebrate the role they play in securing international events to Britain. And it became abundantly clear how intrinsic these professional leaders have become in advancing research and development, social and environmental impact, and job creation derived as…

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ICC Sydney: A Venue Beyond Borders

From Boardroom: Inclusivity, accessibility, sustainability — these factors are no longer afterthoughts, they’re the driving criteria that determine where a conference is held. And for association planners looking for a streamlined way to ensure these aspects are met, they’re finding a 360-degree approach as host destinations and convention centres work hand-in-hand. Championing the motto “More…

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