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DMOs Not Measuring Event Climate Impact

Most destination marketing organisations are not measuring environmental impact of business events, or even including meetings in their “climate strategy”, an Iceberg partner report says. The GDS-Index for 2021 found 86 percent of cities had a climate strategy, but only 36 percent included “business events” specifically in it. From Association Meetings International…

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NEC Group to Develop Outdoor Event Space

The NEC Group is to redevelop its Birmingham campus and create 14,000 square metres of new outdoor event space, to be run alongside its other venues on the site. NEC Group said the building work would create around 3,500 local jobs and also a greener and more sustainable campus. From Exhibition News…

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BESarawak Launches Legacy Initiative

Business Events Sarawak, the local region’s convention bureau, has just launched a scheme to help congress organisers to leave positive legacies through their meetings. The initiative identifies five key areas where legacy occurs, namely sectoral, economic, environmental, plus community and social, and political. BESarawak’s initiative was launched at TRIBE. From Association Meetings International…

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BestCities Global Forum Running in Madrid

A company of association executives, destination managers and meeting industry thought leaders is now gathering on site for the BestCities Global Forum. The Iceberg partner event taking place in Madrid, Spain, will focus on legacy and inclusivity, committing to a more “sustainable and socially equitable future”. From Association Meetings International…

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ADNEC to Grow in Both Abu Dhabi and London

The Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company has announced a plan to expand its centres in Abu Dhabi and London. These include building the largest exhibition hall in the MENA region at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi, plus ExCeL London gets added space for exhibitions as well as new halls for conferences. From Exhibition News…  

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Copenhagen Legacy Lab Wins GDS Award

Copenhagen Legacy Lab, the project run by convention bureau Wonderful Copenhagen, has won the Global Destination Sustainability Movement’s Innovation Award for 2021. The trophy was presented at the 60th ICCA Congress’ Paris hub in recognition of CLL’s efforts to focus the industry on legacy work. All three are Iceberg partners. From Association Meetings International…

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2021 Global Recovery Insights Released

The third Global Recovery Insights 2021 report, conducted by Iceberg partner UFI with SISO (the Society for Independent Show Organisers), has been released. The study found that demand has returned to levels pre-pandemic for both exhibitors and visitors, with no signs of any fundamental shift away from in person events. From Exhibition News…

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Hungexpo Budapest Opens €170m Refit

A convention centre has reopened after a €170 million refurbishment. Hungexpo Budapest now stretches over 70,000 square metres, making it the largest facility of its type across Central Eastern Europe. A new entry lobby, two new exhibition halls and a new congress centre are part of the makeover. From Association Meetings International…

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Incredible Impacts 2021 Winners Announced

Incredible Impacts, the joint initiative from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and BestCities Global Alliance, both of them Iceberg partners, has awarded three associations which have left lasting legacies of social advances. The European AIDS Clinical Society, The Garden of Hope Foundation, and Women Deliver are this year’s winners. From Conference & Meetings World…

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