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DEI Executive Jailed for Orchestrating Fake Events to Steal $5m

From Conference & Meetings World: An ex-diversity programme manager for Facebook and Nike has been sentenced in the US to five years in prison for stealing more than $5m from her employers. A release from the US Attorney General’s office in Georgia said Barbara Furlow-Smiles (pictured) had set up fake business deals, invoices and events…

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Sarawak Releases IJBEL Special Edition on Sustainability at IMEX...

From Business Events Sarawak: The International Journal of Business Events and Legacies (IJBEL) Strategic Advisory Tripartite has launched the special edition of the journal today at IMEX Frankfurt. Volume 2 Issue 2 of IJBEL focuses on sustainability and underscores the dedication to promoting sustainable practices within the business events industry. IJBEL is the first international…

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Sydney’s Change Agenda Helping Associations to Meet with Purpose

Business Event Sydney (BESydney) and International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) have been leading the way in business events for 65 years (55 years and 10 years respectively). Their trusted leadership in the impact of business events has meant the organisations are at the forefront of a new era of business events that focus on…

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PCMA and SANCBE Introduce CONVENE 4 CLIMATE

From German Convention Bureau: PCMA and The Strategic Alliance of the National Convention Bureaux of Europe (SANCBE) today announced Convene 4 Climate, the global business events industry’s inaugural sustainability conference, will be open to curated participation in a workshop-based environment. This exclusive gathering, 2-3 October in Barcelona, aims to drive responsibility, harness the power of…

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ICCA Releases Annual Country & City Rankings Report 2023

From ICCA: In a joint effort with ICCA members, ICCA’s Research Team compiled data on almost 10,000 meetings that took place over the course of 2023 throughout every region around the globe. This year’s report stands out for the increased continental diversity in the Top 20 country rank as, besides European, Asian and North American…

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Time for Talk Over as NZCE Enters Implementation Phase

From AMI: Signatories to Net Zero Carbon Events (NZCE), an industry initiative to address climate change, are expected to start reporting on their progress towards cutting emissions as the scheme moves into the ‘implementation phase’. And while organisers of the scheme are confident most of the 600 pledgees will file before the 2026 deadline, they…

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VB’s ‘Coalition of the Willing’ Drives Association Impact

VisitBritain Business Events attracted scores of UK-based associations, AMCs, PCOs, and member DMOs to the launch of its BE (Business Events) Impactful Framework© at its Association Conference titled ‘Beyond the Plenary’ held recently in Edinburgh – itself a scientific cluster and home to Dolly the Sheep. VisitBritain Business Events’ continued efforts to build impact capacity…

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Corporate Group Business Continues to Outgrow Other Segments

From Lodging Magazine: U.S. hotel performance has continued to inch toward normalized levels over the past three-plus quarters. The trend of normalization is evident across most data segments, but in recent months, particular attention has been drawn to group business. Even with slightly higher supply in the market, group occupancy grew year over year in…

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Fred Dixon to Inherit Pent Up Demand at Brand USA

From Travel Pulse: Amid the fanfare of a press conference about the growth of inbound United States tourism, Brand USA Today officially introduced its new president and CEO and bid goodbye to its longtime leader after a dozen years of service. Brand USA, the destination marketing organization for the United States, welcomed Fred Dixon into…

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Congress Threatening to Create Airport Chaos this Summer & Beyond

From US Travel Association: A severe and troubling scenario for travelers could play out at airports this summer travel season if Congress enacts an amendment by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and John Kennedy (R-LA) to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. According to a U.S. Travel Association analysis, the proposed amendment could result in travelers…

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Eurostar Trains to be 100% Run on Renewables by 2030

From Travel Tomorrow: Eurostar has announced its intention to run all trains on renewable energy only by 2030. The target was set in the rail company’s first sustainability report, released on 1 May 2024. Travelling by rail instead of air is already a massive carbon emissions saver, slashing a passenger’s footprint between Paris and London…

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TRACE by isla Named Top Carbon Measurement Tool

From M&IT: Carbon measurement platform TRACE by isla has come out on top in a review of more than 40 different carbon measurement tools for events. The review, conducted by sustainability industry expert Meegan Jones, highlighted TRACE by isla for its outstanding capabilities and alignment with the crucial aspects of carbon footprint measurement for the…

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ESTRO Heads to Glasgow

From AMI: Improving the outcome for cancer patients will be top of the agenda when international oncologists meet in Glasgow in May. Glasgow was able to temp the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) congress back to the UK for the first time in over 10 years; testament to the strong conference ambassador programme…

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New Zealand Launches Business Events’ Strategic Direction 2035

From Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA): New Zealand’s business events sector has united in a collaborative effort to launch Pīata Mai, a national statement of strategic direction outlining a focused vision for the industry over the next decade. This initiative, guided by an industry stakeholder group and shaped through extensive consultations, is under the stewardship…

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The Business of Events to Hold Policy Forum at The Meetings Show

From M&IT: The Business of Events has announced its London Policy Forum will take place concurrently with The Meetings Show and The Business Travel Show on Wednesday 19 June. The collaborative event will mark the unveiling of The Business of Events’ independent policy agenda, presenting a comprehensive set of recommendations intended for governmental consideration that…

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4,000 Buyers Gear Up For IMEX

With just over two weeks to go until the 2024 edition of IMEX Frankfurt, around 4,000 buyers are expected through the doors at Messe Frankfurt. With buyer, exhibitor and meeting numbers currently tracking ahead of 2023, the demand for the show, taking place May 14 – 16, is reflective of the sheer business momentum and…

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City Destinations Alliance Elects Barbara Jamison-Woods as President

From City Destinations Alliance: Barbara Jamison-Woods has made history by being appointed as the first president of the City Destinations Alliance (City DNA) from London. The newly elected president will work alongside the CityDNA board and its 121 members – which include tourist boards, convention bureaus, and city marketing organisations – to promote responsible and…

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Net Zero Carbon Events Secures GBTA Support

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world’s premier business travel and meetings trade organisation and the voice of the industry, has joined Net Zero Carbon Events (NZCE), the worldwide events industry initiative to address climate change as a supporter of the campaign. Since its launch at Cop 26 in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2021, Net…

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