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The Association of Association Executives Launches African Event

The Association of Association Executives has launched a new event for Africa among its international meetings. The Africa Associations Congress will take place in October at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria. The event is aimed at pan-African, regional and national African associations and also for international associations with African members. From Boardroom…

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BestCities Campaign Launch Celebrates the Power of People

To coincide with Global Meetings Industry Day, Iceberg partner BestCities Global Alliance has announced a new communications strategy to showcase the power of people. Led by the Greater Bogotá Convention Bureau, which will host the BestCities 2018 Global Forum in December, the campaign aims to celebrate the unique role people play in the events industry. From Meetpie.com…

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The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Legacy Innovation Hub

As the last athlete leaves the Commonwealth Games Village, work will begin on transforming it into the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct. The new district is near two hospitals and a university, and the Games’ real legacy could be one of the most advanced health and knowledge innovation hubs in the Asia-Pacific. From CIM News Magazine…

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New South Wales Commits AU$300,000 More to Regional Events

Following the New South Wales Regional Conferencing Develop-ment Grants pilot programme launched last year, the NSW Government has committed a further AU$300,000 to attract or create business events across the State. 4,600 delegates are expected to attend twelve events already funded, and should inject around AU$2 million into communities across NSW. From CIM News Magazine…

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Startup Conference Collision Set to Relocate to Toronto

One of North America’s biggest startup conferences, Collision, will be relocating to Toronto in 2019. The move is a sign of the growing tech sector importance of the Ontario capital. The event itself has grown rapidly in recent years, from 1,500 attendees in 2014 to an expected 25,000 this year. From The (Toronto) Global and Mail…

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Icelandic Universities Aiming to Attract More Academic Conferences

Meet in Reykjavik has teamed up with three of Iceland’s top universities in an effort to increase the number of academic conferences they host. An official partnership agreement was signed between the convention bureau and the University of Iceland, Reykjavík University (pictured) and the Iceland University of the Arts. From Association Meetings International…

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Puma “Glamorising Crime” at London Party Event

Puma has been accused of glamorising crime after hosting a drug and gang-themed party in central London. The sportswear brand invited people to its House of Hustle party in an abandoned Soho mansion by sending out wads of fake £50 notes and ‘trap phones’: less traceable low-tech handsets used by drug dealers. From Meetpie.com…

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Events Sector Marks Global Meetings Industry Day 2018

More than 100 events celebrating Global Meetings Industry Day have taken place around the world. In New York the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center’s Crystal Palace turned blue for GMID, as did the Pier 17 mall and Empire State Building. Across the globe event professionals swapped photos and greetings on social media. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion Designs Unveiled

Designs for the $860 million expansion of Las Vegas Convention Center have been unveiled to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board of directors. The district’s Phase Two will add 1.4 million square feet to the current facility. In 2017 the centre’s attendees generated $2.1 billion in economic impact for the local economy. From Meetpie.com…

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US Convention Bureaux Respond to Proposed Stricter Visa Vetting

Convention bureaux in the US have responded to proposals by the Trump administration that would require most visa applicants to submit details of their social media accounts. Under strict new vetting procedures, details of accounts held in the last five years on sites like Twitter and Facebook would be required. From Meetpie.com…

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New Report Reveals How Planners Pick Destinations

Destination websites and industry trade shows are the key sources for North American planners in meeting and event site selection, according to a new report from analytics firm STR. Three-quarters of the planners also turned to an industry trade publication in 2017, and 19 percent had attended the most recent IMEX industry conference. From Meetings & Conventions…

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The Prague Convention Bureau Marks Tenth Anniversary

The Prague Convention Bureau is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a new campaign, PCBturns10, which it will showcase at IMEX in May. Since its foundation in 2008, PCB has helped host more than 630 events with an attendance of almost 293,000 delegates, generating 620,000 room nights and more than CZK 1.2 billion. From Meetpie.com…

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Awards Forced to Apologise for Spoof Terror Attack

The organiser of the UK Rail Industry Awards has apologised after the ceremony featured a mock terror assault. The awards at Battersea Evolution were being held on the first anniversary of the Westminster Bridge attack. As well as the spoof terror stunt, complaints were also made about language and humour used during the event. From Meetpie.com…

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International Convention Delegate Spend Rises in New Zealand

The total spend by international convention delegates coming to New Zealand rose 17 per cent from 2017 to 2016, despite a drop in total delegate spend from NZ$588 million to NZ$506 million. The Convention Delegate Survey from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment shows that international events are a major growth sector. From CIM News Magazine…

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IMEX Policy Forum Talks “Legacy of Positive Policy Making”

The ‘Legacy of Positive Policy Making’ will be debated at this year’s IMEX Policy Forum when up to 40 policy makers from national and regional governments meet with around 80 meetings industry professionals. The agenda will explore how to bridge the ‘partnership gap’ between governments, both national and local, and the meetings industry. From Meetpie.com…

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Costa Rica Convention Center Officially Opened

The stunning new Costa Rica Convention Center has officially opened in the capital San Jose. Costing $35 million, the attractive centre can host up to 4,000 in its largest plenary hall with many smaller rooms and breakout spaces. Very near San Jose’s international airport, the venue hopes to attract corporate and association meetings. From Meetpie.com…

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MPI Launches Planners’ Group After Commission Cuts

Iceberg Partner Meeting Professionals International has developed a new special interest group for small business owners in response to the recent North America reductions in third party commissions. President and CEO Paul Van Deventer says around 3,000 third party meeting planners and small business owners are part of the MPI global community. From Meetpie.com…

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Clarion Events’ $300m PennWell Acquisition

Clarion Events has expanded its US operation with the acquisition of PennWell Corporation, a privately-held events, B2B media and marketing services company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The estimated $300m deal creates one of the largest events companies in the world and follows Clarion’s 2015 purchase of Urban Expositions, now rebranded as Clarion UX. From Meetpie.com…

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