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Deborah Sexton to Step Down as PCMA CEO

Deborah Sexton, who has served as CEO of the Professional Convention Management Association for over 12 years, will stand down after the annual Convening Leaders meeting in January. She will be succeeded by current COO Sherrif Karamat. Under Sexton, PCMA more than doubled its membership and revenue. From Meetings & Conventions…

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IBTM World’s 30th Anniversary Show Saw 74,000 Appointments

Over 74,000 appointments were made at this year’s IBTM World in Barcelona, up 23 percent on 2016 and a new record for the show. Dubai Business Events alone held almost 1,000. 3,000 exhibitors from more than 150 countries were joined by 3,463 buyers and thousands of visitors for meetings, networking and education. From Meetpie.com…

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HK: International Exhibitors Spend 75 Percent More Per Visit

The Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association has released findings from the latest biennial Economic Impact Study on the value of the city’s exhibition industry to its economy. They show that international exhibitors and exhibition visitors significantly outspent general overnight tourists in 2016, by around 75 percent and 66 percent more respectively. From CIM News Magazine…

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ICC Sydney Launches Legacy Programme

ICC Sydney is to roll out a multi-streamed legacy programme, designed to connect the world’s brightest minds, industry leaders and delegates across a diverse cross-section of Sydney’s community. Starting in January, the scheme will foster knowledge exchange, collaboration and engagement around four streams: Innovators, Generation Next, Aboriginal Australia and Sustainability. From CIM News Magazine…

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US Incentive Awards May Soon Be Taxed

The Incentive Federation has issued an update on the Congressional proposal to repeal part of the US tax code which gives firms exclusion for employee service and safety awards. The House of Representatives has now passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but the Senate bill does not have a corresponding provision. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Isabel Bardinet Receives 2017 JMIC Profile and Power Award

The Joint Meetings Industry Council has announced the winner of the 2017 JMIC Profile and Power Award as Isabel Bardinet, CEO of the Eurpoean Society of Cardiology. The award was made in recognition of her longstanding role as an outspoken advocate for redefining the value of meetings and events in terms of their broader professional…

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“Optimistic” IBTM Trends Watch Released at IBTM World

The annual IBTM Trends Watch report has been released at IBTM World in Barcelona, Spain, and reveals further resilience and confidence in the international meetings industry. The study is based on over 25 sources, as well as on interviews with senior sector figures. Across global markets its outlook is broadly positive. From Meetings & Conventions…

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BESydney and UTS Publish “The Power of Conferences” Book

Business Events Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney have published a new book about the legacies of business events. Built around profiles of ten distinguished thought leaders, and focussing on the role meetings have played in their stories, the book also analyses the outcomes conferences help create. Photo: Fairfax Syndication. From CIM News Magazine…

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Barcelona’s Future as Mobile World Congress Host Less Certain

The commitment of one of Barcelona’s biggest association meetings, Mobile World Congress, has become lukewarm amid ongoing political unrest after the Catalonian independence referendum. Last year MWC attracted 108,000 delegates to the city, generating €465 million for the local economy and more than 13,000 temporary jobs. From Association Meetings International…

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Sheffield’s Ambassador Programme Celebrates Ten Years

Sheffield’s conference ambassador programme has celebrated its 10th anniversary at the annual dinner given for advocates who bring larger business events into the city. The city’s conference market is estimated to be worth £113 million to the local economy and the ambassador programme itself has contributed close to £30 million over the last six years. From Association Meetings International…

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Spreading the Legacy: London Showcasing Diverse Neighbourhoods

To spread the benefits of business and leisure tourism across the city’s diverse neighbourhoods, London & Partners will be showcasing such localities in 2018 European hosted buyer trips. Attendees will discover the city around themes, like medical meetings or technology. Peckham, with its striking library, is to feature. Photo: C. G. P. Grey. From Meetpie.com…

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Europe’s Largest Convention Centre Opens in Paris

The Paris Convention Centre, the largest venue of the kind in Europe, has opened its doors for business. The new facility boasts 72,000 square metres of event space and can host up to 35,000 people. The €180 million project is the first of three phases in the refurbishment of the Parc des Expositions. From Association Meetings International…

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Gothenburg Tops Second Global Destination Sustainability Index

Gothenburg leads the world’s meetings destinations in sustainability performance, according to the second Global Destination Sustainability Index. The Swedish city also won the Index’s innovation award. Glasgow came fifth, but was also the most-improved over the past year. Cities with a sustainability strategy for meetings increased their performance by 25 percent in 2017. From Meetings & Conventions…

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One Third of International Event Attendees Willing to Travel Ten Hours

Those travelling internationally to an event are more flexible than domestic travellers about journey times. While a Barbican poll recently showed that 58 percent of domestic delegates wanted journeys of less than an hour, the venue’s research also shows one third of international attendees willing to travel ten hours to a meeting. From Meetpie.com…

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Ray Bloom Wins ICCA Moises Shuster Award

The Moises Shuster Award, highest honour of the International Congress and Convention Association, was given to IMEX Group Chairman and industry legend Ray Bloom during the 56th ICCA Congress Farewell Dinner in Prague. Bloom follows other luminaries in the win, including his own colleague Paul Flackett, who passed away just before the congress opened. From Meetpie.com…

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Incredible Impacts: Inaugural Legacies Awarded

The inaugural winners of the “Incredible Impacts” grants supported by the International Congress and Convention Association and BestCities Global Alliance have been announced at an ICCA Congress session called “A celebration of the beyond tourism impact”. The three winning international associations have each made legacy a central part of their thinking and activities. From Association Meetings International…

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FMCCA Wins Best Marketing Award

The Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp has won the prestigious Best Marketing Award at the 56th ICCA Congress in Prague. The FMCCA team won with their “a room with a ZOO” destination campaign. A record number of applications were received by ICCA this year for the award, which was promoted on video. From Meetpie.com…

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Record Attendance at ICCA Congress in Prague

The International Congress and Convention Association has welcomed a record number of members to its 56th annual congress. Almost 1,300, including more than 40 association executives, travelled to Prague for four days of education, chapter meetings and networking. The destination for the 2020 ICCA Congress was also announced as Kaohsiung, in Chinese Taipei. From Association Meetings International…

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