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PCMA Survey: “Further Growth to Come”

The latest Meetings Market Survey from the Professional Convention Management Association has revealed a growth in meeting attendance with a further rise expected next year. Considered to be a barometer for the industry, the survey found attendance for 2018 up five percent. It had risen by 3.6 percent in 2017. From Association Meetings International…

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BestCities Launches Financial Products

Iceberg partner BestCities Global Alliance, the network of international convention bureaux, has launched a range of financial products to woo international association meeting clients. The alliance will now offer discounted secure payment, foreign currency protection, and also VAT reclaim services. From Association Meetings International…

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BestCities Launches Brand Platform

Iceberg partner BestCities Global Alliance has unveiled a new brand platform and updated strategic plan as it approaches its twentieth year of operation. The Alliance is made up of twelve leading cities for major conferences and business events. International associations were consulted on the new platform’s principles. From Boardroom…

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Finalists Announced for M&IT Awards 2019

The finalists have been announced for the M&IT Awards 2019, which take place on Friday March 1st at Battersea Evolution in London. More than 1,200 events industry professionals will celebrate the industry’s finest at this prestigious celebration of the UK and wider sectors. M&IT Personality of the Year will also be awarded. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Knowledge Transfer Key for Events, Says GCB

Knowledge transfer is the key to successful events, according to new research unveiled by the German Convention Bureau. Event planners should concentrate on surprising or disruptive elements, as well as responding to individual attendee requirements. The GCB presented its Future Meeting Space research at PCMA Convening Leaders in Pittsburgh. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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BESydney’s Martin Boyle to Lead IAPCO

The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers has appointed Martin Boyle, Director of Europe for convention bureau BESydney, as its new CEO. Boyle will take the helm in April next year, replacing Executive Director Sarah Storie-Pugh, who will continue in a part-time capacity. From Association Meetings International…

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APAC “Meeting Room of the Future” Released

Experience creation is the top priority for Asia Pacific event planners, according to IACC’s first APAC edition of its “Meeting Room of the Future” report. 66 percent of the region’s meeting planners claim delegates seek more engagement, personalisation and interactive technologies at business events than before. From CIM News Magazine…

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MPI’s Meetings Outlook Report Released

Meeting Professionals International has released its latest Meetings Outlook report, which highlights projected favourable business conditions, with the caveat that budgets are unlikely to increase. Only 1.5 percent of those polled believed budget conditions were favourable, with 43 percent thinking budgets would get 1-5 percent better. From Association Meetings International…  

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IBTM World Industry Report Presented

Among other sessions at IBTM World in Barcelona, findings from the IBTM World Industry Trends Report 2018 were presented. Rob Davidson of MICE Knowledge said that the top three reasons for booking an incentive destination were political stability and safety (66 percent), value for money (65 percent), and service quality (59 percent). From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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GDS-Index Awards Announced

Copenhagen, Gothenburg and Goyang were the winners at this year’s GDS-Index Awards, which recognise those destinations trying to minimise the environmental impact of business tourism. For the third year running, the Iceberg partner’s awards were announced during the closing ceremony of the ICCA Congress, this time being held in Dubai. From Association Meetings International…

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Report Highlights MI Accessibility Issues

A new report highlights the need for more work on universal accessibility across the meetings industry. The research project from Iceberg partners BestCities Global Alliance and GainingEdge, working with Rehabilitation International, was unveiled at the 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai, and is also posted in the Iceberg’s Research section. From CIM News Magazine…

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Global Business Events: 1.5 Billion Delegates

Iceberg partner the Events Industry Council’s “Global Economic Significance of Business Events” study has found that Asia is the largest region in terms of business event participants, making up nearly a third of the 1.5 billion delegate total. Business events actually boosted global GDP by $1.5 trillion last year, according to the report’s final results. From PCMA…

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New Competitiveness Ranking: Paris Leads

Paris has topped a new index which ranks cities in their competitiveness at attracting major international conventions. Iceberg partner GainingEdge CEO Gary Grimmer said his company’s index would help destinations know how many conventions they should expect to be hosting every year. Paris was followed by Washington, Barcelona, New York and Boston. From Association Meetings International…

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Global MICE Collaborative Launched

During IMEX America, three leading industry associations announced that they are joining together to develop an events task force for emerging markets. Iceberg partners SITE (the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence) and MPI (Meeting Professionals International), plus the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, have in tandem launched the Global MICE Collaborative. From the Event…

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Women in Exhibition Sector Report Released

The global exhibition industry association UFI, an Iceberg partner, has released the results of research into women who are working in the sector. “Women in the Exhibition Industry” collates an online survey of over 200 respondents, mostly women. 82 percent of them highly appreciated working in exhibitions and loved their jobs. From CIM News Magazine…

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Global Business Events Impact $1 Trillion

A new study has valued the global business events industry at more than $1 trillion. Preliminary results were announced by Iceberg partner The Events Industry Council at IMEX America. The full report is available from November 9th. The Global Economic Significance of Business Events is the first research of its kind. From Association Meetings International…

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Four Years’ Growth for Meetings Industry

A decade after the 2008 global economic recession, the meetings industry has bounced back and settled into a new normal of steady and stable growth, according to American Express Meetings & Events. The 2019 Global Meetings and Events Forecast also shows that planners are feeling pressure from both consolidation and disruptive suppliers. From CIM News Magazine…

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Association Meetings History Published

International association meetings continue to show “robust growth”, according to a new history of the sector. The International Congress and Convention Association report “A Modern History of International Association Meetings – Update: 1963-2017” was released to mark ICCA’s 55th anniversary. From Association Meetings International…

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