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Meetings Africa 2019 Breaking Records

The continent’s premier trade show for the event industry Meetings Africa opened with South Africa’s Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom (pictured right) claiming broken records. He said the 14th edition of the show at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg had in fact attracted 338 exhibitors, a rise of ten percent over 2018. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Edinburgh Marketing Wins Stay of Execution

Edinburgh Marketing, the body behind the city’s convention bureau, has been dealt an eleventh hour reprieve after city councillors accepted a counter offer to proposed cuts. The council had sought to slash the organisation’s funding by £567,000 next year and by 89 percent over two years. Now it has reinstated £267,000. From Association Meetings International…

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Bid Fund Business Doubles to AU$187m

The value of the business events secured with the help of Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Program has almost doubled from AU$97 million to a record AU$187 million in the past three months. Total expenditure by international meetings visitors in the year ending September 2018 was AU$4.9 billion, up 16 percent. From TTG Mice…

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Liverpool Honours £10.8m Ambassadors

Conference ambassador programme Club Liverpool has honoured the ambassadors who brought £10.8 million worth of events to the city in 2018. Each ambassador who successfully brought a meeting to Liverpool was awarded a certificate by the Lord Mayor, with ten in all presented for seven different events. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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DMO MD Condemns Edinburgh Cuts

Leaders from one of Europe’s most prestigious gatherings of destination marketing organisations have voiced disbelief at proposed budget cuts which could see the end of both Marketing Edinburgh and the city’s convention bureau. Partner of the Iceberg European Cities Marketing’s Spring Meeting 2019 has just been held in the Scottish capital. From Association Meetings International…

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Edinburgh Ambassadors Slam Proposed Cuts

Academics across Edinburgh have slammed proposed budget cuts that would see an 89 percent drop in the capital’s marketing over the next two years as well as the closure of its ambassador programme. Over 75 Edinburgh ambassadors contacted the City Council objecting to the proposal to slash Marketing Edinburgh’s budget by £790,000. From Association Meetings International…

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Arms Fair Moves Twice After Protests

The Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability arms fair has been moved from the NEC Birmingham to Farnborough International after a protest campaign against the event. The decision to hold it in Birmingham was only made in November, with DPRTE having originally been scheduled for Cardiff before similar objections from local people. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Estonia Awards Largest Scientific Meeting

The largest international scientific meeting ever held in Estonia has been named “Conference of the Year” in a ceremony hosted by the country’s convention bureau. The winning 34th European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium was hosted at the Estonian Business School and Tallinn University. The ECB also named new conference ambassadors. From Association Meeting International…

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Meetings Africa Talks 2019 Event Greening

This year’s edition of Meetings Africa is set to be the greenest ever, with more event greening in place than ever before. Africa’s foremost industry trade fair has pioneered the practice since 2011. The show takes place at the end of February in the International Convention Centre in Sandton, Johannesburg. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Wonderful Copenhagen Sets Green Standard

The Danish capital has set a new global standard with Wonderful Copenhagen being named the world’s first Green Tourism Organisation. The certification supports destinations that do something extraordinary for their sustainability. Copenhagen CVB and the city of Copenhagen come second in the rankings of Iceberg partner the Global Destination Sustainability Index. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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IMEX Harnessing the Power of Imagination

The IMEX Group is championing the power of imagination as its talking point for 2019. The theme has been chosen in response to the growth of digitalisation, and the team will be focusing on three core aspects across its events: transformation and collaboration, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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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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“No Plastic” Campaign at ExCeL London

ExCeL London is reducing waste with a “No Plastic” campaign to outline its commitment to this global issue. The approach will initially focus on the 27 retailers along its central boulevard. “Waste from single-use plastic is a critical issue for our industry,” says Jeremy Rees, CEO of ExCeL London. From Boardroom…    

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Bilbao’s BEC Becomes Full ICCA Member

The Bilbao Exhibition Centre has become a full member of Iceberg partner the International Congress and Convention Association. The first event at which BEC will take part as a member will be the General Assembly of the Iberian Chapter (Spain and Portugal), in Oporto in April, along with over sixty delegates. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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UK Conference and Events Market Growing

The United Kingdom conferencing and events market is growing as a whole, despite the conference and meetings segment suffering decline for a third consecutive year. So says an in-depth study of eleven industry reports by Warwick Conferences. A focus on ROI means the number of events being organised is down. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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KLCC Economic Impact Up 80 Percent

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre delivered a record-breaking RM888 million in revenue during 2018, an 80 percent increase on 2017. The Malaysian venue hosted 1,485 events, and also saw a hike in guests arriving in the city, with a total of 2.18 million, an increase of 49 percent on the previous year. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Conventions Bring AU$80m to Cairns

Convention delegates in Cairns added around AUS$80m to the Australian city’s economy last year, according to a new study. Research into delegate spending and travel habits, commissioned by the Cairns Convention Centre, underlines the financial value of meetings. Events at the venue generated 133,784 room nights. From Association Meetings International…

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Brexit Uncertainty Now Affecting British Events

The Brexit effect is clear in this year’s British Meetings and Events Industry Survey, with the results reflecting the uncertainty being experienced by many markets. When asked whether Brexit would affect the volume or nature of their events, far fewer respondents said they would be unaffected than last year. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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