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Ultimate Legacy: The AU$41m Space Agency

In 2017 the 68th International Astronautical Congress staging became Adelaide and South Australia’s largest ever business event. Now the Premier of South Australia, in a joint announcement with the Australian Prime Minister, has unveiled Adelaide as the home of Australia’s new AU$41 million Space Agency. Is this the largest-ever legacy of any Australian business event? From Boardroom…

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Computational Event Secured by Penang

Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau has won its bid to host the International Congress and Conferences on Computational Design and Engineering 2019 at the ParkRoyal Penang Resort. Covering both traditional computational design and fourth industry issues like big data and deep learning, the Congress will gather international experts outside Korea for the first time. From Boardroom…

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Cairns Wins Congress on Plant Biology

Scientists will discuss how to feed a growing population in the face of climate change when 1,200 plant molecular biologists meet up in Australia in three years’ time. Cairns Convention Centre will host the 2021 International Society for Plant Molecular Biology Congress after a successful bid led by sixty Australian plant scientists. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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US Freshwater Society Heads to Brisbane

Scientists studying the ecology of ponds, rivers, lakes and streams will hold their annual meeting outside North America for the first time in 2021. The US-based Society for Freshwater Science, which dates back to 1953, said Australia’s strong sector community was behind the historic decision to stage the event in Brisbane. Photo: Kgbo. From Association Meetings International…

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ACC Liverpool Marks Tenth in Song

Venue ACC Liverpool has marked its tenth birthday at its annual showcase in London. Guests recorded the Beatles’ song “With a Little Help from My Friends” at Abbey Road Studios and took away a CD with them as memento. They also watched a video of famous Liverpool figures wishing the venue happy birthday. From Association Meetings International…

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Durban to Stage ICCA Association Event

For the first time ever, South Africa will host the International Congress and Convention Association’s Association Meetings Programme in June 2019. A hundred members of ICCA and association executives will gather over three days at Durban International Convention Centre which this year is celebrating its 21st anniversary. From Boardroom…

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Lausanne Joins Energy Cities Alliance

A city best known as the seat of the Olympics movement has become the latest member of the Energy Cities Alliance, a marketing consortium of business events destinations. Lausanne’s inclusion marks an apparent shift in emphasis in the consortium towards “sustainable energy solutions”. 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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ICCA and ASAE Collaborate on Forum

Iceberg partners the International Congress and Convention Association and the American Society of Association Executives have collaborated on ASAE’s Asia Pacific Association Leadership Forum. The event saw more than 150 association executives from the region head to Singapore for the annual educational Forum held at the Grand Hyatt. From CIM News Magazine…

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BSAVA Moving to Manchester Central

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association, organiser of the largest and oldest sector congress in Europe, is moving its event to Manchester from 2021. The bid, secured by Manchester Central in collaboration with Marketing Manchester, is thought to be worth £110 million to the local economy over three years. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…  

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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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The Meetings Show Predicts Trends

The UK’s Meetings Show has met with its advisory board to discuss the future of the show and wider sector. Subjects included how the meetings industry should promote the UK as a good place to do business. Intellectual capital was also debated as an influencer of destination choice. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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ICC Sydney Unveils Creative Legacy Stream

ICC Sydney has announced a new creative industries stream for its legacy programme, to showcase Australian home-grown talent and support the next generation of creative leaders. This expands on the existing initiative and connections, providing events and delegates with the opportunity to interact with the region’s thriving creative economy. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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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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Kuala Lumpur Drawing European Associations

Eleven European international association events attracted 11,960 delegates to Malaysia in 2018 and were all held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. These events were amongst the venue’s 1,189 held this year up to October, which have been attended by over 1.85 million participants. Sectors have included anaesthesia, cancer, diabetes and rubber. From Boardroom…

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Brisbane Wins Pharma World Congress

The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre will host the International Pharmaceutical Federation World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2021 with 2,500 delegates expected to attend. A local hosting consortium of associations worked with BCEC and key convention partners Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing to secure the prestigious event. From CIM News Magazine…

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Matthias Schultze Wins JMIC Power and Profile

Matthias Schultze, the Managing Director of the German Convention Bureau, has won this year’s Profile and Power Award, one of the meetings industry’s most coveted honours. The award, given by the Joint Meetings Industry Council, which presents The Iceberg, recognises individuals who have made a significant impact on the world of meetings. From Association Meetings International…

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IBTM World 2018 Breaks Booking Record

IBTM World has broken a previous record for pre-arranged meetings with 77,651 booked ahead of this year’s event, five percent up on last year. As well as the returning brands, this year’s first-time exhibitors include the Tourism Promotion Board Philippines, Tourism New Zealand and the Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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