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International Meetings Targeted by Athens

The Greek capital is targeting small and medium-sized international conventions with “know-how and financial resources”. So said Alexis Galinos, MD of ADDMA (the Athens Development and Destination Management Agency), at the 9th Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organisers conference. Athens is currently 26th in ICCA city rankings. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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ACC Liverpool Confirms Returning Conferences

ACC Liverpool has confirmed a series of conferences returning to the venue after signing multi-year deals. Insurance buyers association Airmic recently confirmed, signing a four year deal over the next twelve years, taking its congress to 2031. The British Equine Veterinary Association has also signed a two year deal for 2022 and 2024. From Association Meetings International…

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GSMA Regional Event Returning to Moscow

The GSMA Mobile 360 Series – Eurasia conference, a regional event run by the Global System for Mobile Communications Association, will be held in Moscow later this year. It follows last year’s successful debut in the same city, which gathered more than 600 attendees, over half of them director-level or above. From Association Meetings International…

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Hamburg Medical Hub Wins ISHCSF

Hamburg will be hosting the 2022 conference of the International Society for Hydrocephalus and Cerebrospinal Fluid Disorders. The meeting win underpins the city’s reputation as an intellectual capital for medical congresses. Hamburg’s large healthcare cluster includes companies, universities, research and training institutions, hospitals, and insurance funds. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Sri Lanka: CoP18 Convention Delayed

An international conference on the buying and selling of endangered animals and plants has been postponed following the Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka. CoP18, or the 18th Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, was to have taken place from May into June in Colombo. From Association Meetings International…

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ICCA Hotels Affected by Sri Lanka Attacks

The Easter Sunday bomb attacks carried out in Sri Lanka have “directly implicated” International Congress and Convention Association hotel members, according to ICCA CEO, Sri Lanka-born Senthil Gopinath. As a gesture of solidarity, Gopinath has announced that ICCA will pay its respects to the victims during a chapter meeting at IMEX Frankfurt. From Association Meetings International…

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International Radiology Congress Win for Oman

Oman has won a bid to host the 30th edition of the International Radiology Congress in October 2020. Event highlights will include both diagnostic and interventional radiology, radiation protection and the use of artificial intelligence applications. More than 1,000 experts are expected to attend the congress from all over the globe. From Boardroom…

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Conference Content a Challenge, Says Study

For the fifth year running, Omnipress has just published its “State of the Conference Industry Report”, which collects and analyses the responses of 150 association professionals, many directly responsible for event planning. Managing last-minute content changes was revealed as the respondents’ most common challenge, with content distribution also posing problems. From PCMA…

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London Secures Major Liver Congress

London’s standing as a host for major medical meetings has been raised, with Europe’s leading liver association choosing the city for its flagship meeting. Over 10,000 specialists will attend the European Association for the Study of the Liver’s International Liver Congress next year. The 2019 event has just run in Vienna. From Association Meetings International…

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Newcastle Hosting Artificial Life Meeting

The 2019 Conference on Artificial Life will take place at Newcastle University from July into August. Over 200 international delegates from across various disciplines are expected to meet and discuss the latest developments in the field. Organisers will also use remote talks and presentation streaming to make the meeting more sustainable. From Boardroom…

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Ottawa Conference Ambassadors Sought

Canada’s capital, Ottawa, is to launch a conference ambassador programme. Together Ottawa Tourism, the Shaw Centre (above) and Invest Ottawa will offer bespoke support to local experts becoming “trailblazers” by helping the city to secure major meetings. ThinkOttawa will work with its ambassadors to prepare bid documents and provide support. From Association Meetings International…

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José Zuniga Wins at Association Awards

José Zuniga of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care has been named Executive Director of the Year in Gothenburg at the International and European Association Awards. The Association of the Year Award was the European Society of Endocrinology. The event is a highlight of the Associations World Congress. From Association Meetings International…

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SIAARTI Academy Event Wins CSR Award

The SIAARTI Academy event of the Italian Society for Anaesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care has won the corporate social responsibility trophy for AIM Group International at the 9th Global Eventex Awards. The legacy-focussed event, an Iceberg favourite, was hosted on the island of Lampedusa and included a major incident simulation (pictured). From Boardroom…

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Amy Calvert Appointed New EIC CEO

The Events Industry Council has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer, Amy Calvert, after a global search. Calvert is currently Senior Vice President of Convention Sales and Services with Visit Baltimore, and has worked in the past for Long Beach Convention Bureau and Intercontinental Hotels Group. From the Events Industry Council…

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Associations World Congress 2019 Held

Several hundred association executives and exhibitors from across the meetings industry have gathered in Gothenburg, Sweden, for the two-and-a-half day 2019 Associations World Congress. The event kicked off with a special forum for medical associations and an uplifting musical reception with performances from various choirs and orchestras. From Association Meetings International…

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GMID 2019 Celebrated Around World

Organisers, venues and convention bureaux have celebrated the 2019 Global Meetings Industry Day to promote the economic and societal benefits of the sector. Hundreds of events took place to mark GMID, which was founded by the Meetings Mean Business alliance in the US four years ago to spotlight industry legacies. From Association Meetings International…

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Leeds Hosting Meetings Conference for North

Delegates attending the Conference and Hospitality Show held at the First Direct Arena Leeds later this month can also attend a Business Visits and Events Focus North conference, bringing together experts to explore how the North of England can gain a larger share of the £43.3 billion UK meetings and events industry. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Calgary’s BMO Centre Expansion Approved

Funding has been approved for a $500 million expansion that will double the size of Calgary’s BMO Centre to almost a million square feet and transform it into Canada’s second-largest venue. The further funding will create new spaces for hosting conferences, meetings and exhibitions, to help attract larger conventions and events. From Meetings International…

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