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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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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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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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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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VisitScotland Expo Sees “Record” Appointments

VisitBritain’s flagship business event MeetGB has been held in Windsor, and VisitScotland Expo has said that its recent staging was one of the biggest since the event began life in 1980. The exhibition took place at Glasgow’s SEC over two days, and saw 340 businesses showcasing products to over 550 buyers. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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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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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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30 Young Destination Professionals Honoured

Destinations International and its Foundation have announced the 2019 “30 Under 30” class, which will convene at the 2019 Destinations International Annual Convention this July in St. Louis, Missouri. The young honorees (the 2018 class is pictured) come from a variety of destination organisations, and will receive mentoring and other opportunities under the scheme. From PCMA…

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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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Brisbane Awards Seven Convention Trailblazers

Seven researchers from Brisbane will share in AUS$30,000 funding from the Lord Mayor’s office to help lure significant international conferences to the city for the first time. The Convention Trailblazer Grant funds early career professionals to attend an international conference in their field, then help attract that meeting to Brisbane. From Association Meetings International…

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Lyon Becomes 48th GDS-Index Destination

Lyon has become the latest city to join Iceberg partner the Global Destination Sustainability Index, a ranking of meetings destinations’ environmental credentials. Only Lyon, the city’s convention bureau, is the 48th destination to sign up to the index, which benchmarks them on how well they are meeting UN Sustainable Development Goals. From Association Meetings International…

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Melbourne’s Karen Bolinger Steps Down

Karen Bolinger, tireless CEO of the Melbourne Convention Bureau, has announced her departure after more than seven-and-a-half years at the helm. She steps down in what is expected to be another record year for the bureau in terms of economic contribution, adding around AU$500 million to the region’s coffers. From Association Meetings International…

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Ambassadors Awarded for AU$95m Impact

Fourteen Club Melbourne Ambassadors have been awarded at the annual Club awards ceremony, held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, for securing nine international conferences in 2018. The nine events are expected to generate around AU$95 million in economic impact for the state of Victoria and deliver 63,700 delegate days. From Melbourne Convention Bureau…

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Edinburgh’s EICC Posts Record Results

The Edinburgh International Conference Centre has posted record financial results for 2018 as managers wary of a Brexit downturn target growth opportunities outside Europe. EICC is owned by Edinburgh City Council, which last month cut £300,000 from the annual budget of Marketing Edinburgh, the body that runs CVB Convention Edinburgh. From Association Meetings International…

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PLUS SEOUL to Boost Meetings Business

The Seoul Convention Bureau has rolled out its 2019 PLUS SEOUL initiative to boost business events. As well as expanded core benefits of up to KRW 250,000,000 (previously KRW 150,000,000) for international conferences, PLUS SEOUL will cover developing event apps and VR, and the bureau has also designed new customised experiences for meetings. From Boardroom…

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Leeds Fintech Secures XborderAsia Exhibition

Leeds has been chosen to host the international XborderAsia Exhibition 2019 thanks to the city’s “rapidly growing” financial and technology sectors. The bi-annual meeting will welcome around 500 international delegates to the Royal Armouries International in September. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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