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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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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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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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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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Wellington CEC Gets Council Green Light

Wellington’s new Conference and Exhibition Centre has been given a green light by Wellington City Council paving the way for the beginning of construction next year. The 18,000 square metre CEC will feature dedicated convention space spread across its top two floors and a ground floor gallery to accommodate touring exhibitions. From CIM News Magazine…

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Newcastle Wins Major Design Conference

An international design conference that has been held before in New York and Oslo is heading to Newcastle in 2019. More than 150 delegates are expected to descend on the North East English city for the annual Design History Conference, set to be held at Northumbria University in September. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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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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Brisbane’s CVB Celebrates 40 Years

Brisbane’s convention bureau is celebrating its 40th anniversary of attracting conferences and visitors to the city. Established in 1978, the Brisbane Visitors and Convention Bureau merged into the city’s economic development board Brisbane Marketing in 2000. Today Brisbane business events generate more than AU$257 million a year in economic impact. 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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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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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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BESydney Scores Big Incentive Wins

Business Events Sydney is set to enjoy a record-breaking year, having secured AU$102 million to date from the global incentive market. Its strategic decision in 2004 to invest in expanding incentives to Australia from Asia has resulted in close to twenty percent year-on-year growth in the value of events secured from that continent. From CIM News Magazine…

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VisitScotland Business Events Campaign Win

The International Congress and Convention Association announced VisitScotland Business Events as the winner of this year’s prestigious ICCA Best Marketing Award at the closing ceremony of the 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai. The winning low cost, high-impact social media campaign, Ideas Become Legend, united the industry and connected associations with expertise. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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ICCA Honours Women Across Business Events

The International Congress and Convention Association showcased the contributions of women to the meetings industry at its recent 57th Congress in Dubai, with ten women from across the organisation’s global community personally honoured as Inspirational ICCA Women by outgoing President Nina Freysen-Pretorius. IMEX Group CEO Carina Bauer was one of those celebrated. From the Event…

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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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CINZ CSR Facilitates Free School Meals

Eat My Lunch runs a “buy one, give one” scheme distributing packed school meals in New Zealand. Now Conventions and Incentives New Zealand is helping planners weave corporate social responsibility into their events by partnering with the award-winning social enterprise. At a conference in Auckland, CINZ donated 200 lunches to Kiwi schoolchildren. From CIM News Magazine…

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