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Malta’s MFCC Bets on iGaming Expo SIGMA

The Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre has been enlarged by 3,800 square metres to accommodate one specific event, the iGaming expo SIGMA. Malta’s online gaming industry has been on a winning streak in the past few years, with the sector now accounting for €1.2 billion, or over 12 percent, of local GDP. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Paris Nord Villepinte Shows Solar Solidarity

The latest venue to add solar power to its sustainability credentials has done so in innovative fashion. Viparis has announced its first solar tarpaulin, installed on the Paris Nord Villepinte gallery’s glass facade. Paris Nord Villepinte is the first exhibition complex to test such a system, with the goal of reducing carbon footprint. 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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Toulouse Centre Under Construction

The new Toulouse Exhibition and Convention Centre is now under construction and will offer three venues in one when it opens in June 2020 as the third largest in France. Located six kilometres from Blagnac International Airport, the centre will offer easy road access for attendees with 5,000 parking spaces on site. From Association Meetings International…

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Congress Center Basel’s Busy 2019 Calendar

After a busy 2018, Congress Center Basel is once more preparing to host a number of major international events. Small congresses in the first quarter, including the 50th Annual Meeting of Iceberg partner the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers, will be followed by larger meetings in the medical and computational biology sectors. From Boardroom…

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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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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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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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Scottish Event Campus Plans Expansion

The Scottish Event Campus has applied for planning permission of a major expansion project, with the aim of creating a unique global event campus. The £150 – £200 million build will develop the west end of the campus, constructing a dedicated entrance, and additional meeting, exhibition and networking spaces. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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GDS-Index Awards Announced

Copenhagen, Gothenburg and Goyang were the winners at this year’s GDS-Index Awards, which recognise those destinations trying to minimise the environmental impact of business tourism. For the third year running, the Iceberg partner’s awards were announced during the closing ceremony of the ICCA Congress, this time being held in Dubai. From Association Meetings International…

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Report Highlights MI Accessibility Issues

A new report highlights the need for more work on universal accessibility across the meetings industry. The research project from Iceberg partners BestCities Global Alliance and GainingEdge, working with Rehabilitation International, was unveiled at the 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai, and is also posted in the Iceberg’s Research section. From CIM News Magazine…

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Montreal Honours its $73m Ambassadors

Ambassadors who helped bring a dozen international meetings to Montreal have been honoured by the city at a gala dinner. The events, covering everything from AI to thrombosis, are expected to attract 32,000 delegates and pump $73m into the province. Eighteen individuals were toasted at the Palais des congrès de Montréal function. From Association Meetings International…

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Brisbane Wins iMig 2020 Conference

Brisbane’s BCEC is set to host 500 of the world’s best sector surgeons, respiratory researchers, clinicians and allied health professionals after securing the 15th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group in 2020. Australia has one of the highest rates of the disease in the world. Photo: Kgbo. From CIM News Magazine…

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ICC Sydney Launches Reconciliation Plan

A ceremony at ICC Sydney has launched its Reconciliation Action Plan, which will recognise and celebrate during events the cultures and traditions of Australia’s First Nations. These include the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the custodians of the land on which ICC Sydney sits. From CIM News Magazine…

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