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PCMA Survey: “Further Growth to Come”

The latest Meetings Market Survey from the Professional Convention Management Association has revealed a growth in meeting attendance with a further rise expected next year. Considered to be a barometer for the industry, the survey found attendance for 2018 up five percent. It had risen by 3.6 percent in 2017. From Association Meetings International…

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City of London “Set for Brexit Boost”

The City of London – the capital’s historic financial district – could be set for a Brexit boost, with more than three quarters of City venues expecting an increase in revenue over the next 12 months, according to a new survey. 70 percent of respondents were optimistic about the coming year. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Events Industry Board Surveys EU Funding

The UK Events Industry Board has launched a survey to help assess the value of EU grants, infrastructure funding and service-related projects that have benefited the business events industry. The EIB is urging destinations to complete a survey identifying EU funding for projects like ICC Birmingham in 1989. Photo: Roy Hughes. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Barcelona’s CCIB Breaks Turnover Record

The International Convention Centre of Barcelona broke its previous high turnover record whilst welcoming more than 500,000 visitors in 2018. The CCIB, managed by GL Events, announced turnover of €37.2 million last year, an increase of 11.5 percent over 2017 and of 3.1 percent on the 2007 record. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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BVEP Industry Study Seeks Contributions

The publishers of a planned report into the size and value of Britain’s events sector have made a call for contributions from the industry. The study from the Business Visits and Events Partnership, due out this Autumn, will be used to profile the sector to politicians, the media and wider business community. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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1,300 Attend “Best Ever” M&IT Awards

The UK meetings industry turned out in force for a glittering night at the 2019 M&IT Awards, and The Iceberg partner’s record-breaking event has been hailed as the best ever. Glasgow Convention Bureau picked up the Best UK Convention Bureau gong for the 13th year in a row (pictured). From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Berlin to Host Meeting on HIV Science

VisitBerlin has announced a “major success” after being chosen to host the 11th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science in 2021. Over 6,000 experts will attend the largest global event of its kind at the CityCube, Messe Berlin. In 2018 medicine, healthcare and pharma accounted for 22 percent of Berlin events. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Belfast Launches Events Marketing Campaign

Belfast’s official tourism marketing agency, Visit Belfast, has launched a new marketing campaign designed to rapidly accelerate the volume of inbound business conferences and events taking place in the city. The digital-led campaign is the city’s largest-ever dedicated business tourism marketing initiative. From Association Meetings International…

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Melbourne Wins 2023 Rotary International

Melbourne has been chosen as host city for the 2023 Rotary International Convention, a massive gathering expected to attract delegates from almost every country in the world. The event will be worth over AU$88 million to the local economy, so the bid led by the Melbourne Convention Bureau faced stiff competition. From Association Meetings International…

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Christchurch Seeking Key Sector Events

AEG Ogden, the newly unveiled operator of the AUS$400 million Christchurch Convention and Exhibition Centre Te Pae, has said it will tap into key city industries to attract big international business events. The company, which also runs ICC Sydney and Brisbane’s BCEC, said Te Pae would benefit from its “global connections”. From Association Meetings International…

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Messe Frankfurt Power Goes Renewable

Messe Frankfurt, which claims to be the “world’s largest” event organiser and exhibition ground owner, will source all of its electricity from a renewable energy provider in 2020. This includes power for the stands and halls at the company’s various Frankfurt venues. The exhibition grounds already have three photovoltaic systems. From Association Meetings International…

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Liverpool Honours £10.8m Ambassadors

Conference ambassador programme Club Liverpool has honoured the ambassadors who brought £10.8 million worth of events to the city in 2018. Each ambassador who successfully brought a meeting to Liverpool was awarded a certificate by the Lord Mayor, with ten in all presented for seven different events. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Dubai Secures Ten New Congresses

Dubai World Trade Centre has secured bids to host ten new global congresses from 2019 to 2022. The high-profile events will bring into Dubai around 37,000 delegates, and include two space congresses set to be hosted by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, the UAE’s hub for space science and research. From Boardroom…

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Lausanne Montreux Congress Wins 16 Bids

New convention bureaux alliance Lausanne Montreux Congress won sixteen events in its first full year of operation, with the biggest likely to attract 1,400 delegates. The bids will see the cities host over 8,350 delegates between now and 2022, and pump around CHF 16.5 million (€14.5 million) into the regional economy. From Association Meetings International…

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£1bn Renovation Green Lit at Olympia London

Olympia London has received planning permission for a £1 billion renovation. The new vision of the 132-year-old exhibition centre is a diverse quarter, with events space, communal areas and leisure facilities. Work will start this year, with the first tenants moving in by 2023, and Olympia will continue to operate during renovation. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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“No Plastic” Campaign at ExCeL London

ExCeL London is reducing waste with a “No Plastic” campaign to outline its commitment to this global issue. The approach will initially focus on the 27 retailers along its central boulevard. “Waste from single-use plastic is a critical issue for our industry,” says Jeremy Rees, CEO of ExCeL London. From Boardroom…    

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Bilbao’s BEC Becomes Full ICCA Member

The Bilbao Exhibition Centre has become a full member of Iceberg partner the International Congress and Convention Association. The first event at which BEC will take part as a member will be the General Assembly of the Iberian Chapter (Spain and Portugal), in Oporto in April, along with over sixty delegates. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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UK Conference and Events Market Growing

The United Kingdom conferencing and events market is growing as a whole, despite the conference and meetings segment suffering decline for a third consecutive year. So says an in-depth study of eleven industry reports by Warwick Conferences. A focus on ROI means the number of events being organised is down. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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