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Dundee and Angus Events Bring in £71m

A 2018 economic impact report published by the Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau shows that £71 million was generated from the thriving business events sector in the Scottish region last year. The figure represents a four percent increase on 2017. The area attracted 257,000 conference and event delegates in 2018. From Association Meetings International…

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Meetings Africa 2019 Breaking Records

The continent’s premier trade show for the event industry Meetings Africa opened with South Africa’s Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom (pictured right) claiming broken records. He said the 14th edition of the show at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg had in fact attracted 338 exhibitors, a rise of ten percent over 2018. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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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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Edinburgh Marketing Wins Stay of Execution

Edinburgh Marketing, the body behind the city’s convention bureau, has been dealt an eleventh hour reprieve after city councillors accepted a counter offer to proposed cuts. The council had sought to slash the organisation’s funding by £567,000 next year and by 89 percent over two years. Now it has reinstated £267,000. From Association Meetings International…

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Bid Fund Business Doubles to AU$187m

The value of the business events secured with the help of Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Program has almost doubled from AU$97 million to a record AU$187 million in the past three months. Total expenditure by international meetings visitors in the year ending September 2018 was AU$4.9 billion, up 16 percent. From TTG Mice…

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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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DMO MD Condemns Edinburgh Cuts

Leaders from one of Europe’s most prestigious gatherings of destination marketing organisations have voiced disbelief at proposed budget cuts which could see the end of both Marketing Edinburgh and the city’s convention bureau. Partner of the Iceberg European Cities Marketing’s Spring Meeting 2019 has just been held in the Scottish capital. From Association Meetings International…

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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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Edinburgh Ambassadors Slam Proposed Cuts

Academics across Edinburgh have slammed proposed budget cuts that would see an 89 percent drop in the capital’s marketing over the next two years as well as the closure of its ambassador programme. Over 75 Edinburgh ambassadors contacted the City Council objecting to the proposal to slash Marketing Edinburgh’s budget by £790,000. From Association Meetings International…

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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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Wesgro Holds Meeting on Medical Cannabis

Wesgro, the tourism, trade and investment agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, has hosted a first meeting around the potential of medical cannabis in South Africa. CEO Tim Harris said: “It is not often that an entire new global industry emerges from nothing to a $50 billion-plus sector”. From the Event…

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BestCities Launches Brand Platform

Iceberg partner BestCities Global Alliance has unveiled a new brand platform and updated strategic plan as it approaches its twentieth year of operation. The Alliance is made up of twelve leading cities for major conferences and business events. International associations were consulted on the new platform’s principles. 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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KLCC Economic Impact Up 80 Percent

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre delivered a record-breaking RM888 million in revenue during 2018, an 80 percent increase on 2017. The Malaysian venue hosted 1,485 events, and also saw a hike in guests arriving in the city, with a total of 2.18 million, an increase of 49 percent on the previous year. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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VisitBritain Seeking Global Market Growth

Kerrin MacPhie, VisitBritain’s Head of Business Events, is seeking to further the organisation’s reach to global markets. MacPhie outlined her plans at the MPI Economic Insights in London. She said VisitBritain was looking to expand around the world and draw buyers from international markets like America. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Conventions Bring AU$80m to Cairns

Convention delegates in Cairns added around AUS$80m to the Australian city’s economy last year, according to a new study. Research into delegate spending and travel habits, commissioned by the Cairns Convention Centre, underlines the financial value of meetings. Events at the venue generated 133,784 room nights. From Association Meetings International…

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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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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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