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Lausanne Joins Energy Cities Alliance

A city best known as the seat of the Olympics movement has become the latest member of the Energy Cities Alliance, a marketing consortium of business events destinations. Lausanne’s inclusion marks an apparent shift in emphasis in the consortium towards “sustainable energy solutions”. 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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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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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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The Meetings Show Predicts Trends

The UK’s Meetings Show has met with its advisory board to discuss the future of the show and wider sector. Subjects included how the meetings industry should promote the UK as a good place to do business. Intellectual capital was also debated as an influencer of destination choice. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Events to Play a Major Role in UK Tourism

The UK government is to agree a landmark deal for the tourism industry in a bid to attract more visitors and to drive economic growth. The UK events sector, which is worth more than £42.3 billion a year, is set to play a major role in the plan. Photo: David Holt. 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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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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Club Melbourne Program Recognised

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s Club Melbourne Ambassador Program has received the City of Melbourne’s highest accolade after receiving the 2018 Melbourne Award for Contribution to Profile by a Corporation. The Club helps leading Melburnians establish, secure and host major conferences that boost the economy and attract thought leadership. 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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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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Global MICE Collaborative Launched

During IMEX America, three leading industry associations announced that they are joining together to develop an events task force for emerging markets. Iceberg partners SITE (the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence) and MPI (Meeting Professionals International), plus the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, have in tandem launched the Global MICE Collaborative. From the Event…

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Indonesia Launches $1m Bid Fund

Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism has announced a $1 million bid fund in 2019 to increase its share of international meetings. Indonesian Tourism is also thinking about developing new destinations like Batam and Bintan. Currently only Bali and Jakarta are considered meetings-ready. An IMF World Bank Meeting was held this October in Bali. From Association Meetings International…

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Paris Wins IAC 2021 Space Congress

More than 6,500 members of the global space community will gather in the French capital in 2021 for the 72nd International Astronautical Congress. The Paris Convention Centre will host the IAC’s scientists, academics, engineers and sector leaders for the event. Since its recent opening, the venue has already hosted eight world conferences. From Association Meetings International…

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ConferenceLeeds Ramps Tech Offering

The UK city of Leeds is ramping up its offering as a centre of excellence for the tech sector. One of the latest events to land was digitech18, which just brought over 600 delegates into the First Direct Arena. During the Leeds Digital Festival in April, over 143 events took place. Photo: Harshil Shah. From Meetpie.com…

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Riyadh Investment Conference Boycotted

A Riyadh investment conference, dubbed the “Davos in the desert”, kicked off amid huge controversy surrounding the killing of Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul. Dozens of business leaders and politicians pulled out of the Future Investment Initiative following the mounting speculation over the Saudi Arabian government’s role in the journalist’s consulate murder. From Meetpie.com…

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Gateshead Quays to Attract NE Events

England’s North East is to target major events with an ambitious conference precinct receiving funding from the UK Department for International Trade. The £250 million, 3.84 hectare Gateshead Quays project will increase the region’s ability to attract and host major conferences and exhibitions, as well as music and cultural events. From Association Meetings International…

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