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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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Leeds Fintech Secures XborderAsia Exhibition

Leeds has been chosen to host the international XborderAsia Exhibition 2019 thanks to the city’s “rapidly growing” financial and technology sectors. The bi-annual meeting will welcome around 500 international delegates to the Royal Armouries International in September. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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IMEX Focussing on Diversity and Inclusivity

Carina Bauer, IMEX Group CEO, has spoken about the show’s focus on diversity, it being key to the future of the events industry. “That’s why it forms a core part of our offering at IMEX in Frankfurt this year”, she said. IMEX includes an opening session called “She Means Business”. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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India BIG7 Acquired by Reed Exhibitions

The organiser of IBTM World, Reed Exhibitions, has announced the acquisition of the India BIG7 trade fair, which is set to welcome 40,000 visitors in August. Launched in 1993, the Mumbai event is India’s largest trade meeting for gifts, gadgets, houseware, kitchenware, home decor and office supplies. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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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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Revamped AIME 2019 Held in Melbourne

The revamped 2019 Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has taken place in Melbourne. In addition to plenary sessions, a mini hackathon and a series of break-out sessions, industry chiefs also attended an invitation-only Leaders Forum, which examined emerging technology and consumer trends in the Asia-Pacific region. From PCMA…

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Manchester Central Exhibition Revenue Up

Manchester Central saw 31 percent growth in exhibition revenue during 2018, thanks to a rise in the total number of shows hosted (37) and a repeat rate of 86 percent from 2017. High-profile new events included The Northern Business Exhibition. Repeat clients included IP EXPO. 2018 also saw investment in new facilities. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Arms Fair Moves Twice After Protests

The Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability arms fair has been moved from the NEC Birmingham to Farnborough International after a protest campaign against the event. The decision to hold it in Birmingham was only made in November, with DPRTE having originally been scheduled for Cardiff before similar objections from local people. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Meetings Africa Talks 2019 Event Greening

This year’s edition of Meetings Africa is set to be the greenest ever, with more event greening in place than ever before. Africa’s foremost industry trade fair has pioneered the practice since 2011. The show takes place at the end of February in the International Convention Centre in Sandton, Johannesburg. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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IMEX Harnessing the Power of Imagination

The IMEX Group is championing the power of imagination as its talking point for 2019. The theme has been chosen in response to the growth of digitalisation, and the team will be focusing on three core aspects across its events: transformation and collaboration, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Open for Submissions: Tomorrow’s Talent

A new initiative from The Meetings Show in the UK to champion young event planners has now opened for entries. Tomorrow’s Talent is being run together with Iceberg partner M&IT to shine a spotlight on young and emerging sector stars and to nurture and support future leaders. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Reed to Acquire Mack Brooks Exhibitions

Reed Exhibitions, organiser of Iceberg partner IBTM Events, is to acquire business-to-business event organiser Mack Brooks Exhibitions. Mack Brooks was established in 1965 and runs over thirty meetings in fourteen countries, serving nine industry sectors. After regulatory approval, the deal should close during the first half of 2019. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Initiative Champions Young UK Planners

The Meetings Show and Iceberg partner Meetings & Incentive Travel have launched a new initiative to champion young meeting and event planners. Tomorrow’s Talent will shine a spotlight on the exceptional talent emerging within the industry and help to nurture and support its leaders of the future. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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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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IBTM World 2018 Breaks Booking Record

IBTM World has broken a previous record for pre-arranged meetings with 77,651 booked ahead of this year’s event, five percent up on last year. As well as the returning brands, this year’s first-time exhibitors include the Tourism Promotion Board Philippines, Tourism New Zealand and the Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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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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Women in Exhibition Sector Report Released

The global exhibition industry association UFI, an Iceberg partner, has released the results of research into women who are working in the sector. “Women in the Exhibition Industry” collates an online survey of over 200 respondents, mostly women. 82 percent of them highly appreciated working in exhibitions and loved their jobs. From CIM News Magazine…

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SWIFT’s Sibos a Success for ICC Sydney

ICC Sydney’s staging for show organisers SWIFT of the huge finance conference Sibos just saw 7,600 business leaders, academics and entrepreneurs take over the venue for four days. Sibos’ trade show included 180 exhibitors, custom-built stands, interactive zones and live activations, while a further 75 private meetings ran alongside official sessions. From CIM News Magazine…

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