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Sustainability Rising, GDS-Index Paper Says

A new era of sustainability is rising and set to shape the future of the events industry, according to a new white paper just out from the Global Destination Sustainability Index, an Iceberg partner. The report details case studies, data analysis and actions taken by 47 destination management organisations and municipalities. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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SEC Brings Glasgow £1.5m Per Day

The Scottish Event Campus has had its most successful year since 2014 and the Commonwealth Games. Trading turnover increased by 21 percent to £35.1 million, and contributed an average of £1.5 million per day to the Glasgow economy in 2018 – 19, a total of £457 million over the year. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Global Exhibitions Day Marked Around World

Record numbers of exhibition professionals around the world celebrated June 5, the fourth Global Exhibitions Day, which highlights how the industry generates $325 billion in total output globally and contributes $198 billion to GDP worldwide. An estimated 90 countries took part, according to preliminary data from Iceberg partner UFI, the sector’s global association. From PCMA…

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Montreal Palais Partners on Sustainability

The Palais des congrès de Montréal has put together a Sustainability Innovation Committee made up of experts from institutions including ten Quebec universities. The group’s purpose will be to facilitate sharing academic research in the field, and to identify research partnership opportunities between the venue and sustainability organisations. From Boardroom…

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ICC Wales Recruiting Event Ambassadors

ICC Wales has demonstrated a strong commitment to attracting major international association meetings by launching a drive at Swansea University recruiting for its Ambassador Wales Programme. The scheme aims to establish a network of patriotic professionals who will be championing the country as a conference and event destination. From Association Meetings International…

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Copenhagen to Host BestCities Futurology

While nobody can predict the future, the BestCities Global Forum looks to offer perhaps the next best thing: a futurologists’ analysis of challenges the meetings industry may face in 20 years’ time. In conjunction with the Copenhagen Convention Bureau, the conference will take place in the Danish capital this December. From Boardroom…

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Durban ICC Hosts Africa’s Travel Indaba

Africa’s Travel Indaba, hosted again at the Durban ICC, has attracted over 1,000 exhibitors and 1,500 buyers, as well as South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (centre). The event was organised around greening principles in evidence throughout the three days, which included introducing Meetings Africa’s Green Stand Award for the most sustainable exhibitor. From the Event…

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Gold Coast Wins 31st IASP World Congress

The International Association for Suicide Prevention has selected the Gold Coast to host its 31st World Congress in 2021. The meeting will bring together around 800 mental health professionals, academics, crisis workers, teachers and suicide survivors from around the world. The bid was a collaborative effort with strong local support. From Boardroom…

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IMEX Gala Dinner Awards Presented

Professionals from right across the business events industry have been honoured in Frankfurt at the IMEX Gala Dinner. The 2019 JMIC Unity Award went to Joachim König, Director of Hannover Congress Centrum. Emile Coetzee from North-West University in South Africa won the MPI Foundation / Maritz Global Events Student Scholarship Award. From the Event…

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Glasgow Health Legacy for Medical Meetings

Glasgow is using major medical meetings held in the city as a platform for championing and improving public health. Glasgow Convention Bureau is leading the People Make Glasgow Healthier campaign, launched at IMEX (pictured), with support from the Scottish Government, the Scottish Event Campus, local industry and the city’s academic community. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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PCMA Award Honours Senthil Gopinath

As a testament to his pioneering advancement of association meetings industry education and advocacy, new ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath has been named “Business Events Strategist of the Year” at the 2019 PCMA Visionary Awards in Washington DC. Gopinath previously led ICCA’s Middle East office as Regional Director. From the Event…

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Stakeholders Disagree Over Legacy

There is widespread disagreement over what legacy means when it comes to international meetings, and no consistency in terms of how either associations or destinations approach the subject. So says a new study by various Danish convention bureaux, and meetings consultancy and Iceberg partner GainingEdge, released at IMEX in Frankfurt. From Association Meetings International…

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Corne Koch Elected BestCities Board Chair

Corne Koch, the head of the Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau, a division of Wesgro, has been elected Board Chair of the BestCities Global Alliance. Koch made her first appearance in the new position at the BestCities media breakfast at IMEX Frankfurt, and takes over from Jeannie Lim of Singapore. From the Event…

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ESTRO Plans Glasgow Legacy for 2023

Glasgow has been selected to host the ESTRO (European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology) Annual Congress in 2023. The event will take place at the Scottish Event Campus. The choice was based both on the logistical capacity to host Europe’s largest meeting in the field, plus the creation of a local engagement project. From Boardroom…

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Copenhagen Engages for ESTRO in 2022

ESTRO, the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology, has chosen Copenhagen for its 2022 Annual Meeting. The Congress will run over five days at the Bella Centre Copenhagen and draw in around 6.000 participants to the city. ESTRO said it was attracted by the legacy potential of the Danish capital’s two-stringed engagement project. From Boardroom…

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ICWES18 to Address STEM Gender Bias

The University of Warwick has won a bid to plan, organise and host the 18th International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists in 2020. Held every three years, ICWES is the world’s largest symposium for women scientists and engineers and will attract to the college about 500 international delegates. From Association Meetings International…

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AfSAE Training Leaves Association Legacy

The African Society of Association Executives has created a training legacy for African associations. Eighty-nine professionals and nonprofit managers in Rwanda, Kenya and Nigeria successfully completed its certificate course in association management. Gregg Talley of Iceberg partner Talley Management Group and AfSAE President Jeffers Miruka facilitated the training. From Boardroom…

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Germany Measuring Meeting Sustainability

Making meetings sustainable is a top priority in Germany, as indicated by the results of the country’s Meeting & Event Barometer. The number of sustainable offers for meetings and conferences is increasing and just under 40 per cent of Germany’s venues have already implemented a system for managing sustainability. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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