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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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£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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Wonderful Copenhagen Sets Green Standard

The Danish capital has set a new global standard with Wonderful Copenhagen being named the world’s first Green Tourism Organisation. The certification supports destinations that do something extraordinary for their sustainability. Copenhagen CVB and the city of Copenhagen come second in the rankings of Iceberg partner the Global Destination Sustainability Index. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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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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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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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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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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Brexit Uncertainty Now Affecting British Events

The Brexit effect is clear in this year’s British Meetings and Events Industry Survey, with the results reflecting the uncertainty being experienced by many markets. When asked whether Brexit would affect the volume or nature of their events, far fewer respondents said they would be unaffected than last year. 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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Dubai Business Events to Build on 2018

Dubai Business Events, the city’s convention bureau, had a fruitful 2018 securing 261 bids, which are set to attract another 153,640 delegates to Dubai over the coming years. The 24 percent increase since 2017 signifies a shift towards larger-scale events, and further cements the Emirate as an attractive global business destination. From Boardroom…

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Innovate Canada Set to Showcase Life Sciences

Canada is inviting international executives to a hosted business-to-business event showcasing its life sciences, pharmaceutical and medtech industries. The aim is to increase the country’s share of meetings in the sector. Innovate Canada 2019 will take place in Toronto this May. A previous edition of the event targeted the ICT sector. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Finalists Announced for M&IT Awards 2019

The finalists have been announced for the M&IT Awards 2019, which take place on Friday March 1st at Battersea Evolution in London. More than 1,200 events industry professionals will celebrate the industry’s finest at this prestigious celebration of the UK and wider sectors. M&IT Personality of the Year will also be awarded. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Knowledge Transfer Key for Events, Says GCB

Knowledge transfer is the key to successful events, according to new research unveiled by the German Convention Bureau. Event planners should concentrate on surprising or disruptive elements, as well as responding to individual attendee requirements. The GCB presented its Future Meeting Space research at PCMA Convening Leaders in Pittsburgh. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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US Freshwater Society Heads to Brisbane

Scientists studying the ecology of ponds, rivers, lakes and streams will hold their annual meeting outside North America for the first time in 2021. The US-based Society for Freshwater Science, which dates back to 1953, said Australia’s strong sector community was behind the historic decision to stage the event in Brisbane. Photo: Kgbo. From Association Meetings International…

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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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BESydney’s Martin Boyle to Lead IAPCO

The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers has appointed Martin Boyle, Director of Europe for convention bureau BESydney, as its new CEO. Boyle will take the helm in April next year, replacing Executive Director Sarah Storie-Pugh, who will continue in a part-time capacity. From Association Meetings International…

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Durban to Stage ICCA Association Event

For the first time ever, South Africa will host the International Congress and Convention Association’s Association Meetings Programme in June 2019. A hundred members of ICCA and association executives will gather over three days at Durban International Convention Centre which this year is celebrating its 21st anniversary. From Boardroom…

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