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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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AAC Keynotes and New Format Announced

Delegates at the Africa Associations Congress in Pretoria this August will be given insider tips on how to deliver a successful international conference. Last year more than 140 delegates from African associations, as well as international delegates from Europe and USA, attended the event’s first ever running in the same city. 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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Prague’s Emergency Medicine Legacy

Prague’s emergency medicine practitioners hope hosting the 13th Congress of the European Society for Emergency Medicine will support further development of the fledgling field in the Czech Republic. Some 2,000 specialists from around the world are expected to attend the event at the Prague Congress Centre in October. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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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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Anbu Varathan Elected UFI President

The Board of Directors of Iceberg partner UFI, global association of the exhibition industry, has elected Anbu Varathan (left) President for 2020 – 2021. He is the first person from India to hold the role. The decision was made at a Board meeting that began the UFI European Conference in Birmingham, United Kingdom. From the Event…

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IMEX Frankfurt: Meeting of 70,000 Meetings

At the swansong of IMEX Frankfurt 2019, IMEX Group has reported, almost 70,000 individual and group appointments between attendees had taken place over the show’s three days. 72 percent of these had mini requests for proposals (RFPs) attached to them. The event hosted 250 education sessions. 47 percent of speakers were women. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Martin Sirk Named GAHP Leader at IMEX

Martin Sirk is the new International Advisor leading Iceberg partner the Global Association Hubs Partnership. The announcement made at IMEX (pictured) sees the former ICCA CEO steering GAHP into a new era after the retirement of Hervé Bosquet. GAHP is an alliance of four major association clusters: Brussels, Dubai, Singapore and Washington DC. From Meetings International…

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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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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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Healthcare Profs Need Time for Events

Ashfield Meetings & Events has published The Science of Healthcare Congresses, a white paper, which discusses decisions made about meeting attendance. Lack of time was by far the biggest reason healthcare professionals are not attending events. 95 percent of HCPs would consider attending more regional or localised meetings. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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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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International Radiology Congress Win for Oman

Oman has won a bid to host the 30th edition of the International Radiology Congress in October 2020. Event highlights will include both diagnostic and interventional radiology, radiation protection and the use of artificial intelligence applications. More than 1,000 experts are expected to attend the congress from all over the globe. From Boardroom…

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Conference Content a Challenge, Says Study

For the fifth year running, Omnipress has just published its “State of the Conference Industry Report”, which collects and analyses the responses of 150 association professionals, many directly responsible for event planning. Managing last-minute content changes was revealed as the respondents’ most common challenge, with content distribution also posing problems. From PCMA…

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José Zuniga Wins at Association Awards

José Zuniga of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care has been named Executive Director of the Year in Gothenburg at the International and European Association Awards. The Association of the Year Award was the European Society of Endocrinology. The event is a highlight of the Associations World Congress. From Association Meetings International…

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SIAARTI Academy Event Wins CSR Award

The SIAARTI Academy event of the Italian Society for Anaesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care has won the corporate social responsibility trophy for AIM Group International at the 9th Global Eventex Awards. The legacy-focussed event, an Iceberg favourite, was hosted on the island of Lampedusa and included a major incident simulation (pictured). From Boardroom…

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Amy Calvert Appointed New EIC CEO

The Events Industry Council has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer, Amy Calvert, after a global search. Calvert is currently Senior Vice President of Convention Sales and Services with Visit Baltimore, and has worked in the past for Long Beach Convention Bureau and Intercontinental Hotels Group. From the Events Industry Council…

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