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1,300 Attend “Best Ever” M&IT Awards

The UK meetings industry turned out in force for a glittering night at the 2019 M&IT Awards, and The Iceberg partner’s record-breaking event has been hailed as the best ever. Glasgow Convention Bureau picked up the Best UK Convention Bureau gong for the 13th year in a row (pictured). From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Belfast Launches Events Marketing Campaign

Belfast’s official tourism marketing agency, Visit Belfast, has launched a new marketing campaign designed to rapidly accelerate the volume of inbound business conferences and events taking place in the city. The digital-led campaign is the city’s largest-ever dedicated business tourism marketing initiative. From Association Meetings International…

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London and Paris Join Forces on Incentives

London and Paris are collaborating to offer a range of travel products aimed at North American incentive buyers. Specialised itineraries of the two-in-one incentive trip have been created allowing delegates to experience new cultural attractions, restaurants and hotels in both capital cities. This includes an official partnership with Eurostar. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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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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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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Convention Bureaux Boost Australian SMEs

Australia’s convention bureaux are attracting eight percent more large international business events to the country, and boosting opportunities for small businesses beyond those traditionally seen in tourism. This sector analysis is contained in the new International Business Events Forward Calendar, produced by the AACB (Association of Australian Convention Bureaux). From CIM News Magazine…

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IBTM China Saw 6,600 Pre-planned Meetings

IBTM China 2018 closed on a high, with more than 6,600 pre-planned meetings during the industry event at the China National Convention Centre in Beijing. More than 300 exhibitors from 20 countries were joined by more than 280 hosted buyers and 3,400 visitors for two days of meetings, networking and educational sessions. From Meetpie.com…

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IATA Slot Conference Lands in Brisbane

Aviation industry decision makers are set to descend on Brisbane in November 2019 for the 145th International Air Transport Association Slot Conference. The meeting was secured with support from Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund, and is likely to attract more than 1,200 delegates from over 230 airlines across the world. From CIM News Magazine…

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World Routes 2019 Heads to Adelaide

The world’s largest aviation forum is heading to Australia next year with Adelaide hosting the World Routes 2019 conference. The global event will see around 3,000 aviation professionals from 300 airlines gathering to discuss new routes and strategies, and is expected to inject more than AU$20 million into the state economy. From CIM News Magazine…

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Merged IBTM Hailed Successful

IBTM Americas 2018, which took place in Mexico City following the merger of IBTM’s Latin and North American events, has been cited a success by organisers. Over 12,500 pre-planned meetings were held during the two-day event, with more than 400 exhibitors at the show, a 50 percent increase on last year. From CIM News Magazine…

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Farnborough International Airshow: $98bn Deals Signed

The United Kingdom’s prominence in aviation and aerospace has been given a boost by high-flying sales at the Farnborough International Airshow. The 2018 event, opened by Prime Minister Theresa May, saw nearly 100 countries attend, and by the end of the second day over $98bn of industry deals announced. Photo: Rich Cooper. From Intellectual Capitals…

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Successful Meetings Survey: International Meeting Trends

Recently Successful Meetings sent out a survey to its readership about their international events. While most planners responding thought the number they held in 2018 would stay the same, almost a third said it would increase, and only six percent decrease. Cost, travel time and language barrier are still the top challenges. From Successful Meetings…

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US Business Travel Sector Responds to Travel Ban III Ruling

Both the Global Business Travel Association and Association of Corporate Travel Executives Global have expressed strong concerns about the US Supreme Court’s upholding of the third Trump travel ban on visitors from several mostly Muslim countries. By 5 to 4 the court rejected a challenge around discrimination and exceeding authority. Photo: Joe Ravi. From Meetings & Conventions…

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UK MPs Vote 419 to 119 for Third Heathrow Runway

Following the government green light, the UK Parliament has also backed controversial plans to build a third runway at Heathrow. MPs supported the proposal by 415 votes to 119. The UK meetings industry again welcomed the decision and called for speedy construction, citing the economic value of business travel to the UK. Photo: Ad Meskens. From Meetpie.com…

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MI Calls for Speed as UK Green Lights Third Heathrow Runway

The controversial plan to build a third runway at London Heathrow has been green lit by the UK government. But Britain’s meetings industry has called for a speedy take-off to help the sector after Brexit. Research claims just a one percent increase in international business air travel would deliver £400 million in economic benefit. From Meetpie.com…

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Hawaii Meetings and Incentives Continue Despite Volcano

Although it may seem dramatic, the eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has had little effect on meetings or incentives, the Big Island’s hotels and resorts being on the other side of the island. Meet Hawaii has said that there’s no need to change plans to visit the archipelago’s islands. Photo: Brocken Inaglory. From Successful Meetings…

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Conference Cancelled for Hurricane Caused Academic Decline

The last minute cancellation of an academic conference in 2012 due to an approaching hurricane caused a sizeable decline in collaboration and research, a study from the University of Kent has shown. Two days before the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting was due to begin in New Orleans, Hurricane Isaac forced cancellation. From Meetpie.com…

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WTM Africa 2018 Gathers Travel Trade Together in Cape Town

WTM Africa 2018, the continent’s most highly-anticipated travel trade show, has taken place in Cape Town with a record number of exhibitors. The event is a major business facilitator for the region. Content included the new WTM Africa Festivals, the role of women in tourism, and the potential of the local meetings sector. From the Event…

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