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CloserStill Media Acquires Majority Stake in Elite Exhibitions

From CloserStill Media: London, United Kingdom – CloserStill Media, the producer of market-leading business events, exhibitions and conferences, has acquired a majority stake in Elite Exhibitions. Terms are not disclosed. World’s leading US and European cruise ship design trade shows join CSM’s rapidly expanding Future Transport and Infrastructure group. Elite Exhibitions produce the annual Cruise…

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GDS-Index: Iceberg Partner Hits BBC Travel Headlines

From BBC: Five standout cities making the world a better place | The Global Destination Sustainability Index reveals the destinations that are working towards a sustainable and lower-carbon future. With time running out to keep global temperature to a 1.5C rise – above which, experts warn, consequences could include far hotter days, higher sea-levels and…

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Data Dashboard Will Measure Economic Contribution of Business Events

From Australian Business Events Association: An announcement by Minister for Trade and Tourism, Special Minister of State Senator the Hon Don Farrell (pictured above) said the Albanese Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment to better measure the contribution of business events to the Australian economy through the development of a new business events…

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Legislative Action Day 2024: Let’s Tell Congress to Finish the Job

From TSNN: Last June, nearly 100 business events industry leaders and advocates went to Capitol Hill to ask their members of Congress to do three important things: Encourage the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to finish its proposed anti-scammer rule; Advance legislation to help our industry train the next generation workforce; Introduce legislation to help bring…

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First Future Meeting Space Research Meeting in Frankfurt

From German Convention Bureau: Emerging opportunities, persisting classics, fading models: business events in a transformative era. This year’s research phase of the Future Meeting Space innovation network – the result of a collaboration between the GCB German Convention Bureau and the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO – focuses on the question: “What’s coming, what’s…

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Amex GBT to Acquire Rival CWT in $570m Deal

From Conference & Meetings World: In a move that is seen as a big bet on, and boost for business travel, global travel software and services company American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT) has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CWT, a global business travel and solutions provider. The transaction…

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ECA Applauds Additional Funding to Reduce Visa Wait Times

The Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA), the unified advocacy voice of the business events industry, applauds the inclusion of supplemental funding for the U.S. Department of State to reduce visa wait times as part of a six-bill package of fiscal year 2024 government funding bills. The legislation provides the U.S. Department of State $50 million…

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Terror Attack at Moscow Expo Complex Kills 137

From Exhibition World: Reports from Moscow have said at least 137 people were dead and more than 150 wounded after terrorists opened fire on people attending a rock concert at Crocus City Hall, 22 March. The hall is situated in the city region suburb of Krasnogorsk. The concert hall was opened in 2009 and is…

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Canada Launches Fund to Boost International Business Events

From Boardroom: Destination Canada announced the International Convention Attraction Fund (ICAF), a new initiative aimed at enhancing Canada’s role as a leading destination for international conventions and business events. Supported by a $50 million investment from the 2023 Federal Budget, this program aligns with the Federal Tourism Growth Strategy’s objective to advance Canada’s tourism industry.

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Adapting to Change – Association Focus at IMEX Frankfurt

Adapting to change is a top priority for association planners today – whether it’s shifting member needs and demographics, or balancing budgets, policies and partnerships. It’s a topic that runs throughout Association Focus, sponsored by Amsterdam Convention Bureau – a dedicated day of education for association professionals. Taking place on Monday May 13, the day…

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Sydney to Host 5th World Conference Of Women’s Shelters

From BESydney: Wesnet (Women’s Services Network Inc.) is pleased to announce that together with the Global Network of Women’s Shelters (GNWS), Australia will be hosting the 5th World Conference of Women’s Shelters (5WCWS) in Sydney from 15-18 September 2025. This will be the first time ever held in the Southern Hemisphere. Launched in New York…

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PCMA Unveils Programme for Convening EMEA

From PCMA: Convening EMEA is PCMA EMEA’s annual flagship event bringing together the global business events industry for an immersive 3-day programme in Europe. Whether your learnings have come more from failures, successes or years of experience, there is a place for you at Convening EMEA to thrive. ​You realise that your willingness to trust…

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Study Aims to Help Destinations Create a More Welcoming Environment

Destinations International and City Destinations Alliance are collaborating on a global accessibility study to provide valuable insights into where destinations are on their journey to becoming accessible to people with disabilities; significant progress is already underway in North America, Europe and beyond. Please support the study by completing the survey…

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PCMA EMEA Announces 2024 Regional Advisory Board

PCMA EMEA is proud to unveil its newly appointed 2024 Regional Advisory Board. This diverse and accomplished board will play a pivotal role in building upon PCMA’s strategic initiatives, with a special focus on nurturing the next generation of business event leaders as well as supporting PCMA’s exponential growth strategy in EMEA. The 2024 Regional…

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Uganda Looks to MICE Sector to Boost Tourism

From PML Daily: Players in the Meetings, Incentive Travel, Conferences, and Events (MICE) sector have rallied Ugandan authorities to fully back their new arrangement that is intended to grow the sector. This, they say will attract more tourists to Uganda and help boost the country’s foreign earnings, among other critical benefits. The Chairman Uganda Association…

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PCMA APAC Unveils Conference Program for “The Business of Events”

From BEAMexperience: PCMA Asia Pacific (PCMA APAC) has officially announced the full conference program for “The Business of Events,” slated to take place on 15th and 16th April 2024 at Marina Bay Sands Singapore. This eagerly awaited event promises to be a pivotal moment for industry professionals seeking to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of events…

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Christchurch and NZBE Launch Legacy Conference Study

From ChristchurchNZ: Business events provide a long-term impact far beyond the economic benefits that come from direct tourism spend. Business events has the potential to contribute to destination knowledge economies, drive industry innovation and bring a range of other benefits to host cities. The Conference Legacy Project is a three-year study powered by ChristchurchNZ and…

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