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ICCA & Destination Canada Explore Sustainability Best Practices

From Conference & Meetings World: At a joint webinar on 18 January, ICCA and Destination Canada presented a survey on the integration of sustainability into business events. The survey explored how associations and their event partners are engaging with sustainability, highlighting the integral role sustainability plays in the issuing and actioning of Request For Proposals…

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‘It’s time to make an Impact!’ IMEX launches new Talking Point

From IMEX: Ahead of IMEX Frankfurt in May, the IMEX Group has announced its new ‘Talking Point’ for 2024 and 2025 – Impact. The company’s annual Talking Point forms a focal point for the year ahead, anchoring IMEX show content, research and storytelling as well as providing a topic for exhibitors and attendees alike to…

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Why Organizations Are Choosing to Meet in Controversial Destinations

From PCMA: In 2023, proposed and enacted laws targeting the rights of minority populations swept the U.S. in record-breaking numbers. According to the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, more anti-LGBTQ+ bills were introduced in state houses last year than in each of the previous…

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Next Steps Towards Net Zero

From CMW: On 11 December 2023 at ExCeL London, the Net Zero Carbon Events (NZCE) initiative published seven best practice guidance documents for the events industry. Launched in 2021 following COP26, one of the initiative’s goals is to provide resources that aid the international events industry in developing and implementing their net zero plans. The…

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Choose Chicago President & CEO Steps Down

From CMW: Choose Chicago, the official sales and marketing organization responsible for promoting Chicago as a global visitor and meetings destination, has announced that president & CEO Lynn Osmond (pictured) has decided to leave the organisation effective 31 January, 2024, to focus her time and energies on a family health matter. “It has been gratifying…

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What’s Behind PCMA CL24’s Record Attendance?

From Prevue Meetings: PCMA’s Convening Leaders (PCMA CL24) annual conference drew more than 4,000 in-person attendees to San Diego, with another 700 joining virtually. What’s the draw? Hint: having Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton on the agenda didn’t hurt. The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Convening Leaders annual conference set a new attendance record, according…

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DAVOS 24 Faces Complex Geopolitical Context

From Reuters: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, French President Emmanuel Macron and key Middle East leaders are slated to attend next week’s World Economic Forum, putting talks to end wars in Gaza and Ukraine at the top of the agenda for the global elite. The 54th annual WEF gathering in the Swiss ski resort…

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Carter: “Informa Delivered a Standout Performance in 2023”

From Exhibition World: The international B2B events, digital services and academic markets group Informa plc has issued a trading update confirming a strong performance in 2023 and confidence of further growth in 2024. Subject to audit, the group said the 2023 growth in underlying revenues could be around 30%. Reported revenue was £3,165m+ and adjusted…

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GCB Unveils Insights into the Future of Business Events

By Matthias Schultze: The German Convention Bureau Bureau unveils insights into the Future of Business Events with a new Whitepaper co-created alongside the ebx.lab Community and with scientific support from the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO. How can AI shape the next phase of the Business Event landscape? Dive into our latest Whitepaper, born…

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Industry Organisations Unite to Form Exhibitions Industry Collective

Today the Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA) announces the creation of the Exhibitions Industry Collective to drive awareness on key issues within the exhibitions ecosystem. The Exhibitions Industry Collective is comprised of six key industry organizations including ECA, Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA), Experiential Designers & Producers Association (EDPA), International Association of Exhibitions &…

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Clintons Stress Value of F2F Meetings to Combat Divisiveness

From PCMA: In a conversation with Convening Leaders 2024 emcee Holly Ransom on Tuesday morning, President Bill Clinton and 67th Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton discussed the value of in-person meetings for democracy and idea exchange. While the fireside chat was wide-ranging, both Clintons stressed the significance of face-to-face contact as an antidote to…

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Healthcare Conference Sparks Economic Boost in Biotech Industry

From Courier Standard Enterprise: The JPMorgan Healthcare Conference, the world’s largest gathering for the health care and biotech sectors, has descended upon San Francisco’s Union Square, attracting thousands of attendees. The event has not only provided a platform for industry leaders to discuss the latest advancements in healthcare, but it has also stimulated the city’s…

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Time to Take Action on Women in Business Events Leadership

From BESydney: Business Events Sydney (BESydney) and the world’s largest association for business events strategists, PCMA, released the findings of a new global study into Advancing Women in Business Events in San Diego overnight. During 2023, the PCMA Foundation and Business Events Sydney (BESydney) set out to explore the pronounced gender gap in the global…

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Delegation to Elevate Sarawak’s Business Events at Convening Leaders

From Business Events Sarawak: Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, the Honourable Minister for Tourism, Creative Industry, and Performing Arts in Sarawak, launches Sarawak into 2024 by leading a delegation of 29 industry partners to position Sarawak prominently in the global business events market at the PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) Convening Leaders 2024 in…

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ECA Releases 2024 Public Policy Agenda

From Conference & Meetings World: With US Congress nearing its return and state legislatures starting to gavel in nationwide, the Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA) industry lobby group has released its 2024 public policy agenda in the United States. ECA’s alliance partners and board of directors have identified five key areas of focus for the…

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COP28 Delivers Consensus in Dubai to Accelerate Climate Action

By CMW: On 13 December, COP28 concluded with an agreement by 198 Parties to deliver a new era of climate action. The Parties agreed on a text named The UAE Consensus, that sets out a climate agenda to keep 1.5°C within reach. The UAE Consensus calls on Parties to transition away from fossil fuels to…

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AMBASSADOR WATCH: BESydney in Social Impact Drive

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) released a comprehensive report to close 2023 reflecting on the direct and indirect contribution of business events to the City of Sydney and New South Wales economy. The report reveals a strong emphasis on delivering social impact through events in addition to sectoral development and the direct economic, or consumption economy,…

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