After a brief return home from IMEX, The Iceberg found itself a guest of Visit Brussels at the European Association Summit 2017. Almost 200 of the sector’s leading players enjoyed two days of education and networking at Square Brussels Meeting Centre, overlooking Mont des Arts and its immaculate garden (above). Full coverage in a future Business Events World.

But in this issue, our IMEX video stories stay live in Features. Further down, The Iceberg publishes its second JMIC Case Study. This assesses the Swiss Fintech Corner, a group of local start-ups exhibiting during Sibos 2016 in Geneva last September. In Research we post The Future of DMOs: The ECM Manifest from European Cities Marketing.

In News we update past stories: Trump Travel Ban II is heading to SCOTUS, and the US large electronics ban thankfully won’t extend to flights from Europe. There’s also a great legacy potential to MPI UK & Ireland’s Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme.

News in addition has more DMO ebb and flow. Visit Florida’s budget finally looks safe, but the national Brand USA’s is now under threat. We have three views on that in Opinions, a piece on British Airways’ IT meltdown, and a salute to the resilience of Manchester in the aftermath of a truly sickening terror attack.

In News we also publish tributes to the legendary incentive travel advocate Jane E. Schuldt, who has died aged 63. I fondly remember filming an interview with her at the SITE Executive Summit in Dubai two years ago. She’ll be greatly missed by all at SITE and the wider industry.

Finally, don’t forget that Global Exhibitions Day takes place this coming Wednesday June 7th! Full coverage next issue.

Robert Coren, Curator of The Iceberg


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