Unique venues #467: a JSA conference room in the Korean DMZ.

This spartan and uninspiring conference room sits in the Joint Security Area (JSA) of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). This is the “truce village” where South Korea comes face-to-face with the North.

As “rocket man” Kim Jong-un fires off yet another missile, as President Trump adds North Korea to Travel Ban III, and as the verbal barbs between them escalate to the point of worrying even those of us not yet born during the Cuban Missile Crisis, surely this unique venue is awaiting a much-needed booking? Some kind of peace accord at which heads can be knocked together to de-escalate hostilities?

If some brave government PCO could only go ahead and organise such a meeting, what an extraordinary legacy that might leave for the region and wider world. It might also pay for some table mats and nicer curtains. Just saying.

In this issue of Business Events World, two Iceberg partners – European Cities Marketing and Destinations International – discuss the changing role of the destination management organisation (DMO) at the recent ECM Summer School in Dresden. Also in Features you’ll find a look back at July’s International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis Congress in Berlin.

In Research, UFI’s Euro Fair Statistics 2016 reveal increases last year in both event numbers and space rented. In Opinions we’re discussing conference exercise breaks, meetings insurance and security, familiarisation trips, and the world outside the session door. After this terrible season of hurricanes and earthquakes, Meetings & Conventions asks Mother Nature to “please stop”. And Greg Oates’s full webinar on conferences as economic catalysts is also available.

Missiles permitting, until the next time…

Robert Coren, Curator of The Iceberg


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