January 2018. Very busy.

What a busy two weeks The Iceberg has had since Business Events World issue 25.

Convening Leaders united the global meetings industry to great success in Nashville – even if Music City didn’t get to see the largest ever human guitar – and the SITE + MPI Global Forum did much the same in the Eternal City of Rome. Two of those events’ organisers saw changes of leadership: from Deborah Sexton to Sheriff Karamat at the PCMA, and from Kevin Hinton to Didier Scaillet at SITE.

CES in Las Vegas had a blackout and a robot that only blinked during its big unveiling. The US meetings industry generates $330 billion a year according to an imminent study, and in London Informa wants to buy UBM for £4 billion.

The Iceberg’s favourite word – legacy – is to be the talking point at IMEX events through 2018. And the entire sector stopped to acknowledge the extraordinary personal and professional legacies of the late IMEX MD Paul Flackett, whose iconic career was celebrated in words and song at a memorial event in London.

In News (click right) and Opinions (the same) there’s coverage of all of these plus… medical meetings, the Dubai Association Conference and the BestCities Global Forum. There’s an interview with Deborah Sexton, thoughts on the UK’s ministerial reshuffle, two pieces on competition between Australian destinations, and some wise words on video from my own colleague James Latham. Click on View all News through to The Iceberg, and you’ll find more about Sarawak, Vancouver and Bristol.

In Research, you’ll find Skift’s “How UK Cities Excel at Hosting Conferences in Advanced and Creative Industries”.

And in Features (click right), the third in our video series on ICCA and BestCities Global Alliance’s “Incredible Impacts” grants covers the World Parkinson Coalition. There is also video of Pádraic Gilligan’s amazing musical tribute to Paul Flackett, performed at the memorial with Paul Miller and James Rees.

Until the next time…

Robert Coren, Curator of The Iceberg


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