Two delegates outside a UK meeting last week. Photo: Derek Harper.

Having attended two events over the past week in near arctic conditions, it has certainly been a little bit chilly here in the UK. But even such organiser nightmares can create unexpected legacies.

After freezing conditions forced the cancellation of a meeting at Grange City Hotel in central London, agency Mammoth Events worked with the venue to give the surplus food to charity. 220 meals were distributed to City Harvest to help London’s homeless. Bravo!

In this issue of Business Events World and on The Iceberg, Features contains the final video in our series on ICCA and BestCities Global Alliance’s “Incredible Impacts” awards. The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis actually won its grant for a World Thrombosis Day campaign. But the video details another legacy project also submitted: the holding of ISTH’s 2011 Congress and Annual SSC Meeting in Kyoto after the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. It’s a masterclass in disaster preparedness and management, and a lesson in how meetings can bring a real legacy of recovery to a destination reeling from nature’s fury.

In News (click right), you’ll find Bournemouth’s £100 million events dividend, AIME 2018 in Melbourne, and the new President of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers, Mathias Posch. The National Rifle Association is warned to move its annual convention out of Dallas, ICC Sydney delegates generate AU$785 million for New South Wales in the venue’s first year, and Dubai’s Al Safeer ambassadors are supporting two thirds of successful bids for association conferences.

On The Iceberg itself (click View all News), there’s the launch of EventWell in the UK, and all those meetings cancelled or postponed because of the sub-zero British weather.

News also carries reports on several surveys: Convene’s 27th Annual Meetings Market Survey, The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia’s latest “PULSE”, and four more you’ll find in full in Research (still clicking right). These are The HBAA Meetings Barometer, The Science Of Healthcare Professional Meetings, The Rise of Midsize Cities in the Meetings Industry, and The Economic Significance of Meetings to the US Economy.

And in Opinions (as ever clicking right), there’s a late video from IT&CMA 2017 on MCI and the Association Market in Asia, SoolNua’s Pádraic Gilligan weighs up the latest incentive travel research, and Convene asks if science is under threat in the US. There are two great legacy stories from Boardroom: how international events are transforming Bogotá, and how Calgary made child play “meaningful”. Finally, Business Events Sydney’s Lyn Lewis-Smith predicts the road and year ahead for the business event sector.

Until the next time…

Robert Coren, Curator of The Iceberg


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