The 31st M&IT Awards at Battersea Evolution. The frozen and the chosen.

The UK’s arctic snap continues. As you can read in both News and Opinions (click right), the 31st M&IT Awards drew attendees to London through the ice and chill, with one actually needing a snowplough to exit her house and get to the ball. Did even Cinderella have it so bad? Congratulations to all at M&IT on a great night.

Elsewhere in this issue of Business Events World and on The Iceberg, Australia continues to snatch News headlines (click right). Brisbane has snagged fifteen bids worth over AU$22 million in the first two months of 2018 alone. It has also announced the first recipients of its Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant. Tourism Australia has launched a AU$12m national bid fund. The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux said the move would cause significant disruption to the global business events landscape.

A new £30 million venue has opened in Farnborough, and ACC Liverpool is celebrating ten years and over a thousand conferences. Spain, China, and Dallas are among the most popular meeting and incentive destinations of 2018. Reed Travel Exhibitions has bowed out of the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo after eighteen years. Legislators have approved a $76 million budget for Visit Florida. The best of the sector has been celebrated at the International and European Association Awards, and the International Congress and Convention Association and BestCities Global Alliance’s “Incredible Impacts” grant is once again looking for inspiring examples of associations’ long-term legacies. There’s more on The Iceberg itself (click View all News).

In Opinions (click right), how the Professional Convention Management Association is deploying virtual meetings alongside face to face. Might Frances McDormand’s “inclusion rider” Oscar speech have implications for business events? How far has the industry still to go in terms of gender equality? Also… the future of medical conferences, meetings’ role in Puerto Rico’s recovery, and integrating the start-up community within events. Iceberg partner tmf dialogue marketing explores legacy stories within its own work.

In Research, more on Spain, China, and Dallas in the latest Pacific World Destination Index. And in Features (click right), how very different associations found synergy in Singapore. There’s also a round up of the current global explosion in building international conference centres.

Until the next time…

Robert Coren, Curator of The Iceberg


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