Toshiko Mori: “Tokyo demonstrates that ‘city’ is a verb and not a noun”.

“More than any other city”, wrote architecture professor Toshiko Mori, “Tokyo demonstrates that ‘city’ is a verb and not a noun”.

In this issue of Business Events World and on The Iceberg, how Japan’s capital is preparing both for the 2020 Summer Olympics… and also for a major upsurge in its meetings business. has tackled the same story here.

Also added to Features (click right), Australian cities are leveraging medical knowledge to secure major events. The 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne attracted 12,000 delegates from 173 countries.

In News (click right again), the exhibition industry global asscociation UFI’s Next Generation Leadership Grant recipients have been announced. The inaugural GainingEdge Scholars have as well. Durban International Convention Centre is celebrating its 21st. SQUARE Brussels Convention Centre is marking its 60th (and that’s the new name). Legacy outcomes abound: South Korea is building conference business on the back of its own recent Winter Olympics, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is partnering with a new wind farm, and Sibos 2018 has launched an information security challenge to engage Australian students. US independent planners are braced for a further cut in intermediary commission, this time from Hilton. Las Vegas marks 24 years as the top US trade fair destination. Australia is still counting its lost international business event bids. Grapevine, Texas, has been selected to host Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress in June 2020. And MPI and the Meetings Mean Business Coalition are live streaming Global Meetings Industry Day on April 12th.

There’s more on The Iceberg itself (click View all News). Cape Town is targeting incentives despite its drought, ICC Sydney has held a planners’ open forum, and Business Events Canada is staging Innovate Canada to attract the ICT sector.

In Opinions (still clicking right), why Glasgow was perfect for a historical architecture conference, the European Association Summit 2018 in Brussels, the Faroe Islands’ conference ambassadors, a bullish view on how events have now reached the marketing mainstream, how the smart city agenda is attracting its own conference tracks, that Hilton commission cut, how the Destinations International Annual Convention in Anaheim held an education session for delegates’ families, an insider’s guide to meetings and events associations, and the legacies of incentives’ corporate social responsibility projects. They’ll be a test later!

Until the next time…

Robert Coren, Curator of The Iceberg


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