April 27th 2018. The profound power of a face-to-face meeting.

In Business Events World issue 18 last September I posted the picture below. It’s of a drab conference room that sits in the Joint Security Area (JSA) of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

As President Trump was trading barbs with Kim Jong-un, and as missiles were being test-fired by North Korea, I wondered whether this uninspiring venue was awaiting a booking. “Some kind of peace accord at which heads can be knocked together to de-escalate hostilities?”.

How amazing it was to see on April 27th 2018 that very meeting taking place… and between the North and South Korean leaders themselves. A handshake across the border, some genuine-looking smiles from both Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in, and the power of face-to-face is palpable. The Panmunjeom Declaration they signed could create a real legacy for the region a mere 65 years after armistice… if it is honoured.

The Iceberg will be discussing its commission later.

In this issue of Business Events World and on The Iceberg, Opinions (click the right arrow) calls the Korean rapprochement a legacy of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. In the same section… Farnborough’s new venue, associations in China, the USPs of PCOs, late conference scheduling, a child’s play legacy from the World Economic Forum, how best to spell “fam trip”, and how best to address gender imbalance on speaker panels.

In News (still clicking the right arrow!) you will find Prague’s coming O2 Universum and London’s QEII Centre results. Dubai is spending $42.5 billion on Expo 2020 infrastructure. La La Land’s Convention Center will be harvesting “Another Day of Sun”.  Also… WTM Africa 2018, a new incentive study, Visit Victoria welcomes further government meetings investment, and growth or other sector strategy stories for Blackpool, Liverpool, Glasgow and Vienna. Finally, Puerto Rico’s new DMO says the territory is ready and eager for group business.

New in Features you can enjoy the knowledge hubs and meetings appeal of the Hauts-de-France region, and the legacy of the 66th International Astronautical Congress 2015 in Jerusalem.

New in Research there is the IRF 2018 Award Program Value & Evidence White Paper and the Association Global Growth Trends Survey 2013 – 2018.

Finally, new in JMIC Case Studies there is International Research Conferences: The Academic Impact. This is a brilliant, detailed study of the benefits and barriers for individual researchers and universities.

Until our next reunification…

Robert Coren, Curator of The Iceberg

The JSA conference room in the Korean DMZ The Iceberg posted in September.


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