June 12th 2018. Again, the profound power of a face-to-face meeting.

The devil was in the lack of detail: too few specifics about denuclearisation, and barely a mention of human rights. There was a surprise concession on military exercises, and confusion between parties over sanctions. But after the long flight, there certainly was a photo op, plus a glitzy video trailer showcasing the future. So it definitely was a meeting.

Even the extraordinary sight this April of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un shaking hands with South Korea’s Moon Jae-in across the DMZ has now been comprehensively Trumped. For those of us who grew up watching M*A*S*H, it is remarkable to watch.

Meanwhile, on June 6th Global Exhibitions Day 2018 united the industry in 85 countries (see below). I give you two very different images of the power of face-to-face.

In issue 36 of Business Events World and on The IcebergFeatures hears more from GainingEdge’s Gary Grimmer and Gregg Talley of the Talley Management Group. This time they’re discussing the power of associations, and what these deliver that governments cannot.

In News (click the right arrow), Monaco’s Grimaldi Forum is installing a rooftop solar farm. Melbourne has won five big life science conferences. Conventions and Incentives New Zealand is calling for tax reform. The PCO community is mourning Gonzalo Perez Constanzo. The Earth Expo & Convention Center at Mohegan Sun, Connecticut, has opened. The Center for Exhibition Industry Research says the sector grew in Q1 2018. The Global Destination Sustainability Index has released a circular economy white paper. Ottawa’s targeting of knowledge hubs is paying off. London Tech Week 2018 is underway. Glasgow celebrated a record May. ICCA’s ranking have been reissued by participant numbers. Oh… and on June 6th Global Exhibitions Day united the industry in 85 countries.

There’s still more on The Iceberg itself (click View all News). “Te Pae”  is the official name for the coming Christchurch Convention Centre. Marseille has won the 2020 IUCN World Conservation Congress. The UK government has green lit a third runway at Heathrow. Abu Dhabi is confident of exhibitions growth. ExCeL London will host the European Wound Management Association Conference 2020. There is optimism in the Australasian exhibition sector. A Hamburg stem cell knowledge hub has won a major meeting. Japan has launched a campaign to fill new venues.

In Opinions (also clicking the right arrow) you’ll find Lyn Lewis-Smith on Sydney incentives, Copenhagen on academic conferences, small meetings, how not to do pro badge registration, UFI’s Corrado Peraboni and Kai Hattendorf on Global Exhibitions Day, US convention centres, and an IMEX / GainingEdge session on legacy. In Research, the public abstract of the 2017 ICCA Statistics Report: Country & City Rankings is now out, as is that Global Destination Sustainability Index white paper Sustainable Destination Management: The Road to a Circular Economy.

Best wishes to Diane Waldron and Aileen Crawford, new chair and deputy at the ICCA UK & Ireland chapter. A salute also to Graeme Barnett, leaving Reed Exhibitions after 22 years.

Until the next time…

Robert Coren, Curator of The Iceberg

Abu Dhabi’s exhibitions community on the ADNEC steps for GED 2018.


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