2018: hot summer, just no time for cucumbers.

When I was in Stellenbosch recently for its Business Tourism Indaba, the Western Cape weather was pleasantly mild. South Africa’s winter, locals told me, was something “that usually happens on a Tuesday”. I replied that in my native UK, summer usually happens on Tuesday.

In truth the Northern hemisphere has roasted through summer 2018, and whatever warning that should be giving us about global warming, the great outdoors has been very pleasant indeed over recent weeks.

But like last year, there seemed to be no real downtime – no silly season or “cucumber time” – in business events news. The cycle just kept rolling on.

In this issue of Business Events World and on The IcebergFeatures (click the right arrow or swipe to spin the carousel) finds Scotland securing its fintech future with a fortnight of conferences and meetings. Women Deliver is heading to Vancouver because the event’s organisers wanted a host city that matched their own dedication to gender equality.

In News (click the right arrow), the EPCA Annual Meeting for the petrochemical business community is about to gather in Vienna, and the World Library and Information Congress 2020 will be held at the New Zealand International Convention Centre. The recent International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis meeting in Dublin smashed its previous attendance record, and Iceberg partner the American Society of Association Executives’ Annual Meeting drew 6,068 to Chicago.

In Australia, the Melbourne Convention Bureau has announced a 25 percent growth in economic impact from secured business events. The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, and the Adelaide Convention Centre, are the world’s first venues to achieve EarthCheck Platinum Certification. In other venue news, the $63 million Expo Center has opened at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, the San Diego CC expansion project is being kept alive despite its funding failing to qualify for the November ballot, and the Hamilton Island Conference Centre in the Whitsundays off Queensland has reopened following refurbishment.

Back in South Africa (where winter happens on a Tuesday), the 2019 YPO EDGE and Global Leadership Conference are both coming to Cape Town, and Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, South African Tourism’s Chief Convention Officer, has received a prestigious lifetime achievement award. Amanda is already a friend of the Iceberg team, and thinks about the sector in the same way we do. Finally, Iceberg partner Gregg Talley has launched the African Association Management Company with Jeffers Miruka of the African Society of Association Executives.

There’s still more on The Iceberg itself (click View all News)… the Sports Betting Forum addressing sector integrity in Louisville, Adelaide welcoming its largest incentive group from China, the South East Asia Survey Congress heading to Darwin, C2 International cancelling C2 Melbourne, and Trina Camacho-London replacing Paul Van Deventer as Co-chair of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition.

In Opinions (again clicking the right arrow)… the ambassador bringing hydrogen meetings to the Czech Republic, a new border security association and its inaugural meeting in Croatia, and how the Falling Walls conference is building on the legacy of the barrier that for too long divided Berlin. You’ll also find Malaysia’s incentive travel experiences, Peru’s future in the exhibitions sector, a roundup of sixteen US convention centre upgrade projects, and yet more social legacies from the incredible ICC Sydney. Plus… the novelty of getting out of the office to attend an event, the architecture of a productive meeting, why trade associations have a positive effect on your career, how the industry is addressing the scourge of single-use plastic, and Iceberg partner ASAE’s groundbreaking, or foolhardy, early-bird pricing experiment.

There’s no new Research this issue, but a great PCMA Convene article has been added to last issue’s Attendee ROI Playbook Series. In JMIC Case Studies there’s also an amazing AMI piece just added to International Research Conferences: The Academic Impact.

Finally, Iceberg partner Positive Impact is marking World Peace Day on September 21st with a campaign. Details here.

Until autumn…

Robert Coren, Curator of The Iceberg


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