Hurricane Florence as seen from the International Space Station on September 12th.

Once again the US hurricane season is upon us. President Trump is busy denying Hurricane Maria’s death toll in Puerto Rico last year. His son is falsely tweeting a ten-year-old CNN report as fake Hurricane Florence news. Comedian Bill Maher is labelling all storm reporters “fools in the rain”. And as I write, the Florence death toll in four states has reached forty.

The human cost is always the grimmest. Please help our partner PCMA support event industry professionals impacted by the devastation.

In this issue of Business Events World and on The Iceberg, News (click the right arrow or swipe to spin the carousel) tells of events cancelled in Florence’s path. There’s even a water quality leadership conference that went virtual at the last minute to keep delegates safe.

Also in News… twelve entries have been shortlisted for “Incredible Impacts” grants from the International Congress and Convention Association and BestCities Global Alliance. A vote has cleared the way for expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center. London venues have told MPs they need more support from government. The QEII Centre’s net economic contribution to Great Britain was £145 million, while the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre brought AU$372 million into its region.

IBTM Americas 2018 has been hailed a success in Mexico City. 32,800 specialists attended the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Munich. Dubai is to welcome international association leaders for an immersive getaway this December. Delivering tailored experiences is top priority for planners in Latin America, says one report. Companies are more and more tying event investment and activity to revenues and profits, says another.

Both those reports are in Research this issue, plus Eight Common Misconceptions About Face-to-Face Events from partner Maritz Global Events. And because it has just slipped off the back of the carousel for newer content, let me promote again the timely Lost in the Storm, which details academic collaborations that never happened after a 2012 conference was cancelled as Hurricane Isaac approached.

There’s still more on The Iceberg itself (click View all News). In the UK, Jeremy Rees formally appointed CEO of ExCeL London, the second Event Wellbeing Week, and the Immigration Advice Service contemplating the industry impact of a no-deal Brexit. In Australasia, New South Wales’ Flagship Event Fund is being offered in two rounds, and social impact legacy was the focus of a Tourism New Zealand workshop in Auckland. A major people-environment studies conference is heading to Quebec in Canada.

In Opinions you’ll find legacy, the events brain, gender equality, charitable giving on familiarisation trips, a diversity and inclusion roundtable, UFI CEO Kai Hattendorf, Aaron Etra of the Institute for Life Sciences Collaboration, a reusable conference coffee cup scheme, a piece on the earlier eight misconceptions research… and a planner’s guide to cybersecurity.

In Features read how physical therapy was advanced in Singapore by WCPT 2015, why Cape Town will be hosting the 2024 International Astronomical Union General Assembly, how Maastricht is emerging as a meetings bio-hub, and about the two-year legacy of action after a food waste conference was held in Massachusetts.

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

Until the storm has passed…

Robert Coren, Curator of The Iceberg


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