Global Exhibitions Day 2019 marked around the world.

Alongside the enthusiasm evident in the hundreds of photographs taken during Global Exhibitions Day 2019, there were also signs of a new sector maturity.

To mark GED, Iceberg partner UFI, the industry’s global association, launched an online database of exhibition initiatives aligned with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, together with a report about them.

The move came on the back of the latest white paper from another partner, the Global Destination Sustainability Index, which finds a similar era of responsibility rising in the world of destination management.

The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence also launched The Bangkok Manifesto, a document that defines the nature, purpose and direction of incentive travel in ten crowdsourced statements.

You’ll find all three testaments of new-found maturity in Research. How grown-up we are to be leaving such legacies! Maybe we should also join a book club. Or buy a strimmer.

Added to Features this issue of Business Events World and on The Iceberg, how Hamburg’s medical hub is attracting meetings, bridging the generation divide in African associations, and the meetings knowledge to be tapped across The Netherlands.

In News this issue, the IMEX Gala Dinner closed IMEX Frankfurt, which reported almost 70,000 individual and group attendee appointments. UFI elected its first Board President from India, Anbu Varathan, and was also behind the fourth Global Exhibitions Day, with around 90 countries taking part.

Africa’s Travel Indaba, hosted again at the Durban ICC, attracted over 1,000 exhibitors and 1,500 buyers, as well as South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. Keynotes and a new format were announced for the Africa Associations Congress in Pretoria this August. The BestCities Global Forum will examine the future of meetings in Copenhagen this December. Sydney is to welcome 36 global medical meetings over the next five years thanks to its healthcare leadership.

Also in News, ICC Wales launched a drive recruiting conference ambassadors at Swansea University. The Scottish Event Campus announced its most lucrative year since 2014, and Austria Center Vienna its best in three decades. A new era of sustainability is set to shape the events industry, according to the latest white paper from GDS-Index.

There’s still more on The Iceberg itself (click View all News). The International Association for Suicide Prevention has chosen the Gold Coast for its World Congress in 2021. Hosting the Congress of the European Society for Emergency Medicine will develop this fledgling field in Prague. The Palais des congrès de Montréal has put together a Sustainability Innovation Committee of academic experts.

In Opinions, five posts follow on from IMEX Frankfurt. At the show, Don Welch of Destinations International said his organisation spends a lot of time and energy doing battle with politicians on behalf of its members. Keith Tan of the Singapore Tourism Board spoke of the city-state’s strategy in attracting international associations. Elliott L. Ferguson II of Destination DC was talking “connected capital”, inclusion and positive impact. Meanwhile, a legacy of awareness around visual impairment was created at a “Dialogue in the Dark” workshop, and as IMEX Frankfurt wrapped up for another year, the industry was already looking forward towards IMEX America in Las Vegas this September.

Also in Opinions, the Women Deliver conference has just brought 8,000 to the Vancouver Convention Centre. SITE’s Bangkok Manifesto aims to define the raison d’être of the incentive travel sector. Five Canadian convention bureaux just attended London Tech Week’s AI Summit to attract business events to their own destinations.

Finally, and as always, The Iceberg reiterates its call for you to join our Global Ambassador Program. You can see Ambassadors listed on The Iceberg homepage, Ambassadors page, and in Business Events World below. Visit Call for Ambassadors 2019 & 2020 to find out more.

Until the next time…

Robert Coren, Curator of The Iceberg


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