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New European Tourism Commission Chief Steps up to Face the Challenges

From WIT: Beyond numbers, destinations need to rethink what they really want from tourism, says Miguel Sanz Castedo. With European tourism at a critical juncture, coming under pressure on several fronts, including environmental and social, the new president of the European Tourism Commission (ETC) says it is even more timely to remind Europeans of the…

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A Disrupted Vision of Leadership

From Conference & Meetings World: Speaker and emcee, Holly Ransom, who hosted the recent PCMA Convening Leaders gathering in San Diego, shares her philosophy of effective engagement and leadership: Holly Ransom’s journey into public speaking began at a young age when she was involved in non-profit projects. She won an international award at a microfinance…

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TECH CENTRAL, SYDNEY: How Business Events Drive Deep Tech

Sally-Ann Williams FTSE leads the charge in Australia’s deep tech revolution as CEO of Cicada Innovations, an incubator nurturing visionary innovators tackling global challenges through science and engineering. From MedTech to Clean Energy, Cicada has empowered hundreds to bring high-impact technologies to the world. The Iceberg joins Williams to understand the collision spaces and ecosystem…

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Communicating What’s Good about Business Events

By Pádraic Gilligan: Last May the Events Industry Council published the latest iteration of its Global Economic Significance of Business Events and valued business events’ contribution to global GDP at USD$1.6 trillion. This figure, in fact, would rank business events as the 13th largest economic stream globally. The EIC study, conducted in partnership with Oxford…

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Nothing but Award Washing

From Meetings International, by Roger Kellerman: How many international “competitions” are there to select the world’s, the continent’s, or a certain region’s or country’s, best hotel? How many owners and managers happily send their best-looking employees, in their fanciest outfits, to these so-called award ceremonies around the world to promote their “wins?” If we take…

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Gregg Talley: Building Human Connections and Communities

From Skift Meetings: Not many can say they grew up in the events industry, but Gregg Talley can. He has been at it for more than four decades. Gregg H. Talley is the chief executive officer of Talley Management Group, an association and event management firm that works with U.S. national global associations. Talley also…

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Building Bridges, Not Walls

From Destinations International, by Gretchen Hall: When we at Destinations International (DI) announced Tampa, FL as the location for our 2024 annual convention, it sparked a meaningful dialogue among our members. Given recent Florida legislation affecting key community groups, our choice raised important questions about our values and our strategies in the face of social…

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Climate Conversations and the Road to Net Zero

From Net Zero Carbon Events: For World Earth Day, we’re sharing this podcast with Mike Fletcher and Paul Cook, who chat with Shawna McKinley about her work documenting events in Canada that have been impacted by changing and unpredictable weather patterns. From her home in North Vancouver, Shawna advises a better understanding of event insurance…

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It’s Not You, It’s Me… No, It’s Us!

From Boardroom, by Martin Sirk: Why do individuals (and the always small number of individuals making decisions on behalf of organisations) decide to join associations? Why do they stay, and more importantly, why do they leave? The generally accepted analysis focuses on the range of services offered by the association, the cost of access, and…

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Women at the Helm: Amy Calvert, President & CEO, Events Industry...

From TSNN: Ask Amy Calvert about her path to the C-suite, and she will share a common thread that has persisted throughout her professional journey: a steadfast love and respect for the human connections that business events can foster. Calvert started her career in the hospitality sector, gaining experience working for the InterContinental Hotels Group…

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Five Questions with Ong Wee Min, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

From TTG Asia Media: Event sustainability has become a major point of interest among event organisers and owners, with many approaching venue partners with their own stringent checklist, observes Ong Wee Min, vice president of sales and MICE with Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. With this advancement in attitudes towards sustainable and responsible events, venue…

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How Conferences Are Failing Their Attendees… and Speakers

By Rafat Ali, CEO/Founder, Skift: My life has been creating, building, covering (editorially), speaking and attending industry conferences for the better part of two decades now, as part of the two companies I have built. And this has always bothered me: how little thought goes into on-stage programming, into the in-room attendee experience, into the…

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My Vision for a Sustainable Business Events Industry

By Virginie De Visscher, Executive Director, Business Events | Destination Canada: Five years from now, the meeting industry has made notable strides towards sustainability, navigating a landscape shaped by both challenges and opportunities. Spurred by both government regulations and technological advancements, government regulations mandating stringent environmental standards have catalyzed a movement within the industry, driving…

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Julia Swanson: Prevention is Better than Cure

From the BestCities Global Forum, hosted in January by Melbourne, its Convention Bureau Chief Executive, Julia Swanson, reflects on the values alignment now being demanded by future members of professional societies and associations. Cultural alignment, a sense of purpose, and creating long lasting community impacts are top of mind for the next generation, she says….

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THE POLLINATOR – Belinda Moore and Associations

From the BestCities Global Forum in Melbourne earlier this year, Strategic Membership Solutions’ owner, Belinda Moore, was perhaps the pick of the speakers on view. Covering 9 challenges that keep association executives awake at night, the editor of Associations Evolve shares her insights with The Iceberg.  Destinations that embrace the association challenges will succeed…

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The Meetings and Events Industry Needs a New ‘Licence to Operate’

From IMEX: A conversation with Prof Greg Clark CBE FAcSS, global advisor, scholar and writer is always fascinating and insightful. Above all, he offers – indeed provokes – a fresh perspective backed by extensive experience. This taster of the session he’ll be delivering at IMEX Frankfurt this year, invites you to turn away from the…

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