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Creating Sustainable Event Legacies: A Conversation with Kit Lykketoft

From Conference & Meetings World: Kit Lykketoft, director of conventions, Wonderful Copenhagen spoke to CMW and delved into the importance of sustainable practices, Copenhagen’s reputation as a hub for innovation, and the enduring legacies and impacts of events in this vibrant city. Kit shares insights and experiences that shed light on how Copenhagen is leading…

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14 Conversations Dominating Association Strategic Planning in 2024

From SMS, by Belinda Moore: An “association” happens when a group of people come together to collectively advance a common purpose. We have expectations around associations in their present form because that’s the world we’ve grown up in. But what we see now is just one chapter in a long story of collective endeavour. Over…

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Mark Nevins: What CEOs are Worrying About in 2024

From Forbes: Earlier this month, I had the rare opportunity to spend two days in Amsterdam talking and working with 120 CEOs from 35 different countries on five continents. What brought me to the Netherlands was the invitation-only UFI Global CEO Summit. Founded in 1925 in Europe, UFI is the global association for the exhibition…

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Glasgow Exemplifies how Cities can Embrace Sustainability

From Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers: Glasgow, also known as the “Dear Green Place” or “Glaschu” in Old Scots, has evolved into a hotbed of innovation, embracing sustainability as a core tenet of its urban development. Gavin Slater, Glasgow’s Head of Sustainability, and Aileen Crawford, Glasgow’s Head of the Glasgow Convention Bureau, provide insights…

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Driving Sustainability: An Imperative for Associations in Today’s...

From Factum Global, Co-authored by Whitney Buchman, Associate Consultant and Founder of Illustra Impact LLC: Sustainability continues to emerge as a critical imperative for organizations across all sectors to recognize and take action. Associations, in particular, hold a unique position of influence within their industries and communities, making their commitment to sustainability essential. Afterall, the…

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What can AI do for my association TODAY?

From SMS, by Belinda Moore: In case you missed it, registrations are open for the Associations Reimagined: AI & the Digital Frontier conference running in March. Given the acceleration of AI adoption by associations and their members, we encourage you to attend this important event. AI is not some complicated tech that’s only for big…

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New UFI Director: Eventprofs ‘Bullish’ Despite Global Crises

From ExpoPlatform: Martha Donato, regional director for North America, pointed to the upcoming “volatile” US election as an example before claiming “the show will go on”. She spoke to ExpoPlatform after taking on the position for the recently established chapter in the leading association for the exhibition industry. Martha, who is also president of MAD…

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Letter From the UFI President: February Edition

Dear colleagues, dear friends, I am writing these lines as I am leaving the beautiful city of Amsterdam, where I spent a few days both with the UFI leadership for our first major meetings of the year and of course for this year’s Global CEO Summit. For me, this week confirmed two beliefs that I…

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Karamat: “As an industry, we must think bigger”

From Trade Show Executive: The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has ambitious plans to grow in the coming years, with PCMA and Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA) President and CEO Sherrif Karamat, CAE, taking the organization to great heights — both in membership and new initiatives. Karamat highlighted the association’s evolution and outlined next steps…

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ASSOCIATIONWORLD Founder Shares Sobering Forecast for Ukraine Recovery

The UNBROKEN Emergency Summit held in October 2023 attracted some leading minds from the association, charity, and consulting sectors as Lviv shared insights to the medical needs of the country. A visit to the UNBROKEN Rehabilitation Centre included to the facility’s psychological rehabilitation unit where the extent of the trauma was shared by its leading…

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Solaris Pours Scorn on Tech Sceptics

Four years to the day have passed since the beginning of the boom and bust of virtual event technologies and the beginning of the bust and boom of in-person events. Remember when investors went crazy for event tech stocks and the trade media held countless webinars using virtual technologies confirming that business and professional events…

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DEI Put in the ICCA Spotlight for 2024 and Beyond

By Senthil Gopinath: At ICCA we talk continuously about Sustainability, DEI, Legacy, and Innovation. These pillars inspire our interaction with our members and form the basis of much of the discussions we have with our associations. They provide the bedrock of work undertaken with external agencies and cross-organisational bodies, including The GDS-Movement, the Net Zero…

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Loren Christie on Melbourne Global Forum

From Travel Writers Radio: Loren Christie is Managing Director of the BestCities Global Alliance which started 25 years ago with a conversation over drinks by city leaders from Melbourne Houston and Vancouver. Now there are 13 major international cities in this group that specialises in hosting some of the largest business events and leaving a…

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Legacy Conferencing: The Nexus of Destinations and Associations

By Matty Rubenstein, from Associations Evolve Magazine: A Tale of Two Industries Two deeply interwoven industries, destinations and associations have both seen unprecedented change to their business imperatives in the last decade. Yesterday’s cities would compete for conferences as tourist destinations, a boon for hotels, convention centers and entertainment. Today municipalities see mass-tourism as the…

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Reflecting on my time on the PCMA Board

By Chantal Sturk-Nadeau: I just returned from PCMA’s record breaking attendance Convening Leaders conference and board meetings in San Diego. It was a bittersweet time for me as I just completed my two-year term as a Director on PCMA’s Board of Directors and it was simply the best board I have ever been part of….

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