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What Does the Future of the Events Industry Look Like?

From M&IT Magazine: 2024 is set to be a balancing act for event professionals as the sector engages with some of the “biggest conversations of our time” according to the IBTM World Trends Report 2024. The annual report addresses some of the biggest macro-economic, political, ecological, and next-generation technological issues affecting the meetings and events…

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UK’s TBOE Launches 2023 Global Destination Report

From Conference & Meetings World: The Business of Events (TBOE), the independent advocacy group for the UK’s events sector, has launched the next edition of its Global Destination Report. Commenting on the report, Martin Fullard, associate director, The Business of Events, told Conference & Meeting’s World’s sister publication, Conference News, “This year’s Global Destination Report…

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UFI/BSG Report Shows Asia Exhibition Market Rebounding

From Exhibition World: A new UFI/BSG report on the trade fair industry in Asia compares regional markets in 2022, when Covid was still affecting many Asian markets, with 2019 and finds that space sold dropped by 87% to approximately 3.2m. sqm over the period. The massive drop is attributed to China’s restrictive Covid-zero policy. The…

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‘Regulate AI in Events’ Say 63% of Association Professionals

From AMI: A new white paper has revealed concerns over artificial technology (AI) being used in event planning. The white paper, authored by The Hague & Partners Convention Bureau and Ottawa Tourism, has identified that 63 per cent of global association buyers are either ‘very concerned’ or ‘slightly concerned’ about the ethical implications of using…

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PCMA Meetings Market Survey 2023

From PCMA: The last time we conducted the Meetings Market Survey — the results of which had been published every year, without fail, in Convene for 29 years — it was November 2019, and in the public mind, the pandemic referred to early-20th-century influenza, not the global health crisis we were on the brink of…

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UK Exhibitions Drive £9.4bn in Trade According to EIA Report

From Exhibition News: The UK exhibitions industry generates £9.4bn in trade, attracts 6.1 million global visitors and provides 99,000 jobs, according to the latest Economic Impact Study from the Events Industry Alliance (EIA). This report, the fourth of its kind, was first compiled in 2005 by KPMG and updated by Oxford Economics using the same…

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London is Top Event Destination in Europe, says Amex GBT

From M&IT Magazine: London is the top European destination for meetings and events, according to the American Express GBT Meetings & Events 2024 Global Forecast. The report forecasts that UK capital is likely to remain the most popular European destination for the foreseeable future, despite a predicted 9 per cent increase in hotel rates next…

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Northstar / Cvent Meetings Industry PULSE Survey | Oct 2023

From Northstar Meetings Group: In the October 2023 results from the Northstar / Cvent Meetings Industry PULSE Survey, booking activity is up, and planners will likely be increasing their budgets next year to account for rising costs. Among the highlights of this new research: Planner booking activity is not only up after a late summer…

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New Legacy Insights for Associations and Host Communities

From Wonderful Copenhagen: MeetDenmark and the Danish Congress destinations are happy to share new learnings and insights based on six years of research and testing on international congresses held in Denmark. The new report focuses among other things on the intervention process, measuring impact and resourcing. With this third MeetDenmark legacy report we summarize the…

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The Ripple Effect – GDS-Index Report 2023

In 2023, the GDS-Index experienced significant growth. 42 new DMOs joined the GDS-Movement, sending out a clear message about the will to change. Linear and extractive business models are no longer sustainable or relevant in the tourism industry. Cities and destination management organisations participating in the GDS-Index advocate for a regenerative and inclusive transformation, emphasising…

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The New Language of Events Spoken by Today’s Audiences

From PCMA: Commonly used industry terms like “hybrid” and “plenary” aren’t resonating with event attendees, and some terminology even makes attendees cringe, according to a Freeman analysis. Meeting professionals who are looking to make their events more appealing to next-generation attendees might consider making a simple shift: Use words to describe your events that resonate…

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Recovery of Business Events Gathered Pace in First Half of 2023

From EIC: Today, the Events Industry Council (EIC), the global voice of the business events industry, released its quarterly Global Events Barometer for Q2 2023, which indicates a second consecutive quarter of an increase in hotel room nights and business event RFPs. As indicated in EIC’s 2023 Global Economic Significance of Business Events Study released…

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Visit Belfast, Green Tourism & GDS-Movement White Paper

From Global Destination Sustainability Movement: Lessons from Belfast’s ambitious 18 month programme for transitioning to become a more sustainable destination are offered for take-up by tourist destinations keen to address climate change. Destination management and marketing organisations, industry stakeholders and local authorities don’t have to reinvent the wheel when planning to mitigate climate change.

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Northstar / Cvent Meetings Industry PULSE Survey | August 2023

From Northstar Meetings Group: Planners will likely be increasing their budgets next year to account for rising costs, based on findings from the latest Northstar/Cvent Meetings Industry PULSE Survey. Among the highlights of this new research: A plurality of planners (44 percent) report that their event budgets will increase next year, with six out of…

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How can Travel and Tourism Plan for a Decarbonising World?

Envisioning Tourism in 2030 is a new research report developed to help policymakers and the tourism industry understand what a global, thriving, decarbonising tourism industry could look like by 2030 and through to 2050, when tourism and every other human activity must achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions. From The Travel Foundation…

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UFI White Paper – Attracting Community Builders

The exhibition industry has long had challenges in focusing its identity. The purpose of this white paper is to help organisations in the industry unite on a common talent narrative and suggest central threads for customising their own “people story”. This document discusses: key industry-wide narratives, the Gen-Z perspective on talent… From UFI…

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