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Coronavirus: ISE 2020 Runs With Attendance Down by 26 Percent

Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), the world’s largest exhibition for AV and systems integration, has just taken place at the RAI in Amsterdam. With growing concern over coronavirus, and after the cancellation of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, ISE’s MD Mike Blackman explains which steps the meeting chose to take. From UFI…

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Three Incredible Impacts: A Trilogy of Legacy

The “Incredible Impacts” grants celebrate the “beyond tourism” legacy value of international association meetings and their projects that are delivering positive social impact. A panel of independent judges from the association world determines which meetings have left a proven legacy, and award three grants of $7,500 on behalf of Iceberg partners BestCities Global Alliance and…

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Doors Open to ICCA’s Association Community

ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association, has officially opened the doors of its Association Community. Now association executives can join the Iceberg partner’s membership of convention centres, destination marketing organisations (DMOs) and professional congress organisers (PCOs). From Association Meetings International…

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Joint Approach Wins Rheumatism Congress

The European League Against Rheumatism is taking its huge congress to Frankfurt for the first time in almost two decades, after a city-wide effort to win the bid. More than 15,000 delegates are expected to attend the four-day meeting at Messe Frankfurt in June 2020, putting the city firmly on the medical-meetings map. From Association Meetings International…

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RAI Amsterdam: A Neighbour’s Social Impact

RAI Amsterdam is a venue that considers itself more of a neighbour than a conventional conference centre. It works closely with organisers to limit noise and traffic congestion, and looks for opportunities to give back to its local community. These include encouraging donations to social initiatives, especially of the venue’s own surplus food. From Boardroom…

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ICCA Board Appoints Senthil Gopinath CEO

The International Congress and Convention Association’s board of directors has selected Senthil Gopinath to serve as its new CEO. Gopinath’s career in the meetings travel industry spans more than twenty years, with eighteen of them spent working within ICCA member organisations. He joined the ICCA team in 2016. From Meetings International…

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ICCA to Appoint Replacement CEO by March 2019

The International Congress and Convention Association President Nina Freysen-Pretorius has issued a statement to members alleviating concerns about the departure of CEO Martin Sirk. In it she says the board has every confidence in acting CEO Dennis Speet and is aiming to appoint a permanent replacement by March 2019. From Association Meetings International…

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Martin Sirk to Leave ICCA After 16 Years as CEO

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has announced the shock departure of long-standing CEO Martin Sirk. Sirk, who leaves the organisation at the end of July after 16 years as CEO, will be replaced by ICCA’s Chief Value Officer Dennis Speet as acting chief until a permanent replacement is found. From Association Meetings International…

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