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Barcelona Tops ICCA Delegate Rankings

Barcelona, not Paris, hosted more international association delegates than any other city last year. The Catalonian capital welcomed 134,838 delegates in 2018. That’s according to new figures from the annual statistics report of Iceberg partner the International Congress and Convention Association, now ranked according to delegate numbers rather than by number of meetings. From Association Meetings International…

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19 November 2019

Paris Leads 2018 ICCA City Rankings

Paris has returned to the top of the ICCA City Rankings in emphatic style, hosting 40 meetings more than second place Vienna as well as knocking Barcelona off the lead. The French capital hosted 212 rotating international association meetings in 2018, up by 22, and was last lead city in 2016. From Association Meetings International…

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Barcelona’s CCIB Breaks Turnover Record

The International Convention Centre of Barcelona broke its previous high turnover record whilst welcoming more than 500,000 visitors in 2018. The CCIB, managed by GL Events, announced turnover of €37.2 million last year, an increase of 11.5 percent over 2017 and of 3.1 percent on the 2007 record. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Leaving a Legacy: ESSKA and MWC

What does leaving a legacy really mean for the events industry? As part of a collaboration with the European Society of Association Executives, here are two perfect case studies: the European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy Congress held in Glasgow, and Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress. From Boardroom…

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17 November 2019

Forum for Young Professionals 2019, Barcelona, Spain

The FYP brings together 35 young industry professionals from a diverse array of backgrounds. Over 3 days, the selected applicants are given networking opportunities, educational sessions, social activities and guidance worth their weights in gold from some of the most influential meetings industry figures. Participants will complete the FYP with a wealth of knowledge, a…

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IBTM World 2018: Highlights of Three Days in Barcelona

As well as attending the 57th ICCA Congress, SoolNua’s Mary Martin has been at IBTM World in Barcelona. Her roundup includes the ICCA World Forum for young professionals. representing the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence with a social media clinic, the 2018 Tech Watch Awards, and IBTM World’s impressive closing statistics. From SoolNua blog and news…

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19 November 2019

IBTM World, Barcelona, Spain

IBTM World is the leading global event for the meetings and events industry and we have one goal; we want to inspire the events world to deliver exceptional experiences. For 31 years, IBTM World has been providing the global community with the inspiration, business connections and content you need to create world-class events for your customers. Make a year’s worth of connections…

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17 November 2019

AIPC Facility Operations Summit 2019, Barcelona, Spain

Mark Your IBTM World Calender Now for the 2019 Edition of AIPC’s Facility Operations Summit. This is one of the only opportunities in the industry for those representing the critical area of centre operation to build beneficial networks, strategize on issues of common concern and explore how improving interactions amongst centre managers can increase centre…

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IBTM World 2018 Breaks Booking Record

IBTM World has broken a previous record for pre-arranged meetings with 77,651 booked ahead of this year’s event, five percent up on last year. As well as the returning brands, this year’s first-time exhibitors include the Tourism Promotion Board Philippines, Tourism New Zealand and the Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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26 November 2018

Best of Meeting Design Technology in a Day, Barcelona, Spain

The world of meeting professionals is moving ahead rapidly. Are you staying up to speed with these changes? Designing better meetings and events is more relevant than ever and growing in importance. And while technology advances influence many aspects of the planning process, our knowledge, and skills as planners and meeting designers, must also evolve to keep up with the constant developments in the…

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ICCA Releases 2017 Destination Rankings by Delegate Numbers

Last month the International Congress and Convention Association published its annual rankings of countries and cities for international association meetings. Now ICCA has an alternative view of the data: destinations ranked by estimated number of meeting delegates. Again, Barcelona is top city, and the United States top country. Other placings shift slightly. From Meetings & Conventions…

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