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Vienna Leads 2021’s ICCA Rankings

ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) rankings just posted saw destination Vienna reclaim the top spot worldwide for the first time since 2012. The 2021 Iceberg partner survey attributed 92 congresses to Vienna, with Lisbon second (91) and Athens third (66). Barcelona and Singapore are next, then Madrid, Prague, Paris, Berlin and Brussels. From Meetings International…

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12 March 2023

AIPC Academy 2023, Brussels, Belgium

The AIPC Academy is the only comprehensive professional development program specifically serving the needs of international convention centre managers! Designed to address the critical need for centres to maintain fully qualified staff in a highly competitive industry, the AIPC Academy provides a targeted, cost effective form of training and development along with the means to…

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EAS2022 Marks Ten Editions in Brussels “Better Together”

The European Association Summit has convened its first face-to-face meeting since 2020, gathering many Brussels-based associations for the tenth EAS edition. More than eighty association professionals attended either on site at The Egg venue in the south of Brussels or online for three days of education, networking and reconnecting. From Association Meetings International…

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Brussels International Association Forum Finally Staged

After two extremely hard years for associations, the first edition of the Brussels International Association Forum, from ASSOCIATIONWORLD, has been held, making a community out of its attendees. The changing sector models, good governance, diversity and inclusion, as well as skills of pandemic leadership, all made for lively panel discussions. From Boardroom…

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24 April 2022

AIPC Academy 2022, Brussels, Belgium

The AIPC Academy is the only comprehensive professional development program specifically serving the needs of international convention centre managers! Designed to address the critical need for centres to maintain fully qualified staff in a highly competitive industry, the AIPC Academy provides a targeted, cost effective form of training and development along with the means to…

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In Person at Last: GIAF Draws Sixty European Associations Together

Postponed a few times for obvious reasons after having been staged online in 2020, the GIAF (Geneva International Association Forum) was the first physical association event of the kind post-lockdown. Delegates were certainly happy to be together again seeing old friends and making new ones. But the event programme also did not disappoint. From Boardroom…

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Planners’ Travel Budget Concerns in Survey

Shrinking budgets for travel and “increasingly difficult” visa issues are among the biggest concerns among planners of international association meetings, according to a survey. The Union of International Associations has released findings from its latest Survey on International Meetings Issues. From Association Meetings International…

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Five CVBs Discuss the Intellectual Capital Destination Role

The pandemic has questioned the role of the meetings industry and the function destinations now play. Five European convention bureaux, part of an informal alliance, share perspectives on how emerging as intellectual capitals may be key to staying relevant beyond the crisis: Glasgow, Copenhagen, Vienna, Brussels and Barcelona. From Boardroom…

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Association-Friendly Regional Destinations Can Still Fuel Growth

COVID-19 has slammed the brakes on the international expansion of associations, their big conferences having been essential to delivering such goals prior to the pandemic. International Advisor Martin Sirk, of Iceberg partner Global Association Hubs, says that association-friendly regional destinations are the answer. From Boardroom…

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Good Practice Guidance: Addressing COVID-19 Requirements for Re...

As authorities around the world are increasingly clearing business events to run again, organisers of conventions and exhibitions, as well as venue and centre operators need to put respective measures in place that create safe environments for participants. A new guide on the matter identifies and promotes globally emerging standards, protocols and good practices. Good…

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Brussels Offers €2m Rental Subvention

In a bid to relaunch international conferences and the events sector, Brussels is launching a fund of €2 million to entice planners to choose the Belgian capital as a destination. Grants for organisers are available until September 2020, with up to €50,000 per event with at least 200 particiating. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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