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Food for Thought: One Third of Venues Offer “Brain Foods”

Today’s attendees want healthier food that improves mental focus and concentration. That’s according to an IACC report “Trends in Nutrition & Delegate Wellbeing”. “Brain foods” are on the rise, with over a third of survey venues offering them. 75 percent either currently offer basic nutritional information in their menus or plan to. From CIM News Magazine…

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Education: Any Organisation’s First Priority

In a fast-changing and uncertain world, education is probably the most important thing any business does. Its importance is growing, driven by specialisation of professional skills, by speedier deployment of products and services, and by its own evolving visibility and delivery. By Rod Cameron, Executive Director, AIPC and the Joint Meetings Industry Council. From Boardroom…

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Incentive Travel Growth Healthy, Says SITE and ADMEI Report

The incentive travel sector is experiencing healthy growth, according to a report from the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence and the Association of Destination Management Executives International. 192 SITE and ADMEI firms took part in the study. Over three quarters are now working for more clients, and four fifths managing more events. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Cost Per Attendee Rising and Set to Rise Further

According to CWT Meetings & Events, 2017 attendee costs per day rose by three percent in North America, by one percent in South, by four percent in EMEA, and by five percent in Asia-Pac. With hotel and airfare increases predicted, this trend is set to continue. Safety and security remain huge concerns. From tmf dialogue marketing…

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Conferences as Economic Catalysts

Earlier this year the Iceberg published “Defining Conventions as Urban Innovation and Economic Accelerators”, a Skift research report produced in collaboration with Meetings Mean Business. The study examines how conferences contribute to innovation, industry and the economy. Now author Greg Oates has been discussing these concepts further in a webinar. From Skift / Meetings Mean Business…

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Please Stop: A Request of Mother Nature

Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria have made 2017’s hurricane season one of the grimmest ever. Mexico City is reeling from an earthquake. With meetings cancelled and convention centres becoming mega-shelters, Iceberg partner Northstar has a request for Mother Nature on behalf of these destinations. Please just stop. Photo: Daniel Di Palma. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Event Security: The Attendee’s Guide

Security and safety considerations are becoming increasingly important for delegates as well as planners to address in attending meetings. But best practice and typical execution here are also rarely the same thing. This attendee’s guide is a checklist of proactive thinking across a meeting’s entire timeline: before arrival, during the event and after. From tmf dialogue marketing…

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Event Security: The Planner’s Guide

Security and safety considerations are becoming increasingly important for professional conference and event organisers to address in their meetings. But best practice and typical execution are rarely one and the same thing. This planner’s guide is a checklist of proactive thinking across a meeting’s entire timeline: before the event, during and after. From tmf dialogue marketing…

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Don’t Ignore the World Outside the Meeting

Too often business travel to events and meetings pays no heed to the wider attractions a destination has to offer. Too often organisers don’t either. From the recent 2017 PCMA Global Professionals Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, here are some thoughts about creating experiences that are engaging, fulfilling and memorable for those attending them. From PCMA…

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Fam Trip: Forbidden Words

After the contentious issue of blacklisting freeloaders – and the idea of requiring a charitable donation to attend – it seems there’s a re-evaluation underway of what the familiarisation trip should be. According to a comment from the Site GB Incentives Summit, perhaps it’s time to ban the phrase and coin a new name. From Meetpie.com…

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