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How AI and ML Will Re­de­fine the Future of Business Events

By Scott Steinberg, from Meetings International: If artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) seem everywhere, remember: From Open AI’s ChatGPT to Google’s Bard, Microsoft’s Bing, and Amazon’s offerings, the party is just starting. Soon, meeting and event planners (not to mention attendees) won’t just be able to leverage smart and self-aware technology assistants to…

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JMIC Releases Updated Global Manifesto

Against a backdrop of economic uncertainty and societal change, governments globally need tools and platforms that can advance a broad-based growth and transformation in the most effective ways. The primary value of the Meetings Industry is the role it plays in facilitating and supporting essential exchanges in the areas of professional, corporate, academic and social…

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2022 ICCA Business Analytics | Country & City Rankings

ICCA announces the return of its annual Country and City Rankings for 2022 after an absence of two years. The publication of the rankings coincides with the World Health Organization’s recent declaration that COVID-19 no longer qualifies as a global emergency, thereby emphasising the return to normalcy for the association meetings industry. From ICCA…

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One Month Until Global Exhibitions Day

Global Exhibitions Day is held annually on the first Wednesday of June to drive visibility of the Exhibition Industry locally, regionally and on a global scale. In recent years, it saw activations and activities from industry players in over 100 countries and regions around the world. Learn more about GED and how to get involved…

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BestCities Introduce Strategic Thinkers Group

BestCities has announced the first meeting of their Strategic Thinkers group will take place at IMEX Frankfurt this May. The mission of the group is to serve as BestCities’ marketplace co-creation partner, providing counsel on trends and operational experiences, sharing unique insights and knowledge, to help guide the future direction of the Alliance. From BestCities…

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Take Part in the 2023 DestinationNEXT Futures Study

Iceberg Partner Destinations International is asking for your help in providing critical input into their new DestinationNEXT Futures Study. The new Study, to be released in July this year, will provide: a comprehensive overview of the most significant trends affecting both leisure tourism and business events; and a list of key strategies leaders can implement…

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Skift Meetings | The Ultimate Guide to Planning Sustainable Meetings

Produced in partnership with IMEX Group, this report focuses on the innovative ways the business events industry is embracing sustainability. It showcases how organizations are addressing the world’s greatest social, environmental, and economic challenges and features inspirational case studies and practical guidance that address each of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals…

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For Tech’s Sake…

Why the sector needs to stop jumping on new technology fads and assuming that they will benefit events. By Simon Clayton, chief ideas officer, RefTech, from M&IT Magazine: We don’t manufacture anything, and the events we organise are generally transient – but we’ve been around as an industry for hundreds of years…

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Trade Show Industry Charts a Path to Sustainability

This article from Trade Show Executive magazine offers an excellent overview of what different event companies – such as RX Global and IMEX – are doing to achieve net zero. For example, RX Global signed the Net Zero Carbon Events pledge and launched its Global Sustainability Council last year with Helen Sheppard as the company’s…

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Vancouver and Guadalajara make TIME’s World’s Greatest Places

From BestCities Global Alliance: The accolade highlights the successful collaborative efforts of businesses in Vancouver, from securing iconic events like Laver Cup 2023, the 2024 Invictus Games, and FIFA World Cup 2026 to the city’s newly minted Michelin Guide. From promoting cultural preservation and culinary tourism to boasting trendy hotels and hosting one of Latin…

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Social Engineering: Forcing Attendees out of Their Comfort Zones

Most meeting organisers recognise the value of informal, chance interactions. However, they tend to leave these interactions to… well, chance, thinking that it is not possible to create serendipitous encounters in a more structured way. We disagree. By Eric de Groot and Mike van der Vijver, from Association Meetings International…

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