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The Exhibition Industry and UN SDGs

On the occasion of 2019’s Global Exhibitions Day (GED), UFI, the industry’s global association, is launching a new report and online database. These will track initiatives and projects in the global exhibitions business shaped around the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. This resource, a first of its kind, aims to showcase work done…

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Creating Better Places to Live, Meet and Thrive in

Unlike anything humanity has experienced before, the current scale, scope and complexity of change is shaking foundations society has accepted as the norm. Five converging megaforces present destinations with both tremendous opportunities and challenges: climate breakdown, ecocide, demographic shift, social change and digitalisation. The meetings and events industry supports 26 million jobs, $1.5 trillion in global…

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The Bangkok Manifesto

At the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence’s Global Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, during January 2019, The Bangkok Manifesto was created following a series of workshops with SITE’s International Board of Directors, Trustees of the SITE Foundation and a cohort of global experts in the field of incentive travel. The final ten statements of the document…

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Sustainability Rising, GDS-Index Paper Says

A new era of sustainability is rising and set to shape the future of the events industry, according to a new white paper just out from the Global Destination Sustainability Index, an Iceberg partner. The report details case studies, data analysis and actions taken by 47 destination management organisations and municipalities. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Global Exhibitions Day Marked Around World

Record numbers of exhibition professionals around the world celebrated June 5, the fourth Global Exhibitions Day, which highlights how the industry generates $325 billion in total output globally and contributes $198 billion to GDP worldwide. An estimated 90 countries took part, according to preliminary data from Iceberg partner UFI, the sector’s global association. From PCMA…

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SITE Aims to Define Incentive Travel in Bangkok Manifesto

The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence’s new Bangkok Manifesto aims to define the nature, purpose and direction of the incentive travel sector. It was crowdsourced during the SITE Global Conference held in Bangkok this January, from essays written by ten sector professionals. CMO Pádraic Gilligan explains. From Northstar Meetings Group…

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Enlightening the Sector Lack of Vision Around Event Accessibility

A legacy of awareness around visual impairment was created during IMEX in Frankfurt with the holding of a “Dialogue in the Dark” workshop. Hosted by industry association IAPCO, and the business events teams of both Dubai and Melbourne, it all started with a blindfold. From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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Don Welch: DI Helping Members “Do Battle” With Politicians

The head of tourism association Destinations International says his organisation spends a lot of its energy and resources doing battle with politicians around the world on behalf of members facing financial and legislative challenges. CEO Don Welch was speaking out at IMEX about issues like “over-tourism” and womens’ and LGBTQ rights. From Association Meetings International…

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Martin Sirk Named GAHP Leader at IMEX

Martin Sirk is the new International Advisor leading Iceberg partner the Global Association Hubs Partnership. The announcement made at IMEX (pictured) sees the former ICCA CEO steering GAHP into a new era after the retirement of Hervé Bosquet. GAHP is an alliance of four major association clusters: Brussels, Dubai, Singapore and Washington DC. From Meetings International…

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Corne Koch Elected BestCities Board Chair

Corne Koch, the head of the Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau, a division of Wesgro, has been elected Board Chair of the BestCities Global Alliance. Koch made her first appearance in the new position at the BestCities media breakfast at IMEX Frankfurt, and takes over from Jeannie Lim of Singapore. From the Event…

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