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UFI Global Exhibition Barometer 30th Edition (January 2023)

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has released the latest, 30th edition of its flagship Global Exhibition Barometer research, which takes the pulse of the industry. The results highlight the quickening pace of the industry’s recovery in 2022 and a positive outlook for 2023. Download the Report here: UFI Global Exhibition Barometer, January…

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ChatGPT Sprints to One Million Users

AI tool ChatGPT gained one million users just five days after launching in November of last year. The conversational AI bot that can produce human-like text has been put to all kind of uses, from writing short stories, prose, music and term papers to programming basic code, solving math problems and doing translations. From Statista…

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A Medical Event Sharpens Sustainability Contributions

An association for cataract surgeons ensures its events have a more positive social, environmental, and economic impact through measurement and strategy. What does it take to ensure an event has increasingly positive sustainability impacts? For the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS), vision, collaboration, and action are key. It has taken the medical…

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Results, Trends & Insights from the 2022 GDS-Index

The GDS-Index is a destination-level programme that measures, benchmarks and improves the sustainability strategy and performance of tourism and events destinations.  The GDS-ICCA-CityDNA 4-month course for Regenerative Destination Management starts on 2nd March 2023 The 2022 GDS-Index showcases brave, bold and pioneering destinations that recognise the urgent need to work together to regenerate cities…

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Dealmakers: Steve Monnington reviews the deals of 2022

In the normal pre-pandemic years of 2018 and 2019 there were over 80 reported exhibition transactions with over 50 buyers. As reported at the end of 2020 and 2021, Covid resulted in about 50% of normal M&A activity. 2022 represented the first post-Covid year but activity was still well below historic levels. From Exhibition News…

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What does 2023 hold for the Exhibition Industry?

Originally broadcast live on YouTube & LinkedIn on 5th Jan, Dan Assor chatted with Kai Hattendorf, CEO of UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, about the the key trends for 2023: Doubling Down on Customer Focus; ‍The Climate Crisis Will Hit;‍ More Data, Less Hype; Staffing Stays Key;‍ Accelerating Change. From Dan Assor…

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Facing Up to the Climate Challenge

Sustainability and climate scientist professor Kimberly Nicholas sums up the climate challenge concisely, stressing: “It’s warming. It’s us. We’re sure. It’s bad. We can fix it.” But what role do associations play? How is it us? And how can we fix it? From Association Meetings International…

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61st ICCA Congress: Lessons in Legacy

The 61st International Congress and Convention Association Congress was held last month in Kraków, Poland. The four days of content programming concentrated on three key industry topics: diversity, equity and inclusion, sustainability and legacy. Some of the legacy speakers also contributed to this Iceberg video Feature, here presented together with video of five of the legacy sessions….

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CityDNA Summer School: Destination Turin

The 36th edition of the CityDNA Summer School was hosted in late August. This year the Iceberg partner educational meeting graduated 43 students from Europe and South Africa. As well as video about the Summer School itself from Turin, Italy, this feature looks at participating medical associations and their meetings, sustainability and also hybrid meetings….

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The Business of Events Global Destination Report 2022

The Business of Events (TBOE) launched the second edition of its Global Destination Report at IBTM World in Barcelona. The report, conducted by specialist business events research agency, SFA Connect on behalf of TBOE, is looking to establish how the industry has changed since 2019. The research focused on six main areas, including funding, volume…

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IBTM World Trends Report 2023

Last year, the IBTM World Trends report found itself looking at new frontiers. How had the meetings and events landscape changed in the wake of the pandemic, what behaviours had been adopted, how were other industries looking at this same landscape? Also, how was the global economy dictating the future welfare of our own market…

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