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ICCA Extends Partnership with UN Tourism

From ICCA: This landmark partnership agreement sees ICCA recognised as the UN Tourism partner for business events across all UN Tourism platforms and initiatives. This collaboration recognises the influence and transformative potential of the business events industry and puts it on the map as a key driver for socio-economic progress across the world. ICCA acknowledges…

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A BestCities Global Alliance Case Study: Global DIY Summit

From BestCities: The Global DIY Summit stands out as a premier networking event, connecting leaders in the DIY, Home Improvement, and Garden Centre markets. Organized by the European DIY-Retail Association (EDRA), the Home Improvement Manufacturers Association (HIMA), and the Global Home Improvement Network (GHIN), this summit draws over 1,000 delegates from more than 55 countries….

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IAPCO Survey Flags £12.15bn Economic Impact on Global Destinations

From Conference & Meetings World: The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) has published its annual member statistical survey covering the previous year, 2023. IAPCO worked with the annual return data provided by members, who reported delivering over £12.15bn (US$15.22bn) of economic impact into destinations around the globe in 2023. In addition, the association…

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The Impact of Hybrid Working on the Meetings and Events Industry

This latest First Look Research survey by Northstar Meetings Group, sponsored by IHG Group, suggests remote working is now a permanent fixture for event professionals, with only six per cent of employers who made the switch to hybrid during the pandemic enforcing a full-time return to the office. In fact, just over one in ten…

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Study Aims to Help Destinations Create a More Welcoming Environment

Destinations International and City Destinations Alliance are collaborating on a global accessibility study to provide valuable insights into where destinations are on their journey to becoming accessible to people with disabilities; significant progress is already underway in North America, Europe and beyond. Please support the study by completing the survey…

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5 June 2024

Global Exhibitions Day 2024

The ninth edition of Global Exhibitions Day (GED) will be held under the theme “Exhibitions are catalysts to sustainable futures”. Celebrated annually on the first Wednesday of June, all interested in increasing the visibility of the exhibitions industry regionally and on a global scale are invited to participate. The GED 2024 theme reinforces the role…

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UFI Global Exhibition Barometer 32nd Edition (January 2024)

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has released the latest 32nd edition of its flagship Global Exhibition Barometer research which takes the pulse of the industry. The results highlight that in most markets around the world the exhibition industry fully recovered from the pandemic slump in 2023, with revenues reaching a comparable level…

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Theme and Key Pillars Announced for GED 2024

From Exhibition World: The ninth edition of Global Exhibitions Day (GED), facilitated by UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, will be held on 5 June 2024 under the theme ‘Exhibitions are catalysts to sustainable futures’. Celebrated annually on the first Wednesday of June, all interested in increasing the visibility of the exhibitions industry…

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Creating Meaningful Events in Challenging Times

From GCB: Business events are truly multi-talented as platforms for the exchange of knowledge and for networking people. But as we face a multitude of global challenges and transformation processes, meetings, conferences and congresses also need to be readjusted. What solutions can business events offer in the context of climate change, pandemics, international conflicts or…

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Convention Cities Index | Dec 2023 Interim Report

From Northstar Meetings Group: Nearly four years after the world shut down due to Covid and prognosticators declared a “new normal,” 2023 appears to have been a year where the meetings industry returned to something resembling the “old normal.” Hotel room-rate fluctuations have moderated since Northstar Meetings Group’s June 2023 Convention Cities Index. Airlines are…

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Skift Presents This Year’s Megatrends

From Skift Meetings: For me, 2024 feels like a year on a precipice. So much of the world is in flux. From geopolitical unrest to the almost biblical levels of fires and floods and humanity’s rush into artificial intelligence – there’s a palpable sense of urgency. But in the travel industry, we’re lucky to work…

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Time to Take Action on Women in Business Events Leadership

From BESydney: Business Events Sydney (BESydney) and the world’s largest association for business events strategists, PCMA, released the findings of a new global study into Advancing Women in Business Events in San Diego overnight. During 2023, the PCMA Foundation and Business Events Sydney (BESydney) set out to explore the pronounced gender gap in the global…

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