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Frances McDormand’s Speech: A Legacy for Meetings?

In her Oscar acceptance speech, actress Frances McDormand finished with two words: “inclusion rider”. The notion that an actor can contractually insist a film’s cast and crew meet a certain level of diversity was first floated at a conference. If inclusion riders become standard in Hollywood, might they also for event speakers? From PCMA Convene…

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Why Virtual Meetings Can Work Alongside Face to Face

For years organisers have asked whether virtual or hybrid meetings would negatively impact face to face. The Professional Convention Management Association began live streaming Convening Leaders in 2010, then its summer Education Conference. The video content has now generated $1 million in revenue, and live attendance has continued to grow along with membership. From Successful Meetings…

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Spain, China and Dallas Among Most Popular Destinations of 2018

Spain, China, and Dallas are among the most popular meeting and incentive destinations of 2018. That’s according to the latest Pacific World Destination Index, which reflects more than 5,000 international inquiries from meeting and incentive planners, actual meeting and event results, and feedback from industry participants around the world. From Successful Meetings…

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Incredible Impacts Opens Second Year Applications

After its successful first year, the “Incredible Impacts” award programme developed by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and BestCities Global Alliance is again looking for examples of associations’ long-term legacies. With three grants of $7,500 available, entrants can both be recognised for current legacy projects whilst also securing funds for future work. From CIM News Magazine…

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The Science Of Healthcare Professional Meetings

Ashfield Meetings & Events is pleased to announce a 2018 follow-up study to the 2016 “Future Of Meetings” white paper. “The Science Of Healthcare Professional Meetings” compares and contrasts the perceptions of healthcare professionals (HCPs) across a wide variety of speciality areas, and dives deeper into the ongoing evolution of the medical meetings landscape. By looking…

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Incentive Travel: Weighing the Worth

With the Events Industry Council’s “Economic Significance of Meetings to the US Economy” now out, and after incentive sector specific research from both the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence and the Incentive Research Foundation, how far do such reports correctly quantify the real impact and worth of incentive travel? From SoolNua’s Pádraic Gilligan at Padraicino…

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The Road Ahead: BESydney’s Lyn Lewis-Smith

The business events industry is changing faster than perhaps ever before. Each year we see new and exciting developments brought about by rapid evolution of technology, growing understanding of how business events can create value, and changing priorities and expectations of host organisations and their delegates. So what’s next? From Lyn Lewis-Smith via LinkedIn…

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Face to Face the “Preferred Channel” for Healthcare

Meeting face to face is still highly valued in the digital age, according to Ashfield Meetings & Events’ 2018 follow up to its 2016 “Future of Meetings” white paper. Healthcare professionals are now saying their “preferred channel” to receive and learn medical content is through attendance at a scientific congress or meeting. From…

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Intellectual Capitals, Not Second-Tier Cities

Medium-sized cities avoid the “second-tier” label by positioning themselves as knowledge or innovation hubs to win international meetings business, according to a new report. “The Rise of Midsize Cities in the Meetings Industry”, commissioned by trade show owner IMEX Group, says smaller destinations are increasingly using size to their advantage. From Association Meetings International…

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IAPCO Will “Keep Thinking Big” Says New President Posch

The new President of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers, Mathias Posch, wants the organisation to “keep thinking big”. He also wants to increase IAPCO’s footprint in Asia and Latin America. Mr. Posch was recently elected President at IAPCO’s largest-ever annual general assembly in Tokyo. From Association Meetings International…

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