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Future Meeting Space: Analysis from GCB’s Matthias Schultze

Matthias Schultze, MD of the German Convention Bureau, has been discussing the future of meetings on the back of GCB’s research project, Future Meeting Space, recently launched at PCMA Convening Leaders in Pittsburgh. Diversity, disruption, format innovation, knowledge transfer, networking, and accommodating the shy and less tech-savvy are all covered. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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BestCities Launches Brand Platform

Iceberg partner BestCities Global Alliance has unveiled a new brand platform and updated strategic plan as it approaches its twentieth year of operation. The Alliance is made up of twelve leading cities for major conferences and business events. International associations were consulted on the new platform’s principles. From Boardroom…

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Finalists Announced for M&IT Awards 2019

The finalists have been announced for the M&IT Awards 2019, which take place on Friday March 1st at Battersea Evolution in London. More than 1,200 events industry professionals will celebrate the industry’s finest at this prestigious celebration of the UK and wider sectors. M&IT Personality of the Year will also be awarded. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Knowledge Transfer Key for Events, Says GCB

Knowledge transfer is the key to successful events, according to new research unveiled by the German Convention Bureau. Event planners should concentrate on surprising or disruptive elements, as well as responding to individual attendee requirements. The GCB presented its Future Meeting Space research at PCMA Convening Leaders in Pittsburgh. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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2019: Data Ethics, Screen Time, Diversity, Inclusivity and Sleep

Five Convene editors have been examining meeting trends for 2019. Big data now needs data ethics. We will pay more attention to attention itself and our use of technology in groups. New kinds of benchmarks are emerging to measure diversity and inclusivity. Sleep is now very much part of any focus on wellbeing. From PCMA Convene…

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2018: Climate Change, #MeToo, the War on Plastic and Brexit

As 2018 leaves its footprints on the sands of time, here’s to the past extraordinary year. The last twelve months brought great change to the meetings industry, from the #MeToo movement, to the war on plastic, and to fears about climate change. That’s before even the dreaded “B” word. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Panels Not Manels III: Research Highlights Gender Discrepancy

After conducting research for the recent “Gender Diversity & Inclusion in Events” report, reviewing over 60,000 speakers at business events in 23 countries between 2013 and 2018, event software company Bizzabo found that on average more than two thirds (69 percent) of speakers were male, with less than one third female. From PCMA…

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BESydney’s Martin Boyle to Lead IAPCO

The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers has appointed Martin Boyle, Director of Europe for convention bureau BESydney, as its new CEO. Boyle will take the helm in April next year, replacing Executive Director Sarah Storie-Pugh, who will continue in a part-time capacity. From Association Meetings International…

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APAC “Meeting Room of the Future” Released

Experience creation is the top priority for Asia Pacific event planners, according to IACC’s first APAC edition of its “Meeting Room of the Future” report. 66 percent of the region’s meeting planners claim delegates seek more engagement, personalisation and interactive technologies at business events than before. From CIM News Magazine…

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