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Talking to the Hand: Emergency Response After the Oscars Slap

In the film world, “slap” once meant make–up, slapstick comedy, or the slap of a clapperboard synchronising picture and sound. But for meeting planners, a rather different slapping incident at the 2022 Oscars reveals the need to have a full emergency response plan and code of conduct in place. From Associations Now…

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Pandemic Partnerships: CVBs, DMOs and EDOs Working Together

The pandemic has given convention bureaux a fresh chance to partner with their economic development agencies to benefit the destination over the short and long term in new and often fruitful ways. In fact, this is one of three central trends identified in the DestinationNEXT 2021 Futures Study just released. From PCMA…

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Tokyo 2020: Staging a Hybrid Global Event Too Big to Fail

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics were the most expensive to date, and too big to fail, despite ongoing challenges from the pandemic. Gary Grimmer, the Executive Chairman of Iceberg partner GainingEdge, says they make a timely case study for planners and destinations in the new paradigm of broadcast-friendly hybrid events. From Meetings & Conventions Asia…

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DMOs: Down But Not Out, Rebuilding for a Different Future

2020 has been crushing for the DMO (destination management organisations). Destinations in the US have endured wiped-out funds as a result of zero hotel occupancy, en-masse event cancellations, and double-digit layoffs, not to mention further challenges with social unrest and also, for some, natural disasters. 2020 has brought the DMO to the brink. From PCMA…

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George Floyd Protests: Black Eventprofs Share Their Experiences

The death of George Floyd, and of many others before him, prompted black meeting professionals in the US to share thoughts on their own experiences, the protests and the need for diversity in the industry. Those speaking out include Elliott Ferguson (pictured), President and CEO of Destination DC. From Northstar Meetings Group…

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Coronavirus: Saluting CVBs and Venues on Pandemic Front Line

From feeding workers on the front line, to making sure that food from cancelled events goes to the hungry and not to landfill, here’s a roundup of how organisations from across the business events industry have offered help during the pandemic, like the Los Angeles Convention Center and Levy Restaurant (pictured). From PCMA…

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“Another Day of Sun” for the Los Angeles Convention Center

Every day in La La Land is “Another Day of Sun”. Now the Los Angeles Convention Center has unveiled the largest solar array on any similar municipally-owned venue in the US. The new 2.21 megawatt array on the South Hall roof comprises 6,228 panels and brings LACC’s total solar capacity to 2.58 MW. From Successful Meetings…

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Exhibition Security and the New Threat Reality

How has trade-show security changed over recent years, and what now goes operationally into keeping exhibitors and visitors at an event safe under the current threat landscape? One of the top five global car exhibitions, the LA Auto Show, lifts the bonnet and reveals just how safety is currently engineered. From PCMA…

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Paris Will Host the 2024 Olympics, Los Angeles the 2028 Games

Paris is to host the 2024 Olympics and Los Angeles the 2028 games. LA’s Organising Committee will receive advance funds of $1.8 billion to foster participation and access to youth sports programmes in the run up to its later event. The news comes after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) awarded both games together to the two destinations. From CIM News Magazine…

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Paris and Los Angeles in Olympic Photo Finish

In a creative if unusual approach to bid selection – let the events industry take note – the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded the 2024 and 2028 games together to both Paris and Los Angeles. Which city hosts which games will be decided later by the destinations’ National Olympic Committees and the IOC. From CIM News Magazine…

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15 May 2017

Destination California 2017, Los Angeles, USA

Connect with the top hotels, CVBs, DMCs, and venues from across the state of California in pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments and unique experiential networking events, while enjoying a fully hosted, three-night stay at The L.A. Hotel Downtown in Los Angeles from May 15-18, 2017.

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