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Wellington Ready to Host Bigger Conferences as New Venue Opens

A meeting on digital preservation and another on sedimentary rocks will be amongst the first international conferences taking place at Tākina – New Zealand’s newest conference and exhibition centre. The Wellington venue opened this week, three-and-a-half years after building work started, with a morning blessing by Taranaki Whānui, the traditional Māori guardians… From AMI…

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Hydrogen Consortium aims for NZ Green Air Travel Trailblazer

Aircraft manufacturing giant Airbus has joined a consortium of companies including Air New Zealand and Christchurch Airport with the goal of pioneering the commercial deployment of green hydrogen-powered aircraft. The six businesses in the Hydrogen Consortium include Airbus, Air New Zealand, Fortescue Future Industries, Taranaki’s Hiringa Energy, Fabrum and Christchurch Airport. From…

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Wellington Launches Advocate Network

A group of academics from various disciplines will promote the capital city of New Zealand as a place to hold international conferences. Wellington has just launched its Advocate Network, a pool of local thought leaders and subject experts to help enhance the success of the city’s business events bidding. From Association Meetings International…

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Ta Pae Opens to Restart New Zealand Sector

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, whose ceremonial launch has now taken place, already has fifty “multi-day conferences” on the books with further events also in the pipeline, from exhibitions to smaller meetings and seminars. The venue replaces the original Christchurch Convention Centre badly damaged during the 2011 earthquake. From Association Meetings International…

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Overseas to Return in 2022-23, Says Study

Association meeting planners are eager to return to in person events according to a recent report. The Business Events Consumer Demand Project from Tourism Australia found that nearly half of their association respondents, or 45 percent, had held meetings over the past ten months, including those with delegates attending on site. From Association Meetings International…

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Good Practice Guidance: Addressing COVID-19 Requirements for Re...

In March 2020, the Iceberg partners AIPC and UFI released good practice guidance to help members manage the unfolding crisis, and in April 2020, further guidance on repurposing a convention or exhibition centre to serve as a temporary emergency facility. It is a role that many centres embraced to serve their community in a time…

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Melbourne Secures Two Science Conferences

Melbourne will be showcasing scientific know-how after winning bids for two major congresses. The city will host the International Mass Spectrometry Conference 2024 and also the International Symposium on Lepton and Photon Interactions in 2023. The two events will deliver AU$13.2 million to the state. From Association Meetings International…

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Watching Business Events Reopen in a COVID-19 World

After months of lockdown, many countries are just now gradually reopening events. This is not just countries that have suppressed the pandemic, but also many where the situation remains uncertain during a second wave of cases. So how do events look in a COVID-19 world? From Rod Kamleshwaran of the Iceberg partner GainingEdge via LinkedIn…

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Wetlands Conference Prompts Legacies in Host New Zealand

A New Zealand conference where experts will discuss protecting the earth’s precious wetlands is being held up as an example of the great positive impact of business events upon society. The 11th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference is being staged in October 2021 at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Coronavirus: Te Pae Sees Bookings Rise

Dozens of new conferences have booked the soon-to-open Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre during the coronavirus lockdown, according to the venue’s General Manager. Ross Steele said 67 new events were a 30 percent increase on bookings at the end of 2019, and would bring over NZ$40 million into the city. From Association Meetings International…

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Coronavirus: Asia’s Business Events to Rebound First

Asia’s business events industry has the potential to rebound faster than that of other continents, but being able to conduct business safely is important. So said the panellists at a Global MICE Situation in the Time of the Pandemic webinar, among them regional managers from the Iceberg partners ICCA and UFI. From Meetings International…

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Coronavirus: Webinar Examines Government Role in Asia Recovery

Iceberg partner UFI, the exhibition industry’s global association, staged an UFI Connects webinar on the role of government in exhibition industry recovery in Asia. It produced some great market insights, among them news of trade shows opening up in Shanghai this June, plus an update on the regional subsidies available. From Exhibition World…

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