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VisitBritain Explores ‘Impact Beyond the Plenary’

From Conference News: VisitBritain, in partnership with MeetEngland, Meet in Wales, VisitScotland Business Events and the Association of British Professional Congress Organisers (ABPCO), explored the importance of ‘impact beyond the plenary’ at its first Association Conference at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC). The conference, which took place from 5-7 February 2024, brought together 80…

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VisitBritain to Host Business Events Association Conference 2024

From Conference & Meetings World: National tourism agency VisitBritain has announced that its first ever Association Conference will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) in Scotland, 5-7 February 2024. The VisitBritain Association Conference 2024 will see invited association meeting planners connect in person with professional suppliers and decision-makers from the British nations…

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Glasgow Launches Access Guide for Conference Organisers and Delegates

Glasgow Convention Bureau has partnered with AccessAble and the Royal College of Nursing to launch the city’s first online resource providing delegates who have access requirements with detailed information on over 60 venues and services, including the Scottish Events Campus and on-site hotels, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, visitor attractions… From Glasgow Convention Bureau…

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VisitScotland’s Fiona MacKinnon: Navigating the Climate Crisis

I have been so fortunate to enjoy a varied and exciting career within the tourism and business events industries. I have experienced the transformational change these industries continue to facilitate in bettering our country, made life-long friends with other like-minded people, and continue to be part of the change that is helping to create a…

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Glasgow Meetings Chief: Association Business Could Hit New High

Glasgow’s conference business is on track to make a full recovery by 2026, according to the head of the city’s convention bureau. Aileen Crawford said the ‘trajectory was very positive’ and that forward bookings suggested 2026 could surpass the peak set in 2018-2019, when the city hosted 160,000 delegates at 530 conferences. From AMI…

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A Look Back on the World Down Syndrome Conference, Glasgow 2018

Glasgow Convention Bureau’s Impact and Legacy team have taken a fresh approach to uncovering the true meaning and impact of conferences when they take place in Glasgow, by revisiting the World Down Syndrome Congress team five years on since they met in Glasgow in 2018. Over the last ten years, Glasgow Convention Bureau has delivered…

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Edinburgh Impact Tool BEST Launched

A group of Edinburgh-based event professionals have launched a new tool to measure the societal impact conferences and meetings have in the city. The BEST (Business Events Shaping Tomorrow) tool has been developed to evaluate the positive outcomes from the business events hosted in the capital each year. From Conference News…

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New Intent for DEI and Event Sustainability

A new organisation has been launched to drive the need for diversity, equality, inclusion and environmental action in global business events. New Intent will work with destinations, meeting strategists and supply chains to advocate DEI and environmental action in creating positive societal transformation. From Association Meetings International…

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Scottish Legacy: The Policy Driven Model Driving Impact

The Editorial Director Martin Fullard recently visited Scotland to find out how important business events are to the region. He talked to some of the country’s leading eventprofs, learning about VisitScotland’s new and improved “Policy Driven Model”, its “Journey to Change” project, and how universities are helping to bring in business events. From Conference News…

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Glasgow’s COP26 and Sustainability Legacy: Reusing Materials

Over thirty charities have benefited from the materials used at last year’s COP26 as part of the positive legacy of the UK’s largest business event ever, which was held in Glasgow. Identity Group, which delivered the meeting for the UK’s Government and venue SEC, tasked Event Cycle with redistributing materials. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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COP26: A Watershed Moment Both for the World and Sector

It is hard to think of a conference with higher stakes than the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties. As well as the future of the entire planet, it also could define that of business events. Net Zero Carbon Events from JMIC, and Iceberg partner Positive Impact, played their part. From PCMA…

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