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Bangkok’s QSNCCC Gets $455m Revamp

Bangkok’s largest convention centre, Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, will reopen in September 2022 with a capacity for 100,000 visitors a day. Following investment of 15 billion Thai Baht ($455 million), the new QSNCC will be reopening with five times the amount of space it previously had (now 78,500 square metres). From Association Meetings international…

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Planners’ Travel Budget Concerns in Survey

Shrinking budgets for travel and “increasingly difficult” visa issues are among the biggest concerns among planners of international association meetings, according to a survey. The Union of International Associations has released findings from its latest Survey on International Meetings Issues. From Association Meetings International…

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Virtualising the ISPIM Innovation Conference: Innovating in Crisis

Iain Bitran, Executive Director of the International Society for Professional Innovation Management, shares the challenge of transforming a physical conference into a digital meeting. In just eleven weeks and with around 400 contributions, the XXXI ISPIM Innovation Conference succeeded in “Innovating in Times of Crisis”. From Boardroom…

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Coronavirus: Regional Event Travel Disrupted

Travel restrictions are in force across the globe as the number of cases of novel coronavirus continues to grow worldwide and the death toll within China mounts. The outbreak is now disrupting meetings all across the region. A UN biodiversity meeting was relocated. IT&CM China and CTW China have been postponed. From Association Meetings International…

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TCEB Economic Corridor Conference Projects

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau is implementing four major economic corridor projects, co-hosting and supporting associated meetings as a platform to enhance trade and investment with neighbouring countries. So far four corridor conferences have been set up to gather local entrepreneurs and to promote business ties within the region. From Meetings International…

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Overtourism: Hosting the Crowd, Without Crowding the Host

When tourist visitors to a city greatly outnumber the resident population, it’s not hard to understand locals feeling crowded, some to the point of revolt. But is overtourism an issue for the meetings industry? What have selfie-stick wielding hordes that descend seasonally on top destinations have to do with business events? From PCMA…

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