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Bid Fund Business Doubles to AU$187m

The value of the business events secured with the help of Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Program has almost doubled from AU$97 million to a record AU$187 million in the past three months. Total expenditure by international meetings visitors in the year ending September 2018 was AU$4.9 billion, up 16 percent. From TTG Mice…

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Liverpool Honours £10.8m Ambassadors

Conference ambassador programme Club Liverpool has honoured the ambassadors who brought £10.8 million worth of events to the city in 2018. Each ambassador who successfully brought a meeting to Liverpool was awarded a certificate by the Lord Mayor, with ten in all presented for seven different events. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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DMO MD Condemns Edinburgh Cuts

Leaders from one of Europe’s most prestigious gatherings of destination marketing organisations have voiced disbelief at proposed budget cuts which could see the end of both Marketing Edinburgh and the city’s convention bureau. Partner of the Iceberg European Cities Marketing’s Spring Meeting 2019 has just been held in the Scottish capital. From Association Meetings International…

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The Road Ahead of Giving Back: Meetings CSR & Sustainability

The Annual Meetings Market Survey just added two new questions about whether or not corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability are usually part of event planning. More than half of respondents did not make CSR part of their event, and the environment was top of mind (in RFPs) for only eleven percent. From PCMA…

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SACEOS: Turning 40, New Leadership, New Generational Vision

This year marks a milestone for SACEOS, the Singapore Association for Conventions Exhibitions Organisers and Suppliers. It is both celebrating its 40th year, and a new President, industry heavyweight Aloysius Arlando, took over the reigns in February. Here he shares his vision for the future and explains why associations must be “future-ready”. From Boardroom…

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Knowledge Hub: What Future for Edinburgh’s Ambassadors?

Ambassadors help destinations secure international association meetings. So Edinburgh’s meetings industry has an anxious wait ahead of a council vote on budget cuts that could virtually wipe out the city’s marketing and lead to the closure of Convention Edinburgh and its ambassador scheme. From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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AIME 2019: Voices from Knowledge Exchange and Elsewhere

The Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) 2019 has just been held in Melbourne. Here are some memorable statements heard during the Knowledge Exchange and elsewhere from sundry CEOs (of a convention bureau, an industry association, and a venue), as well as a strategist, an inventor, a politician, and a poet. From PCMA…

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First M&IT Survey of Mental Health Reveals Industry on the Edge

An Iceberg partner’s first ever mental health survey received responses from event professionals struggling to stay afloat. The results reinforce the much-referenced CareerCast survey from 2017 that ranked event planner as the fifth most stressful job in the world, beaten only by roles in the emergency services and military. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Associations Growing Global VI: ISO Engages Asia from Singapore

The Iceberg is publishing a series of interviews about the globalisation of large associations. These are jointly produced by partners Boardroom and the Global Association Hubs Partnership. Nicolas Fleury, Deputy Secretary-General of the Geneva-based International Organization for Standardisation, describes ISO’s opening up of a regional office in Singapore. From Global Association Hubs Partnership…

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#MEET4IMPACT Project: Event Legacy Framework

Iceberg partner Boardroom has announced its collaboration on the ambitious but pioneering #MEET4IMPACT Project. Initiated by Caravelle Strategies and its founder Geneviève Leclerc, along with a coalition of partners, #MEET4IMPACT will create a legacy framework and comprehensive process for generating, managing and measuring the positive societal impacts of association conferences. From Boardroom…

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London: Tech and Talent Capital

Despite its reputation of centuries-old tradition, London is the mover and groover of the technology universe. 80 percent of venture capital invested in UK tech firms since 2016 has gone to the capital. This investment is drawing, indeed being facilitated by, venues and events sharing in the sector’s strength. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Edinburgh Ambassadors Slam Proposed Cuts

Academics across Edinburgh have slammed proposed budget cuts that would see an 89 percent drop in the capital’s marketing over the next two years as well as the closure of its ambassador programme. Over 75 Edinburgh ambassadors contacted the City Council objecting to the proposal to slash Marketing Edinburgh’s budget by £790,000. From Association Meetings International…

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