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Canada: Meeting the Allure of Leading Knowledge Hubs

With successful sectors like life sciences, technology, agribusiness, aerospace, clean technology, natural resources and advanced manufacturing, Canada is becoming an increasingly “alluring” destination for global meetings and events. Planners can reach into local industry and academia to shape their meeting agendas, grow their attendances and create legacies. From Boardroom…

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Meet Bristol Launches Ambassador Initiative

Meet Bristol, the SW English city’s convention bureau, has launched a conference ambassador initiative to promote itself better as a destination for business events. By establishing greater collaboration between local sector experts and event suppliers, the programme is aiming to make strong and competitive bids to host international meetings. Photo: Chris Lathom-Sharp. From Association Meetings International…

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ICC Wales Hosts UK Space Conference

ICC Wales has hosted members of government, industry and academia from across the country for the UK Space Conference 2019. Over 1,800 delegates attended the three-day meeting, the first big international event held at ICC Wales, including representatives from space agencies around the world and astronaut Tim Peake (pictured). From Meetings International…

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Dubai: Meetings to Reinforce Medical Sciences Hub

Dubai is strengthening its networks to become a meetings hub in medical sciences. The emirate’s healthcare and pharmaceutical industries are set to be worth $71.3 billion by 2020. Convention bureau Dubai Business Events has signed six Memorandums of Understanding so far in 2019 to attract more meetings to the city. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Aerospace Hubs: Star Cities and Orbiting Meetings

Toulouse, Montreal, Singapore, along with Seattle, South East England and Bengalaru in India, are all destinations with clusters of innovation in aerospace. Where knowledge collects, so do associated meetings, so these hubs of expertise in this exciting sector are also attracting significant international events. From Association Meetings International…

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Bordeaux is 49th City for GDS-Index

Bordeaux Convention Bureau has become the 49th DMO (destination marketing organisation) to join the Global Destination Sustainability Index, an Iceberg partner that ranks cities by their environmental performance. The wine capital of the world is a hub for meetings of the medical industry, academia and learning, the digital economy and aeronautics. From Association Meetings International…

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Farnborough International Airshow: $98bn Deals Signed

The United Kingdom’s prominence in aviation and aerospace has been given a boost by high-flying sales at the Farnborough International Airshow. The 2018 event, opened by Prime Minister Theresa May, saw nearly 100 countries attend, and by the end of the second day over $98bn of industry deals announced. Photo: Rich Cooper. From Intellectual Capitals…

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The UK Exhibitions Industry: A Brexit Remedy?

The past month has revealed the turmoil the United Kingdom is in over the manner of its departure from the European Union. But might the UK exhibition sector provide some palliative relief from Brexit uncertainties? The sector’s global association takes a look at VisitBritain, along with the recent Farnborough International Airshow, for answers. From UFI…

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Farnborough: A Venue Fit for Aviation Pioneers

The new £30 million hall at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre is now open for business. A year after an initial tour of the site, one Iceberg partner finds the finished facilities to be “gleaming” and “sparkling”: the new Hall 1 big enough to house three football pitches. From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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New £30m Venue Opens in Farnborough

A new £30 million hall at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre is now open for events. Able to accommodate up to 10,000 attendees, the purpose-built 20,000 square metre centre is located at the home of the Farnborough International Airshow and is already booked for Screwfix Live, Merchandise World and Kidz to Adultz South. From Meetpie.com…

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Intellectual Capitals: This is Wales

With ICC Wales opening in 2019, and with key strengths in the automotive, aerospace, and marine renewable energy sectors – not to mention life sciences, cyber security and compound semiconductors – how does the land of rugby and song marshall and present its knowledge economy to attract prospective international meetings? From Intellectual Capitals…

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