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Nancy: The Art Noveau of Sustainable Meetings

France’s Art Nouveau capital, Nancy, has jumped on the sustainability agenda and is emerging as a premier locale for green meetings. The Prouvé Congress Center boasts a roof covered in solar panels and a bee farm. The trend towards green initiatives trickles through the rest of the city, and its convention bureau as well. From Boardroom…

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The Year of Imagination – 15 Stories to Inspire Your Next Event

This is the third year in which IMEX has had an annual “Talking Point”, a thread and a story that runs through both shows and all year long. In 2017, the concept was “Purposeful Meetings”, which was followed by “Legacy” in 2018. To help demonstrate this year’s idea of “Imagination” in concrete and practical terms, IMEX…

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The US Exhibitions Industry

AMR International in this white paper explores the developments and opportunities for organizers in the US exhibitions industry.  This is essential reading for US event organizers and investors. What to expect: New insights into the exhibition industry’s performance and outlook Understanding of the evolving needs of attendees and exhibitors Details on AMR’s Exhibitions 2.0 model…

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Incredible Impacts: Year Three Grants Awarded

Three major associations have each won $7,500 to develop trailblazing legacy programmes attached to their events. This year’s Incredible Impacts awards given by Iceberg partners ICCA and BestCities Global Alliance recognised the European Lung Foundation, International AIDS Society (pictured) and International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. From Association Meetings International…

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IMEX America 2019 Launches in Las Vegas

The first day of IMEX America in Las Vegas saw appointments, enquires and bookings for the event’s high-level meetings industry participants. IMEX attendee numbers, including exhibitors, are expected to exceed 13,000 people this year, with more than 70,000 appointments being held across the event. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Soft Power Now a Key Driver of Incentives

Latest research about trends in incentive travel shows that “soft power” (meaning persuasion rather than coersion) is now competing with sales and the bottom line as a key driver in the industry. The 2019 Incentive Travel Industry Index’s preliminary results were revealed at IMEX America in Las Vegas. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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CWT: Meetings Industry to Grow Eight Percent

CWT M&E says the buoyant global meetings industry is poised for eight percent growth next year, despite looming geopolitical and economic headwinds. The 2020 Future Trends report notes these as the trade war between the US and China, Brexit and its wider impact, the protests in Hong Kong and climate change. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Planners Stay Nervous as Hong Kong Protests

Despite the Hong Kong government giving in to protestors’ demands to withdraw its extradition bill, political disruption has continued across the territory. Organisers are nervous of holding events there, but the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and other local players have been keen to allay all fears. Photo: Studio Incendo. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Denver is GDS-Index’s Fourth US Destination

Denver is the latest city, and the fourth in the US, to join Iceberg partner the Global Destination Sustainability Index. The Colorado capital’s sustainability credentials as both convention city and destination include the LEED Gold certified Colorado Convention Center with its own sustainability programme, green hotels and citywide bike sharing. From Boardroom…

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