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International Women’s Day 2019: An Australian Events Perspective

Australian event and conference management company Arinex has worked with several associations ahead of International Women’s Day to empower women. Among the company’s events is the annual awards dinner (pictured above) of Australia’s National Association for Women in Construction. From editor’s blog at Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Refining the Value Proposition, Telling the Story

Over the past decade the industry of business and professional events has refined its value proposition to policymakers and local communities in terms of its transformative contribution to civil society. The Joint Meetings Industry Council, which presents The Iceberg, and The Iceberg itself, have together been telling the story. From IBTM…

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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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Finalists Announced for M&IT Awards 2019

The finalists have been announced for the M&IT Awards 2019, which take place on Friday March 1st at Battersea Evolution in London. More than 1,200 events industry professionals will celebrate the industry’s finest at this prestigious celebration of the UK and wider sectors. M&IT Personality of the Year will also be awarded. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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ACC Liverpool Marks Tenth in Song

Venue ACC Liverpool has marked its tenth birthday at its annual showcase in London. Guests recorded the Beatles’ song “With a Little Help from My Friends” at Abbey Road Studios and took away a CD with them as memento. They also watched a video of famous Liverpool figures wishing the venue happy birthday. From Association Meetings International…

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Heather Seasholtz: A personal Meetings Industry Perspective

Heather Seasholtz CMP, Director of Meetings and Events at Iceberg partner Talley Management Group, is a true difference-maker within the meetings industry. Here she shares her thoughts on conquering burnout, navigating change and appreciating career mentors, alongside emerging industry trends like hybrid meetings and changes in approaches to sponsorship. From PCMA…

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Universal Accessibility in Meetings

Universal Accessibility in Meetings is a research study conducted by GainingEdge, in collaboration with project partners BestCities Global Alliance and Rehabilitation International. The goal of this research project is to promote awareness among meeting organisers and the supplier community on the need to remove barriers in meetings and conventions for delegates with disabilities. The study…

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ICCA Honours Women Across Business Events

The International Congress and Convention Association showcased the contributions of women to the meetings industry at its recent 57th Congress in Dubai, with ten women from across the organisation’s global community personally honoured as Inspirational ICCA Women by outgoing President Nina Freysen-Pretorius. IMEX Group CEO Carina Bauer was one of those celebrated. From the Event…

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New Competitiveness Ranking: Paris Leads

Paris has topped a new index which ranks cities in their competitiveness at attracting major international conventions. Iceberg partner GainingEdge CEO Gary Grimmer said his company’s index would help destinations know how many conventions they should expect to be hosting every year. Paris was followed by Washington, Barcelona, New York and Boston. From Association Meetings International…

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Four Years’ Growth for Meetings Industry

A decade after the 2008 global economic recession, the meetings industry has bounced back and settled into a new normal of steady and stable growth, according to American Express Meetings & Events. The 2019 Global Meetings and Events Forecast also shows that planners are feeling pressure from both consolidation and disruptive suppliers. From CIM News Magazine…

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Homeless Hackathon Glasgow: A Legacy of Hacker Action

In 2017 Gallus Events’ William Thomson read in a Scottish newspaper that in his native town of Glasgow, one homeless person dies every week. He created Homeless Hackathon Glasgow, which brought together forty hacker participants, and which has yielded not one, but three projects currently under development, including an app for distributing surplus food. From PCMA Convene…

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Agencies and DMCs: The Future of the Sector Model

A Society for Incentive Travel Excellence conference session recently brought together both agencies and destination management professionals to examine the future of the sector model. The subject was defined as “the changing landscape of third party intermediaries”. The panel’s moderator reports. From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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