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How Canada’s National Meetings Strategy is Driving Regional...

The impact of the meetings, incentive, conference and exhibition (MICE) industry on the Canadian economy has always been significant, relating to short-term delegate expenditure and long-term job growth and economic development. These types of business events are also an ideal way to counteract seasonality because international business events take place throughout the year, ensuring a…

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Marketing Edinburgh Near to Collapse

Marketing Edinburgh has moved closer to collapse with the entire board of the organisation resigning “with immediate effect” after city councillors rejected a funding plea to implement new strategy. The publicly-owned organisation is set to lose all funding as the authority tries to cut up to £40 million from next year’s budget. From Eventsbase…

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Hangzhou Seeks New Economy Conferences

The Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV and Tourism has just staged the Hangzhou – Leading Innovation for Future Conferences event, highlighting city strengths as a destination for “new economy” conferences. The event included a destination success presentation from Paul Vallee, Managing Director of Iceberg partner BestCities Global Alliance. From Boardroom…

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TriBE: Innovation Day Staged by BESarawak

Business Events Sarawak from Sarawak Convention Bureau has successfully hosted its first TriBE: Innovation Day. It took place at Pullman Hotel, Kuching, where industry partners gathered to celebrate 22 graduates of the TriBE: Innovation Masterclass. The focus on professional development is all part of BESarawak’s “Legacy Impact Programme”. From Boardroom…

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Tourism New Zealand Measures Event Legacy

Tourism New Zealand has just announced three international meetings whose impacts will be measured to maximise the positive societal impacts that conferences generate for communities. The organisation is working together with Iceberg partner #Meet4Impact, whose Chief Executive Officer is Geneviève Leclerc, on the Enrich New Zealand Conference Impact project. From Boardroom…

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Edinburgh Hosts Global Incentive Summit

The Global Incentive Summit in Edinburgh just saw incentive travel buyers, plus representatives from hotels, destinations and destination management companies, gather together to hear the latest trends in the incentives market. The meeting discussed the rise in Asia Pacific business and the findings of the Incentive Travel Industry Index. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Ulrike Von Arnold Gets Moises Shuster Award

Ulrike von Arnold, Deputy Director of the Vienna Convention Bureau, has received one of the meeting industry’s highest honours, ICCA’s Moises Shuster Award. The award announcement was made at the 58th ICCA Congress in Houston. Past winners include Paul Flackett, Martin Lewis, Ray Bloom, Connie Cheng and Christian Mutschlechner. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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BE Montreal Launches Attendance Guarantee

In what is claimed to be a first for the meetings and events industry, Business Events Montreal has just launched its Guaranteed Success Pledge. So confident is the city that planners will reach their attendance target numbers, that it will honour its financial commitment for the anticipated number if they don’t. From Boardroom…

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NZICC Fire Won’t Stop 2021 APEC Meeting

A major fire at the New Zealand International Convention Centre construction site in Auckland’s central business district will not prevent the city hosting the APEC Leaders Week event in 2021, says the country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. But NZICC’s opening, set for 2020, will be significantly delayed by the blaze. From Association Meetings International…

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58th ICCA Congress Held in Houston

With almost 1,000 senior meetings professionals and association event planners from 75 countries coming to Houston, Texas, the recent 58th Congress of Iceberg partner ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association, was the largest ever held in North America. The event is one of the industry calendar’s most significant. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Chile Protest Violence Cancels Meetings

Weeks of anti-government protests in Chile have forced the embattled President Piñera to cancel both this month’s APEC trade summit and COP25 UN climate conference in December. The 2019 Cochrane Colloquium,a major healthcare meeting, was also due to be held in Santiago, but the growing death toll has forced its cancellation. From Association Meetings International…

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Accessibility: Barriers Still to Overcome for Disabled Delegates

“The majority of disabled people don’t travel to conferences because they expect their needs will not be met”. So says Alan Broadbent, an accessibility writer and consultant to the events industry. Three examples of inclusivity, a venue (ICC Wales), a meeting (Glasgow’s IASSIDD World Congress) and a city (Dubai), are analysed. From Association Meetings International…

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