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SITE Incentive Summit Europe: An Inaugural View from Verbier

Recently almost sixty incentive travel professionals took planes, trains and automobiles from sixteen countries to Verbier, Switzerland, to attend the inaugural Society of Incentive Travel Excellence’s SITE Incentive Summit Europe. SITE’s Chief Marketing Officer now reports on the four day alpine excursion of connections, education and destination discovery. From SoolNua’s Pádraic Gilligan at Padraicino…

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Association Versus PCO Origination: Choosing Your Meeting Tribe

Big association conferences are often regarded as being at the very centre of the events universe, with long lead times and high returns, both in prestige and legacy. But professional congress organisers also create original events, like Kenes Group’s recent and “tribal” World Hospital at Home Congress (pictured). From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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Positive Impact: A New Campaign Addresses Plastic Use at Events

A global initiative to address plastic use at events has just been launched by Iceberg partner Positive Impact, supported by the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The campaign is collecting usage data as well as encouraging the switch to alternative materials, and began when the two organisations’ CEOs met at a conference. From PCMA…

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Centaur Bought by Northstar Travel Media

Centaur Media Travel and Meetings is to be sold to Northstar Travel Media UK for £9.25 million. The company’s 25-year-old Business Travel Show is claimed to be the largest event of its kind in Europe, while its flagship The Meetings Show is said to be the UK market leader. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Expoforum Targets Association Congresses

Expoforum, the new congress and exhibition centre in St. Petersburg, is trying to raise its profile as a place to host major international association congresses. As well as entering into media partnerships, attending trade shows and focussing on its ICCA membership, the venue has also engaged business development consultants. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Big Questions, Difficult Answers: Meetings and Climate Change

The looming threat of climate change poses huge questions for the international meetings industry, particularly for high profile global events under intense media scrutiny like COP24, the World Economic Forum and the UN Climate Change Conference. But does the sector itself have the answers, and how is it approaching the problem? From Association Meetings International…

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Singapore Fintech Festival Legacies

The launch of business events by industry can make a significant contribution to the growth strategies of cities and states. In 2015 Aloysius Arlando, Chief Executive of SingEx Holdings, co-created the Singapore Fintech Festival as Asia’s hub for the intersection of its finance and tech sectors. The legacies of this event launch with partners including…

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Scottish Space Sector Now Worth £4bn

Once famous for ship and train making, Scotland is now building rockets and satellites. Sutherland, the first spaceport in mainland Europe, will soon see its first launches. VisitScotland recently held INNOVATESPACE at the University of St Andrews, right after Data Space 2019 was held at the Technology & Innovation Centre in Glasgow. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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DRPG Employs Events Industry Apprentices

DRP Group is celebrating after the qualification of two apprentices, the first in the UK to pass a national apprenticeship scheme for the events industry. The pair, Sarah Davitt and Sascha Lewis, have both been hired to work full-time within the creative communications group. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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India BIG7 Acquired by Reed Exhibitions

The organiser of IBTM World, Reed Exhibitions, has announced the acquisition of the India BIG7 trade fair, which is set to welcome 40,000 visitors in August. Launched in 1993, the Mumbai event is India’s largest trade meeting for gifts, gadgets, houseware, kitchenware, home decor and office supplies. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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1,300 Attend “Best Ever” M&IT Awards

The UK meetings industry turned out in force for a glittering night at the 2019 M&IT Awards, and The Iceberg partner’s record-breaking event has been hailed as the best ever. Glasgow Convention Bureau picked up the Best UK Convention Bureau gong for the 13th year in a row (pictured). From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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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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