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Coronavirus: UK Event Suppliers Facing Ruin

About 60 percent of the UK event industry’s supplier base faces ruin unless the government offers more support, according to a survey just published. Around six percent of businesses polled said they were unlikely to survive until the end of April. Some 1,490 companies took part from all across the UK. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Coronavirus: Virtual Pivot Dairy Meeting Doubles Reach

As the World Health Organization designated COVID-19 a pandemic, and the US announced more flight restrictions, so PDPW (Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin) was one week away from welcoming over 1,200 attendees to its annual Business Conference in Madison. Converting the meeting to virtual was the only way forward. From PCMA…

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ICC Sydney: Five Streams of Business Events Legacy

With social impact moving ever higher up the business events agenda, ICC Sydney’s Legacy Program has set out to inspire conference organisers to make wider a contribution in the Australian host destination and beyond. Five streams of legacy creation guide associations and event planners towards the best fit for their own organisation. From Boardroom…

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NT Offering AUS$200 Delegate Subvention

The Northern Territory (NT) Business Events Fund is offering AUS$200 per delegate before May 31st for events staged in the NT by the end of June 2021. Then it reverts to AUS$100. NT stole the show on the first day of Iceberg partner AIME in Melbourne with a tunnel light installation. From Association Meetings International…

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Below the Waterline Meets: TMG’s Gregg Talley

The Iceberg is now identifying and celebrating the greater mass of hard-to-see business events legacies that lie hidden beneath the surface in a new podcast “Below the Waterline”. In the fifth of a series featuring significant meetings industry players, Iceberg founder James Latham catches up with Talley Management Group President and CEO Gregg Talley. Gregg…

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South Africa: Meeting for a Knowledge Economy

Meetings Africa 2020 is currently preparing to open up shop at the Sandton Convention Centre. The show is celebrating fifteen years as the continent’s premier industry event. The Iceberg has been hearing about South Africa’s own approach to its meetings business from the Chief Executive Officer of South African Tourism, Sisa Ntshona. As a young democracy…

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Autonomous Tractor Trails Smart Farming Conference

Japan is hosting a “smart farming” conference this year as its manufacturers use technology to improve yield efficiencies in the sector. The International Conference on Agricultural Internet of Things and Smart Farming is being held this April in Tokyo. It comes as the Osaka-based Kubota Corporation has unveiled a fully autonomous tractor. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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UFI Global CEO Summit Meets Pope Francis

On the occasion of the UFI Global CEO Summit in Rome, Pope Francis invited the meeting’s one hundred participants to a private audience in the Vatican’s Sala Clementina. His Holiness spoke and shook hands with every delegate, and told them their events would “contribute to a more just and humane global economy”. From UFI…

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Nara Convention Venue Set for Spring Launch

Famous for its giant Buddha and historic temples, the ancient city of Nara will open a new venue this spring in a bid to become one of Japan’s leading event destinations. The Nara Prefectural Convention Center will allow the compact city to host conferences for up to 2,000 participants. From Association Meetings International…

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