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Royal College of Physician: 500 Years of Events

2018 sees the Royal College of Physicians in London mark its 500th anniversary, and also five centuries of hosting events. RCP was first established by Henry VIII’s physician Thomas Linacre, who persuaded the king the college was needed to regulate medicine. The anniversary was marked by a summer showcase. Photo: Paul the Archivist. From Meetpie.com…

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Business Events: African Associations

In the last of three insights on the value of business and professional events, GainingEdge CEO Gary Grimmer and Gregg Talley, President and CEO of the Talley Management Group, delve deeper into the role associations play as gateways to professional and sector development. They specifically tackle the opportunities that exist for associations within Africa’s transition…

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Brisbane Hosts IPSA World Congress of Political Science

Brisbane has just become a hub for world politics and governance as more than 2,400 political science experts gathered for a five-day congress hosted at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. The 25th IPSA World Congress of Political Science attracted nearly 1,000 more delegates than were expected, eighty percent from abroad. From Association Meetings International…

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Stellenbosch 360 Hosts Second Business Tourism Indaba

Stellenbosch 360 has just hosted its second Business Tourism Indaba at the Cavalli Wine Estate. Speakers included South Africa’s Minster of Tourism Derek Hanekom, Shadow Minister James Vos and South African Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona. The Iceberg also attended the Indaba and will soon publish its own report of proceedings. From the Event…

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Artificial Intelligence Collects and Co-locates in Stockholm

Stockholm has just hosted the Federated AI Meeting, the world’s largest scientific event on artificial intelligence. This was actually five conferences co-located under one roof. When the Swedish AI Society, with support from Visit Stockholm, won its bid to host one of them, a plan was hatched to create a larger event. From Boardroom…

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Sarawak Readies for Inaugural TriBE 2018 Meeting

More than 200 delegates will attend the inaugural Business Events TriBE 2018 meeting taking place this August in Kuching. The keynote speakers include Iceberg partner Corbin Ball, and the delegates include three more partners: the International Congress and Convention Association, the Professional Convention Management Association, and the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers. From CIM News Magazine…

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UFI to Host its 2020 Global Congress in Oman

UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, has chosen Oman and its new Convention & Exhibition Centre to host its 2020 Global Congress. The annual event brings together more than 500 industry professionals from over 50 countries. Last year it was hosted in Johannesburg, and the year before in Shanghai. From Boardroom…

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$375m Caesars Forum Centre Breaks Ground in Las Vegas

Ground has been broken on Caesars Forum, a 550,000 square foot conference centre. The $375 million project is all on one level, and features the first 100,000 square foot outdoor meeting / event space in Las Vegas, the Forum Plaza. The venue’s two pillarless ballrooms will be the largest in the world. From Successful Meetings…

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ICCA to Appoint Replacement CEO by March 2019

The International Congress and Convention Association President Nina Freysen-Pretorius has issued a statement to members alleviating concerns about the departure of CEO Martin Sirk. In it she says the board has every confidence in acting CEO Dennis Speet and is aiming to appoint a permanent replacement by March 2019. From Association Meetings International…

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UK MP Calls for Bed Tax to Fund Visitor Economy

James Heappey, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the events sector, has floated the idea of a bed tax to help fund both the industry and its promotion. The MP, who is the events champion in Parliament, said he was seeking views on a per room per night tax to assist the visitor economy. From Meetpie.com…

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