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2019 ICCA Statistics Report: Country & City Rankings

The ICCA Statistics Reports are based on the ICCA Association Database, which means the figures cover meetings organised by international associations according to ICCA criteria: a meeting must take place on a regular basis, host at least 50 participants, and rotate between a minimum of three countries to be included in the Database. ICCA’s Association…

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Meeting Legacies: Innovating for Enhanced Value Creation

Since 2018 GainingEdge has led two major projects for MeetDenmark on meeting legacies. The purpose has been to identify how Danish destinations can create significant added value for visiting congresses while also increasing the value for Danish society beyond the traditional economic benefits. Now MeetDenmark has released the second study completed in 2020 which explores the processes, mechanisms and…

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The Impacts of Academic Events: Cycles of Credibility as an Analytical...

Academic events such as congresses, conferences, symposia and meetings are part and parcel of most academic careers. Endless hours are spent for both attendees and chairs on travelling, logistics, socialising and many other activities not directly related to core tasks such as teaching, research and knowledge dissemination. Despite the entrenched nature, and the general wave…

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ICC Wales Owner to Cut 450 of 995 Jobs

The owners of ICC Wales and Celtic Manor Resort are to be cutting staff by almost half due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Celtic Collection, which owns both the Newport conference centre and hotel, has said 450 of its 995 staff are to leave, the financial model not now being sustainable. From Association Meetings International…

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GDS-Index Launches GDS-Movement

The Global Destination Sustainability Index, an Iceberg partner, has just launched a new platform to help cities develop economic and social structures to make them fairer, more inclusive and more resilient places in which to live and work. The Global Destination Sustainability Movement steps forward from the GDS-Index’s foundations. From Association Meetings International…

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Veteran Association ACTE Files for Chapter 7

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives has ceased operating and is to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy after 32 years, according to a note on its website. ACTE had not only cancelled its April New York Global Summit because of COVID-19, but also its August 2019 Global Summit in Macau due to Hong Kong protests. From Meetings International…

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