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Antigen Tests Support Vienna Conference

The Vienna Tourist Board has been celebrating the success of its recent Vienna Tourism Conference, which welcomed more than 200 in-person guests and over 1,000 virtually. This was the first on location meeting the organisation had held since the start of the pandemic, with strict health and safety protocols in place. From Association Meetings International…

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Melbourne Secures Two Science Conferences

Melbourne will be showcasing scientific know-how after winning bids for two major congresses. The city will host the International Mass Spectrometry Conference 2024 and also the International Symposium on Lepton and Photon Interactions in 2023. The two events will deliver AU$13.2 million to the state. From Association Meetings International…

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Malaysia Wins Slew of Association Meetings

Malaysia has proved the show must go on after winning several major association meetings. Convention and exhibition bureau MyCEB has secured 46 bids for meetings and events over the last three months, including international conventions such as the Asian-Ocean Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2024. From Association Meetings International…

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NEC Group Set to Make 450 Redundancies

The owner of one of the UK’s largest convention centres is set to make 450 redundancies after reporting “almost zero revenues” due to the coronavirus pandemic. NEC Group, which owns ICC Birmingham and other venues including the National Exhibition Centre, is planning to cut its workforce by 55 percent. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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UKCAMS Survey Shows UK MI Value

The 27th annual UK Conference and Meeting Survey report confirms that in 2019 the industry was “extremely robust and dynamic” and made a substantial contribution of nearly £18 billion to the UK economy. The UKCAMS research demonstrates the scale and importance of the sector to the national economy. From Conference News…

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F2F Preferred by Health Profs, Study Says

Ashfield Meetings and Events and IPCAA (International Pharmaceutical Congress Advisory Association) have partnered on a study into healthcare professionals’ thinking about online medical congresses. 48 percent of surveyed HCPs said they preferred to attend face-to-face events, with just twelve percent preferring virtual. From Conference News…

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Tests Over Quarantine Say UFI and SISO

Two event industry associations have called on governments to prioritise coronavirus testing over quarantine so as to “keep business going”. Iceberg partner UFI, global association of the exhibition sector, with Society for Independent Show Organisers SISO want policymakers to make use of rapid antigen COVID tests. From Association Meetings International…

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Legacy Beats Tourism Receipts for Sarawak

A convention bureau leader has argued that knowledge and inward investment stimulated by business events has a “far greater value” than tourism receipts. Announcing new performance figures, the acting CEO of BESarawak Amelia Roziman said association meetings had “deeper” legacy benefits. From Association Meetings International…

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