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Gothenburg: Sustainability as a Meetings Strategy

The winners of the Global Destination Sustainability Index Awards were announced during the closing ceremony of the 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai. For the third year in a row, Gothenburg Convention Bureau won the Leadership Award, and it remains a pioneer, setting the pace as well as sharing best practice across the industry. From Meetings International…

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Durban to Stage ICCA Association Event

For the first time ever, South Africa will host the International Congress and Convention Association’s Association Meetings Programme in June 2019. A hundred members of ICCA and association executives will gather over three days at Durban International Convention Centre which this year is celebrating its 21st anniversary. From Boardroom…

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Lausanne Joins Energy Cities Alliance

A city best known as the seat of the Olympics movement has become the latest member of the Energy Cities Alliance, a marketing consortium of business events destinations. Lausanne’s inclusion marks an apparent shift in emphasis in the consortium towards “sustainable energy solutions”. From Association Meetings International…

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APAC “Meeting Room of the Future” Released

Experience creation is the top priority for Asia Pacific event planners, according to IACC’s first APAC edition of its “Meeting Room of the Future” report. 66 percent of the region’s meeting planners claim delegates seek more engagement, personalisation and interactive technologies at business events than before. From CIM News Magazine…

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ICCA and ASAE Collaborate on Forum

Iceberg partners the International Congress and Convention Association and the American Society of Association Executives have collaborated on ASAE’s Asia Pacific Association Leadership Forum. The event saw more than 150 association executives from the region head to Singapore for the annual educational Forum held at the Grand Hyatt. From CIM News Magazine…

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BSAVA Moving to Manchester Central

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association, organiser of the largest and oldest sector congress in Europe, is moving its event to Manchester from 2021. The bid, secured by Manchester Central in collaboration with Marketing Manchester, is thought to be worth £110 million to the local economy over three years. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…  

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MPI’s Meetings Outlook Report Released

Meeting Professionals International has released its latest Meetings Outlook report, which highlights projected favourable business conditions, with the caveat that budgets are unlikely to increase. Only 1.5 percent of those polled believed budget conditions were favourable, with 43 percent thinking budgets would get 1-5 percent better. From Association Meetings International…  

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The Meetings Show Predicts Trends

The UK’s Meetings Show has met with its advisory board to discuss the future of the show and wider sector. Subjects included how the meetings industry should promote the UK as a good place to do business. Intellectual capital was also debated as an influencer of destination choice. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Heather Seasholtz: A personal Meetings Industry Perspective

Heather Seasholtz CMP, Director of Meetings and Events at Iceberg partner Talley Management Group, is a true difference-maker within the meetings industry. Here she shares her thoughts on conquering burnout, navigating change and appreciating career mentors, alongside emerging industry trends like hybrid meetings and changes in approaches to sponsorship. From PCMA…

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Event Security: A Planner’s Strategy to Combatting Threat

Steff Berger is Managing Director of VOBE – Inspires People, which organises events of up to 20,000 attendees for mainly European associations. Here the conference consultant and event planner shares expertise in crisis management, from counterterrorism measures like airport scanners, to working with local authorities to minimise risk, and the potential threat of cyberattacks. From PCMA…

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