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Berlin to Host Meeting on HIV Science

VisitBerlin has announced a “major success” after being chosen to host the 11th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science in 2021. Over 6,000 experts will attend the largest global event of its kind at the CityCube, Messe Berlin. In 2018 medicine, healthcare and pharma accounted for 22 percent of Berlin events. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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2018 UK Meeting Spend Rose, Says Report

Average spend per meeting in the UK increased in 2018, while lead and conversion times came down year on year, according to the latest HBAA Meetings Barometer. The report, developed by HBAA with The MeetingsBenchmark, also reveals a wide range in the average day delegate rate across the country. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Gold Coast Grows Association Business

Australia’s Gold Coast recorded an increase of 19 percent in association meetings for the twelve months to 30 June 2018. Data compiled for the Queensland Business Events Survey shows that 313 associations met on the Gold Coast in the last financial year, up from 263 conferences recorded in the previous twelve months. From Boardroom…

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Belfast Launches Events Marketing Campaign

Belfast’s official tourism marketing agency, Visit Belfast, has launched a new marketing campaign designed to rapidly accelerate the volume of inbound business conferences and events taking place in the city. The digital-led campaign is the city’s largest-ever dedicated business tourism marketing initiative. From Association Meetings International…

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Melbourne Wins 2023 Rotary International

Melbourne has been chosen as host city for the 2023 Rotary International Convention, a massive gathering expected to attract delegates from almost every country in the world. The event will be worth over AU$88 million to the local economy, so the bid led by the Melbourne Convention Bureau faced stiff competition. From Association Meetings International…

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Edinburgh Marketing Wins Stay of Execution

Edinburgh Marketing, the body behind the city’s convention bureau, has been dealt an eleventh hour reprieve after city councillors accepted a counter offer to proposed cuts. The council had sought to slash the organisation’s funding by £567,000 next year and by 89 percent over two years. Now it has reinstated £267,000. From Association Meetings International…

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Revamped AIME 2019 Held in Melbourne

The revamped 2019 Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has taken place in Melbourne. In addition to plenary sessions, a mini hackathon and a series of break-out sessions, industry chiefs also attended an invitation-only Leaders Forum, which examined emerging technology and consumer trends in the Asia-Pacific region. From PCMA…

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Messe Frankfurt Power Goes Renewable

Messe Frankfurt, which claims to be the “world’s largest” event organiser and exhibition ground owner, will source all of its electricity from a renewable energy provider in 2020. This includes power for the stands and halls at the company’s various Frankfurt venues. The exhibition grounds already have three photovoltaic systems. From Association Meetings International…

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James Rees: Doubled US Business for ExCeL London

It’s been a busy year for James Rees, Executive Director of ExCeL London. Following election as ICCA President in November 2018, Rees reveals his approach to the US market, to diversity at both ExCeL and ICCA, and how being in a New Romantic pop band helped him thrive in the events industry. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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US Visa Entry in the Trump Era: A Growing Challenge for Events

The TED Radio Hour just interviewed Yassmin Abdel-Magied, an Australian author, TV personality, and founder of Youth Without Borders. In April 2018 Abdel-Magied traveled to the US to speak at an event, but was denied entry because her country of birth, Sudan, was on President Trump’s original travel ban. From PCMA…

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SACEOS: Turning 40, New Leadership, New Generational Vision

This year marks a milestone for SACEOS, the Singapore Association for Conventions Exhibitions Organisers and Suppliers. It is both celebrating its 40th year, and a new President, industry heavyweight Aloysius Arlando, took over the reigns in February. Here he shares his vision for the future and explains why associations must be “future-ready”. From Boardroom…

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Destination DC’s Elliott Ferguson Unveils Overseas Strategy

Elliott Ferguson, President and CEO of Destination DC (as well as the new National chair of the US Travel Association), has been speaking about his city’s future strategy and new developments. Washington DC is the US number one spot for international association meetings, according to the last ICCA Statistics Report. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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