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New Zealand Secures Toxicology Congress

The world’s top forensic toxicology scientists will meet in New Zealand for the first time in 2023 when the seaport of Auckland hosts the 61st Annual Meeting and Congress of the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The five-day event is expected to attract 650 delegates and deliver NZ$1.28 million in visitor spend. From Association Meetings International…

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QEII Centre Contributes £153.1m to UK

London’s QEII Centre has posted its highest-ever economic contribution to the UK. The Gross Value Added figure of £153.1 million is an rise of 72.6 percent since 2013 – 14. Last year, MPs voted for a refurbishment of Parliament that could see the House of Lords rehoused in the venue. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Physics Meeting Heads to Vilnius in 2022

Vilnius is hoping to energise its local physics community through hosting the 14th European Conference on Atoms, Molecules and Photons in 2022. The meeting, which Vilnius University academics are organising, should attract over 400 experts in atomic, molecular and optical physics to the Lithuanian capital, and have an economic impact of €800,000. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Incentive Travel and the Potential Disincentive of Flight Shame

The Swedish concept of “flygskam” or “flight shame” is starting to affect air travel. So says new research from UBS, which claims that one person in five is actively reducing the flights they take for environmental reasons. What do event professionals make of the possible impact, on incentive travel especially? From Conference & Incentive Travel via AIME…

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Panels Not Manels VII: Gina Glantz Talks More GenderAvenger

Gina Glantz is the co-founder of the advocacy campaign GenderAvenger, and the global lead champion of meetings booking panels and not manels. Already recently profiled in these pages, she has just filmed an interview for the video series PCMA Ascent Luminaries, which promotes diversity and inclusion in business events. From PCMA…

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Food Donation from Convention Centres: The Legal Arguments

Some US convention centres have chosen not to donate leftover food from events because they believe it opens them up to legal liability if any illness is attributed to it. But an act of law passed during the Clinton years actually waives donor liability except in cases of gross negligence or intentional misconduct. From PCMA…

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ECM Summer School: Destination Marketing Impact

While some destinations fail to invest in reaping the rewards of business and professional events (the current example being the Scottish capital and the public sector funding cuts devastating convention and visitors bureau Marketing Edinburgh), meetings are increasingly being acknowledged by city authorities across the board for the economic and social legacies they leave. Iceberg…

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Seoul and South Korea: Asia’s Alternative Destination

Seoul and wider South Korea have much to offer planners of meetings and incentives, and are competing strongly against other key Asian destinations like Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Big wins of late include the 31st World Congress on Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Seoul now lies tenth in ICCA rankings. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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