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£250,000 Broadband Fund for UK Venues

The UK government has launched a £250,000 competition to improve connectivity at conference centres that host international meetings. The funding will be awarded to venues across the UK to help them improve on-site broadband and attract more international business events. The competition is open for six weeks. From Association Meetings International…

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Meetings Cancelled by Hong Kong Protests

Protests between demonstrators and riot police in Hong Kong, with flight disruptions at Hong Kong International Airport, have caused the cancellation of meetings and events. Asset manager BlackRock has postponed a forum scheduled for September. Games developer Capcom has also cancelled an event. Photo: Studio Incendo. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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ISI WSC 2019 Hosted at Malaysia’s KLCC

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre has just hosted the 62nd International Statistical Institute World Statistics Congress 2019. Supported by convention bureau MyCEB, the event was attended by around 2,500 delegates, including attendees from national statistical offices, statistical experts and other professionals, academics and policy makers. From Boardroom…

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Meeting Needs Marks 15 Years of Charity

UK industry charity Meeting Needs has celebrated its 15th birthday with a vow to get bigger and better. The anniversary coincides with another milestone for the initiative: a total distribution of £1 million to more than 287 charities in the UK and 68 countries across the globe since its foundation. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Sigurjóna Sverrisdóttir Meet in Reykjavík MD

Sigurjóna Sverrisdóttir has taken over as Managing Director of Meet in Reykjavík. She follows Thorsteinn Orn Gudmundsson, who piloted the Icelandic capital’s new convention bureau from its founding in 2012. Last year Iceland welcomed about 135,000 international meetings delegates, and some years of solid business growth. From Meetings International…

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WSAVA’s Veterinary Legacy in Toronto

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association has held its 44th World Congress in Toronto, at the same time marking its 60th anniversary. Over 2,200 vets from 80 countries attended around 50 streams. One legacy is a list of essential medicines that should always be available in any veterinary pharmacy. From Association Meetings International…

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UK Agencies Launch “Beyond Food”

Agencies Lime Venue Portfolio and BCD Meetings & Events have just partnered to launch an extensive research initiative into food and sustainability in the meeting and events industry. Their initiative “Beyond Food” aims to shed light onto the economic impact of food production and the role that event businesses can play. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Meetings and Events: How to Plan and Build Immersive Experience

The event industry talks a lot about “experience” in meeting design, and that “experience” should always be “immersive”. But what does it mean in practice for planners? How should they build experience into meetings they run, and then how should that experience made immersive? From Maritz Global Events…

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IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2018: Booking KLCC

The choice of Kuala Lumpur for last year’s World Library and Information Congress proved to be a winner for both the delegates and destination. Over 3,500 participants from more than 120 countries met in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, with support from convention bureau MyCEB and also 300 congress volunteers. From Association Meetings International…

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Sea Change: A Marine Science Conference’s Plastic-Free Tip Sheet

Plastic pollution is a blight on the world’s oceans. After an almost plastic-free staging of its annual conference, the Australian Marine Sciences Association, and event management organisation Encanta, have created a tip sheet for other planners. They share what they did, what they didn’t, what was learned, and what challenges remain. From PCMA…

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Measuring ROI: Industry Research and the Right Metrics to Follow

Getting proactive with meaningful data is always a good idea. In 2018 the key metric for meetings and events was the number of leads. In 2019 67 percent of marketers are looking to calculate ROI. Here findings from some of the latest meetings and events research are explored. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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