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New Zealand Toasts 10th World Avocado Congress Win

New Zealand has won its bid to host the 2023 10th World Avocado Congress. The five-day conference will bring the world’s leading avocado growers, researchers, marketers, tech innovators and investors to New Zealand. The bid was led by NZ Avocado, with a video message from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Interpretation App Wins Tech Watch Award

Silicon Valley start-up “wordly”, which uses voice recognition and artificial intelligence to translate between 15 languages, has won the Iceberg partner IBTM World’s Tech Watch Award. The interpretation app was praised by judges for helping event planners reduce costs by eliminating the need to hire translators in sound-proof booths. From Association Meetings International…

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#MEET4IMPACT Project: The Measurement of Legacy

Launched in February, #MEET4IMPACT is creating a framework to support and measure association meetings’ social impacts. In this fifth instalment of our Features series, founder Geneviève Leclerc discusses the one term everyone connects with legacy creation, measurement. Metrics should be a tool for understanding, not an end goal in themselves. From Boardroom…

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Marketing Edinburgh Near to Collapse

Marketing Edinburgh has moved closer to collapse with the entire board of the organisation resigning “with immediate effect” after city councillors rejected a funding plea to implement new strategy. The publicly-owned organisation is set to lose all funding as the authority tries to cut up to £40 million from next year’s budget. From Eventsbase…

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Meeting Talks Brexit: Brexit Did Not Attend

On the very day Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised the UK would be leaving the European Union “do or die” (October 31st, and spoiler alert, it did not), the European Tourism Association gathered over 100 delegates from across leisure and business tourism to discuss Brexit’s impact on the sector. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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HCB’s Florian Gerdes on Hamburg: Capital German Non-Capital

Florian Gerdes is Marketing Manager Conventions at HCB, the Hamburg Convention Bureau. He describes here HCB’s approach to subvention during low demand, the relationship Hamburg has with UK, what the city has to offer the planners organising within prioritised knowledge sectors, its competition with Berlin and its recent secured bid wins. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Glasgow: A Liver Meeting’s “Legacy in Action”

The British Association for the Study of the Liver has just held its annual meeting at the University of Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre. Taking the event outside of conference confines, BASL partnered with the British Liver Trust and Glasgow Convention Bureau to bring a liver health roadshow to the city streets. From Boardroom…

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Tech Watch Award Finalists Announced

Companies offering event artificial intelligence, virtual reality and facial recognition technology feature in this year’s Tech Watch Award, with seven finalists now announced by organiser and Iceberg partner IBTM World. One company will be named overall winner by the judges, with another taking home the People’s Choice Award (voting now open). From Association Meetings International…

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Brisbane’s Trailblazer Grant Reopens

Brisbane’s brightest are again being offered grants to help them bring international meetings to the Queensland capital. The Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant will give young business leaders and academics a share of AU$30,000 to attend events specific to their field, and then help Brisbane bid to host the conference in future. From Association Meetings International…

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New Metrics Revealed by ICE Insights Report

In-house Corporate Events has unveiled new research at Cvent CONNECT Europe 2019. The ICE Insights 2019 report, in conjunction with Cvent, identifies how corporate meetings organisers are focusing on the use of different metrics including non-event data to better understand trends and to improve their return on investment. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Meetings Food Wastage Measured by Survey

A survey has found that almost a third of planners throw away fifteen percent of food they commission for events. New research from Lime Venue Portfolio, in partnership with BCD Meetings and Events, makes clear the need for the meetings industry to take a lead in tackling food waste. From Association Meetings International…

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