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Martin Sirk to Leave ICCA After 16 Years as CEO

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has announced the shock departure of long-standing CEO Martin Sirk. Sirk, who leaves the organisation at the end of July after 16 years as CEO, will be replaced by ICCA’s Chief Value Officer Dennis Speet as acting chief until a permanent replacement is found. From Association Meetings International…

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ASAE Association Leadership Forum Prepares for Singapore

ASAE’s Association Leadership Forum, Asia Pacific, is preparing to focus on building the association community, skills development and sharing best practice in Singapore this October. The event is the fourth association programme ASAE has held in the region since 2015. and is being guided by a task force of local members. From CIM News Magazine…

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Cape Town Hosts 1,500 Delegate Water Conference

The Water Institute of Southern Africa has hosted its three-day conference and exhibition in Cape Town, with Western Cape Premier Helen Zille delivering the welcome address. With over 1,500 delegates attending, the meeting sought to raise awareness of what the local water sector has been doing in response to the province’s drought. From the Event…

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Frankfurt: Healthcare Hub Wins Medical Meetings

Frankfurt has just enhanced its reputation as a healthcare hub with wins of two big medical events. The European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation and the European League Against Rheumatism are both to hold congresses in the city. Frankfurt’s joint approach and quality of its scientific representatives helped seal the deals. From Intellectual Capitals…

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South Korea Leads International Meetings Destination Survey

South Korea has been named the top destination for international meetings, for the second year in a row, by the Union of International Associations. The country hosted 1,297 meetings in 2017, thirteen percent of the 10,786 recorded by the UIA, and a three percent growth in global market share over the previous year. From…

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Darwin Convention Centre Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

The Darwin Convention Centre in Australia is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Over 680,000 people have attended events at the venue since the doors opened in 2008. The centre attracted a record number of 9,000 delegates from July to November 2017 through a combination of the international, national and regional conferences hosted. From CIM News Magazine…

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2017 UK Meetings Sector worth £18.1bn, Says UKCAMS

The UK saw an estimated £18.1 billion of direct expenditure generated by delegates in venues and wider destination spend in 2017, according to the new UK Conference and Meeting Survey. The study also reveals that the overall number of conferences and meetings was lower than in 2016, but the size of events up slightly. From…

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Association Meetings Getting Smaller, Says Statistics Report

As the Iceberg’s Opinions section has already noted, the 2017 ICCA Statistics Report has revealed that association meetings continue to decrease in size. It also shows that cities holding the most association meetings in 2017, like top-placed Barcelona, were also those holding the largest. And the total number of association meetings is growing. From Association Meetings International…

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Stem Cell Meeting Brings 2,500 to Melbourne

Leading researchers and physicians, and government health officials, have been in Melbourne for the 16th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research. The event is the world’s largest in the field, and attracted over 2,500 delegates from 60 countries. Legacy projects included a free public forum. From CIM News Magazine…

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