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Seoul to Build on Hosting World Architects Congress

Seoul’s designation as UNESCO Creative City of Design – not to mention “creative architecture development policies” – have just seen it host the Union of International Architects’ World Architects Congress. Around 30,000 attended the event, which included a tribute to Zaha Hadid, whose work included Seoul’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Photo: Eugene Lim. From Intellectual Capitals…

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Melbourne Wins Biggest Ever Conference (Again)

Not content with being named “most liveable city” by the Economist Intelligence Unit Global Index for seven years running, and just days after snagging the 13,000 attendee Lions Clubs International Convention 2024 – Melbourne has now won the 14,000 delegate World Ophthalmology Congress 2022. This will generate AU$85 million for Victoria. From CIM News Magazine…

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Madrid’s IFEMA Aiming for 3m Visitors in 2017

Demonstrating the buoyancy of the exhibition industry, Madrid convention and exhibition complex IFEMA has said it should see three million visitors in 2017. Its revenue is forecast at €112.5 million, which represents more than 100 trade shows and congresses and over 500 events in all, including the 12,000 delegate World Dental Congress. From Association Meetings International…

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Taking Heart After Terror

After the Barcelona terror attack, the European Society of Cardiology Congress proceeded as planned with great success. Over 31.700 attended from 153 countries. 4,515 abstracts were submitted. Let cynics and terrorists take note of a heart-warming truth: it’s business and professional events that drive world change and improvement. From the editor’s blog at Association Meetings International….

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On the Horizon – Healthcare Congress Trends to Watch

For the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, compliance and regulation are a way of life. In this already complex environment, the ever-changing regulatory landscape has increased the pressure over recent years. These dynamics are having a profound effect on healthcare congresses, which represent the largest segment of educational meetings. The future of these events depends on…

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European Society of Cardiology Issues Barcelona Statement

After the Barcelona terror attack, messages of international support for the city included one from the European Society of Cardiology, whose congress is bringing in 32,000 to the Catalonian capital. “Our sympathy is with the victims and their families.” its statement read. “Our solidarity is with all the people of Spain.”. Photo: Tiputini. From Association Meetings International…

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Healthcare Provider Education a Challenge for Medical Congresses

Organisers of medical meetings are finding it difficult to deliver education to healthcare providers, according to a survey. More than 124 healthcare planners, congress organisers and meeting suppliers were surveyed, with twelve in-depth interviews conducted. The top trends identified included the intense time pressures imposed on HCPs by patients and practice management. From Association Meetings International…

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Obesity and Endocrinology Congress Labelled “Illegitimate”

A South African dietitian has lodged a complaint with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission about a “bogus” medical conference she paid a considerable sum to attend. Elizabeth Fourie claims the Obesity and Endocrinology Congress in Melbourne presented research that was not properly analysed, and that nearly half of the speakers failed to turn up. From CIM Magazine…

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Korea Tops Global Congress Rankings

Korea lead the world in global congresses through 2016, according to the new International Meetings Statistics Report released by the Union of International Associations. The country’s meetings in 2016 rose by 11.89% thanks to expanding infrastructure. Projects include a second terminal at Incheon International Airport, new regional convention bureaus and new services from the Korea MICE Bureau. From Boardroom…

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Madrid Officially Joins BestCities Global Alliance

As previewed by The Iceberg back in January, BestCities Global Alliance – an Iceberg partner – has now officially added Madrid to its roster of eleven other cities. The Madrid Convention Bureau is the first destination to go through BestCities’ revised quality management system. Events recently hosted by the Spanish capital include the World Petroleum Congress. From Meetings & Conventions…

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ICCA 2016 Country and City Rankings Released

The International Congress and Convention Association – a partner of The Iceberg – has published its 2016 country and city rankings. Paris – last leading in 2014 – has reclaimed the top city spot. The USA is the country holding the most meetings. International association meetings continue to double every ten years. Fuller data will be released in June. From ICCA…

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Conservation in Hawaii – Last Place on Earth?

You might think Hawaii was one of the last places on earth to need more conservation. Yet with one of the highest concentrations of endangered plants and animals in the world, the argument for hosting the World Conservation Congress there in 2016 was almost unanswerable. From Association Meetings International… Conservation in Hawaii – Last Place…

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