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MEET RĪGA: The Outsourcing, Insourcing Debate

As more associations create event departments, some see less value in the work of professional congress organisers. So are associations’ event departments taking over what PCOs or destination management companies bring to the table, and what does that actually mean? Aigars Smiltans, director of MEET RĪGA, explains. From Boardroom…

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Kuala Lumpur Drawing European Associations

Eleven European international association events attracted 11,960 delegates to Malaysia in 2018 and were all held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. These events were amongst the venue’s 1,189 held this year up to October, which have been attended by over 1.85 million participants. Sectors have included anaesthesia, cancer, diabetes and rubber. From Boardroom…

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Matthias Schultze Wins JMIC Power and Profile

Matthias Schultze, the Managing Director of the German Convention Bureau, has won this year’s Profile and Power Award, one of the meetings industry’s most coveted honours. The award, given by the Joint Meetings Industry Council, which presents The Iceberg, recognises individuals who have made a significant impact on the world of meetings. From Association Meetings International…

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BESydney Scores Big Incentive Wins

Business Events Sydney is set to enjoy a record-breaking year, having secured AU$102 million to date from the global incentive market. Its strategic decision in 2004 to invest in expanding incentives to Australia from Asia has resulted in close to twenty percent year-on-year growth in the value of events secured from that continent. From CIM News Magazine…

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VisitScotland Business Events Campaign Win

The International Congress and Convention Association announced VisitScotland Business Events as the winner of this year’s prestigious ICCA Best Marketing Award at the closing ceremony of the 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai. The winning low cost, high-impact social media campaign, Ideas Become Legend, united the industry and connected associations with expertise. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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International Convention Destination Competitive Index

A new index which ranks cities in terms of their competitive strength for attracting international conventions was launched at the 57th ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) Congress 2018. The index scores cities based on their strengths in relation to eleven key drivers that GainingEdge says influence association decision-making during destination selection processes. The first…

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2018 Global Economic Significance of Business Events

The Events Industry Council commissioned a study on the global economic significance of business events, conducted by Oxford Economics. This is unprecedented research that could only be accomplished through the collaborative efforts of the public and private sectors to qualify the value, influence and impact that business events produce throughout the world. It further enables…

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2019 Global Meetings and Events Forecast

Looking into 2019, meeting professionals have an optimistic view of the meetings market. This global survey shows planners in many regions are planning more meetings, for more attendees, and of longer duration. The industry is mature, stable, and achieving incremental growth. Download the American Express Meetings & Events 2019 Global Meetings and Events Forecast to find…

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Ottawa: Innovating in Integrated Immigration

Ottawa, a capital at the crossroads of government, education and advocacy, has an integrated and holistic approach to immigration. So it is no surprise that the International Metropolis Project, a network of researches, policy makers and community groups focussed on improving migration and diversity, chose this capital hub for its 1,500 delegate 2019 conference. From Boardroom…

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Glasgow: Cancer Conference Career Legacy

Organisers of the National Cancer Research Institute Cancer Conference in Glasgow are seeking a long-term legacy with a special event aimed at school students considering a career in science or medicine. Sixth form students from across Scotland considering such a professional future have been invited to hear from researchers at the meeting. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Paris: The ERS International Congress 2018

Paris is a leading destination for association meetings. The International Congress of the European Respiratory Society recently took place in the Paris Convention Centre. A platform for the latest knowledge in respiratory medicine and science, the event draws more than 20,000 delegates from over 130 countries for around 420 scientific and educational sessions. From Boardroom…

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Sydney: Sibos Showcases Financial Services Sector

Sydney has hosted a successful Sibos, the world’s premier financial event, cementing Australia’s reputation as innovative financial services hub, while also showcasing local investment opportunities, fintech start-ups and young talent. The event welcomed more than 7,600 business leaders, global banks, academics and entrepreneurs from 150 countries to ICC Sydney. From AMI intellectual Capitals…

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