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2017 ICCA Statistics Report: Country & City Rankings

The ICCA Statistics Reports are based on the ICCA Association Database, which means the figures cover meetings organised by international associations according to this criteria: a meeting must take place on a regular basis, host at least 50 participants, and rotate between a minimum of three countries to be included in the Database. ICCA’s Association…

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ICCA Releases 2017 Destination Rankings by Delegate Numbers

Last month the International Congress and Convention Association published its annual rankings of countries and cities for international association meetings. Now ICCA has an alternative view of the data: destinations ranked by estimated number of meeting delegates. Again, Barcelona is top city, and the United States top country. Other placings shift slightly. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Japan Meetings Campaign to Fill Coming Capacity

Japan has launched a campaign to consolidate its position as Asia’s leading international meetings destination. “New Ideas Start Here” will showcase the country and its cities to potential international clients. Japan is now undergoing a massive convention centre building programme, with nine new venues expected to open by 2021. From Association Meetings International…

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Glasgow Celebrates a Record May of 22,000 Delegates

Glasgow celebrated its busiest May on record with more than 22,000 event delegates visiting, bringing in an estimated £25.5 million to the local economy. The month started with 7,000 attendees at the All Energy Conference and Exhibition, followed by two medical meetings at the SEC attracting a total of over 8,000. From Meetpie.com…

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Ottawa Targeting Wins International Association Meetings

Ottawa has won a clutch of major international association meetings as part of its ongoing campaign to target industry sectors with strong links to the city. This focus has netted more than a dozen big events held over the next two years, including the International Conference of Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments. From Association Meetings International…

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CINZ Calls for Business Events Tax Reform

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand has called for the removal of the Goods and Services Tax disadvantage the country’s international conferences face compared to other destinations like Australia. Currently GST is charged at 15 percent on registration fees in New Zealand regardless of whether or not attendees are residents. From CIM News Magazine…

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Convention Centres: How the City Benefits

A $1.5 billion expansion of Manhattan’s Jacob K. Javits Center is underway. The Las Vegas Convention Center is getting $1.4 billion, the Moscone in San Francisco $500 million, the Orange County Convention Center in Florida around $500 million, and the Miami Beach Convention Center $620 million. But how are decisions behind these projects made? From Successful Meetings…

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Hawaii Meetings and Incentives Continue Despite Volcano

Although it may seem dramatic, the eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has had little effect on meetings or incentives, the Big Island’s hotels and resorts being on the other side of the island. Meet Hawaii has said that there’s no need to change plans to visit the archipelago’s islands. Photo: Brocken Inaglory. From Successful Meetings…

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Monaco’s Meeting Business Builds on Medical Compliance

Monaco is winning the argument that its principality is appropriate for conferences in general and medical meetings in particular. Monaco Convention Bureau revealed an increase in delegate room nights of 5.6 percent during 2017, while total share of Monaco visitors climbed to 26 percent. Overall, it was the second best ever year. From Association Meetings International…

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UITP Global Public Transport Summit First Australian Bid Fund Win

Once this railway station was Melbourne’s favourite meeting place. Now the Union International des Transports Publics Global Public Transport Summit 2021 is the first event win supported by Australia’s new national bid fund. The four-day meeting will bring 2,000 delegates to the newly expanded Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Photo: Adam J.W.C. From CIM News Magazine…

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MyCEB Spurs Association Legacy Planning Through Case Studies

The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau has rolled out several programmes and initiatives to spur legacy planning among local associations hosting international conferences this year and beyond. It is doing so by disseminating case studies of past meetings legacies, including those of the 55th International Congress and Convention Association Congress in 2016 (pictured). From Boardroom…

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Three Questions: Tourism Australia’s John O’Sullivan

Australia has recently launched a business events bid fund, and the first meeting it will support, the UITP Global Public Transport Summit, will both be bringing 2,000 delegates to Melbourne in 2021 and deliver AU$9.4 million to Victoria’s economy. John O’Sullivan, Managing Director of Tourism Australia, answers three questions about his country’s approach to meetings. From Boardroom…

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