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Balinese Venues Stage Major IMF Event

Bali has hosted the International Monetary Fund World Bank Group Annual Meetings 2018, attracting 36,669, including delegates from 189 member countries. Heads of state, ministers and other delegates met at BICC, the Bali International Convention Centre, while 467 guest rooms at the Westin Resort Nusa Dua were converted to offices for their use. From CIM News Magazine…

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31 New Zealand Experts Attract 18,000

New Zealand’s tourism minister has thanked 31 experts who have secured international conferences for their efforts in growing the country’s business, research and technology hubs. The 25 events that were secured are expected to bring over 18,000 international experts into New Zealand, and an estimated NZ$37 million into the local economy. From Association Meetings International…

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Convention Bureaux Boost Australian SMEs

Australia’s convention bureaux are attracting eight percent more large international business events to the country, and boosting opportunities for small businesses beyond those traditionally seen in tourism. This sector analysis is contained in the new International Business Events Forward Calendar, produced by the AACB (Association of Australian Convention Bureaux). From CIM News Magazine…

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Dubai and Houston Share ICCA Congress

Dubai and Houston will both be collaborating to keep momentum going between this year’s ICCA Congress and the next running in 2019. Dubai will soon host the 2018 International Congress and Convention Association event. Next year’s will take pace in Houston late October. Both destinations belong to Iceberg partner BestCities Global Alliance. From CIM News Magazine…

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The Association Model: Not a Dead End After All, Says Research

The rise of the ‘individual’, modern consumerism, social media, open-source publishing: all have been cited as reasons why the traditional association model is doomed. It’s a viewpoint which does assume that associations are incapable of self-reform. And yet industry research keeps showing the number of international association meetings going up and up. From Association Meetings International…

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The Hague & Partners: Awarding North Sea Sustainability Legacies

It’s the job of a convention bureau to promote destination assets. In 2017 The Hague & Partners created an awards programme to highlight innovative local organisations and professionals. This year the scheme was expanded further to showcase sustainability initiatives leveraging The Hague’s location as the only Netherlands city on the sea. From PCMA Convene…

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Middle East Meetings: New Trends and New Technology

Like many new markets, the Middle East and North Africa has its own dynamics with events, meetings, and conferences. The culture is all about personal relationships, so face-to-face is always important for business. Exhibition Director Middle East of IBTM Arabia, Danielle Curtis, shares insights on future trends and technology. From the Event…

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Lausanne and Montreux Share Congress Office

The Swiss regions Lausanne and Montreux have joined forces to cater for the larger association market. Lausanne Montreux Congress will not be limited to marketing, but also organise conferences, with the aim of increasing both destination’s influx of larger events. There will continue to be two offices, and also an LMC team. From Association Meetings International…

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Brisbane Trailblazers: Second Round Call

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has invited early career professionals and researchers to help Brisbane attract international conventions and conferences. He was opening the second round of the Convention Trailblazer Grant, which funds its recipients to attend major events in their field and try to win future editions for Brisbane. Photo: Kgbo. From CIM News Magazine…

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Newcastle Has Record Meetings September

A record 52 events brought more than 3,500 delegates to the UK’s North East last month and led to an economic impact of more than £4.3 million. Over 1,500 attended major medical meetings. Where delegates booked accommodation through NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, half were international and from 43 different countries. From Meetpie.com…

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Wales Business Events Conference Held

Wales Business Events has held its first The Business of Events Wales conference in Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, where the new ICC Wales (pictured) is under construction. The idea was to motivate the region’s industry to grow to an international scale. Prominent UK advocates were on hand to deliver the message. From Association Meetings International…

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Dreamtime Heading to Perth in 2019

Tourism Australia’s key event for promoting Australia as a world-class destination for the incentive sector, Dreamtime, will be held in Perth for the first time in 2019. The city’s Convention Bureau Chairman Kevin Skipworth said CVB members would benefit enormously from hosting the event and promoting the city to meetings groups. From CIM News Magazine…

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