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The Experiential Difference

Not too long ago, even people in the hotel industry referred to the meeting rooms in their hotels as boxes. But all of that has changed, and in a big hurry too. Today the expectations of meetings and the venues that host them are much higher. Planners are finding that venues which engage the senses…

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Venue Development: Follow the Money

UFI’s debut Latin American event in September is a chance to examine venue development both in the region and elsewhere. Venues tend to happen only after public sector buy-in, so it follows their development indicates governmental commitment to the virtues of a burgeoning exhibition industry. From UFI…

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AIPC 2018: How the Global Affects the Local

Iceberg partner AIPC, the international association of congress centres, represents more than 185 venues in 60 countries. The AIPC Annual Congress fosters excellence in every aspect of centre management, and the 2018 event at ExCeL London saw about 250 delegates tackling the theme of “Strategies for a Changing World!”. From Boardroom…

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Victoria Falls Venue Funding Questioned

Confusion surrounds a major convention centre development in Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls area, recently launched by Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga ahead of the country’s elections. The $1.2 billion project is being undertaken by what Chiwenga claims is an Arab business named Feonirichi LLC. Others say the funding is Nigerian and of questionable status. From Association Meetings International…

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KLCC Hosts 638 Events in First Half of 2018

Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre is continuing to win major international bids. The venue staged 638 events in the first six months of 2018, with over 1.2 million visitors and delegates attending. This is up 90 events (17 percent) and 530,000 delegates and visitors (79 percent) from the same period last year. From CIM News Magazine…

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Austria Center Vienna Ready for European Council

In the second half of 2018 Austria will again hold the rotating presidency of the European Council. Most ministerial conferences and meetings attended by Council functionaries will take place at the Austria Center Vienna. These events will be held in areas that are separated from the venue’s day-to-day conference activities. From Boardroom…

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ICC Sydney Saves Use of 1m Plastic Bottles

ICC Sydney has announced that more than one million plastic water bottles have been saved from use via its partnership with Sydney Water. The venue promotes drinking Sydney tap water at events with co-branded, reusable glass bottles in all meeting rooms. This has already reduced plastic use by 12,900 kilograms. From CIM News Magazine…

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