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AIDS 2022 Conference Creates ‘Immeasurable Value’

In 2022, Montréal Convention Centre hosted the 24th International AIDS Conference, organised by the International AIDS society, bringing together approximately 8,000 people, including scientists, clinicians, people living with HIV, community leaders and decision-makers, and other stakeholders from around the world. A further 1,000 attendees joined the event virtually. The main aims of the conference were…

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Olena Pavlyuk | Destination Marketing in a Country at War

Destination Marketing Organization University (DMOU) Podcast: When the moderator went to the audience this year at the Annual Convention of Destinations International asking, “what keeps you up at night,” Lviv’s Olena Pavlyuk held out her mobile device and replayed a recording of an air raid siren. In this fascinating episode of DMOU, Olena shares how…

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Controversial Laws Make Some States a Harder Sell for CVBs

Convention and visitor bureaus are not political entities; their job is to attract and welcome travelers. Given that charter, nearly all try to keep hot topics out of their messaging. But when divisive legislation has a growing number of meeting planners opting to go elsewhere, how should they respond? From Northstar Meetings Group…

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‘Anti-Woke’ Bills are Costing Florida Millions of Dollars

A slew of new bills signed into law by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has draped the Sunshine State in controversy, spurring protests, lawsuits and travel advisories warning the state is ‘openly hostile’ toward people of color, immigrants, women and LGBTQ+ community members. From CNN…

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PCMA Convene Magazine | Adjusting to Changes

A European medical association has found that its pre-pandemic siteselection strategy, which prioritized a legacy engagement project, has not proven to be viable in the current environment. By Michelle Russell: The pandemic has upended destinations’ view of business events as some kind of “subsidiary of tourism,” UK-based global urbanist Greg Clark, who spoke at the…

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