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PLUS SEOUL Raises the Bar in 2019

Seoul’s recent debut hosting of the International Bar Association Annual Conference is the latest example of global groups using the city’s PLUS SEOUL support service for meetings. The event follows in the footsteps of the International Organization for Standardization’s TC258 Plenary Meeting in September, which also made use of PLUS SEOUL. From Boardroom…

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Hungexpo Refurb Lays Foundation Stone

Work on the €170 million refurb and expansion of Hungexpo Budapest Congress and Exhibition Center has begun with laying the foundation stone. Co-funded by government and venue owners GL events, two new exhibition halls, a new congress centre, and a new reception building will all open their doors in 2021. From Association Meetings International…

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New Zealand Secures Toxicology Congress

The world’s top forensic toxicology scientists will meet in New Zealand for the first time in 2023 when the seaport of Auckland hosts the 61st Annual Meeting and Congress of the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. The five-day event is expected to attract 650 delegates and deliver NZ$1.28 million in visitor spend. From Association Meetings International…

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QEII Centre Contributes £153.1m to UK

London’s QEII Centre has posted its highest-ever economic contribution to the UK. The Gross Value Added figure of £153.1 million is an rise of 72.6 percent since 2013 – 14. Last year, MPs voted for a refurbishment of Parliament that could see the House of Lords rehoused in the venue. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Physics Meeting Heads to Vilnius in 2022

Vilnius is hoping to energise its local physics community through hosting the 14th European Conference on Atoms, Molecules and Photons in 2022. The meeting, which Vilnius University academics are organising, should attract over 400 experts in atomic, molecular and optical physics to the Lithuanian capital, and have an economic impact of €800,000. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Incentive Travel and the Potential Disincentive of Flight Shame

The Swedish concept of “flygskam” or “flight shame” is starting to affect air travel. So says new research from UBS, which claims that one person in five is actively reducing the flights they take for environmental reasons. What do event professionals make of the possible impact, on incentive travel especially? From Conference & Incentive Travel via AIME…

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Panels Not Manels VII: Gina Glantz Talks More GenderAvenger

Gina Glantz is the co-founder of the advocacy campaign GenderAvenger, and the global lead champion of meetings booking panels and not manels. Already recently profiled in these pages, she has just filmed an interview for the video series PCMA Ascent Luminaries, which promotes diversity and inclusion in business events. From PCMA…

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UFI’s Next Generation of Leaders Grant 2019 Winners: Part I

Every year Iceberg partner UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, gives young and emerging sector talent the chance to advance via its Next Generation of Leaders Grant sponsored by Freeman. In the first of a two-part series, three of the five 2019 awardees talk about what NGL mentoring means for them. From UFI…

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Food Donation from Convention Centres: The Legal Arguments

Some US convention centres have chosen not to donate leftover food from events because they believe it opens them up to legal liability if any illness is attributed to it. But an act of law passed during the Clinton years actually waives donor liability except in cases of gross negligence or intentional misconduct. From PCMA…

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ECM Summer School: Destination Marketing Impact

While some destinations fail to invest in reaping the rewards of business and professional events (the current example being the Scottish capital and the public sector funding cuts devastating convention and visitors bureau Marketing Edinburgh), meetings are increasingly being acknowledged by city authorities across the board for the economic and social legacies they leave. Iceberg…

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