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ExCeL London: Jeremy Rees on the Power of Events and of People

Jeremy Rees, ExCeL London CEO, has been revealing his plans for the future of the venue. Topics covered include measuring event success, budgets, safety, changes inside the industry, and the sector’s wider recognition. Ahead of Sibos, the centre upgraded its W-Fi, and also installed a living wall of more than 9,500 plants (see picture). From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Sustainability is More Than Merely Getting Drastic on the Plastic

Has the war on plastic blinded us to other problems we face? Jemma Peers, Commercial Director at Top Banana, explores sustainability issues and shares the top three quick wins the industry can start practicing for long-lasting impact: watching air miles, reducing waste and creating sustainable menus. From editor’s blog at Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Working in Events: Four Key Issues to Address in Reducing Stress

We’re told that the events industry is one of the most stressful sectors in which to work. It doesn’t have to be. Will Glendinning, event producer, director, designer and adventurer, lays out four key issues behind most of the stress workers deal with on a daily basis. From editor’s blog at Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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#EventWell19: Could Client RFIs Improve Sector Mental Health?

The shame and stigma of mental illness need to be addressed within the events industry. That was the call at UK Event Wellbeing Week 2019 in London. One idea raised was that clients might foster change, as they increasingly ask about work culture in RFIs (requests for information). From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Nancy: The Art Noveau of Sustainable Meetings

France’s Art Nouveau capital, Nancy, has jumped on the sustainability agenda and is emerging as a premier locale for green meetings. The Prouvé Congress Center boasts a roof covered in solar panels and a bee farm. The trend towards green initiatives trickles through the rest of the city, and its convention bureau as well. From Boardroom…

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Glasgow SEC Secures 2020’s COP26 Meeting

Glasgow will welcome 30,000 delegates, including 200 world leaders, to discuss the climate change emergency when it hosts the 26th Conference of the Parties, or COP26, in November 2020 at the Scottish Event Campus. This year’s event will be held in Santiago, Chile, where the UK bid will be formally accepted. From Association Meetings International…

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Incredible Impacts: Year Three Grants Awarded

Three major associations have each won $7,500 to develop trailblazing legacy programmes attached to their events. This year’s Incredible Impacts awards given by Iceberg partners ICCA and BestCities Global Alliance recognised the European Lung Foundation, International AIDS Society (pictured) and International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. From Association Meetings International…

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Soft Power Now a Key Driver of Incentives

Latest research about trends in incentive travel shows that “soft power” (meaning persuasion rather than coersion) is now competing with sales and the bottom line as a key driver in the industry. The 2019 Incentive Travel Industry Index’s preliminary results were revealed at IMEX America in Las Vegas. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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