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20 July 2020

City Fair 2020, Online B2B Meetings

Ideally placed in a vital moment in Europe’s tourism recovery, City Fair is the opportunity to lay the foundations for the return of long-haul clients. The event brings together selected travel buyers and product developers, along with destination managers, in a full day of B2B online meetings dedicated to rethinking tourism strategy and develop new product ideas.

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22 August 2020

ECM Summer School 2020, Turin, Italy

The ECM Summer School is an unmissable learning opportunity for all professionals working in Convention Bureaux, Tourist Offices, Congress Centres, Airlines, Hotels, DMCs, PCOs & Meeting Planners! The aim is to equip professionals with the latest marketing tools and to help them to develop the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in conference,…

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11 March 2020

*EVENT POSTPONED* ECM Spring Meeting, Graz, Austria

*  *  *  EVENT POSTPONED  *  *  *  Please note that after careful consideration, the ECM Board came to the decision of postponing the Spring Meeting in Graz, most likely to later this year, possibly in Autumn.  We have never experienced a similar situation but due to the rapid spread of the Covid-19, our responsibility…

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Overtourism: Hosting the Crowd, Without Crowding the Host

When tourist visitors to a city greatly outnumber the resident population, it’s not hard to understand locals feeling crowded, some to the point of revolt. But is overtourism an issue for the meetings industry? What have selfie-stick wielding hordes that descend seasonally on top destinations have to do with business events? From PCMA…

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Don Welch: DI Helping Members “Do Battle” With Politicians

The head of tourism association Destinations International says his organisation spends a lot of its energy and resources doing battle with politicians around the world on behalf of members facing financial and legislative challenges. CEO Don Welch was speaking out at IMEX about issues like “over-tourism” and womens’ and LGBTQ rights. From Association Meetings International…

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The Role of Business Event Precincts in Placemaking

Geoff Donaghy, ICC Sydney CEO, AEG Ogden Director Convention Centres and Iceberg Ambassador, just joined a panel at IMEX Frankfurt on placemaking (pictured). Here he discusses how an event precinct can sit at the heart of any destination’s placemaking strategy to drive its economic, cultural and social growth. From Geoff Donaghy via LinkedIn…

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International Meetings Targeted by Athens

The Greek capital is targeting small and medium-sized international conventions with “know-how and financial resources”. So said Alexis Galinos, MD of ADDMA (the Athens Development and Destination Management Agency), at the 9th Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organisers conference. Athens is currently 26th in ICCA city rankings. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Michael Hirst to Chair Events Industry Board

Michael Hirst has been appointed chair of the Events Industry Board by UK tourism minister Michael Ellis MP following the resignation of Nick de Bois last year. Hirst has served as deputy chair since the body’s 2016 creation. He is also chair of BVEP (the Business Visits and Events Partnership). From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Life Sciences, Engaging Youth and BestCities Global Alliance

Aaron Etra co-founded the Institute for Life Sciences Collaboration, which organises the ICMAN and ICNODAT conferences. He is also Chair of the Executive Committee of the Council of Organizations of the United Nations Association of the USA. Here he shares insights on youth empowerment with Iceberg parter BestCities Global Alliance. From Boardroom…

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Adelaide Hosts Largest Single Incentive Group

Adelaide has just welcomed its largest incentive group from China, with a wave of 750 employees from Joymain, the science and tech direct selling company, enjoying the city over a five day stay. Assistance from the Adelaide Convention Bureau and cooperation from the Adelaide government were behind Joymain’s destination choice. From CIM News Magazine…

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9 October 2018

Destinations International CDME, Alberta, Canada

The Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) program prepares senior executives, who want to advance their careers to blend theory with experience and application of knowledge to help industry leaders thrive in a constantly changing environment. The program focus is on vision, leadership, productivity and implementing business strategies.

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A Tale of Two Cities: New York and San Francisco

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. When the US Supreme Court recently upheld Trump Travel Ban III, Vancouver quickly tweeted out a welcome mat. But here’s a tale of two cities, New York and San Francisco, that insist the US is still open for business. From PCMA Convene…

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