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Manchester’s EventCity Plans Relocation

Manchester venue EventCity has just submitted a request to relocate to a new site in TraffordCity. The project aims to bring city centres closer together and to grow business tourism. Marketing Manchester recently announced the goal of increasing tourism by 40 percent, bringing in a further £345 million over five years. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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ICC Wales Opens with Packed First Week

The International Convention Centre Wales, the new £84 million venue in Newport, South Wales, has opened its doors to UK and international events, with over 5,500 delegates experiencing the venue in a packed first week. The first event was the Association of Stoma Care Nurses three-day UK Annual Conference 2019. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Record Sibos Staged at ExCeL London

ExCeL London has hosted Sibos, the world’s premier financial services event, for the first time. With over 9,000 business leaders attending alongside 300 banking and fintech exhibitors, it was Sibos’ largest-ever audience and exhibitor participation. A host of fringe activity also took place around London, delivering significant economic impact. From Association Meetings International…

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Reykjavik Celebrates Event Ambassadors

Meet in Reykjavik, in partnership with the Icelandic Travel Industry Association, has hosted an annual event for partners in the country’s meetings industry. At the event, three of the convention bureau’s ambassadors were honoured for their roles in securing important meetings for the Icelandic capital. From Meetings International…

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MyCEB Secures 301 Meetings in H1 2019

In the first half of 2019, MyCEB, the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, secured a total of 301 events with an expected 570,741 delegates, 208,555 of them from abroad. These meetings will happen between 2019 and 2028, will create around RM3.9 billion of economic impact, and include four wins of particular significance. From Meetings International…

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Edinburgh to Leave BestCities After Cuts

Edinburgh will leave Iceberg partner BestCities Global Alliance at the end of the year after major public sector funding cuts that have devastated Marketing Edinburgh. The body is the destination’s convention and visitors bureau, and is responsible for promoting the city to the world. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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New Centre in Bruges Starts Construction

Construction work has just begun on a new trade fair and convention centre in Bruges. The new venue is located in the historical centre of the Belgian city, within easy walking distance of most hotels and tourist sights. It will open its doors at the end of 2021, and cost around €40 million. From Boardroom…

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75 Wins for Adelaide Convention Bureau

Adelaide is celebrating 75 secured meetings so far this year, which are expected to bring in around 28,000 delegates and AU$136 million to the South Australia capital. The Adelaide Convention Bureau says the longer term benefits of hosting the events include attracting trade and inward investment. From Association Meetings International…

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Ottawa and The Hague Sign Memorandum

Ottawa Tourism and The Hague Convention Bureau have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will bring the two cities’ convention offerings closer together over the coming years. The agreement was initially discussed five years ago at the ICCA Congress in Antalya, and both organisations have since then sought ways to cooperate. From Meetings International…

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Davos: A High-Altitude Knowledge Hub for the AO Foundation

Davos is perhaps best known for staging the World Economic Forum, which gathers around 3,000 leading figures from business, politics and science every year. As such, it also has the expertise and capacity to host association events, as Professor Geoff Richards, Director of the AO Research Institute Davos, can testify. From Boardroom…

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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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