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Sustainable Destination Management: The Road to a Circular Economy

When city convention bureau leaders at ICCA’s Scandinavian Chapter set up the first Scandinavian Destination Sustainability Index – the precursor to the Global Destination Sustainability Index – they had two primary objectives: to drive sustainability across the region through competition, collaboration and raised consciousness, and to differentiate the Nordic region to non-European markets as the most sustainable…

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2017 ICCA Statistics Report: Country & City Rankings

The ICCA Statistics Reports are based on the ICCA Association Database, which means the figures cover meetings organised by international associations according to this criteria: a meeting must take place on a regular basis, host at least 50 participants, and rotate between a minimum of three countries to be included in the Database. ICCA’s Association…

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ICCA Releases 2017 Destination Rankings by Delegate Numbers

Last month the International Congress and Convention Association published its annual rankings of countries and cities for international association meetings. Now ICCA has an alternative view of the data: destinations ranked by estimated number of meeting delegates. Again, Barcelona is top city, and the United States top country. Other placings shift slightly. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Japan Meetings Campaign to Fill Coming Capacity

Japan has launched a campaign to consolidate its position as Asia’s leading international meetings destination. “New Ideas Start Here” will showcase the country and its cities to potential international clients. Japan is now undergoing a massive convention centre building programme, with nine new venues expected to open by 2021. From Association Meetings International…

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Glasgow Celebrates a Record May of 22,000 Delegates

Glasgow celebrated its busiest May on record with more than 22,000 event delegates visiting, bringing in an estimated £25.5 million to the local economy. The month started with 7,000 attendees at the All Energy Conference and Exhibition, followed by two medical meetings at the SEC attracting a total of over 8,000. From Meetpie.com…

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Stem Cell Knowledge Hub Wins Major Meeting for Hamburg

The 2021 annual meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research will see 4,000 researchers and professionals heading to the Congress Center Hamburg. The meeting is being co-sponsored by a local knowledge hub incorporating Life Science Nord, Fraunhofer IME ScreeningPort, and the Hamburg Ministry for Science, Research and Equality. From Intellectual Capitals…

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London and ExCeL Healing Wounds at EWMA 2020

In 2020 ExCeL London will host the European Wound Management Association Conference. The event, for 4,000 nurses, doctors and other medical professionals, chose to return because of the respected practitioner and research sector based in London. This is the latest of several medical associations to choose London and ExCeL for their meetings. From Boardroom…  

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GED 2018: Abu Dhabi Confident of Exhibitions Growth

The Chief Executive of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company says the emirate will be a “key player” in the growth of the exhibitions industry. Speaking on Global Exhibitions Day, Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri said ADNEC venues would “contribute to the growth and development of Abu Dhabi and the UAE”. From Association Meetings International…

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Ottawa Targeting Wins International Association Meetings

Ottawa has won a clutch of major international association meetings as part of its ongoing campaign to target industry sectors with strong links to the city. This focus has netted more than a dozen big events held over the next two years, including the International Conference of Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments. From Association Meetings International…

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MI Calls for Speed as UK Green Lights Third Heathrow Runway

The controversial plan to build a third runway at London Heathrow has been green lit by the UK government. But Britain’s meetings industry has called for a speedy take-off to help the sector after Brexit. Research claims just a one percent increase in international business air travel would deliver £400 million in economic benefit. From Meetpie.com…

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Marseille Wins IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020

The French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, have jointly agreed to organise the IUCN World Conservation Congress. It will be held in June 2020 at Parc Chanot, Marseille, and France’s commitment to event sustainability was one reason for the country’s selection. From Boardroom…

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GDS-Index Launches Circular Economy White Paper

The Global Destination Sustainability Index has released its second white paper: “Sustainable Destination Management Trends and Insights: The Road to a Circular Economy”. The GDS-Index is a partnership between ICCA, ICCA’s Scandinavian chapter, IMEX, ECM and MCI Group. The report draws from 40 cities that participated in the 2017 GDS-Index benchmarking study. From Meetpie.com…

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