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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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Seoul and South Korea: Asia’s Alternative Destination

Seoul and wider South Korea have much to offer planners of meetings and incentives, and are competing strongly against other key Asian destinations like Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Big wins of late include the 31st World Congress on Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Seoul now lies tenth in ICCA rankings. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Kenya: The Towering Contribution of the KICC

This year the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (left) marks its 46th anniversary. Integral to Kenya’s history and a beacon for its future, no one thinks of the capital Nairobi without the iconic building slicing through the skyline. From its 1973 opening to the present, international meetings have been at KICC’s heart. From the Event…

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Frankfurt: Legacies of the 45th EBMT Annual Meeting

The 45th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation staged in Frankfurt, the world’s largest meeting for stem-cell therapy, was the result of close cooperation between the city, the venue and the scientific community. From Association Meetings International in collaboration with Conference & Incentive Management and Frankfurt Messe…

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Vancouver: World Sleep Leaves Public Health Impact

With a record-breaking 3,580 attendees registered, the recent World Sleep 2019 in Vancouver was the largest sleep meeting ever held. Organised by the World and the Canadian Sleep Societies, the event featured a learning and awareness stream free to attend for the general public, Sleep Expo 2019. Photo: Kristopher Grunert. From Association Meetings International…

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Sarawak: Looking to Social Impact and Legacy

Business Events Sarawak is looking beyond the narrow limits of business tourism’s financial benefits. Malaysia’s biggest state and second-tier conference destination, with fast-increasing popularity, has recently expanded its focus towards the social impact and remote legacy that meetings can leave behind, like April’s Borneo Coffee Symposium. From Boardroom…

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Canada: Meeting the Allure of Leading Knowledge Hubs

With successful sectors like life sciences, technology, agribusiness, aerospace, clean technology, natural resources and advanced manufacturing, Canada is becoming an increasingly “alluring” destination for global meetings and events. Planners can reach into local industry and academia to shape their meeting agendas, grow their attendances and create legacies. From Boardroom…

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ECM Meetings Statistics Report Released

Meetings in Europe are increasing in number, but becoming shorter and smaller. So says the ninth edition of Iceberg partner European Cities Marketing’s Meetings Statistics Report, which reveals 2.9 percent growth in the number of meetings between 2017 and 2018. Delegate numbers and delegates days have however slightly decreased. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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EICC Partners with Edinburgh BioQuarter

EICC, the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, is partnering with the Edinburgh BioQuarter hub to raise the international profile of the Scottish life sciences sector. Their collaboration aims to bring more medicine and life sciences conferences to Scotland’s capital, while at the same time encouraging more entrepreneurs to start up innovative businesses. From Association Meetings International…

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Sibos Final Figures: 11,500 Attendees

Final figures from SWIFT’s Sibos, the world’s largest gathering of financial services professionals, show that the event at ExCeL London did indeed previous records during its week of residency. Delegate numbers were much higher than expected, with 11,500 visitors and 300 exhibitors attending from over 150 countries. From Association Meetings International…

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Edinburgh’s Healthy Medical Event Autumn

Edinburgh’s world leading position in medical research, life sciences and entrepreneurship is now being reinforced with many organisations in the sector selecting the city for events and meetings this autumn. In 2018-2019, Marketing Edinburgh supported 37 health conferences, bringing in 44 percent of business tourism revenue over that time. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Athens to Host 2023 Transplant Congress

Athens has been chosen to host the 2023 Congress of the European Society for Organ Transplantation. The announcement was made at the 2019 event just held in Copenhagen. More than 3,500 global experts are expected to attend the event, which will create a significant legacy for both Athens and its life sciences sector. From Boardroom…

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