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Hamburg: Heading Up EANS 2021

Hamburg’s systematic approach to building on its strengths has resulted in its winning a significant medical congress. In 2021, around 2,000 neurosurgery specialists will visit the German city as the annual congress of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies takes place at Congress Center Hamburg. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Gothenburg: Sustainability as a Meetings Strategy

The winners of the Global Destination Sustainability Index Awards were announced during the closing ceremony of the 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai. For the third year in a row, Gothenburg Convention Bureau won the Leadership Award, and it remains a pioneer, setting the pace as well as sharing best practice across the industry. From Meetings International…

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Lausanne Joins Energy Cities Alliance

A city best known as the seat of the Olympics movement has become the latest member of the Energy Cities Alliance, a marketing consortium of business events destinations. Lausanne’s inclusion marks an apparent shift in emphasis in the consortium towards “sustainable energy solutions”. From Association Meetings International…

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Wellington CEC Gets Council Green Light

Wellington’s new Conference and Exhibition Centre has been given a green light by Wellington City Council paving the way for the beginning of construction next year. The 18,000 square metre CEC will feature dedicated convention space spread across its top two floors and a ground floor gallery to accommodate touring exhibitions. From CIM News Magazine…

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Good Grub: Quebec’s Insect Food Conference

Quebec City and Laval University will host a major international meeting on using insects as food for both humans and animals. The Third International Insects to Feed the World Conference, which will be held at the Quebec City Convention Centre in June 2020, will bring together 500 experts from around the globe. From Boardroom…

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Toulouse Centre Under Construction

The new Toulouse Exhibition and Convention Centre is now under construction and will offer three venues in one when it opens in June 2020 as the third largest in France. Located six kilometres from Blagnac International Airport, the centre will offer easy road access for attendees with 5,000 parking spaces on site. From Association Meetings International…

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Newcastle Wins Major Design Conference

An international design conference that has been held before in New York and Oslo is heading to Newcastle in 2019. More than 150 delegates are expected to descend on the North East English city for the annual Design History Conference, set to be held at Northumbria University in September. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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BSAVA Moving to Manchester Central

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association, organiser of the largest and oldest sector congress in Europe, is moving its event to Manchester from 2021. The bid, secured by Manchester Central in collaboration with Marketing Manchester, is thought to be worth £110 million to the local economy over three years. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…  

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Brisbane’s CVB Celebrates 40 Years

Brisbane’s convention bureau is celebrating its 40th anniversary of attracting conferences and visitors to the city. Established in 1978, the Brisbane Visitors and Convention Bureau merged into the city’s economic development board Brisbane Marketing in 2000. Today Brisbane business events generate more than AU$257 million a year in economic impact. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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The Meetings Show Predicts Trends

The UK’s Meetings Show has met with its advisory board to discuss the future of the show and wider sector. Subjects included how the meetings industry should promote the UK as a good place to do business. Intellectual capital was also debated as an influencer of destination choice. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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IBTM World 2018: Highlights of Three Days in Barcelona

As well as attending the 57th ICCA Congress, SoolNua’s Mary Martin has been at IBTM World in Barcelona. Her roundup includes the ICCA World Forum for young professionals. representing the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence with a social media clinic, the 2018 Tech Watch Awards, and IBTM World’s impressive closing statistics. From SoolNua blog and news…

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Rwanda: “Incentive-Ready” for the SITE Executive Summit

Events and meetings transform destinations for the better. The tireless Pádraic Gilligan, Chief Marketing Officer of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence, offers a thought-provoking report from the recent SITE Executive Summit in Rwanda. The country saw a horrific genocide in 1994, and yet today is “incentive-ready”. From SoolNua’s Pádraic Gilligan at Padraicino…

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