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Meetings Africa 2019 Breaking Records

The continent’s premier trade show for the event industry Meetings Africa opened with South Africa’s Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom (pictured right) claiming broken records. He said the 14th edition of the show at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg had in fact attracted 338 exhibitors, a rise of ten percent over 2018. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Edinburgh Marketing Wins Stay of Execution

Edinburgh Marketing, the body behind the city’s convention bureau, has been dealt an eleventh hour reprieve after city councillors accepted a counter offer to proposed cuts. The council had sought to slash the organisation’s funding by £567,000 next year and by 89 percent over two years. Now it has reinstated £267,000. From Association Meetings International…

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Bid Fund Business Doubles to AU$187m

The value of the business events secured with the help of Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Program has almost doubled from AU$97 million to a record AU$187 million in the past three months. Total expenditure by international meetings visitors in the year ending September 2018 was AU$4.9 billion, up 16 percent. From TTG Mice…

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Liverpool Honours £10.8m Ambassadors

Conference ambassador programme Club Liverpool has honoured the ambassadors who brought £10.8 million worth of events to the city in 2018. Each ambassador who successfully brought a meeting to Liverpool was awarded a certificate by the Lord Mayor, with ten in all presented for seven different events. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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DMO MD Condemns Edinburgh Cuts

Leaders from one of Europe’s most prestigious gatherings of destination marketing organisations have voiced disbelief at proposed budget cuts which could see the end of both Marketing Edinburgh and the city’s convention bureau. Partner of the Iceberg European Cities Marketing’s Spring Meeting 2019 has just been held in the Scottish capital. From Association Meetings International…

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James Rees: Doubled US Business for ExCeL London

It’s been a busy year for James Rees, Executive Director of ExCeL London. Following election as ICCA President in November 2018, Rees reveals his approach to the US market, to diversity at both ExCeL and ICCA, and how being in a New Romantic pop band helped him thrive in the events industry. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Knowledge Hub: What Future for Edinburgh’s Ambassadors?

Ambassadors help destinations secure international association meetings. So Edinburgh’s meetings industry has an anxious wait ahead of a council vote on budget cuts that could virtually wipe out the city’s marketing and lead to the closure of Convention Edinburgh and its ambassador scheme. From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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Destination DC’s Elliott Ferguson Unveils Overseas Strategy

Elliott Ferguson, President and CEO of Destination DC (as well as the new National chair of the US Travel Association), has been speaking about his city’s future strategy and new developments. Washington DC is the US number one spot for international association meetings, according to the last ICCA Statistics Report. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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AIME 2019: Voices from Knowledge Exchange and Elsewhere

The Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) 2019 has just been held in Melbourne. Here are some memorable statements heard during the Knowledge Exchange and elsewhere from sundry CEOs (of a convention bureau, an industry association, and a venue), as well as a strategist, an inventor, a politician, and a poet. From PCMA…

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Edinburgh’s Room Tax: Breach in the Dyke or Bad Idea?

While the Edinburgh Convention Bureau’s future funding lies under threat, so the city has also voiced the idea of a £2 per person nightly “room tax”. Some see this as a welcome source of new revenue, but will any get back to marketing, and what about competitiveness? From editor’s blog at Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Associations Growing Global VI: ISO Engages Asia from Singapore

The Iceberg is publishing a series of interviews about the globalisation of large associations. These are jointly produced by partners Boardroom and the Global Association Hubs Partnership. Nicolas Fleury, Deputy Secretary-General of the Geneva-based International Organization for Standardisation, describes ISO’s opening up of a regional office in Singapore. From Global Association Hubs Partnership…

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