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18 July 2024

Event DEI Strategist Certificate, Online

As an event organizer, prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) often means bringing groups of attendees, speakers, and suppliers together from different backgrounds, identities, and experiences. But there is still work to be done when it comes to activating allies both internally and externally. This work includes planning events that enact diverse, equitable, and inclusive…

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DEI as Part of a Destination’s Sustainability Strategy

As a member of the SITE International Board of Directors, Destination Canada’s Senior Director, Business Events, Jennifer Attersall, CIS highlights the importance of viewing sustainability as more than environmental. Jennifer also encourages telling the story of what makes your destination unique, while respecting other cultures coming in and emphasizes the importance of using inclusive language.

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Advancing Women In Business Events

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) and the PCMA Foundation today released the final report of Advancing Women In Business Events, a groundbreaking, two-part global study focusing on the advancement of women in the industry, specifically the gender disparity in leadership, despite being a female-dominated field. This foundational study will be conducted every two years to benchmark…

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Study Aims to Help Destinations Create a More Welcoming Environment

Destinations International and City Destinations Alliance are collaborating on a global accessibility study to provide valuable insights into where destinations are on their journey to becoming accessible to people with disabilities; significant progress is already underway in North America, Europe and beyond. Please support the study by completing the survey…

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MCB Launches “First Peoples Engagement Guide”

From Meeting Spotlight: The Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has announced the launch of its “First Peoples Engagement Guide,” a resource aimed at assisting event planners in creating culturally enriching business events and fostering positive social impact. The introductory guide is aimed at the business events industry and includes practical information about when and how to…

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Demystifying Accessibility: Embracing Accessible Tourism to Empower...

From Simpleview: For the last decade, tourism organizations globally have been moving toward a more local, engaged, and citizen-focused model. As we set our sights on regenerative tourism, sustainability, accessibility, and a virtuous visitor economy, the question remains — how do we generate the engagement and alliances in our communities that are needed for success?…

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Controversial Laws Make Some States a Harder Sell for CVBs

Convention and visitor bureaus are not political entities; their job is to attract and welcome travelers. Given that charter, nearly all try to keep hot topics out of their messaging. But when divisive legislation has a growing number of meeting planners opting to go elsewhere, how should they respond? From Northstar Meetings Group…

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‘Anti-Woke’ Bills are Costing Florida Millions of Dollars

A slew of new bills signed into law by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has draped the Sunshine State in controversy, spurring protests, lawsuits and travel advisories warning the state is ‘openly hostile’ toward people of color, immigrants, women and LGBTQ+ community members. From CNN…

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The Sydney Handprint: Pride of a Nation

The Southern Hemisphere’s very first WorldPride held in Sydney, Australia in March, over 17 days extending to 400 events proved an opportunity to galvanise the LGBTQIA+SB community in standing together in a powerful call for equality. The Theme: Gather. Dream. Amplify and Sydney delivered on every level as Robin Mack, Executive General Manager for Commercial…

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PRIDE: Navigating Corporate Sponsorship

In a polarized political climate, Pride sponsors are vulnerable to backlash from both the right and the left. How do Pride organizers navigate shifting social currents and bilateral backlash to maintain their corporate partnerships? From DAHLIA+Agency…

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