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ICCA Extends Partnership with UN Tourism

From ICCA: This landmark partnership agreement sees ICCA recognised as the UN Tourism partner for business events across all UN Tourism platforms and initiatives. This collaboration recognises the influence and transformative potential of the business events industry and puts it on the map as a key driver for socio-economic progress across the world. ICCA acknowledges…

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European Union: Entering the Conversation

From tw tagungswirtschaft: The European elections are approaching. But for many citizens and quite a few event professionals, the European Union seems far away. Yet the European Parliament and the European Commission influence our (professional) lives on a daily basis. The EU Dialogue and the EU project BEFuture build bridges to Brussels and underpin the…

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DAVOS 24 Faces Complex Geopolitical Context

From Reuters: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, French President Emmanuel Macron and key Middle East leaders are slated to attend next week’s World Economic Forum, putting talks to end wars in Gaza and Ukraine at the top of the agenda for the global elite. The 54th annual WEF gathering in the Swiss ski resort…

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The Good Country Index

By Simon Anholt, Independent Government Advisor & Good Country Index Founder: How good is your country? There are so many country rankings today, with dozens of new ones published every year. Rankings of happiness, corruption, justice, mortality, productivity, freedom, emissions, conservation, economic growth and education, to name but a few. Whatever you want to know…

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Thoughts on a Social License for Tourism, Engagement & Alignment

Around the world, there’s a new course to be plotted as destination organizations look inward at stakeholders and residents and begin to address the organizational changes needed to facilitate that shift: marketing must have a local voice, budgets need to address a wider scope of projects throughout the community with diverse partners… From Simpleview…

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Taking The Lead on Destinations’ Social and Economic Development

Events have the power to build inclusive communities and better places to live, highlighting the extent to which meetings and conferences can contribute to a destination’s societal impact. This was one theme explored in a webinar hosted by GDS-Index, a sustainability benchmarking and improvement programme for destinations around the world. From Meetings & Conventions Asia…

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61st ICCA Congress: Lessons in Legacy

The 61st International Congress and Convention Association Congress was held last month in Kraków, Poland. The four days of content programming concentrated on three key industry topics: diversity, equity and inclusion, sustainability and legacy. Some of the legacy speakers also contributed to this Iceberg video Feature, here presented together with video of five of the legacy sessions….

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CityDNA Summer School: Destination Turin

The 36th edition of the CityDNA Summer School was hosted in late August. This year the Iceberg partner educational meeting graduated 43 students from Europe and South Africa. As well as video about the Summer School itself from Turin, Italy, this feature looks at participating medical associations and their meetings, sustainability and also hybrid meetings….

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Washington: Engineering Change with Business Events

Washington may be the oldest, largest and busiest global hub of associations working in different professions, trades and social endeavours. Associations are at the heart of city strategy, both in hosting meetings in the capital, and in locating headquarters there. In this video feature, Destination DC explains how change is being made through business events….

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Meeting Guadalajara: Joining BestCities Global Alliance

This May the BestCities Global Alliance community of convention destinations welcomed Guadalajara, Mexico, as its twelfth member. The city earned its place through a shared commitment to support meetings that create a positive impact. Guadalajara went through a stringent process to join the Iceberg partner, including a detailed site inspection and tour of the city….

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The Business of Events Global Destination Report 2022

The Business of Events (TBOE) launched the second edition of its Global Destination Report at IBTM World in Barcelona. The report, conducted by specialist business events research agency, SFA Connect on behalf of TBOE, is looking to establish how the industry has changed since 2019. The research focused on six main areas, including funding, volume…

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IBTM World Trends Report 2023

Last year, the IBTM World Trends report found itself looking at new frontiers. How had the meetings and events landscape changed in the wake of the pandemic, what behaviours had been adopted, how were other industries looking at this same landscape? Also, how was the global economy dictating the future welfare of our own market…

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