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“Shared Economies” at Meetings Africa 2018

Meetings Africa 2018 is about to open its doors, as the travel and tourism trade, plus local and international buyers and media, head for the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. This year’s theme is “shared economies”, meaning the importance of collaboration in destination marketing and boosting development in Africa through business meetings. From the Event…

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Dubai Reaches New Heights

As reported in News, Dubai’s meetings dominance continued in 2017. The emirate won 212 bids and proposals. Expo 2020 is also nearing. Dubai has always hosted spectacular familiarisation trips, and an Iceberg partner has just enjoyed one, during which the brand new Dubai Frame (pictured) was on the itinerary. From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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Dubai Continues to Dominate

Dubai’s meetings dominance continued in 2017. The emirate won a record 212 bids and proposals, a 61 percent increase on 2016. Key wins included the Baby Care Annual Incentive, with an expected 1,500 attendance, and the Amway Russia Annual Incentive which will bring in 2,700. Both events will take place in 2018. From CIM News Magazine…

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QEII Centre Can Still be Saved, Says BVEP

The Business Visits and Events Partnership has welcomed a decision to review the impact on the QEII Centre of a vote by the House of Lords to leave the Palace of Westminster during a six year renovation. Many Lords expressed concern over central London’s largest conference venue being temporarily chosen to host the upper chamber. From Meetpie.com…

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1.2m Visitors at Messukeskus Helsinki During 2017

More than 1.2 million visitors attended meetings and events at the Messukeskus Helsinki in 2017. The eight international congresses hosted by the Messukeskus brought more than 28,000 visitors and more than €40 million to the Helsinki metropolitan area. In addition to international congresses, nearly 2,000 meetings were held at the Messukeskus. From Association Meetings International…

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EICC Reports Record 2017

The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) has reported a record year in 2017 with delegate numbers up 3,000 year-on-year to 94,000, attending around 200 events at the venue. Operating profits almost doubled year-on-year, while economic impact for the city was up to £55 million in 2017 from £51.6 million the previous year. From Association Meetings International…

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MPs “Have Not Recognised” QEII Centre Contribution

MPs have not considered the loss of income to London of the QEII Centre being out of action for six years. That’s according to the chair of the Events Industry Board Nick de Bois. MPs have just voted for a refurbishment that could see the House of Lords occupy the venue from 2025. From Meepie.com…

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Club Liverpool Announces New Chair and £3.8m Return

Colin Sinclair, Chief Executive of Knowledge Quarter Liverpool, is the new Chair of the city region’s conference ambassador programme. An audience of sixty gathered at Liverpool Cathedral to celebrate Club Liverpool, a partnership between the Convention Bureau and ACC Liverpool, and the conferences with an economic value of £3.8 million it has helped secure. From Meetpie.com…

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CTICC 2 Officially Opens for Events

CTICC 2, the Cape Town International Convention Centre’s R900 million expansion, has officially opened for business. The new facility strengthens Cape Town’s goal of becoming one of the world’s top ten long-haul convention destinations. The city holds 71.4 percent of CTICC shares and invested R550 million in the project, which helped regenerate the inner city. From the Event…

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How UK Cities Excel at Hosting Conferences in Advanced and Creative...

The United Kingdom is a preferred host for international meetings, conferences and events because of its economic, academic and industry sector strengths. That applies equally to the major gateway cities and the many regional cities spread across every corner of the UK, each with extensive clusters of expertise in advanced and creative industries. This sector…

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Westminster Bubbles: A Reshuffle Reset

Two past Opinions (“Westminster Bubbles”) have reported the UK meetings industry’s bridge-building with government. Now Prime Minister Theresa May’s January reshuffle has moved tourism minister John Glen (pictured) over to another post. So the industry will therefore have to start the conversation all over again with his successor. From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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Convening Leaders 2018: Aligning Meetings with Knowledge Hubs

The Iceberg’s very own James Latham presented a session at Convening Leaders 2018 in Nashville called “The Rise of Intellectual Capitalism: The Role of Meetings”. Destinations and conferences which align themselves to knowledge clusters like biotech, fintech or healthcare reap benefits on all sides, he said. Latham was also interviewed by Amanda Marijanovic. From PCMA Convene…

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