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Adelaide: Space Congress’ AU$41m “Ultimate” Legacy

Adelaide claims to have secured the “largest legacy of any Australian business event” after the city was chosen to house the country’s new AU$41 million Space Agency. The 4,500-delegate International Astronautical Congress, held in 2017, remains the largest business event won by the Adelaide Convention Bureau and Team Adelaide. From Association Meetings International…

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Malta’s MFCC Bets on iGaming Expo SIGMA

The Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre has been enlarged by 3,800 square metres to accommodate one specific event, the iGaming expo SIGMA. Malta’s online gaming industry has been on a winning streak in the past few years, with the sector now accounting for €1.2 billion, or over 12 percent, of local GDP. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Ultimate Legacy: The AU$41m Space Agency

In 2017 the 68th International Astronautical Congress staging became Adelaide and South Australia’s largest ever business event. Now the Premier of South Australia, in a joint announcement with the Australian Prime Minister, has unveiled Adelaide as the home of Australia’s new AU$41 million Space Agency. Is this the largest-ever legacy of any Australian business event? From Boardroom…

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Computational Event Secured by Penang

Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau has won its bid to host the International Congress and Conferences on Computational Design and Engineering 2019 at the ParkRoyal Penang Resort. Covering both traditional computational design and fourth industry issues like big data and deep learning, the Congress will gather international experts outside Korea for the first time. From Boardroom…

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Cairns Wins Congress on Plant Biology

Scientists will discuss how to feed a growing population in the face of climate change when 1,200 plant molecular biologists meet up in Australia in three years’ time. Cairns Convention Centre will host the 2021 International Society for Plant Molecular Biology Congress after a successful bid led by sixty Australian plant scientists. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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ACC Liverpool Marks Tenth in Song

Venue ACC Liverpool has marked its tenth birthday at its annual showcase in London. Guests recorded the Beatles’ song “With a Little Help from My Friends” at Abbey Road Studios and took away a CD with them as memento. They also watched a video of famous Liverpool figures wishing the venue happy birthday. From Association Meetings International…

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2018: Climate Change, #MeToo, the War on Plastic and Brexit

As 2018 leaves its footprints on the sands of time, here’s to the past extraordinary year. The last twelve months brought great change to the meetings industry, from the #MeToo movement, to the war on plastic, and to fears about climate change. That’s before even the dreaded “B” word. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Associations Growing Global III: ETHA in Brussels

The Iceberg is publishing a series of interviews which all address the globalisation of large associations. These are being jointly produced by partners Boardroom and the Global Association Hubs Partnership. Thomas Reiser, Executive Director of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, describes forming the European Thrombosis and Haemostasis Alliance. From Global Association Hubs Partnership…

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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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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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