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Smart Cities: Neighbourhoods and Communities

Port Covington in Baltimore, Lake Nona in Orlando, Hudson Yards in New York, and Quayside in Toronto are all being built or rebuilt from the ground up to promote mobility, connectivity and livability. In 2018 both the Consumer Electronics Show and South by Southwest launched tracks dedicated to smart cities for the first time. From Skift…

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Events: About to Hit Boom Time?

For some years the event sector struggled to find a voice. Now being more recognised as part of the marketing mix can only benefit the industry as a whole. The MD of marketing communications agency Triggerfish, Andrew White, believes the events sector could be about to hit boom time. From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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Visit Faroe Islands’ Ambassador Network

The Faroe Islands are in the North Atlantic Ocean above Scotland. They belong to Denmark but are semi-autonomous. They also have a meetings industry and are seeking to attract international congresses. Visit Faroe Islands even has an Ambassador Network, with an Ambassador Day and Ambassador Awards, to do just that. From tmf dialogue marketing…

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Durban ICC Celebrates 21st

The Durban International Convention Centre is staging a 21st anniversary celebration campaign with a series of nationwide events leading up to a gala dinner in October. In 21 years the venue, officially opened in 1997 by Nelson Mandela, has contributed over R34.4 billion towards South Africa’s GDP, R32.6 billion directly benefitting KwaZulu-Natal. From Meetpie.com…

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Australia Still Losing International Business Events

The number of international business events won for Australia continues to decline, according to new data from the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux. The latest edition of the AACB’s Forward Calendar showed bid wins at 361, down from 396 six months ago. But delegate numbers and associated delegate spend is up. From CIM News Magazine…

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Business Events Canada Stages Event to Attract ICT

Business Events Canada is to host Innovate Canada, its first sector-focused event for Information and Communications Technology. The three day meeting, taking place in Montreal during May, will discuss artificial intelligence and deep learning, VFX and gaming, life sciences and health tech, plus data centres and cybersecurity. Photo: Guerinf. From Meetpie.com…

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SQUARE Brussels Convention Centre Reaches 60

Brussels’ convention centre SQUARE has celebrated its 60th anniversary at an event celebrating the key role it has played in the economic growth of both Brussels and also Belgium. Founded for the 1958 World Expo, SQUARE Brussels Convention Centre (its new name) was at the time one of only two of its kind worldwide. From Boardroom…

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Cape Town Targets Incentives Despite Drought

Cape Town is to bid for more incentive travel business over the next twelve months, as it sends out the message that the region is still open for business. The city is currently suffering one of the worst droughts in its history, and could actually even run out of water. From Meetpie.com…

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South Korea Builds Conference Business on the Winter Olympics

Building on the success of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Korea Tourism Organisation is organising a series of roadshows across Europe and America to promote South Korea as a conference and meeting destination. Vienna, Brussels, New York, Washington and London are on the itinerary, and several of Korea’s convention bureaux are exhibiting. From Association Meetings International…

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Pacific World Destination Index February 2018 Special Report

Have a look Pacific World’s Destination Index, a unique tool to provide corporate, association and agency planners with an advanced indicator of destination popularity for international meetings, incentives and events. The index is based on over 5,000 international enquiries received worldwide, actual meeting and event results and highly valuable feedback from attending delegates from around…

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Engaging with the Start-Up Sector at Events

With advances in technology and the rise of crowdfunding platforms, the start-up scene is booming. This has seen many events emerge for those that play in the sector, like 4 Years from Now (4YFN), an initiative from the GSM Association which takes place alongside its flagship Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. From Freeman XP…

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Trailblazers Awarded to Help Brisbane Win International Events

Researchers in mobile robots and stem cells are among the recipients of the first Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant in Brisbane. Seven applicants have been awarded a share of AU$25,000 to attend a leading international conference and help secure the event for Brisbane in a succeeding year. From CIM News Magazine…

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