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Bolzano: Peak Knowledge Piques Meetings Success

Every destination has a story to tell and specialist knowledge to attract international meetings. For the South Tyrollean capital Bolzano, with its significant existing tourism business as skiing destination, intellectual capital has also developed around local geography. Eurac is a private research cluster headquartered in the destination. It boasts eleven institutes of different disciplines, including one…

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Intellectual Capitals: South Africa’s Knowledge Horizons

South Africa boasts the most advanced broad-based economy in the continent, and meetings business across Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban which includes the 5th BRICS Summit, COP17 and the recent World Economic Forum on Africa. Clusters include healthcare and ICT, the $233 million MeetKAT radio telescope also leading in astronomy. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Tech Watch Award Finalists Announced

Companies offering event artificial intelligence, virtual reality and facial recognition technology feature in this year’s Tech Watch Award, with seven finalists now announced by organiser and Iceberg partner IBTM World. One company will be named overall winner by the judges, with another taking home the People’s Choice Award (voting now open). From Association Meetings International…

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Kenya: The Towering Contribution of the KICC

This year the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (left) marks its 46th anniversary. Integral to Kenya’s history and a beacon for its future, no one thinks of the capital Nairobi without the iconic building slicing through the skyline. From its 1973 opening to the present, international meetings have been at KICC’s heart. From the Event…

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Meet Bristol Launches Ambassador Initiative

Meet Bristol, the SW English city’s convention bureau, has launched a conference ambassador initiative to promote itself better as a destination for business events. By establishing greater collaboration between local sector experts and event suppliers, the programme is aiming to make strong and competitive bids to host international meetings. Photo: Chris Lathom-Sharp. From Association Meetings International…

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KLCC Invests in US Association Events

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre recently hosted 200 people at an immersive educational event for the Association Management Companies Institute, as well as two other high-profile events this year for US-based associations. This investment in growing partnerships with North American associations continues with four major bid wins for 2020. From Boardroom…

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Shaun Vorster: Planning Dubai’s Expo 2020 and Shaping its Legacy

Shaun Vorster is Vice President of Business Integration and Activations at Dubai’s Expo 2020. Here he talks about that role, shares information on what to expect at the October 2020 launch, and discusses the place legacy holds in shaping both the programming of Expo 2020 and the afterlife of its venues. From the Event…

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Aerospace Hubs: Star Cities and Orbiting Meetings

Toulouse, Montreal, Singapore, along with Seattle, South East England and Bengalaru in India, are all destinations with clusters of innovation in aerospace. Where knowledge collects, so do associated meetings, so these hubs of expertise in this exciting sector are also attracting significant international events. From Association Meetings International…

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CTICC Confirms 105 International Meetings

Over one hundred international conferences, expected to attract over 127,000 delegates, are to take place at CTICC, the Cape Town International Convention Centre, until 2026. The events will have significant impact on the Western Cape and South African economy. According to ICCA rankings, Cape Town is the leading meetings destination in Africa. From the Event…

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Quebec Ambassadors Secure Eleven Events

The Quebec City Convention Centre has hailed an “outstanding” year in which it hosted 210 events, among them 71 conferences, and over 216,000 delegates. Quebec City Ambassadors, many of whom are research professors at Université Laval, helped land eleven of the eighteen international conferences held at the centre in 2018–2019. From Association Meetings International…

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Glasgow Conferences Generate £150m

Glasgow Convention Bureau has reported best-ever year-end results with conference business generating more than £150 million for the city. Between 2018 and 2019, Glasgow hosted more than 530 conferences which brought in almost 160,000 delegates. Four significant medical meetings alone boosted the local economy by more than £17m. From Association Meetings International…

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Tunnel Vision: Food and Community Housing Legacies at WTC 2019

The World Tunnel Congress 2019 was recently held in Naples, Italy. Over 2,700 attendees from more than 70 countries, an 80 percent rise in delegates, gathered at the Mostra D’Oltremare Congress Center. Trips included ancient and Renaissance archaeological sites, and legacy projects donated excess food and helped build community housing. From Boardroom…  

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