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Lesley Williams Named BestCities MD

Iceberg partner BestCities Global Alliance has just announced the appointment of Lesley Williams as Managing Director. In January she takes over from Paul Vallee, who will continue as executive consultant with GainingEdge, also an Iceberg partner. GainingEdge has had its contract managing BestCities extended. From Meetings International…

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The CCD Wins World’s Leading Venue Award

The Convention Centre Dublin has been named the world’s leading meetings venue. Senior managers from the venue took home the trophy at the 26th annual World Travel Awards in Oman. It is the second time The CCD, nearing its tenth anniversary, has won the title, this time seeing off fourteen other venues. From Association Meetings International…

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European AIDS Meeting Won by ExCeL London

The UK capital’s progress in tackling HIV will be showcased when ExCeL London hosts the 2021 European AIDS Conference. The city says 95 percent of patients are diagnosed, 98 percent are on therapy and 97 percent are virally suppressed. Many medical associations now choose London and ExCeL. Photo: Swadim. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Calls for Vigilance After London Bridge Attack

The industry has reacted and urged vigilance in the wake of the London Bridge terror attack. Two attendees were killed and three injured at an event at Fishmongers’ Hall. The attacker was shot dead by police. The security concerns raised have been circling for some time. Photo: Ethan Doyle White. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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QEII Centre Roundtable Debates Event Legacy

Industry experts from right across the sector have participated in a roundtable about the legacies of business events. The QEII Centre discussion covered the international impact of meetings, the recognition they receive and ways true legacy can be measured. The event also followed an economic study of the venue from Grant Thornton. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Tokyo Secures Major Parkinson’s Congress

The Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced that the Japanese capital secured its bid to host the 7th Asian and Oceanian Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress at the Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba in 2021. AOPMC 2021 is anticipated to lead future breakthroughs in research and attract over 1,200 specialists. From Boardroom…

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Rimini Wins Green Economics Event

Rimini’s strong environmental focus has secured the Italian resort city the 26th Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. Palacongressi di Rimini will host the annual event, which is expected to bring some 800 academics, researchers and scientists together in 2021. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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BVEP Publishes UK Industry Manifesto

The UK General Election has just given Prime Minister Boris Johnson a decisive mandate to “get Brexit done”. During the hustings, BVEP (the Business Visits and Events Partnership) also published its own campaign, “Events Deliver Growth, Jobs and Opportunities. A Manifesto for Britain’s Events Industry”. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Looking on the Bright Side: Four Positive Trends for 2020

Carina Bauer, the CEO of Iceberg partner the IMEX Group, has been looking at four very positive industry trends for 2020 and beyond with her team: the “circular” economy, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, health and wellbeing (with increased focus on mental health), and how artificial intelligence can improve travel. From IMEX…

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Top Trends of 2019 and Prognostications to Watch for 2020

A lot has happened over the past year. Amidst all the political, social and technological goings-on, you may have missed big shifts in event design and experience strategy. The Design Studio™ of Iceberg partner Maritz Global Events just convened to discuss observations from 2019 and prognostications for 2020. From Maritz Global Events…

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Technology: Changing the Way the Meetings Industry Meets

Meeting venues are facing increasing event acquisition, property and staff costs and competition from new venues. Planners are having to reconcile rising venue and travel costs with their flat budgets. Both groups are embracing technology in solving these challenges. Carl Law is a Development Manager at Capita Travel and Events. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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The London Bridge Terror Attack: The Lessons Are Complex

The London Bridge terror attack has had special resonance for meeting planners. It began during an event at Fishmongers’ Hall, which already stood in the shadow of increased security measures introduced after the previous 2017 attack. But lessons for the industry are complex. Photo: ChiralJon. From editor’s blog at Meetings & Incentive Travel…  

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