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A Modern History of International Association Meetings

The International Congress and Convention Association’s newest industry report “A Modern History of International Association Meetings – Update: 1963-2017”, released to celebrate ICCA’s 55th anniversary, reveals the results of an extensive study of 55 years of growth in the industry. The report marks an important milestone in ICCA’s history and recognises the continued influence of…

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Malaysia’s MITEC and China’s GICEC Partner

The Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre and China’s Guangdong Tanzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center have together signed an exclusive collaborative partnership expected to increase cooperation and foster greater bilateral ties between the two trading nations. The centre-to-centre partnership is thought to be the first between the countries. From CIM News Magazine…

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Newcastle Has Record Meetings September

A record 52 events brought more than 3,500 delegates to the UK’s North East last month and led to an economic impact of more than £4.3 million. Over 1,500 attended major medical meetings. Where delegates booked accommodation through NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, half were international and from 43 different countries. From Meetpie.com…

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Wales Business Events Conference Held

Wales Business Events has held its first The Business of Events Wales conference in Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, where the new ICC Wales (pictured) is under construction. The idea was to motivate the region’s industry to grow to an international scale. Prominent UK advocates were on hand to deliver the message. From Association Meetings International…

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PCMA Reveals “20 in their Twenties” 2019

Wondering who the business events leaders of the future are? The Professional Convention Management Association has announced its “20 in their Twenties” class of 2019, the sector’s brightest young talent. Although the list is dominated by North Americans, professionals from Italy, Bulgaria and the UK are also in the group. From Association Meetings International…

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Dreamtime Heading to Perth in 2019

Tourism Australia’s key event for promoting Australia as a world-class destination for the incentive sector, Dreamtime, will be held in Perth for the first time in 2019. The city’s Convention Bureau Chairman Kevin Skipworth said CVB members would benefit enormously from hosting the event and promoting the city to meetings groups. From CIM News Magazine…

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Istanbul Partnership to Rebuild Ranking

The convention bureau tasked with bringing international association meetings to Istanbul has signed a two-year partnership agreement to strengthen its hand. Istanbul’s CVB has therefore now become an Association Relations Partner of ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association. The city’s standing as a destination has collapsed in recent years. From Association Meetings International…

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Meet in Reykjavik Signs Further Universities

Iceland’s academic events and conferences are further ramping up. Meet in Reykjavik has signed another three universities to help develop the Scandinavian country as a key player in the sector. Bifröst University, Hólar University College and the Agricultural University of Iceland join three signed earlier this year. From Meetpie.com…

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Dundee Opens Doors to Business Events

City leaders in Dundee want to “open its doors to the world” with business events. Scotland’s fourth largest city has won six “major” conferences for 2019 through its Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau Conference Ambassadors. The events are worth £1.6 million and will attract some 1,250 delegates to the city. From Association Meetings International…

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Panels Not Manels II: Learning from the Lessons of Herstory

The Duke of York may have had ten thousand men, but recently when the University of York announced an all-male panel of seven for a history (sic) conference, a well-known female alumna tweeted academic displeasure. The conference sponsor immediately took the message on board and postponed the event, winning himself a GenderAvengers award. From PCMA Convene…

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Multi-Hub Meetings: Partially Virtual in Multiple Locations

Some things just work better when you’re hearing from two locations at the same time. The industry has been talking for a while about virtual and hybrid meetings, both on the rise. But what about multi-hub events (partially virtual meetings where groups in different places share the same programme at the same time)? From PCMA…

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Creating a Healthcare Legacy with Intelligent Sponsorship

If a company sponsors a bar tab or breakfast at an event, the return on that investment may quickly wear off. But at the inaugural MANOVA in Minneapolis, one of the healthcare event’s biggest sponsors chose to offer something rather more lasting. Walmart installed something most unusual for a conference: a flu-shot station. From PCMA…

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