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UFI Global Exhibition Barometer 30th Edition (January 2023)

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has released the latest, 30th edition of its flagship Global Exhibition Barometer research, which takes the pulse of the industry. The results highlight the quickening pace of the industry’s recovery in 2022 and a positive outlook for 2023. Download the Report here: UFI Global Exhibition Barometer, January…

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COP 27: Hattendorf Delivers End of Term Report

Kai Hattendorf, the omnipresent managing director of UFI and past president of the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) reports back from COP27 with a progress report on the sector-wide Net Zero Carbon Events movement.  “We’ve done what we initially wanted to achieve in three years in just eighteen months through the power of collaboration.”…

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Old Dog, New Bone: What now for Melbourne Chief?

Outgoing CEO at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre (MCEC), Peter King, reflects on the needs of the business events sector to have a ‘North Star’ upon which to attract talent. In a parting message, the former AIPC president hints that he still has a significant contribution to make to the broader wellbeing of the sector’s…

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Dealmakers: Steve Monnington reviews the deals of 2022

In the normal pre-pandemic years of 2018 and 2019 there were over 80 reported exhibition transactions with over 50 buyers. As reported at the end of 2020 and 2021, Covid resulted in about 50% of normal M&A activity. 2022 represented the first post-Covid year but activity was still well below historic levels. From Exhibition News…

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1 March 2023

International Confex, London, UK

For 40 years Confex has delivered ideas, inspiration and a meeting ground for the events industry. Over that period, the events landscape has changed beyond recognition and International Confex has evolved with it, from ground-breaking technology, crazy feature builders, wow factor venues, standout destinations to a vivid showcase of all the elements that make events…

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Conference Planners Want ‘More Efficient’ Visa Processing in 2023

Welcoming international conference delegates back to the USA and tackling climate change will be top of the agenda for the Exhibitions and Conferences Alliance (ECA) this year. Specifically, the organisation, which was established in 2021 during the pandemic, wants to restore visas to pre-pandemic levels and ‘encourage smart decarbonisation’. From Association Meetings International…

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ECA Announces 2023 Public Policy Agenda

With the new Congress being sworn in today, the Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA) has published its 2023 public policy priorities. For 2023, the ten ECA alliance partner organizations have identified four key areas of focus for ECA: Ensuring a favorable operating environment for the industry going forward… From Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance

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61st ICCA Congress: Lessons in Legacy

The 61st International Congress and Convention Association Congress was held last month in Kraków, Poland. The four days of content programming concentrated on three key industry topics: diversity, equity and inclusion, sustainability and legacy. Some of the legacy speakers also contributed to this Iceberg video Feature, here presented together with video of five of the legacy sessions….

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CityDNA Summer School: Destination Turin

The 36th edition of the CityDNA Summer School was hosted in late August. This year the Iceberg partner educational meeting graduated 43 students from Europe and South Africa. As well as video about the Summer School itself from Turin, Italy, this feature looks at participating medical associations and their meetings, sustainability and also hybrid meetings….

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Washington: Engineering Change with Business Events

Washington may be the oldest, largest and busiest global hub of associations working in different professions, trades and social endeavours. Associations are at the heart of city strategy, both in hosting meetings in the capital, and in locating headquarters there. In this video feature, Destination DC explains how change is being made through business events….

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