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Global Business Events Worth $1 Trillion

Business events add more than $1 trillion to the global economy, preliminary results of the Events Industry Council’s first Global Economic Significance of Business Events study show. In 2017, according to the Iceberg partner’s report, business events brought together more than 1.4 billion participants in over 180 countries. From PCMA…

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Sarawak: Growing Agriculture Through Business Events

Sarawak in Malaysia is leveraging business events to help it become a smart agriculture hub for the Asia Pacific region. The BESarawak Alliance has been formed to encourage growth in key sectors, and one of BESA’s first initiatives is an agriculture-based familiarisation trip taking place in conjunction with the first Sarawak AgroFest. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Riyadh Investment Conference Boycotted

A Riyadh investment conference, dubbed the “Davos in the desert”, kicked off amid huge controversy surrounding the killing of Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul. Dozens of business leaders and politicians pulled out of the Future Investment Initiative following the mounting speculation over the Saudi Arabian government’s role in the journalist’s consulate murder. From Meetpie.com…

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Gateshead Quays to Attract NE Events

England’s North East is to target major events with an ambitious conference precinct receiving funding from the UK Department for International Trade. The £250 million, 3.84 hectare Gateshead Quays project will increase the region’s ability to attract and host major conferences and exhibitions, as well as music and cultural events. From Association Meetings International…

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Global Business Events Impact $1 Trillion

A new study has valued the global business events industry at more than $1 trillion. Preliminary results were announced by Iceberg partner The Events Industry Council at IMEX America. The full report is available from November 9th. The Global Economic Significance of Business Events is the first research of its kind. From Association Meetings International…

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Balinese Venues Stage Major IMF Event

Bali has hosted the International Monetary Fund World Bank Group Annual Meetings 2018, attracting 36,669, including delegates from 189 member countries. Heads of state, ministers and other delegates met at BICC, the Bali International Convention Centre, while 467 guest rooms at the Westin Resort Nusa Dua were converted to offices for their use. From CIM News Magazine…

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31 New Zealand Experts Attract 18,000

New Zealand’s tourism minister has thanked 31 experts who have secured international conferences for their efforts in growing the country’s business, research and technology hubs. The 25 events that were secured are expected to bring over 18,000 international experts into New Zealand, and an estimated NZ$37 million into the local economy. From Association Meetings International…

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Event App Reveals MPs’ Personal Data

Conservative Members of Parliament in the UK have had personal details revealed by the official mobile app of their party conference. Users found they were able to access MP’s information simply by entering email addresses with no password. Within minutes of the flaw’s discovery, app accounts were already being hacked. From Meetpie.com…

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Missing the Irony: Planning Brexit in the EU Funded ICC

The recent Conservative Party conference offered little clarity on the UK’s route forward to leaving the European Union. But did delegates also miss some irony? The event’s venue, Birmingham’s International Convention Centre, was partially funded by the EU with a donation of £50 million in 1991. Photo: Philip Pankhurst. From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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Convention Centres: The Legacy of Action on Homelessness

Most convention centres are publicly owned, so local laws are framed to allow community access. When it comes to the homeless this can present challenges. But being public institutions, venues can also play an active role in assisting the homeless. The International Association of Venue Managers offers nineteen amazing cases in point. From PCMA Convene…

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Climate Week NYC: A Responsible Capital

New York has continued its commitment to becoming “the capital city of a responsible world” by hosting the 10th annual Climate Week NYC. More than 140 climate-focused meetings were part of the event, run by international non-profit The Climate Group, with some 10,000 people expected to attend from over 40 countries. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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ITU Telecom World 2018: Developing Tech SMEs

The recent ITU Telecom World 2018 in Durban has bolstered South Africa’s initiatives in information and communications technology and tech-driven small and medium-sized enterprise development. The event, hosted by the Department of Telecommunications and Post of the Republic of South Africa, took place at Durban International Convention Centre. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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