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11 June 2018

ASAE Government Relations Symposium, Washington DC, USA

ASAE’s Government Relations Symposium has been the premier event for association GR specialists for more than 20 years. This high-level conference shares the latest trends and most pressing issues in the field, and experts work with attendees to maximize their association’s influence and relationships with governmental institutions.

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Washington State Convention Center Expansion Green Lit

The Seattle City Council has voted unanimously to allow work on the expansion of the Washington State Convention Center to go forward. The $1.6 billion project, for which ground will be broken this year, aims to double the size of the facility to more than than 850,000 square feet of space. From Meetings & Conventions…

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ADNEC and ExCeL London Celebrate Ten Years Together

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company and ExCeL London are celebrating ten years of ownership following ADNEC’s acquisition of the venue in May 2008. Continuous investment from ADNEC in ExCeL, along with support from London’s convention bureau and the Mayor’s Office, has made the venue and city itself a world-class business events destination. Photo: Senseiich. From Meetpie.com…

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Victoria Commits AU$800,000 for Regional Events

The state of Victoria in south-eastern Australia has set aside AU$800,000 over two years for regional business events. The funding continues the delivery of the Regional Victoria Business Events Program which over four years has generated more than 620 leads for the state, at regional venues like the Geelong Conference Centre (pictured). From CIM News Magazine…

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Istanbul ICCA Rankings: The Second Fall of Constantinople

In 2016 Turkey’s largest city Istanbul claimed eighth spot in ICCA’s much-trumpeted city rankings. Today it is in 133rd place. Over the past 24 months the city has suffered deadly terrorist attacks, a failed coup, and a series of purges against its citizens, including teachers, journalists and lawyers. From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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Government Bidding: Australia’s AU$12m National Bid Fund

The announcement of the Australian Government’s AU$12 million national bid fund is a major turning point for the business events industry. Tourism Australia’s unit Business Events Australia will oversee the fund, which has been made possible in no small part by Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steve Ciobo. From CIM News Magazine…

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Child’s Play II: A World Economic Forum Legacy

The Iceberg has previously covered the legacy created by Calgary for the International Play Association World Conference. Now delegates at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, have also taken time out to talk about play. Unilever, LEGO Foundation and IKEA Group founded the Real Play Coalition in partnership with National Geographic. From PCMA Convene…

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An Olympic Legacy: Korean Rapprochement

Even before the leaders of North and South Korea shook hands over the Demilitarized Zone border, plans were already being made for a possible meeting between Kim Jong-un and US President Trump. Is this political coup the legacy of an event: the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang? From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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A Practitioner’s Guide: The Decoupling of Associations in China

Two years ago the authorities in China began the long process of decoupling an astonishing 700,000 associations or scientific societies from government sponsorship and control. International conferences also must have local partners. Olivia Jia, Senior Manager of consultants IME and publisher of the China Social Organisation, reflects on working with associations in China. From Boardroom…

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Visit Victoria Welcomes Further Government Investment for Events

Visit Victoria has welcomed the Victorian Government’s further investment in tourism and events. Building on previous funds, the Victorian 2018/19 budget provides an additional AU$51.1 million for marketing and major events, including AU$21.8 million over two years to ensure Visit Victoria continues to draw lucrative business events to Melbourne. From CIM News Magazine…

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Dubai Spends $42.5bn on Infrastructure for Expo 2020

Dubai is spending $42.5bn on major hotel, theme park and transport projects ahead of international trade fair Expo 2020. The first World Expo staged in the Middle East, the six-month event is forecast to attract up to 300,000 visitors a day, half from abroad, when it opens in October 2020. From CIM News Magazine…

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China-LAC 2017 at the Punta del Este C & EC

The China-LAC Summit is an annual event organised by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It is a key entrepreneurial event for companies from China and the Latin American and Caribbean countries. The Punta del Este Convention and Exhibition Center was honored to host the 11th edition of…

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