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US Incentive Awards May Soon Be Taxed

The Incentive Federation has issued an update on the Congressional proposal to repeal part of the US tax code which gives firms exclusion for employee service and safety awards. The House of Representatives has now passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but the Senate bill does not have a corresponding provision. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Westminster Bubbles: A Voice at the Table

The Iceberg previously reported the Business of Events Senior Leadership Forum that recently brought the UK government and its meetings industry together (Opinions: “Westminster Bubbles: A Meeting of Minds”). Now Events Industry Board Chair Nick de Bois, himself a former MP, weighs in with his own view of the session. From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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Business Event Security: Lord Evans’ Sydney Keynote

The head of security for the London 2012 Olympics, former MI5 Director General Lord Evans, has given the keynote at a Sydney Speaker Series lunch in London. The event was organised by both Business Events Sydney and ICC Sydney, and hosted by the High Commission of Australia. The Iceberg was also invited. If there was any doubt…

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Advantage Events Abu Dhabi Fund Launched

Abu Dhabi has launched a fund to incentivise international, regional and local companies to enhance its events programme. Attracting more meetings is a key goal of the emirate’s Department of Culture and Tourism. The initial funding is AED10 million, with further tranches being made available as the scheme evolves. From CIM News Magazine…  

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Westminster Bubbles: A Meeting of Minds

At a reception near Parliament ahead of the Business of Events Leadership Forum, UK tourism minister John Glen promised to help the meetings industry work directly with government to win business. And Michael Hirst, chair of the Business Visits and Events Partnership, thinks the sector’s standing with government has never been greater. From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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Hong Kong to Build New Convention Centre

A new convention centre is to be built in Hong Kong to bring in more international meetings to the city. The new venue will be near the existing Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. The site currently houses government buildings which will be demolished to create the new facility. From Association Meetings International…  

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Meetings and Events Pitch for a UK Industrial Strategy Deal

The events and meetings industry will play a key role within UK tourism’s application for a sector deal in the government’s post-Brexit industrial strategy. In a document agreed by the Tourism Industry Council, growing Britain’s market share in meetings is cited as a goal of extending the tourism season year-round. From Meetpie.com…

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South Africa: A Guide to the Subvention Fund

At Meetings Africa 2017 a R110 million subvention fund was announced, part of the South African Government’s R494 million tourism allocation for the next three years. It has already assisted organisers in bringing association meetings to South Africa. So who is eligible for this funding and how does one apply for it? From the Event…

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A Warning “Or Everyon”: Theresa May and THAT Speech

It was a speech the embattled UK Prime Minister was hoping would go rather better than it did. First, a prankster breached security to hand Theresa May a fake P45 (a UK termination of employment form). Then she lost her voice. Even the set designer received an unexpected “F” (and later “E”). From CIM News Magazine…

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UK Events All-Party Parliamentary Group Reconfirmed

Following the summer recess, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the UK Events Industry has been formally confirmed as continuing. Core members remain the same, and say they’ll continue keeping the industry high on Parliament’s agenda. The group also attracts events to the UK. Photo: UK Parliament / Jessica Taylor. From Meetpie.com…

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Scottish Government Salutes Edinburgh’s Ambassadors

The debating chamber of the Scottish Parliament building is one of the most extraordinary meeting spaces ever constructed. And now the Scottish Government has further recognised the importance of meetings to the country’s economic development by saluting the academic and business ambassadors helping the capital Edinburgh to attract business and professional events. Photo: Colin. From Meetpie.com…

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Democratic Bill Would Ban Federal Spend at Trump Hotels

In the US, Democratic lawmakers are introducing a bill to ban federal officials from enjoying taxpayer-funded business travel at properties owned by senior government officials. This would include resorts like President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, where the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, was entertained in April. From Meetings & Conventions…  

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