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Convene Presents and Celebrates: Best in Show 2018

Iceberg partner Convene presents its annual Best in Show list, which again awards top venues and innovations and celebrates industry excellence. Winners include the most original off-site venue, the Old Melbourne Gaol, and the best corporate social responsibility initiative, an Internet safety for kids programme. From PCMA Convene…

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State Library of Victoria Opens New Event Space

The State Library of Victoria in Australia is set to open a dedicated event space. The purpose-built Isabella Fraser Room opens in September, with a heritage hall opening next year as well. Both are part of “Vision 2020”: an AU$88.1 million project to transform library buildings and services. Photo: John O’Neill. From CIM News Magazine…

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UK MP Calls for Bed Tax to Fund Visitor Economy

James Heappey, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the events sector, has floated the idea of a bed tax to help fund both the industry and its promotion. The MP, who is the events champion in Parliament, said he was seeking views on a per room per night tax to assist the visitor economy. From Meetpie.com…

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Greener Coffee… or Enjoying Caffeine with Less Carbon

Coffee in copious quantity sustains much of the meetings industry. Yet disposable coffee cups are in of themselves a major sustainability issue. As the sector aims to reduce its carbon footprint, one organiser successfully avoided the mountains of cups often left behind at events, while also helping fund clean water projects around the world. From PCMA…

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Vegetarian Only Meetings: Further Sustainability Questions

When about 2,000 meeting delegates sat down for lunch at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Annual Conference, they were fed all plant-based food all conference long. In addition to the conference’s first-ever all-vegetarian menu, the organiser made another big move in 2017 by eliminating breakfast from the menu. From PCMA…

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Sustainable Meetings: Six Areas to Shine a Light Upon

With an ever-increasing focus on the environment and growing demand for sustainable practice, green event and conference planning is now an established trend within the global meetings industry. Here are six areas to consider for a greener approach: the venue, carbon offsetting, the accommodation, the catering, technology and lighting, and the materials used. From the Event…

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Vegetarian and Pescatarian Meetings: The Sustainability Question

In the GDS-Index white paper The Iceberg just published in Research, Finland’s Visit Espoo is committing to serve only locally-produced vegetarian food and sustainable fish to association delegates. Would you ever serve only vegetables and fish to your event attendees? Would they accept such a proposal? From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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The Huntington Convention Center’s “Real FarmVille”

The Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland is the latest venue to be farming produce onsite for the consumption of its visitors. The project, called “The Real FarmVille”, grows tomatoes, corn, mesclun and peppers. There are also chickens, pigs and even bees, not just for honey but for scientific study as well. From PCMA…

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ICC Sydney: Feeding Your Performance and Local Economy

ICC Sydney’s Feeding Your Performance initiative is already an Iceberg JMIC Case Study. Now a first year report from the University of Technology Sydney shows it has to date delivered AU$8.3 million to the NSW economy. More than AU$4.3 million has been spent with over 85 local producers and farmers. From CIM News Magazine…

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Gothenburg: A Big-time City for Big Events

Seasoned meetings industry veterans always take pleasure in discovering any destination unfairly overlooked. For one Iceberg partner a new find is the Swedish seaport of Gothenburg. Hotel Svenska Massan / Gothia Towers recently held a centenary event for customers from all over Europe “that combined intelligence with stardust”. From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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31 July 2018

MPI: Immigrant Workers in Hospitality & Service Organizations,...

about 20 percent to 30 percent of hospitality and service industry workers are immigrants. As the Trump Administration moves to reduce immigration, explore the potential impact on the hospitality and service industry with legal experts from employment law firm Campbell Litigation. Learn legal options for immigrants to continue working in the hospitality and service industry;…

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