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International Convention Destination Competitive Index

A new index which ranks cities in terms of their competitive strength for attracting international conventions was launched at the 57th ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) Congress 2018. The index scores cities based on their strengths in relation to eleven key drivers that GainingEdge says influence association decision-making during destination selection processes. The first…

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Sydney Speaker Series Luncheon 2018: An Iceberg Special Report

Politician, diplomat and educator Baroness Amos has given the keynote at a Sydney Speaker Series luncheon in London. The event was delivered in partnership between Business Events Sydney and ICC Sydney, and was hosted by the High Commission of Australia. The Iceberg itself was invited to attend, and was even able there to interview BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith….

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CINZ CSR Facilitates Free School Meals

Eat My Lunch runs a “buy one, give one” scheme distributing packed school meals in New Zealand. Now Conventions and Incentives New Zealand is helping planners weave corporate social responsibility into their events by partnering with the award-winning social enterprise. At a conference in Auckland, CINZ donated 200 lunches to Kiwi schoolchildren. From CIM News Magazine…

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A No-deal Brexit “Disastrous” for Events

A no-deal Brexit could be disastrous for Europeans in the events and hospitality industry, according to the UK’s Immigration Advice Service. It says the sector faces a shortfall of up to 60,000 workers if Great Britain crashes out of Europe without a deal. But any weakness in sterling could counteract some of the uncertainties. From Meetypie.com…

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Reduce and Recover: A Legacy of Action on US Food Waste

In 2016 the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, together with the US Environmental Protection Agency and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, hosted the largest-ever meeting solely focused on stopping 40 percent of US food going to waste. A two-year legacy of action followed, leading up to a second event. From PCMA Convene…

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Reusable Conference Coffee Cups: A More Robusta Approach?

Eunomia is running a conference coffee cup scheme at the Recycling & Waste Management Conference in Birmingham’s NEC. All F&B outlets are offering a discount for using a reusable cup, which also can be loaned for a deposit. But does this tackle the symptom rather than the problem? From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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Eventprofslive: Meeting Needs at the Refurished Lygon Arms

The Iceberg has fond memories of a stay at the historic Lygon Arms in the Cotswolds forty years ago. Now the owners of Eventprofslive have just organised a familiarisation trip to the refurbished venue, asking attendees to donate money to industry charity Meeting Needs. The idea met with great success. From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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Sustainable Meetings: Single-Use Plastic is No Longer Fantastic

Is time now up for that global event staple, the plastic badge holder? From a registration specialist whose products are all recyclable, to an event caterer transitioning away from bottled mineral water, to a venue banning single-use plastic packaging from hotel and meeting suites, here are three approaches to more sustainable events. From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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Convene Presents and Celebrates: Getting Better 2018

Opinions has already published Convene’s annual Best in Show list, celebrating industry excellence. But Convene also invited notables from across the sector to reflect on how the business of events is getting better. Nineteen contributed, among them Gregg Talley of the Talley Management Group and SoolNua and SITE’s Pádraic Gilligan. From PCMA Convene…

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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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