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GMID: Four Industry Tipping Points

This Global Meetings Industry Day IMEX Group CEO Carina Bauer has been reflecting on how the events and meetings industry has been evolving. In a press release marking GMID, Bauer shared four major tipping points that have transformed the sector over the last decade: globalisation, the emergence of innovation hubs, technology, and the TED factor. From Bizbash…

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The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Legacy Innovation Hub

As the last athlete leaves the Commonwealth Games Village, work will begin on transforming it into the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct. The new district is near two hospitals and a university, and the Games’ real legacy could be one of the most advanced health and knowledge innovation hubs in the Asia-Pacific. From CIM News Magazine…

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Startup Conference Collision Set to Relocate to Toronto

One of North America’s biggest startup conferences, Collision, will be relocating to Toronto in 2019. The move is a sign of the growing tech sector importance of the Ontario capital. The event itself has grown rapidly in recent years, from 1,500 attendees in 2014 to an expected 25,000 this year. From The (Toronto) Global and Mail…

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Icelandic Universities Aiming to Attract More Academic Conferences

Meet in Reykjavik has teamed up with three of Iceland’s top universities in an effort to increase the number of academic conferences they host. An official partnership agreement was signed between the convention bureau and the University of Iceland, Reykjavík University (pictured) and the Iceland University of the Arts. From Association Meetings International…

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Sheffield iSchools Event an Ambassador Success

Sheffield has hailed the success of its ambassador programme for attracting iSchools’ annual international iConference to the UK for the first time. Val Gillet, Professor of Cheminformatics at the University of Sheffield’s Information School, helped bring more than 450 delegates to the event at the city’s Diamond Building. Photo: Chemical Engineer. From Association Meetings International…

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Singapore: Where Associations Find Synergy

When the Singapore Tourism Bureau invited several international and European associations to come over and visit local societies and conference venues, they did not expect much symbiosis between these different organisations. But the group started to see synergies across its various fields of expertise and even dreamed up a joint congress together. From Boardroom…

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Engaging with the Start-Up Sector at Events

With advances in technology and the rise of crowdfunding platforms, the start-up scene is booming. This has seen many events emerge for those that play in the sector, like 4 Years from Now (4YFN), an initiative from the GSM Association which takes place alongside its flagship Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. From Freeman XP…

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Legacy: The Benefit in Marketing Destinations

A partner of The Iceberg, tmf dialogue marketing has also been looking at issues surrounding legacy. From ambassador programmes, to the way Qatar is becoming a knowledge economy to ease dependence on fossil fuels, to the idea of sponsoring speakers to give talks to the destination community, this is what it has found. From tmf dialogue marketing…

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Trailblazers Awarded to Help Brisbane Win International Events

Researchers in mobile robots and stem cells are among the recipients of the first Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant in Brisbane. Seven applicants have been awarded a share of AU$25,000 to attend a leading international conference and help secure the event for Brisbane in a succeeding year. From CIM News Magazine…

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Dubai’s Meeting Ambassadors Behind Two Thirds of Bids Won

More than 150 doctors, scientists, industry experts and business leaders have been honoured in Dubai for their role in attracting prestigious international meetings to the emirate. The ambassadors, members of convention bureau Dubai Business Events’ Al Safeer Programme, last year supported two thirds (67 percent) of successful bids for association conferences. From Association Meetings International…

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Intellectual Capitals, Not Second-Tier Cities

Medium-sized cities avoid the “second-tier” label by positioning themselves as knowledge or innovation hubs to win international meetings business, according to a new report. “The Rise of Midsize Cities in the Meetings Industry”, commissioned by trade show owner IMEX Group, says smaller destinations are increasingly using size to their advantage. From Association Meetings International…

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Montreal: Scientific Pioneer

Montreal has become Canada’s cultural capital: not quite North American, but not entirely European either. Already home to top-notch researchers in fields like genetics, aging, economics and life sciences, Montreal’s scientific community is building on its international reputation. It is doing this both by winning scientific awards and by attracting large-scale international conventions. From Boardroom…

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