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Stellenbosch: 2018 Business Tourism Indaba

Stellenbosch 360 has just hosted its second Business Tourism Indaba, at which The Iceberg was invited to attend and speak. As well as gathering meetings industry players from across South Africa and wider, the Indaba shone a spotlight on both the university town’s own sector offering as host, and the approach it takes to fostering…

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Cape Town: Africa’s Tech Capital

The Greater Cape Town area has been named the most productive technology sector in Africa by a new report from Endeavor Insight. So its challenge as Africa’s tech capital is attracting and investing in talent. Cape Town International Convention Centre also hosts the world’s largest Africa-focused technology, media and telecoms event, AfricaCom. From Intellectual Capitals…

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A Report from the IMEX Policy Forum 2018

The 2018 IMEX Policy Forum (formerly Politicians Forum) featured significant changes in format in an ongoing bid to optimise interactions between government representatives and industry leaders and to make outcomes clearer and more actionable. The 2018 Policy Forum programme included four key parts: An advance discussion group of national level government representatives addressing policy issues…

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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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ESTRO: Counting Legacy in Lives Saved

The European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology is a non-profit and scientific organisation that promotes using radiation oncology to improve patient care in the treatment of cancer. There are more than 7,300 ESTRO members, which makes the group’s annual congress an opportunity to effect major change. CEO Alessandro Cortese explains. From PCMA…

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Impact Wins MCB Australian Business Award

The Melbourne Convention Bureau has secured the 2018 Australian Business Award for the contribution it has made to Victoria. Using the 20th International AIDS Conference as an example, MCB highlighted how the event provided a platform for stakeholders in the field, and also left a legacy of policy and legislative change and increased awareness. From CIM News Magazine…

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Royal College of Physician: 500 Years of Events

2018 sees the Royal College of Physicians in London mark its 500th anniversary, and also five centuries of hosting events. RCP was first established by Henry VIII’s physician Thomas Linacre, who persuaded the king the college was needed to regulate medicine. The anniversary was marked by a summer showcase. Photo: Paul the Archivist. From Meetpie.com…

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ICC Sydney Saves Use of 1m Plastic Bottles

ICC Sydney has announced that more than one million plastic water bottles have been saved from use via its partnership with Sydney Water. The venue promotes drinking Sydney tap water at events with co-branded, reusable glass bottles in all meeting rooms. This has already reduced plastic use by 12,900 kilograms. From CIM News Magazine…

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Artificial Intelligence Collects and Co-locates in Stockholm

Stockholm has just hosted the Federated AI Meeting, the world’s largest scientific event on artificial intelligence. This was actually five conferences co-located under one roof. When the Swedish AI Society, with support from Visit Stockholm, won its bid to host one of them, a plan was hatched to create a larger event. From Boardroom…

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NSW Government Triple’s Regional Event Scholarships

Australia’s New South Wales Government will fund a total of eighteen Diploma of Event Management scholarships this year. The awards are targeted at those in rural and regional NSW. The scheme has received almost eighty applications since February, so is awarding three scholars instead of just one in each of six destination networks. From CIM News Magazine…

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Energy Disruptors Unite Challenges Industry Assumptions

The inaugural edition of Energy Disruptors Unite in Calgary, Canada, joined together oil and gas leaders with the brightest minds of the renewable energy industry. With a diverse speaker lineup that included Sir Richard Branson, initial success indicates the event could become a driving force in solving the world’s big energy issues. From PCMA…

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Sapporo: A Japanese Legacy of Wilder Meetings

The rich natural environment of Sapporo has much to offer when it comes to hosting meetings, as it did for the 5th International Wildlife Management Congress of July 2015. Japan’s fifth-largest city boasts academic institutions that lead in the fields of geosciences, organic chemistry, agriculture, forestry, energy, medicine, pharma, animal behavior and veterinary sciences. From Boardroom…

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