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Business Events: The Power of Associations

In the second of three insights on the value of business and professional events, GainingEdge CEO Gary Grimmer and Gregg Talley, President and CEO of the Talley Management Group, analyse the crucial role professional associations and the broader “civil society” deliver across all the whole of scientific and industrial development.  Association meetings deliver the platforms…

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Sustainable Destination Management: The Road to a Circular Economy

When city convention bureau leaders at ICCA’s Scandinavian Chapter set up the first Scandinavian Destination Sustainability Index – the precursor to the Global Destination Sustainability Index – they had two primary objectives: to drive sustainability across the region through competition, collaboration and raised consciousness, and to differentiate the Nordic region to non-European markets as the most sustainable…

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Marseille Wins IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020

The French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, have jointly agreed to organise the IUCN World Conservation Congress. It will be held in June 2020 at Parc Chanot, Marseille, and France’s commitment to event sustainability was one reason for the country’s selection. From Boardroom…

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GDS-Index Launches Circular Economy White Paper

The Global Destination Sustainability Index has released its second white paper: “Sustainable Destination Management Trends and Insights: The Road to a Circular Economy”. The GDS-Index is a partnership between ICCA, ICCA’s Scandinavian chapter, IMEX, ECM and MCI Group. The report draws from 40 cities that participated in the 2017 GDS-Index benchmarking study. From Meetpie.com…

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Monaco: Grimaldi Forum Gets Solar Farm

Next year Grimaldi Forum Monaco and the Monegasque Company of Electricity and Gas will together install a photovoltaic power station on the venue’s roof. The solar farm will be the Principality’s largest, and the project comes in advance of the integration of the centre into an eco-district planned on land reclaimed from the sea. From Boardroom…

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IMEX 2018: Three GainingEdge Legacy Case Studies

The Rehabilitation International World Congress (pictured), held in Edinburgh in 2016, fundamentally advanced approaches to accessibility and inclusion. The event’s legacy – and indeed the distinction between legacy and impact – was one of three case studies discussed at an IMEX 2018 session hosted by Iceberg partner GainingEdge. From Boardroom…

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ICCA CEO Martin Sirk: The Real Legacy of Global Events

When most people think about international meetings they think about bed-nights and tourism expenditure. But hidden below the iceberg surface are the impacts that really count: knowledge creation and transfer, new solutions to societal issues, and opportunities for inward investment, partnerships and business deals. From ICCA CEO Martin Sirk via TTG Mice…

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Size Doesn’t Matter: Why Small is Beautiful

According to ICCA, almost two-thirds of international association meetings attract 250 or fewer delegates. Only seven percent welcomed more than 1,000 people, and just a tiny fraction (1.3 percent) attracted 3,000 or more. Small events can indeed be beautiful, but we hear little about them. From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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Copenhagen: Evaluating Academic Conferences

During IMEX, Copenhagen described the image problem academia is facing: endless conference invitations alongside carbon footprint concerns and straining public budgets. Industrial PhD student Thomas Trøst Hansen has been researching how delegate academics work and receive recognition through the value chain used as a basis for evaluating academic events. From Boardroom…

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Lyn Lewis-Smith: Sydney’s Vivid Legacies of Incentive Travel

Sydney has just hosted over 6,500 members of Jeunesse Global, the largest corporate incentive group ever to visit during the city’s Vivid festival. The huge meeting should contribute almost AU$40 million to the NSW economy. The Chief Executive of Business Events Sydney reflects on the value and legacies of such incentives. From Lyn Lewis-Smith via LinkedIn…

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Brisbane: Reinforcing a Reputation in Robotics

Brisbane has just reinforced its reputation as a powerhouse in robotics by welcoming 3,000 delegates from the sector to the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. The six-day event brought an estimated AU$10.5 million into Queensland’s economy and connected together the state’s substantial ecosystem of robotics institutions and academic departments. From Intellectual Capitals…

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Industry Partnership Formed to Promote Accessibility

BestCities Global Alliance has announced a joint study project in partnership with Rehabilitation International and GainingEdge. The goal is to produce a reference guide for organisers and the supplier community to make events more inclusive for delegates with special needs. The hope is that knowledge sharing and robust case studies will improve accessibility. From Boardroom…

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