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ECM Summer School: Destination Marketing Impact

While some destinations fail to invest in reaping the rewards of business and professional events (the current example being the Scottish capital and the public sector funding cuts devastating convention and visitors bureau Marketing Edinburgh), meetings are increasingly being acknowledged by city authorities across the board for the economic and social legacies they leave. Iceberg…

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Vancouver: World Sleep Leaves Public Health Impact

With a record-breaking 3,580 attendees registered, the recent World Sleep 2019 in Vancouver was the largest sleep meeting ever held. Organised by the World and the Canadian Sleep Societies, the event featured a learning and awareness stream free to attend for the general public, Sleep Expo 2019. Photo: Kristopher Grunert. From Association Meetings International…

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Sarawak: Looking to Social Impact and Legacy

Business Events Sarawak is looking beyond the narrow limits of business tourism’s financial benefits. Malaysia’s biggest state and second-tier conference destination, with fast-increasing popularity, has recently expanded its focus towards the social impact and remote legacy that meetings can leave behind, like April’s Borneo Coffee Symposium. From Boardroom…

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ECM Meetings Statistics Report Released

Meetings in Europe are increasing in number, but becoming shorter and smaller. So says the ninth edition of Iceberg partner European Cities Marketing’s Meetings Statistics Report, which reveals 2.9 percent growth in the number of meetings between 2017 and 2018. Delegate numbers and delegates days have however slightly decreased. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Life Sciences Gather in Congress Center Basel

With five different formats spread across two co-located meetings, Basel Life and Intelligent Health, a festival of life sciences events has just taken place at the same time in the Congress Center Basel. 2,000 delegates from 68 countries visited Intelligent Health, which focussed on the use of artificial intelligence to solve world health problems. From Boardroom…

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Montreal’s Palais Opens CITE Centre

The Palais des congrès de Montréal is opening its CITE Event Innovation and Technology Centre, in order to help organisers with reinventing the experience they offer through the expertise of local startups. A dozen firms have joined or will be joining the centre, ultimately in a full-scale co-working space. From Boardroom…

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Communication Event Hosted in Leeds

MEETinLEEDS, conference facilities for the University of Leeds, has just finished hosting the Communication Matters International Augmentative and Alternative Communication Conference. Attracting over 430 delegates from 19 countries, the event created significant legacies around communication needs for both attendees and the venue. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Edinburgh’s Healthy Medical Event Autumn

Edinburgh’s world leading position in medical research, life sciences and entrepreneurship is now being reinforced with many organisations in the sector selecting the city for events and meetings this autumn. In 2018-2019, Marketing Edinburgh supported 37 health conferences, bringing in 44 percent of business tourism revenue over that time. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Athens to Host 2023 Transplant Congress

Athens has been chosen to host the 2023 Congress of the European Society for Organ Transplantation. The announcement was made at the 2019 event just held in Copenhagen. More than 3,500 global experts are expected to attend the event, which will create a significant legacy for both Athens and its life sciences sector. From Boardroom…

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Dubai Says Expo 2020 Readiness on Track

The fourth meeting of Dubai’s City Readiness Committee, which brings together the major parties involved, has declared all the preparations for Expo 2020 to be on track. The body coordinates both local and federal entities. It is now just a year before the six month event, with 25 million visits expected. From Meetings International…

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CTICC Chosen for 2022 FIP World Congress

South Africa has been selected as host of the FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2022. The event is the largest global gathering of pharmacy professionals, and will be held at the CTICC (Cape Town International Convention Centre) in September 2022, with around 2,000 attendees expected. From the Event…

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ExCeL London: Jeremy Rees on the Power of Events and of People

Jeremy Rees, ExCeL London CEO, has been revealing his plans for the future of the venue. Topics covered include measuring event success, budgets, safety, changes inside the industry, and the sector’s wider recognition. Ahead of Sibos, the centre upgraded its W-Fi, and also installed a living wall of more than 9,500 plants (see picture). From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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