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Deborah Sexton: 13 Years, 13 Questions

Convening Leaders 2018 in Nashville was a valedictory event for Deborah Sexton, who is stepping down as CEO of the Professional Convention Management Association after thirteen years. So here are Deborah’s revealing answers to thirteen questions, including her country music ambitions, ad libbing after Matthew McConaughey, and surviving a plane hijacking. From PCMA Convene…

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Paul Flackett Remembered at London Memorial Event

Friends and family of Paul Flackett gathered at London’s Queen Elizabeth II Centre to bid farewell to the former MD of IMEX. Colleagues shared memories of the 69 year-old, who died in November, and SoolNua’s Padraic Gilligan even wrote a song for the occasion, performing it with Spectra’s Paul Miller and ExCeL’s James Rees. From Meetpie.com…

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IMEX Joining the Industry Conversation About Legacy

Legacy will be the talking point of the IMEX Group’s 2018 events, according to CEO Carina Bauer. IMEX will be addressing political legacy, knowledge legacy and social impact, CSR, environmental and personal legacy. Two research reports, case studies and education sessions at both IMEX Frankfurt and IMEX America will explore the topics. From Meetings & Conventions…

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PCMA Chairman’s Award Winner Announced At Convening Leaders

Janet Tan-Collis, President of the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers, has picked up the Professional Convention Management Association’s 2017 Chairman’s Award at the latter’s Convening Leaders event in Nashville. The prize recognises individuals or organisations for their unique achievements in and contributions to the business events industry over the previous year. From Association Meetings International…

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Incredible Impacts: Making a Mark

In November the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) welcomed a record number of delegates to its 56th annual congress. Almost 1,300 members, including more than 40 association executives, travelled to Prague for four days of education, chapter meetings and networking. During the event, the inaugural winners of the “Incredible Impacts” grants supported by both…

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London Tech Week: London & Partners

London Tech Week is a festival of live events taking place once a year across the United Kingdom capital. Having been held now for four years, it has become a key gathering for the ICT industry in London. It connects the entire tech ecosystem both within the city and beyond, shapes the future of the…

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Incredible Impacts: The Beyond Tourism Impact of Meetings

Last month the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) welcomed a record number of delegates to its 56th annual congress. Almost 1,300 members, including more than 40 association executives, travelled to Prague for four days of education, chapter meetings and networking. According to Czech Statistical Office data, Prague welcomed a total of 4,426 conferences in…

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Paul Flackett and Jane Schuldt Remembered

The holiday season is also a time to remember those who have left us during the past year. Two industry titans familiar to almost the entire sector, including the Iceberg team, passed away in 2017: IMEX Group Managing Director Paul Flackett, and former SITE President Jane E. Schuldt. With recollections of both legends, SoolNua’s Pádraic Gilligan at Padraicino…

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Giving Back During Thanksgiving

The holiday season is a time we should all be thinking about those less fortunate than ourselves. So what better story now to tell than the charitable legacies offered by several major US convention centres during Thanksgiving… the last time that turkey was on the menu? Go and do likewise. From PCMA…

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ICC Sydney Publishes Art Book

In yet another example of the creative legacies of business events, ICC Sydney has published a book celebrating its art collection. “ICC Sydney Art Collection: A Curated Collection of Art to Celebrate Sydney” includes commissions both for the new venue and for the first convention and exhibition centre in Darling Harbour. From CIM News Magazine…

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Playing the Long Game: The Power of Conferences

The question is often asked: what are the benefits of holding conferences? Often the real answers to the question only emerge years after an event has taken place, when the ideas presented or connections made have become breakthroughs that save lives, change society or redefine best practice and policy. Business Events Sydney (BESydney) and the…

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