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IMEX Gala Dinner Awards Presented

Professionals from right across the business events industry have been honoured in Frankfurt at the IMEX Gala Dinner. The 2019 JMIC Unity Award went to Joachim König, Director of Hannover Congress Centrum. Emile Coetzee from North-West University in South Africa won the MPI Foundation / Maritz Global Events Student Scholarship Award. From the Event…

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The Canadian CVBs Seeking Business at London Tech Week

Five Canadian convention bureaux recently attended London Tech Week’s AI Summit at ExCeL. Their aim was to attract tech-related business events across to their own destinations, along with the inward investment that follows. Among them was Virginie De Visscher, Director of Business Development for Economic Sectors, Business Events Canada (third left). From Association Meetings International…

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SITE Aims to Define Incentive Travel in Bangkok Manifesto

The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence’s new Bangkok Manifesto aims to define the nature, purpose and direction of the incentive travel sector. It was crowdsourced during the SITE Global Conference held in Bangkok this January, from essays written by ten sector professionals. CMO Pádraic Gilligan explains. From Northstar Meetings Group…

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“Women Deliver” Draws 8,000 to Vancouver Convention Centre

The Women Deliver conference has just brought 8,000 world leaders, advocates, academics, activists and journalists from over 150 countries into the Vancouver Convention Centre. The meeting aims to influence policy makers and politicians, and to drive investment into the lives of girls and women. Photo: Jon Benjamin Photography. From editor’s blog at Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Elliott L. Ferguson II: “Connected Capital” Washington DC

Elliott L. Ferguson II, President and CEO of Washington DC’s official marketing organisation Destination DC, has been talking “connected capital”, inclusion and positive impact at IMEX in Frankfurt. His themes included which knowledge sectors the district is targeting, the legacies its meetings are leaving in their wake, and issues of diversity. From Boardroom…

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Enlightening the Sector Lack of Vision Around Event Accessibility

A legacy of awareness around visual impairment was created during IMEX in Frankfurt with the holding of a “Dialogue in the Dark” workshop. Hosted by industry association IAPCO, and the business events teams of both Dubai and Melbourne, it all started with a blindfold. From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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Abu Dhabi: Meeting Economic Diversification

At the recent CEO Summit held in London by Iceberg partner UFI, Undersecretary of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism Saif Saeed Ghobash explained how international business events and exhibitions play a key role in diversifying the emirate’s economy away from petrochemicals. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Guadalajara: Economic Transformation Through Events

A recent trip to Guadalajara, Mexico, including both The Iceberg and its partner Boardroom, revealed a lot about this emerging conference destination. In this second video from the Jalisco state capital we hear discussed two key sectors earmarked for growth – high tech and creative – and the role of events in shaping that legacy. From Boardroom…

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The Economic Impact of Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo 2020 Dubai and its legacy are expected to contribute AED122.6 billion of gross value added to the UAE’s economy from 2013–31, according to the EY report, The Economic Impact of Expo 2020 Dubai. The report states that Expo 2020 is also expected to support up to 905,200 full-time equivalent job-years in the UAE from…

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Glasgow Health Legacy for Medical Meetings

Glasgow is using major medical meetings held in the city as a platform for championing and improving public health. Glasgow Convention Bureau is leading the People Make Glasgow Healthier campaign, launched at IMEX (pictured), with support from the Scottish Government, the Scottish Event Campus, local industry and the city’s academic community. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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PCMA Award Honours Senthil Gopinath

As a testament to his pioneering advancement of association meetings industry education and advocacy, new ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath has been named “Business Events Strategist of the Year” at the 2019 PCMA Visionary Awards in Washington DC. Gopinath previously led ICCA’s Middle East office as Regional Director. From the Event…

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Stakeholders Disagree Over Legacy

There is widespread disagreement over what legacy means when it comes to international meetings, and no consistency in terms of how either associations or destinations approach the subject. So says a new study by various Danish convention bureaux, and meetings consultancy and Iceberg partner GainingEdge, released at IMEX in Frankfurt. From Association Meetings International…

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