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Meet in Reykjavik Signs Further Universities

Iceland’s academic events and conferences are further ramping up. Meet in Reykjavik has signed another three universities to help develop the Scandinavian country as a key player in the sector. Bifröst University, Hólar University College and the Agricultural University of Iceland join three signed earlier this year. From Meetpie.com…

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Creating a Healthcare Legacy with Intelligent Sponsorship

If a company sponsors a bar tab or breakfast at an event, the return on that investment may quickly wear off. But at the inaugural MANOVA in Minneapolis, one of the healthcare event’s biggest sponsors chose to offer something rather more lasting. Walmart installed something most unusual for a conference: a flu-shot station. From PCMA…

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Putting a Price on the Knowledge Imparted at Events and Meetings

Can the knowledge imparted at a congress really be worth close to €1 billion? That’s the claim made by the European Society of Radiology and Vienna Convention Bureau about the European Congress of Radiology held in Vienna earlier this year. What does it say about the way we value knowledge? From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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Missing the Irony: Planning Brexit in the EU Funded ICC

The recent Conservative Party conference offered little clarity on the UK’s route forward to leaving the European Union. But did delegates also miss some irony? The event’s venue, Birmingham’s International Convention Centre, was partially funded by the EU with a donation of £50 million in 1991. Photo: Philip Pankhurst. From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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Event Waste: Meetings’ Green Credentials Take Centre Stage

The meetings industry has a huge environmental impact, from the distance delegates fly, to the reams of paper printed and kilowatts of energy used. As green culture takes hold, events with environment-friendly certification already have a market advantage. As expectations rise, this will become a minimum requirement. Views include Iceberg partner IAPCO. From Skift…

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Convention Centres: The Legacy of Action on Homelessness

Most convention centres are publicly owned, so local laws are framed to allow community access. When it comes to the homeless this can present challenges. But being public institutions, venues can also play an active role in assisting the homeless. The International Association of Venue Managers offers nineteen amazing cases in point. From PCMA Convene…

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Climate Week NYC: A Responsible Capital

New York has continued its commitment to becoming “the capital city of a responsible world” by hosting the 10th annual Climate Week NYC. More than 140 climate-focused meetings were part of the event, run by international non-profit The Climate Group, with some 10,000 people expected to attend from over 40 countries. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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ITU Telecom World 2018: Developing Tech SMEs

The recent ITU Telecom World 2018 in Durban has bolstered South Africa’s initiatives in information and communications technology and tech-driven small and medium-sized enterprise development. The event, hosted by the Department of Telecommunications and Post of the Republic of South Africa, took place at Durban International Convention Centre. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Homeless Hackathon Glasgow: A Legacy of Hacker Action

In 2017 Gallus Events’ William Thomson read in a Scottish newspaper that in his native town of Glasgow, one homeless person dies every week. He created Homeless Hackathon Glasgow, which brought together forty hacker participants, and which has yielded not one, but three projects currently under development, including an app for distributing surplus food. From PCMA Convene…

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IMEX America: Five Experiences to Watch out for in Las Vegas

IMEX America will soon take place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. Here are five experiences to keep an eye open for: the MPI Carnival, C2’s Learning Labs, the IMEX Live Zone, the IMEX Tech Zone, and a welcome import from IMEX Frankfurt, the Legacy Wall (pictured). From the Event…

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Mutschlechner: Thought Leader and Game Changer

The retirement of Christian Mutschlechner from the Vienna Convention Bureau next year may, or may not, mean he is departing from the wider industry. But the fact Vienna consistently out-performed bigger cities, and has become one of the world’s top convention destinations, owes a great deal to him. From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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Tourism New Zealand Discusses Social Impact

Capturing the positive social impact of international conferences was the focus of a recent workshop hosted by Tourism New Zealand in Auckland. The event was facilitated by Genevieve Leclerc, a conference and association management expert, who believes traditional measurement does not capture the true weight business events add to the community. From CIM News Magazine…

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