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#MEET4IMPACT Project: Managing Social Impact

Launched in February, #MEET4IMPACT is creating a framework to support and measure association meetings’ social impacts. In this fourth instalment of our Features series, founder Geneviève Leclerc discusses what comes in advance of the requirement everyone knows and appreciates, measurement of legacy impact: its management. From Boardroom…

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Soft Power Now a Key Driver of Incentives

Latest research about trends in incentive travel shows that “soft power” (meaning persuasion rather than coersion) is now competing with sales and the bottom line as a key driver in the industry. The 2019 Incentive Travel Industry Index’s preliminary results were revealed at IMEX America in Las Vegas. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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CWT: Meetings Industry to Grow Eight Percent

CWT M&E says the buoyant global meetings industry is poised for eight percent growth next year, despite looming geopolitical and economic headwinds. The 2020 Future Trends report notes these as the trade war between the US and China, Brexit and its wider impact, the protests in Hong Kong and climate change. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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The 33rd ECM Summer School: Learning the London Experience

London has just hosted the 33rd edition of the European Cities Marketing Summer School. This year’s event graduated 64 students from three continents, including four from the USA and Canada and five from South Africa. Brand new for 2019 was an innovative stronger connection between attendees and the host city. From European Cities Marketing…

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Overtourism: Hosting the Crowd, Without Crowding the Host

When tourist visitors to a city greatly outnumber the resident population, it’s not hard to understand locals feeling crowded, some to the point of revolt. But is overtourism an issue for the meetings industry? What have selfie-stick wielding hordes that descend seasonally on top destinations have to do with business events? From PCMA…

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CVB Alliance Publishes Europe as a Meetings Destination Study

With the aim of analysing Europe’s potential as a meetings destination, a recent report, supported by nine members of the Strategic Alliance of the National Convention Bureaux of Europe, has identified economic, socio-political, technological and other industry trends that are now affecting the European meetings community. From Meetings International…

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DAC 2019: Measuring Legacy and the Societal Impact of Associations

During the 2017 Dubai Association Conference, the impact generated by associations was a key theme. Two years on, the second edition of the conference this December at the Dubai World Trade Centre will focus on the larger roles played across global society and “the societal impact of associations”. From Boardroom…

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US Exhibitions Industry: Currently Evolving into Exhibitions 2.0

AMR International’s recently updated report, “The US Exhibitions Industry – Developments and Opportunities for Organizers”, points the way to the next generation of exhibitions. The white paper finds the US market still attractive, forecasting continuing compound annual growth rate of 3.5 percent through 2022. Of more concern is a decline in attendee numbers. From PCMA…

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