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Cape Town: MBA World Summit 2018

In conjunction with the South Africa National Convention Bureau and The Iceberg initiative, the Event brings you a case study on the MBA World Summit 2018. Conferences and exhibitions drive industries, propel business and contribute significantly to global GDP. In South Africa, they contribute over R115 billion to national GDP. They are a transformative strategy…

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Knowledge Transfer Key for Events, Says GCB

Knowledge transfer is the key to successful events, according to new research unveiled by the German Convention Bureau. Event planners should concentrate on surprising or disruptive elements, as well as responding to individual attendee requirements. The GCB presented its Future Meeting Space research at PCMA Convening Leaders in Pittsburgh. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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2019: Data Ethics, Screen Time, Diversity, Inclusivity and Sleep

Five Convene editors have been examining meeting trends for 2019. Big data now needs data ethics. We will pay more attention to attention itself and our use of technology in groups. New kinds of benchmarks are emerging to measure diversity and inclusivity. Sleep is now very much part of any focus on wellbeing. From PCMA Convene…

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Panels Not Manels III: Research Highlights Gender Discrepancy

After conducting research for the recent “Gender Diversity & Inclusion in Events” report, reviewing over 60,000 speakers at business events in 23 countries between 2013 and 2018, event software company Bizzabo found that on average more than two thirds (69 percent) of speakers were male, with less than one third female. From PCMA…

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APAC “Meeting Room of the Future” Released

Experience creation is the top priority for Asia Pacific event planners, according to IACC’s first APAC edition of its “Meeting Room of the Future” report. 66 percent of the region’s meeting planners claim delegates seek more engagement, personalisation and interactive technologies at business events than before. From CIM News Magazine…

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The Meetings Show Predicts Trends

The UK’s Meetings Show has met with its advisory board to discuss the future of the show and wider sector. Subjects included how the meetings industry should promote the UK as a good place to do business. Intellectual capital was also debated as an influencer of destination choice. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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IBTM World 2018: Highlights of Three Days in Barcelona

As well as attending the 57th ICCA Congress, SoolNua’s Mary Martin has been at IBTM World in Barcelona. Her roundup includes the ICCA World Forum for young professionals. representing the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence with a social media clinic, the 2018 Tech Watch Awards, and IBTM World’s impressive closing statistics. From SoolNua blog and news…

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The Association for Women in Events: Diversity and Inclusion

The President of the Association for Women in Events has spoken about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the industry. Kiki J Fox (pictured top right) discussed career advancement resources, what women have to offer the industry, the #MeToo movement, AWE’s goals, and the recurring subject of gender diverse panels. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Ensuring Accessibility: A Planner’s Guide to Best Practice

Accessibility is a concept buzzing around the business events industry, but what do planners need to know to ensure awareness at congresses? According to new research from Iceberg partners BestCities Global Alliance and GainingEdge, working with Rehabilitation International, universal accessibility is now key to business growth, knowledge sharing and increased competitiveness for destinations. From PCMA…

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Incredible Impacts: A Winning Approach to Creating Legacy

The second round of grants from the International Congress and Convention Association and BestCities Global Alliance’s “Incredible Impacts” awards have just been awarded to associations whose meetings create longterm legacies. Jane Cunningham, Director of International Associations at BestCities, breaks down this year’s winning entries and discusses what the judges are looking out for. From BestCities Global Alliance…

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IBTM World 2018 Breaks Booking Record

IBTM World has broken a previous record for pre-arranged meetings with 77,651 booked ahead of this year’s event, five percent up on last year. As well as the returning brands, this year’s first-time exhibitors include the Tourism Promotion Board Philippines, Tourism New Zealand and the Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Report Highlights MI Accessibility Issues

A new report highlights the need for more work on universal accessibility across the meetings industry. The research project from Iceberg partners BestCities Global Alliance and GainingEdge, working with Rehabilitation International, was unveiled at the 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai, and is also posted in the Iceberg’s Research section. From CIM News Magazine…

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