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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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2018: Climate Change, #MeToo, the War on Plastic and Brexit

As 2018 leaves its footprints on the sands of time, here’s to the past extraordinary year. The last twelve months brought great change to the meetings industry, from the #MeToo movement, to the war on plastic, and to fears about climate change. That’s before even the dreaded “B” word. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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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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Gothenburg: Sustainability as a Meetings Strategy

The winners of the Global Destination Sustainability Index Awards were announced during the closing ceremony of the 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai. For the third year in a row, Gothenburg Convention Bureau won the Leadership Award, and it remains a pioneer, setting the pace as well as sharing best practice across the industry. From Meetings International…

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BESydney’s Martin Boyle to Lead IAPCO

The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers has appointed Martin Boyle, Director of Europe for convention bureau BESydney, as its new CEO. Boyle will take the helm in April next year, replacing Executive Director Sarah Storie-Pugh, who will continue in a part-time capacity. From Association Meetings International…

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