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Stellenbosch: 2018 Business Tourism Indaba

Stellenbosch 360 has just hosted its second Business Tourism Indaba, at which The Iceberg was invited to attend and speak. As well as gathering meetings industry players from across South Africa and wider, the Indaba shone a spotlight on both the university town’s own sector offering as host, and the approach it takes to fostering…

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The Experiential Difference

Not too long ago, even people in the hotel industry referred to the meeting rooms in their hotels as boxes. But all of that has changed, and in a big hurry too. Today the expectations of meetings and the venues that host them are much higher. Planners are finding that venues which engage the senses…

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Celtic Mayhem: The 2018 M&IT Agency Challenge

Over 120 agencies and suppliers recently attended the 2018 M&IT Agency Challenge at Celtic Manor resort in Newport, Wales. From new faces to old friends, and even to having a good singsong around a piano, it’s always to be celebrated when so many eventprofs are together under one roof. From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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Cvent: Event Budgets on the Rise

52 percent of global event planners have seen budgets increase year on year, after 32 percent in 2017. That’s according to the latest Cvent Global Planner Sourcing Report. The study also found a big increase in planners organising six to ten offsite meetings, and a major drop in planners arranging just one or two. From Meetpie.com…

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Impact Wins MCB Australian Business Award

The Melbourne Convention Bureau has secured the 2018 Australian Business Award for the contribution it has made to Victoria. Using the 20th International AIDS Conference as an example, MCB highlighted how the event provided a platform for stakeholders in the field, and also left a legacy of policy and legislative change and increased awareness. From CIM News Magazine…

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MPI Meetings Outlook: Key Trends Identified

Key industry trends have just emerged from Meeting Professionals International’s Meetings Outlook 2018 Summer Edition. The report highlights today’s seller’s market, that contracts and negotiations are getting ever more complex, a growing demand for experiential components, and a shift of seeing virtual meetings as a tool to enhance not replace live events. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Cvent Releases Top Meeting Destination Lists

Cvent has just released its annual lists of top meetings destinations. New this year are top destinations in Canada (Toronto leads), as well as in the Caribbean and Latin America (Cancún). In the US Orlando leads, in Europe London, in the Middle East and Africa Dubai, and in Asia Pacific Singapore. From Meetings & Conventions…

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US Tops Eventex All-Stars Top 20 Destinations

The Eventex All-Stars Top 20 Destinations for hosting Meetings and Events has been topped by the US, with the UK and the Netherlands tied in second place. The rankings are a weighting that takes into account the wins from each destination in the Global Event Industry Awards over the past two years. From Meetpie.com…

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Stellenbosch 360 Hosts Second Business Tourism Indaba

Stellenbosch 360 has just hosted its second Business Tourism Indaba at the Cavalli Wine Estate. Speakers included South Africa’s Minster of Tourism Derek Hanekom, Shadow Minister James Vos and South African Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona. The Iceberg also attended the Indaba and will soon publish its own report of proceedings. From the Event…

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52 Percent of Corporate Simple Meetings Via Unmanaged Channels

Simple meetings – those smaller, replicable gatherings with basic requirements – make up about half of corporate meetings globally. But 52 percent of them are being booked through unmanaged channels according to research from the Global Business Travel Association. This can end up costing companies money, attendee satisfaction and duty-of-care compliance. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Sarawak Readies for Inaugural TriBE 2018 Meeting

More than 200 delegates will attend the inaugural Business Events TriBE 2018 meeting taking place this August in Kuching. The keynote speakers include Iceberg partner Corbin Ball, and the delegates include three more partners: the International Congress and Convention Association, the Professional Convention Management Association, and the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers. From CIM News Magazine…

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$375m Caesars Forum Centre Breaks Ground in Las Vegas

Ground has been broken on Caesars Forum, a 550,000 square foot conference centre. The $375 million project is all on one level, and features the first 100,000 square foot outdoor meeting / event space in Las Vegas, the Forum Plaza. The venue’s two pillarless ballrooms will be the largest in the world. From Successful Meetings…

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