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2019 Meetings and Events Future Trends

There has never been a more exciting time for meetings and events. The growth in sophisticated venues across the globe and innovation in tech is making boundless creativity a reality. And smarter ways of using data to fine-tune the value around meetings programs are in full effect. The digital revolution and use of social media…

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Meetings and Events to Grow in 2019

Meetings and events demand will grow by up to ten percent in 2019, according to Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s 2019 Meetings & Events Future Trends report. The study also finds that average size of meetings will rise in nearly every region. Strategic management of meetings, unorthodox spaces / activities, and content evolution, are the areas to watch. From Meetpie.com…

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London Tops EMEA Destination Rankings

Despite Brexit uncertainties, London has topped Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s rankings for European, Middle East and African corporate meetings and events next year, based on CWT’s 2019 Meetings & Events Future Trends report. The top ten list has four new or returning entries: Vienna, Stockholm, Hamburg and Frankfurt. From Meetpie.com…

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ICC La Paz Opens in Baja California Sur

The International Convention Center of La Paz has opened in the capital city of Baja California Sur, two hours north of Los Cabos on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. The 102,472 square foot venue is on the Sea of Cortez, with views of the water from a large reception-ready outdoor patio. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Las Vegas Heads North America Rankings

Las Vegas has topped Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s rankings for North America corporate meetings and events next year, based on CWT’s 2019 Meetings & Events Future Trends report. The top ten has three new entries: Boston, San Antonio and Vancouver in Canada. Cities that have dropped out of it include Philadelphia, Phoenix and Atlanta. From Meetpie.com…

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ICC Wales Starts Hard Hat Site Tours

ICC Wales opens its doors in May 2019. With less than a year to go, the £84 million conference centre is letting potential clients, stakeholders and the media view the construction site. With all the steel and some plumbing now in place, the venue is holding “Wonder What It’s Like” tours. From Meetpie.com…

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Vienna’s Mutschlechner Retires from CVB

The man who made Vienna a leading destination for international association meetings is retiring as director of its convention bureau after almost three decades in the post. Christian Mutschlechner served the Austrian capital’s CVB for 27 years, during which time Vienna has consistently been a top-three convention city. From Association Meetings International…

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Charleston: $63m Events Loss After Hurricane Florence

While Hurricane Florence didn’t touch down in Charleston, the destination estimates it took a $63 million hit as a result of cancelled events. Some organisers postponed early to avoid potential issues, others tried to move forward right up until the governor issued the call for mandatory evacuation. Some groups even turned events virtual. From PCMA Convene…

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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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CVBs: Giving Planners the Personal Touch During Site Visits

Comments from planners surveyed by the biennial Watkins Report show that when convention bureaux go out of their way to make personal connections with them, it has a big impact on site selection. Making introductions, escorting planners round hotels, and demonstrating how well stakeholders will work together, all make an impression. From PCMA Convene…

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Meetings and Events Across a World of Political Disruption

Where meetings and events choose to go, and how they approach their content, are affected by many factors, not least the influence of political disruptors like Brexit or the 2016 US presidential election. So says Rod Cameron, Executive Director of the Joint Meetings Industry Council, which presents The Iceberg. From CIM News Magazine…

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Corporations: More Events, Measurement Still a Problem

A new Harvard Business Review report called “The Event Marketing Evolution” (already available in The Iceberg’s Research section) shows that more than half of corporations place more value on face-to-face than other marketing channels, and have upped their event activity. Yet they still struggle to quantify return on investment. From PCMA Convene…

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