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Healthcare Profs Need Time for Events

Ashfield Meetings & Events has published The Science of Healthcare Congresses, a white paper, which discusses decisions made about meeting attendance. Lack of time was by far the biggest reason healthcare professionals are not attending events. 95 percent of HCPs would consider attending more regional or localised meetings. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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China International Tea Expo Held in Hangzhou

Hangzhou has held the largest ever China International Tea Expo, a 70,000 square metre exhibition bringing together government delegations from 30 well-known tea plantations. The show was organised by Shenzhen HJC Industrial Group, and co-hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China and the People’s Government of Zhejiang Province. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Paris Leads 2018 ICCA City Rankings

Paris has returned to the top of the ICCA City Rankings in emphatic style, hosting 40 meetings more than second place Vienna as well as knocking Barcelona off the lead. The French capital hosted 212 rotating international association meetings in 2018, up by 22, and was last lead city in 2016. From Association Meetings International…

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ICC Birmingham Wins Medical Congresses

Birmingham’s strengths in medicine have been confirmed with the city’s ICC securing five sector association congresses in just three weeks. The venue also posted growth of 25 percent for the fiscal year across all association and corporate clients. Greater Birmingham is positioning itself as a life sciences knowledge hub. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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AfSAE Training Leaves Association Legacy

The African Society of Association Executives has created a training legacy for African associations. Eighty-nine professionals and nonprofit managers in Rwanda, Kenya and Nigeria successfully completed its certificate course in association management. Gregg Talley of Iceberg partner Talley Management Group and AfSAE President Jeffers Miruka facilitated the training. From Boardroom…

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Germany Measuring Meeting Sustainability

Making meetings sustainable is a top priority in Germany, as indicated by the results of the country’s Meeting & Event Barometer. The number of sustainable offers for meetings and conferences is increasing and just under 40 per cent of Germany’s venues have already implemented a system for managing sustainability. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Collision 2019: Startups Pitch VC Investors to Fix the World

Collision 2019 is ostensibly a startup show, with nearly 1,100 fledgling companies, 26,000 attendees, and conference tracks for pitching venture capitalists called “Growth Summit,” “MoneyConf,” and, simply, “PITCH.” But another conference theme quietly linked the VC guys in slick suits, with the fintech startups, AI companies and data scientists: fixing the world. From Digital Trends…

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IMEX Frankfurt 2019: Celebrating, but also Sharing Concerns

At IMEX Frankfurt last week the usual sector promotion and celebration was clearly on display. Concern about the industry’s future, though, was also common in discussion, particularly on sustainability and the health of group bookings overall. The former has become an area of increasing focus, with the aim of reducing future political risk. From Skift…

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Germany: Addressing Sustainability across Meetings and Events

Matthias Schultze, the Managing Director of the German Convention Bureau, is adamant that meetings and events’ environmental impact on the world needs to be addressed in their design. Here he discusses Germany’s approach to sustainability and findings on its importance in GCB’s Meeting & Event Barometer. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Panels Not Manels V: Demand for Female Keynotes Trebles

Industry demand for female keynote speakers has more than trebled in five years, according to bureau Speakers Corner. In 2018 female presenters and moderators made up 35 percent of bookings, from just ten percent back in 2013. Younger speakers are also in favour, with growing demand for “the wisdom of youth”. From Association Meetings International…

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Fast Forward 15 Holds Graduation Party on River Thames

Back in 2014, meetings and events industry veteran Fay Sharpe began Fast Forward 15, a mentoring programme to give 15 female professionals a voice in the industry. The scheme includes one-to-one sessions, group workshops and a graduation ceremony, held this year on board the Silver Sturgeon on the River Thames. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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ExploreGB: An Events Perspective from Harrogate, Yorkshire

Harrogate Convention Centre in Yorkshire has hosted more than 320 suppliers from UK and Ireland at the ExploreGB event, together with at least 250 international organisations from 31 countries. Peter Dodd, the Commercial Director of Welcome to Yorkshire, offers a north of England events perspective. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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