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Seoul Wins 40 Large Conferences in 2018

Seoul has secured 40 international conferences so far in 2018, which will bring in over 35,000 delegates. Twelve of the events are large-scale and account for around 25,000 attendees of the total. According to a recent UIA report, Seoul was the third most popular international meetings city from 2015 to 2017. From Association Meetings International…

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Meetings Need to Become Part of the Innovation Economy

Meetings need to become part of the innovation economy, according to the recent ICCA Congress in Dubai, and this “new industrial revolution” needs fresh thinking from suppliers. The discussion included city expert Greg Clark and Vienna’s Christian Mutschlechner, who joked that planners might soon 3D print their own venues. From editor’s blog at Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Global Economic Significance of Business Events: Video

A new study has found that the business events industry boosts global gross domestic product by $1.5 trillion. Karen Kotowski, CEO of the Events Industry Council, which is behind the Global Economic Significance of Business Events report, discusses its findings with Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX, which was one of the partners in the research. From IMEX…

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Transformative Tech and Mission Critical Meetings

Technology is transforming the way the world does business. Business events facilitate this as the place where tech startups gain exposure. But should the meetings industry also be preparing the world for the workplace transformation that technology will bring? Perhaps its role is mission critical to our future, says PCMA leader Sherrif Karamat. From PCMA…

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Global Business Events Worth $1 Trillion

Business events add more than $1 trillion to the global economy, preliminary results of the Events Industry Council’s first Global Economic Significance of Business Events study show. In 2017, according to the Iceberg partner’s report, business events brought together more than 1.4 billion participants in over 180 countries. From PCMA…

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Marseille: Six Sectors Grow Conference Business

Thanks to a whole-city approach in promoting key sectors, the number of conferences staged in Marseille has been steadily growing. The recent World Conservation Congress win says a lot about the city’s presence on the international meetings scene. But six clusters of expertise are also shaping which association conferences Marseille attracts. From Boardroom…

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Nice: Smart City, Green City, Meetings City

Nice is the fifth largest city in France, and was sixth most popular European destination for planners in the 2015 American Express Global Meetings Forecast. Venues like the Nice Acropolis Congress & Exhibition Center have attracted events like Cardiostim or the European Congress of Psychiatry. Six of ten regional clusters are represented. From Boardroom…

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Associations World Congress Revamped

The Association of Association Executives is revamping its event Associations World Congress. The 2019 Associations World Congress & Expo will take place at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg. Delegates will be asked about their event needs during registration, and introduced to exhibitors who can solve their challenges. From Association Meetings International…

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Global Business Events Impact $1 Trillion

A new study has valued the global business events industry at more than $1 trillion. Preliminary results were announced by Iceberg partner The Events Industry Council at IMEX America. The full report is available from November 9th. The Global Economic Significance of Business Events is the first research of its kind. From Association Meetings International…

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IMEX America Worth $19m to Las Vegas

The economic impact of IMEX America 2018 on Las Vegas has been estimated at $19 million. So claims Cathy Tull, Chief Marketing Officer of the Las Vegas Convention & Visitor Authority. The figure was only one eye-watering number presented by UK event organisers Regent Exhibitions at the final press conference of the show. From Meetpie.com…

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Balinese Venues Stage Major IMF Event

Bali has hosted the International Monetary Fund World Bank Group Annual Meetings 2018, attracting 36,669, including delegates from 189 member countries. Heads of state, ministers and other delegates met at BICC, the Bali International Convention Centre, while 467 guest rooms at the Westin Resort Nusa Dua were converted to offices for their use. From CIM News Magazine…

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31 New Zealand Experts Attract 18,000

New Zealand’s tourism minister has thanked 31 experts who have secured international conferences for their efforts in growing the country’s business, research and technology hubs. The 25 events that were secured are expected to bring over 18,000 international experts into New Zealand, and an estimated NZ$37 million into the local economy. From Association Meetings International…

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