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Venue Development: Follow the Money

UFI’s debut Latin American event in September is a chance to examine venue development both in the region and elsewhere. Venues tend to happen only after public sector buy-in, so it follows their development indicates governmental commitment to the virtues of a burgeoning exhibition industry. From UFI…

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Artificial Intelligence Collects and Co-locates in Stockholm

Stockholm has just hosted the Federated AI Meeting, the world’s largest scientific event on artificial intelligence. This was actually five conferences co-located under one roof. When the Swedish AI Society, with support from Visit Stockholm, won its bid to host one of them, a plan was hatched to create a larger event. From Boardroom…

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Successful Meetings Survey: International Meeting Trends

Recently Successful Meetings sent out a survey to its readership about their international events. While most planners responding thought the number they held in 2018 would stay the same, almost a third said it would increase, and only six percent decrease. Cost, travel time and language barrier are still the top challenges. From Successful Meetings…

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MMB Coalition Plans 2018 US Midterm Election Campaign

The Meetings Mean Business Coalition plans to reinforce the value of face-to-face meetings during the 2018 US midterm elections by highlighting how candidates themselves are using them to inform, persuade and recruit. According to a study, meetings support 5.9 million US jobs and contribute hundreds of billions of dollars to the economy. From Meetings & Conventions…

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All-Party Parliamentary Group Assesses UK Meetings Sector

The UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for the events industry, chaired by James Heappey MP (pictured), is holding a series of evidence sessions on the UK events sector. The first focussed on venue infrastructure including the possible loss of the QEII Conference Centre, issues surrounding Brexit, and also delivering high profile international events. From Meetpie.com…

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2017 UK Meetings Sector worth £18.1bn, Says UKCAMS

The UK saw an estimated £18.1 billion of direct expenditure generated by delegates in venues and wider destination spend in 2017, according to the new UK Conference and Meeting Survey. The study also reveals that the overall number of conferences and meetings was lower than in 2016, but the size of events up slightly. From Meetpie.com…

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Sydney Wins World Forum for Direct Investment 2019

Sydney has won the right to host the 2019 World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment. The official announcement was made at the 2018 event held in the UK. Business Events Sydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith said the World Forum for FDI would open up an important conversation between international and Australian decision makers. From CIM News Magazine…

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GED 2018: 85 Countries Unite for Global Exhibitions Day

Exhibition professionals from around the world participated in record numbers during the third Global Exhibitions Day on June 6th. GED 2018 both showcased the industry’s major contribution to destination economies, and was the largest exhibitions advocacy event to date, with some 85 countries taking part according to UFI, the industry’s global association. From TSNN…

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GED 2018: Abu Dhabi Confident of Exhibitions Growth

The Chief Executive of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company says the emirate will be a “key player” in the growth of the exhibitions industry. Speaking on Global Exhibitions Day, Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri said ADNEC venues would “contribute to the growth and development of Abu Dhabi and the UAE”. From Association Meetings International…

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IMEX 2018: Three GainingEdge Legacy Case Studies

The Rehabilitation International World Congress (pictured), held in Edinburgh in 2016, fundamentally advanced approaches to accessibility and inclusion. The event’s legacy – and indeed the distinction between legacy and impact – was one of three case studies discussed at an IMEX 2018 session hosted by Iceberg partner GainingEdge. From Boardroom…

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Convention Centres: How the City Benefits

A $1.5 billion expansion of Manhattan’s Jacob K. Javits Center is underway. The Las Vegas Convention Center is getting $1.4 billion, the Moscone in San Francisco $500 million, the Orange County Convention Center in Florida around $500 million, and the Miami Beach Convention Center $620 million. But how are decisions behind these projects made? From Successful Meetings…

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ICCA CEO Martin Sirk: The Real Legacy of Global Events

When most people think about international meetings they think about bed-nights and tourism expenditure. But hidden below the iceberg surface are the impacts that really count: knowledge creation and transfer, new solutions to societal issues, and opportunities for inward investment, partnerships and business deals. From ICCA CEO Martin Sirk via TTG Mice…

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