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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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GED 2018: UFI MD and CEO Kai Hattendorf

On Global Exhibitions Day the international sector joined in force to advocate for its future and also catch the attention of young professionals considering the industry. Every year tens of thousands of exhibitions are held worldwide, serving 4.4 million exhibiting companies and attracting 260 million visitors. From UFI Managing Director Kai Hattendorf via LinkedIn…

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GED 2018: UFI President Corrado Peraboni

On June 6th event professionals around the world celebrated Global Exhibitions Day. Corrado Peraboni, President of exhibition industry global association UFI, offers his insights on this international celebration of a €98 billion sector, and also on the industry’s impact and legacy on jobs, innovation and investment for hosting destinations. From PCMA…

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Size Doesn’t Matter: Why Small is Beautiful

According to ICCA, almost two-thirds of international association meetings attract 250 or fewer delegates. Only seven percent welcomed more than 1,000 people, and just a tiny fraction (1.3 percent) attracted 3,000 or more. Small events can indeed be beautiful, but we hear little about them. From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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Copenhagen: Evaluating Academic Conferences

During IMEX, Copenhagen described the image problem academia is facing: endless conference invitations alongside carbon footprint concerns and straining public budgets. Industrial PhD student Thomas Trøst Hansen has been researching how delegate academics work and receive recognition through the value chain used as a basis for evaluating academic events. From Boardroom…

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Lost in the Storm: The Academic Collaborations that Went Missing in...

When an academic participates in a large conference, her or his likelihood of subsequently writing a paper with at least one participant at the conference increases by one-sixth (close to 18%). Moreover, it seems that conferences improve the quality of matching among co-authors, leading to papers that are published in higher-ranked journals. These findings are…

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Conference Cancelled for Hurricane Caused Academic Decline

The last minute cancellation of an academic conference in 2012 due to an approaching hurricane caused a sizeable decline in collaboration and research, a study from the University of Kent has shown. Two days before the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting was due to begin in New Orleans, Hurricane Isaac forced cancellation. From Meetpie.com…

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Iceberg Partners Jointly Launch Event Impact Calculator

Destinations International, the global association for convention and visitor bureaus, and European Cities Marketing, the local association for destination marketing organisations, have joined forces to launch an event impact calculator for the European market. The tool is designed to measure the economic value of meetings and calculate their return on investment. From Meetings & Conventions…

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