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ECM Summer School: Destination Marketing Impact

While some destinations fail to invest in reaping the rewards of business and professional events (the current example being the Scottish capital and the public sector funding cuts devastating convention and visitors bureau Marketing Edinburgh), meetings are increasingly being acknowledged by city authorities across the board for the economic and social legacies they leave. Iceberg…

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Magical Kenya Travel Expo 2019: Business Events and Tourism

Magical Kenya Travel Expo 2019 has just run at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre. In a session on business events, Lance Gibbons, the Publisher of Iceberg partner Event Africa, headed up a discussion on the importance of the sector. Also contributing was Jeffers Miruka, President of African Society of Association Executives. From the Event…

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2020 Global Meetings and Events Forecast

Looking into 2020, sector professionals are “very optimistic” about the meetings and events industry. This global survey’s respondents are predicting that the industry will remain steady with moderate growth across all meeting types, with modest increases in spend, and with a continued focus on the attendee experience and experiential events. 2020 Global Meetings and Events…

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ICC Wales Hosts UK Space Conference

ICC Wales has hosted members of government, industry and academia from across the country for the UK Space Conference 2019. Over 1,800 delegates attended the three-day meeting, the first big international event held at ICC Wales, including representatives from space agencies around the world and astronaut Tim Peake (pictured). From Meetings International…

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Boston Selling Venue to Fund BCEC Expansion

City leaders hope to fund a major expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (pictured) by selling off another of the city’s big meeting venues. The Governor’s administration intends to sell the Hynes Convention Center in the Boston Back Bay neighbourhood, and to “consolidate” convention business in one location. From Association Meetings International…

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2020 Forecast Reports “Optimistic Outlook”

The American Express Meetings and Events 2020 Forecast reports that industry professionals are “looking aggressively” towards next year. All meeting types are expected to see steady growth for the fifth year in a row. But planners across Europe are facing specific challenges in relation to GDPR and the uncertainty around Brexit. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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#MEET4IMPACT Project: Managing Social Impact

Launched in February, #MEET4IMPACT is creating a framework to support and measure association meetings’ social impacts. In this fourth instalment of our Features series, founder Geneviève Leclerc discusses what comes in advance of the requirement everyone knows and appreciates, measurement of legacy impact: its management. From Boardroom…

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The US Exhibitions Industry

AMR International in this white paper explores the developments and opportunities for organizers in the US exhibitions industry.  This is essential reading for US event organizers and investors. What to expect: New insights into the exhibition industry’s performance and outlook Understanding of the evolving needs of attendees and exhibitors Details on AMR’s Exhibitions 2.0 model…

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Soft Power Now a Key Driver of Incentives

Latest research about trends in incentive travel shows that “soft power” (meaning persuasion rather than coersion) is now competing with sales and the bottom line as a key driver in the industry. The 2019 Incentive Travel Industry Index’s preliminary results were revealed at IMEX America in Las Vegas. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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CWT: Meetings Industry to Grow Eight Percent

CWT M&E says the buoyant global meetings industry is poised for eight percent growth next year, despite looming geopolitical and economic headwinds. The 2020 Future Trends report notes these as the trade war between the US and China, Brexit and its wider impact, the protests in Hong Kong and climate change. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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