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Science Under Threat: Expert Evidence

In October three presentations by US Environmental Protection Agency scientists were pulled from a workshop in Rhode Island. The presenters had contributed to a report citing climate change as a threat. As fewer government scientists attend conferences and with uncertainty over international travel to the US, three experts weigh in. From PCMA Convene…

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NRA Warned to Move Annual Convention out of Dallas

A former Dallas mayor is calling for the National Rifle Association to move its annual meeting out of the city. The 147th NRA convention is taking place in May at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. It is expected to draw 20,000 attendees and generate $42 million for the city. Photo: Michael Barera. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Firms Disregard Sexism Warning at Gambling Event

Before opening, the ICE Totally Gaming event at London’s ExCeL was warned by the Gambling Commission that it faced a boycott if it did not stamp out sexism. The message fell on deaf ears, as Microgaming kicked off proceedings with a Playboy-themed show, while Endorphina had pole dancers on its stand. From…

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Harassment: Beyond the Hashtag

After the Presidents Club Dinner, it was the charity sector that took the heat, while meetings and events whistled a tune and looked the other way. Coming research will show that the MI also has a problem. But perhaps the response needs to be proportionate and in context. From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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All-Male Events Decades Out of Date, Says ICCA’s Martin Sirk

Men-only business events and ‘decorative hostesses’ should have been “thrown on the scrapheap decades ago”, says the CEO of the International Congress and Convention Association. But Martin Sirk said the recent Presidents Club scandal should not be seen as typical of the sector. The industry had previously been attacked for its response. From Association Meetings International…

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Despite Brexit, UK Companies Still Choosing European Destinations

Despite the UK’s imminent exit from the EU, Britain’s corporate event organisers continued to stage events in continental Europe during 2017 with 45 percent of clients choosing international venues. The British Meetings & Events Industry Survey shows Germany to be the preferred European destination among respondents, and equally as popular as the USA. From…

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Sexual Harassment Rife at Meetings, Survey Says

A survey of female event professionals shows that 61 percent have encountered inappropriate behaviour within the industry. Many said complaints of harassment had been laughed off or they were told not to make a fuss. One answered “I have been told that this kind of thing is just ‘what happens in the industry’”. From…

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Presidents Club Shuts Down After Event Harassment Claims

The Presidents Club, which hosted an event at the heart of a reported sexual harassment scandal in the UK, has announced that it is closing down. The organisation held a men-only charity fundraiser at which, an undercover report by the Financial Times alleged, young women paid as hostesses were groped and propositioned. From…

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US Bars Hundreds of Government Scientists from Conference

Around 450 US Geological Survey researchers typically attend the annual conference of the American Geophysical Union. But ahead of the recent event the Interior Department said no more than 199 could travel to the meeting, and spending could not exceed $399,000. Only 178 attended and 30 abstracts were withdrawn by absent scientists. From Association Meetings International……

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Britain Booms Despite Brexit Uncertainties

Despite eighteen months of political and economic turmoil in the UK following 2016’s shock Brexit vote, visitors are still coming, not least because of the weak pound and cheaper air fares. VisitBritain’s Chairman Steve Ridgway has been offering some thoughts on how the UK, including its meetings industry, is coping with Brexit. From Skift…

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Paris: 2024 and Olympic Competition

Paris is riding high both on its new convention centre and on hosting the 2024 Olympics. But when one huge event is in town at a major destination, does that cause other large meetings to, erm… bottle out? There’s evidence this is the case, but good reasons why it shouldn’t be. From editor’s blog at…

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Barcelona’s Future as Mobile World Congress Host Less Certain

The commitment of one of Barcelona’s biggest association meetings, Mobile World Congress, has become lukewarm amid ongoing political unrest after the Catalonian independence referendum. Last year MWC attracted 108,000 delegates to the city, generating €465 million for the local economy and more than 13,000 temporary jobs. From Association Meetings International…

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