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New Zealand: The Small Nation That Delivers Big

New Zealand offers meeting planners the chance to tap into market sectors like health sciences, agribusiness, tourism, advanced manufacturing and design, high value food and wine, ICT and earth sciences. Collaboration between learning and research centres and a strong focus on education and progress from government have placed Aotearoa centre stage globally. From Boardroom…

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EventWell Plans Mental Health First Aid Course

EventWell, the UK event industry’s wellbeing advice resource and charitable social enterprise, will launch a mental health first aid course during the #EventWell19 week in London this September. The new course will provide its participants with a qualification that they can use in their professional and personal lives. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Positive Impact Seeking UN SDG Responses

Event industry professionals across the globe are being asked for their comments and commitments on how the sector can support UN Sustainable Development Goals. Survey responses will be analysed by Iceberg partner Positive Impact, and those completed before 1st September 2019 will form an “acceleration action” shared with the UN. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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In the Bag: Is Switching from Plastic to Cotton Actually Sustainable?

Recently getting soaked leaving an exhibition during a downpour, The Iceberg’s curator has already had cause to note events no longer issuing plastic bags at registration, but now handing out cotton totes. But are these actually any kinder to the environment? UK and Danish studies think not. From editor’s blog at Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Green IIOA Brings Glasgow Almost £1m

Glasgow Convention Bureau has reported an almost £1 million boost to the city’s economy after hosting the recent 27th International Input-Output Association Conference. The IIOA meeting was in the UK for the first time and attracted a record number of delegates from nearly fifty countries. Sustainability was critical in its staging. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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UK Events Budgets Rose in Q2 2019

UK events budgets have defied the trend of total marketing budgets during the second quarter of 2019, showing solid growth and extending the climb of recent quarters. So says the Q2 2019 IPA Bellwether Report. The rise in events spend contrasts with flatlining marketing overall amid growing political and economic uncertainty. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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ECM Report Analyses Event Social Media

Iceberg partner European Cities Marketing, in collaboration with TCI Research, has used analysis of over a million social media postings to study the reputation of destinations across Europe. The City Sentiment Index Report reveals the theme of MICE scoring highest intensity in London, and highest positivity in Oslo (pictured). From European Cities Marketing…

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Tracking the Predators: Taking on Counterfeit Conferences

Legitimate research meetings are now under threat from “predatory” conferences. These unscholarly events are organised for profit and publish anything sent their way for a fee. One even passed a nuclear physics paper written using iOS autocomplete. Could tracking the meetings as well as the research be the answer? From Paul Killoran via Boardroom…

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Brexit and Advocacy to New Government: UK EIB’s Michael Hirst

As Boris Johnson was appointed new Prime Minister of the UK, Events Industry Board Chair Michael Hirst was speaking about Brexit and government involvement in the meetings and events industry. He also discussed how advocacy always has to start over again, engaging with new ministers after Cabinet reshuffle turnover. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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The Future of Meetings: In the Coming Decade Reality Will be Virtual

What will the meetings industry look like in 2029? New tech, spiralling travel costs, legislation about the environment and “flight guilt” will transform the sector. The industry will still thrive. The need to “meet” will not go away. But “meeting” will more often be through a screen. From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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2019 Global Event Trends Report

What’s trending around the globe in the events industry? With the help of its international partners, Maritz Global Events investigated the current state of the field and narrowed down the top five trends affecting the event industry right now. These global experts and local champions from the industry share their take, and provide a diverse…

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