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IRF 2018 Trends Study

The IRF 2018 Trends Study highlights ten key trends that will affect organizations, their products and services, and the workforce in 2018. From market optimism to concerns about risk and safety, the study identifies key areas of change and their implications for workforce engagement, incentive travel and recognition. IRF 2018 Trends Study (IRF website version)

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The General Denial of Data Protection Requirement

The imminent sledgehammer of the EU’s General Data Protection Requirement (GDPR) has been in the air for some time now. But does the extent to which companies have been ignoring their soon-to-be regulatory responsibilities mean that we should in fact be calling it GDDPR: the General Denial of Data Protection Requirement? 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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Hurricane Maria and the Puerto Rico Convention Center

Only a few weeks ago the Puerto Rico Convention Center was still the main headquarters of the area’s emergency response effort after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. The venue’s General Manager Jorge Perez looks back at how his facility was commandeered by both the Federal Emergency Management Agency and by local officials. From Successful Meetings…

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All-Male Events Decades Out of Date, Says ICCA’s Martin Sirk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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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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GDPR Non-Compliance Risks Huge Fines, Industry Warned

Organisations that break EU General Data Protection Regulation, which soon comes into force, could face fines of up to €20 million. Competitors can report you, since non-compliance is unfair competition. The warning comes from David Chalmers, Senior Marketing Director of Cvent Europe. GDPR will discussed at a SITE event in London on February 7th. From Association Meetings International…

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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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CES 2018 Enacts Evacuation Plan After Blackout

Following a pre-event row about the lack of keynotes from women, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas then had to enact an emergency evacuation after a power cut in its central hall. CES 2018 drew more than 175,000 attendees and over 3,900 exhibitors. This show filled 2.75 million square feet of space. From Meetings & Conventions…

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ACC Liverpool Events to Continue Despite Car Park Fire

ACC Liverpool says its events will proceed as planned following a fire which gutted its car park. Fire broke out on New Year’s Eve in the facility, which is adjacent to the BT Convention Centre, Echo Arena, Exhibition Centre Liverpool and the Pullman Liverpool hotel. 1,300 vehicles were destroyed in the blaze. Photo: Merseyside Fire and Rescue. From…

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Keeping Events Safe and Secure: Ten Tips

In an age of terror attacks, natural disasters and political dissent, event safety and security is at the forefront of every planner’s thinking. But how do you deliver for delegates an environment that is as risk-free as possible? Here are ten tips to keep your meetings safe and secure. From Event Marketer magazine…

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