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Coronavirus: “Open” Campaign Launched

Iceberg partners AIPC (International Association of Convention Centres), ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) and UFI (Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) are jointly now backing a campaign “This show is open for business” first launched by UFI and SISO (Society of Independent Show Organizers). From Association Meetings International…

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Coronavirus: ITB Berlin Learns Hard Lessons in Event Risk Management

Julia Sonnemann, PR Manager for ITB Berlin, was all smiles during a press conference on February 19th. On February 28th, days before its opening, the travel and tourism trade fair was forced to cancel because it couldn’t meet local health authority requirements on COVID-19. Sonnemann now picks through the difficult decisions that were faced. From EventMB…

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Copenhagen Expecting Major Reproduction Meeting

Copenhagen’s strong life sciences sector has proved to be fertile ground for researchers in reproduction, with the city winning the 36th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. The event is expected to attract 10,000 experts on infertility and reproduction to the Bella Center this July. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Glasgow’s Ambassadors Bring in £650m

Glasgow’s Conference Ambassador Programme, the first in the UK, has contributed at least £650 million to the city’s economy since it started thirty years ago. The scheme has 1,600 members. 141 events, indeed 35 percent of all meetings held in Glasgow last year, were led by a local conference ambassador. From Association Meetings International…

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Geneva to Host New Association Forum

A brand new event for association executives has been added to the calendar, and it’s taking place in Switzerland. GIAF, or the Geneva International Association Forum, is to be held in June, bringing together the not-for-profit sector to “tackle common challenges”. GIAF’s venue has yet to be announced. From Association Meetings International…

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Conference Shame: Time to Let the Media Know Meetings Matter

“Conference shame” was the term used in a Bloomberg article about the threat to events of “the Greta effect”. So the sector now needs to get its “game face” on. Partners of the Iceberg IMEX, Positive Impact and GDS-Index have already done so. Photo: World Economic Forum / Manuel Lopez. From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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The Unconventional Convention Centre: Five Architectural Stars

Convention centres let architects push the limits of creative design and pioneer innovative solutions. With seventeen decades of venue architecture behind us, the 1850 Bingley Hall in Birmingham being the first example, here are five extraordinary modern venues. Photo: R. Elton. From Association Meetings International…

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Malaysia Secures 2023 Biomechanics Meeting

Malaysia hopes that its hosting of the 12th Asia Pacific Conference on Biomechanics in 2023 will help grow the field both nationwide and in the ASEAN region. Partners on the bid included the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and the Ministry of Education. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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New Zealand Toasts 10th World Avocado Congress Win

New Zealand has won its bid to host the 2023 10th World Avocado Congress. The five-day conference will bring the world’s leading avocado growers, researchers, marketers, tech innovators and investors to New Zealand. The bid was led by NZ Avocado, with a video message from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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