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Kenya: The Towering Contribution of the KICC

This year the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (left) marks its 46th anniversary. Integral to Kenya’s history and a beacon for its future, no one thinks of the capital Nairobi without the iconic building slicing through the skyline. From its 1973 opening to the present, international meetings have been at KICC’s heart. From the Event…

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Canada: Meeting the Allure of Leading Knowledge Hubs

With successful sectors like life sciences, technology, agribusiness, aerospace, clean technology, natural resources and advanced manufacturing, Canada is becoming an increasingly “alluring” destination for global meetings and events. Planners can reach into local industry and academia to shape their meeting agendas, grow their attendances and create legacies. From Boardroom…

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Dubai Says Expo 2020 Readiness on Track

The fourth meeting of Dubai’s City Readiness Committee, which brings together the major parties involved, has declared all the preparations for Expo 2020 to be on track. The body coordinates both local and federal entities. It is now just a year before the six month event, with 25 million visits expected. From Meetings International…

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ExCeL London: Jeremy Rees on the Power of Events and of People

Jeremy Rees, ExCeL London CEO, has been revealing his plans for the future of the venue. Topics covered include measuring event success, budgets, safety, changes inside the industry, and the sector’s wider recognition. Ahead of Sibos, the centre upgraded its W-Fi, and also installed a living wall of more than 9,500 plants (see picture). From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Fake and Predatory: A Real Problem for the Meetings Industry

Fake and predatory events provide little or no substance, if they even take place at all, create confusion in the marketplace, and siphon off the very same audiences that legitimate events work so hard to attract and educate. They are becoming a real problem in the meetings industry. What can be done? From PCMA…

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Ottawa and The Hague Sign Memorandum

Ottawa Tourism and The Hague Convention Bureau have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will bring the two cities’ convention offerings closer together over the coming years. The agreement was initially discussed five years ago at the ICCA Congress in Antalya, and both organisations have since then sought ways to cooperate. From 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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Glasgow SEC Secures 2020’s COP26 Meeting

Glasgow will welcome 30,000 delegates, including 200 world leaders, to discuss the climate change emergency when it hosts the 26th Conference of the Parties, or COP26, in November 2020 at the Scottish Event Campus. This year’s event will be held in Santiago, Chile, where the UK bid will be formally accepted. From Association Meetings International…

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Incredible Impacts: Year Three Grants Awarded

Three major associations have each won $7,500 to develop trailblazing legacy programmes attached to their events. This year’s Incredible Impacts awards given by Iceberg partners ICCA and BestCities Global Alliance recognised the European Lung Foundation, International AIDS Society (pictured) and International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. From Association Meetings International…

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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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