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Meetings Africa Talks 2019 Event Greening

This year’s edition of Meetings Africa is set to be the greenest ever, with more event greening in place than ever before. Africa’s foremost industry trade fair has pioneered the practice since 2011. The show takes place at the end of February in the International Convention Centre in Sandton, Johannesburg. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Lausanne Montreux Congress Wins 16 Bids

New convention bureaux alliance Lausanne Montreux Congress won sixteen events in its first full year of operation, with the biggest likely to attract 1,400 delegates. The bids will see the cities host over 8,350 delegates between now and 2022, and pump around CHF 16.5 million (€14.5 million) into the regional economy. From Association Meetings International…

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Wonderful Copenhagen Sets Green Standard

The Danish capital has set a new global standard with Wonderful Copenhagen being named the world’s first Green Tourism Organisation. The certification supports destinations that do something extraordinary for their sustainability. Copenhagen CVB and the city of Copenhagen come second in the rankings of Iceberg partner the Global Destination Sustainability Index. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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IMEX Harnessing the Power of Imagination

The IMEX Group is championing the power of imagination as its talking point for 2019. The theme has been chosen in response to the growth of digitalisation, and the team will be focusing on three core aspects across its events: transformation and collaboration, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Designing Legacy: The Meetings Approach Across Africa

The legacy of events is best pictured as an iceberg, as this website should certainly know! Design Indaba, held annually in Cape Town, is extending the legacy it creates for participating SMMEs through four simulcasts of its conference. Natasha Skoryk looks at the impact of business events on destinations and the meetings industry itself. From the Event…

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Washington DC: Capital Sustainability

Washington DC has staked its claim as a leader in sustainability, passing the most aggressive, fastest-acting climate change legislation in the United States. Destination DC, the district’s destination marketing organisation, is pitching for more meetings within the sector off the back of these strengths. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Playing with Fyre: Event Disaster to End All Event Disasters

The branded plane that flew the foolhardy to the Fyre Festival in 2017 was just one footnote in the event disaster to end them all. After Fyre’s calamitous collapse, and the organiser’s imprisonment for fraud and $26 million fine, two new TV documentaries dissect every event planner’s worst nightmare. Photo: John Klos. From editor’s blog at Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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ICC Sydney’s Geoff Donaghy: CSR, Legacy and Hosting Sibos

The place of corporate social responsibility, the importance of incorporating legacy, plus the recent hosting of Sibos, are all among the subjects discussed by ICC Sydney CEO and AEG Ogden Director Convention Centres Geoff Donaghy, as his venue prepares for its busiest year ever after a successful run of events in 2018. From Boardroom…

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“No Plastic” Campaign at ExCeL London

ExCeL London is reducing waste with a “No Plastic” campaign to outline its commitment to this global issue. The approach will initially focus on the 27 retailers along its central boulevard. “Waste from single-use plastic is a critical issue for our industry,” says Jeremy Rees, CEO of ExCeL London. From Boardroom…    

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Paris Nord Villepinte Shows Solar Solidarity

The latest venue to add solar power to its sustainability credentials has done so in innovative fashion. Viparis has announced its first solar tarpaulin, installed on the Paris Nord Villepinte gallery’s glass facade. Paris Nord Villepinte is the first exhibition complex to test such a system, with the goal of reducing carbon footprint. From Boardroom…

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2018: Climate Change, #MeToo, the War on Plastic and Brexit

As 2018 leaves its footprints on the sands of time, here’s to the past extraordinary year. The last twelve months brought great change to the meetings industry, from the #MeToo movement, to the war on plastic, and to fears about climate change. That’s before even the dreaded “B” word. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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