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GDS-Index Awards Announced

Copenhagen, Gothenburg and Goyang were the winners at this year’s GDS-Index Awards, which recognise those destinations trying to minimise the environmental impact of business tourism. For the third year running, the Iceberg partner’s awards were announced during the closing ceremony of the ICCA Congress, this time being held in Dubai. From Association Meetings International…

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Sydney Speaker Series Luncheon 2018: An Iceberg Special Report

Politician, diplomat and educator Baroness Amos has given the keynote at a Sydney Speaker Series luncheon in London. The event was delivered in partnership between Business Events Sydney and ICC Sydney, and was hosted by the High Commission of Australia. The Iceberg itself was invited to attend, and was even able there to interview BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith….

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Legacies of the Data for Good Exchange 2018

The Data for Good Exchange was introduced in 2014 as part of the 20th ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, and expanded to a standalone event the following year. This year the event tackled issues from gender equality and climate change to human genetics and the US census. Photo: Pablo Angulo Troconis. From…

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Melbourne’s October: Nine Large Conferences

Melbourne has just come off the back of a busy October hosting nine international conferences. The events, which attracted over 5,000 delegates, included the World Urban Parks Congress, the World Congress of Colleges and Polytechnics and the International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies. Venues ranged from MCEC to Melbourne Cricket Ground. From CIM News Magazine…

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Three New Hubs for US (and Congress) Capital

Washington DC is to focus on three new knowledge hubs for its 2019 marketing in an effort to remain number one congress destination in the USA. Transport, government advocacy and sustainability are the three new attractions to tempt international associations, as well as existing hubs of biotech / pharma, education and technology. From Association Meetings International…

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IMEX America 2018: Four Industry Trends Across the Show Floor

IMEX America has taken place in Las Vegas. A key focus for this year was corporate social responsibility and sustainability, including another Legacy Wall (pictured), and MPI’s call for planners to be “legacy creators”. Also topical: wellness and support for attendees, and sector collaboration, like IAEE, MPI and SITE’s Global MICE Collaborative. From Bizbash…

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The Minneapolis Convention Center: Sustainability for Staff

In 2011 the Minneapolis Convention Center’s leaders talked to their staff about what mattered most to them. Sustainability turned out to be the top priority. The intervening years have seen recycling performance measurement, goal setting and signage improvements, resulting in the current 60 percent recycling rate. The venue is also reducing water usage. From PCMA…

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The Hague & Partners: Awarding North Sea Sustainability Legacies

It’s the job of a convention bureau to promote destination assets. In 2017 The Hague & Partners created an awards programme to highlight innovative local organisations and professionals. This year the scheme was expanded further to showcase sustainability initiatives leveraging The Hague’s location as the only Netherlands city on the sea. From PCMA Convene…

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Grimaldi Forum Monaco: Running Solely on Solar

In June The Iceberg covered the news that Grimaldi Forum Monaco is installing a rooftop photovoltaic power station, the largest in the principality. Now a familiarisation trip has showcased not just the venue’s spaces and architecture, but also its environmental policy and aspirations to run solely on solar. From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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