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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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Business Events Rise of 5.4 Percent in Monaco

Monaco’s meetings industry goes from strength to strength with a rise of 5.4 percent in business events during 2019. The principality has focused on continually improving services in the sector, which makes up 25 percent of the economy. The growth is also thanks to the Grimaldi Forum, which is set to be extended. From Boardroom…

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#Eventprofs Feel Less Optimistic About Future

Meeting professionals are feeling less optimistic about the future. So says MPI’s quarterly Outlook Survey for November 2019, which shows positive sentiment at lowest levels since before the 2008 financial crisis. Other responses note that meetings are getting shorter, more frequent and more niche, but that audiences are getting bigger. From Association Meetings International…

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IBTM Trends Watch 2019 Report Released

The virtual experience economy is set for big growth, according to the annual IBTM World Trends Watch Report. The complete study, which analyses the future of the events industry, was compiled using over 25 existing data sources and was unveiled on the first day of Iceberg partner IBTM World in Barcelona. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Visit Flanders and its Cities Join GDS-Index

Visit Flanders and the region’s five major destinations (Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent, Leuven, and Mechelen) have joined Iceberg partner the Global Destination Sustainability Index. Along with Brussels, the Flemish cities now become part of the measurement and benchmarking sustainability movement which comprises 56 cities worldwide. From Boardroom…

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Expo 2020 Dubai Will Welcome 25m Visitors

Expo 2020 Dubai is set to welcome over 25 million visitors from 192 countries between October 2020 and April 2021. Organisers have teamed up with more than 1,000 authorised ticket resellers in key markets to drum up interest in the event. This network will make the World Expo the most international ever. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Adelaide Secures 2023 World Potato Congress

Adelaide will host the 2023 World Potato Congress, the first time the biennial meeting has been held in Australia. The winning bid was led by the Adelaide Convention Bureau and Potatoes South Australia, which won over the WPC board with the idea of a WPC Trust supporting developing nations R&D. From Association Meetings International…

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AIF Festival Congress: Carbon Neutral “First”

The Association of Independent Festivals has just returned to the city of Sheffield for its annual Festival Congress. The two-day meeting is claiming to be the first travel carbon neutral events industry conference. Organisers have worked with Energy Revolution to balance emissions with investment in projects creating clean and renewable power. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Tourism New Zealand Measures Event Legacy

Tourism New Zealand has just announced three international meetings whose impacts will be measured to maximise the positive societal impacts that conferences generate for communities. The organisation is working together with Iceberg partner #Meet4Impact, whose Chief Executive Officer is Geneviève Leclerc, on the Enrich New Zealand Conference Impact project. From Boardroom…

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Gothenburg Leads 2019 GDS-Index Ranking

Gothenburg has lead Iceberg partner GDS-Index, the Global Destination Sustainability Index, for the fourth year running. The listing ranks sustainability performance in 50 business event destinations. At 58th ICCA Congress in Houston the GDS-Index Awards were announced as well, with Sydney receiving the Innovation trophy. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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BE Montreal Launches Attendance Guarantee

In what is claimed to be a first for the meetings and events industry, Business Events Montreal has just launched its Guaranteed Success Pledge. So confident is the city that planners will reach their attendance target numbers, that it will honour its financial commitment for the anticipated number if they don’t. From Boardroom…

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