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Positive Impact Seeking UN SDG Responses

Event industry professionals across the globe are being asked for their comments and commitments on how the sector can support UN Sustainable Development Goals. Survey responses will be analysed by Iceberg partner Positive Impact, and those completed before 1st September 2019 will form an “acceleration action” shared with the UN. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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2019’s Best in Show: Ten Fresh Approaches to Meeting Design

PCMA, the Professional Convention Management Association, has just published its annual “Best in Show” list. The ten stories include using art therapy at a haematology event, a heart rhythm meeting dropping registration fees for self-paying attendees from lower income countries, and a biomedical event letting students earn credit towards attendance costs by staffing the meeting. From PCMA…

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In the Bag: Is Switching from Plastic to Cotton Actually Sustainable?

Recently getting soaked leaving an exhibition during a downpour, The Iceberg’s curator has already had cause to note events no longer issuing plastic bags at registration, but now handing out cotton totes. But are these actually any kinder to the environment? UK and Danish studies think not. From editor’s blog at Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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FAM Trips? There’s No Need to Shout about Industry Excursions!

The Iceberg prefers “familiarisation trips”. The rest of the sector uses the shorter “FAM trips”, usually with the capital letters. But why shout? For the second time, and now with accompanying video, one of our more particular partners pleads for industry excursions to remain lower case. From editor’s blog at Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Behavioural Science and its Influence on Meetings and Events

Capita Travel & Events and NYS experts in behavioural science have explained how uses of the field’s techniques can foster collaboration and improve delegate experiences. First discussed in June during The Meetings Show, the methodology can be used to influence many factors, including choice of the most cost-effective meeting locations. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Shaun Vorster: Planning Dubai’s Expo 2020 and Shaping its Legacy

Shaun Vorster is Vice President of Business Integration and Activations at Dubai’s Expo 2020. Here he talks about that role, shares information on what to expect at the October 2020 launch, and discusses the place legacy holds in shaping both the programming of Expo 2020 and the afterlife of its venues. From the Event…

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ICCA Country and City Rankings: An African Chapter Perspective

The Africa Chapter of Iceberg partner the International Congress and Convention Association is small but active. ICCA’s annual statistics list how many association meetings are held in cities around the world. The Regional Director for Africa at ICCA, Esmaré Steinhöfel, explains what the latest rankings mean for the continent, and where growth opportunities lie. From the Event…

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Intellectual Capitals: Liverpool’s Meetings Music

A historic and musical icon, Liverpool has seen substantial regeneration in recent years, reinventing itself as a life sciences knowledge hub, with further expertise in creative digital technology, maritime and logistics. It also boasts a world-class event campus and other venues hosting major national and international meetings. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Edmonton Convention Centre: Food Donation Legacies

Edmonton Convention Centre (formerly the Shaw Conference Centre) in Alberta, Canada, is one of North America’s top performing convention centres. It hosts over half a million guests annually and generates more than $30 million in economic impact. The culinary offering is a big part of the venue’s appeal, and between Edmonton’s two convention centres (Edmonton Convention…

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KLCC: Recognising and Building Local Associations

Recognising the role associations play in advancing both social and economic value through their meetings, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, in partnership with the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, is investing in building up the professional capacities of the local association community. It’s an acknowledgment of hosting partners’ contribution to successful events. From Boardroom…

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Aerospace Hubs: Star Cities and Orbiting Meetings

Toulouse, Montreal, Singapore, along with Seattle, South East England and Bengalaru in India, are all destinations with clusters of innovation in aerospace. Where knowledge collects, so do associated meetings, so these hubs of expertise in this exciting sector are also attracting significant international events. From Association Meetings International…

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Student Employment Legacies for Vienna’s ESOC

Vienna has hosted ESOC, the 21st European Symposium for Organic Chemistry, in the process consolidating its strengths in the sector. Alongside the scientific programme, the meeting introduced its first-ever associated job fair for PhD and postdoctorate students, with companies participating in the technical exhibition conducting interviews on site. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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