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The Future of Congresses: The Copenhagen Scenario Model

Copenhagen CVB and Iceberg partner BestCities Global Alliance have conducted an in-depth piece of future research in a unique collaboration with future scientists and designers. Explore four immersive scenarios for 2040 that spell out potential futures for our industry. The report is accompanied by four audio narratives to make each of the scenarios real and…

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Technology: Changing the Way the Meetings Industry Meets

Meeting venues are facing increasing event acquisition, property and staff costs and competition from new venues. Planners are having to reconcile rising venue and travel costs with their flat budgets. Both groups are embracing technology in solving these challenges. Carl Law is a Development Manager at Capita Travel and Events. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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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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Hangzhou Seeks New Economy Conferences

The Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV and Tourism has just staged the Hangzhou – Leading Innovation for Future Conferences event, highlighting city strengths as a destination for “new economy” conferences. The event included a destination success presentation from Paul Vallee, Managing Director of Iceberg partner BestCities Global Alliance. From Boardroom…

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Chile Protest Violence Cancels Meetings

Weeks of anti-government protests in Chile have forced the embattled President Piñera to cancel both this month’s APEC trade summit and COP25 UN climate conference in December. The 2019 Cochrane Colloquium,a major healthcare meeting, was also due to be held in Santiago, but the growing death toll has forced its cancellation. From Association Meetings International…

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Tech Watch Award Finalists Announced

Companies offering event artificial intelligence, virtual reality and facial recognition technology feature in this year’s Tech Watch Award, with seven finalists now announced by organiser and Iceberg partner IBTM World. One company will be named overall winner by the judges, with another taking home the People’s Choice Award (voting now open). From Association Meetings International…

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Endourology Congress Secured by Seoul

Seoul has been spotlit as a leading knowledge hub in minimally invasive urological surgery through securing the 2022 40th World Congress of Endourology. The event will bring around 2,500 specialists from 90 countries to the Coex Convention and Exhibition Center in Gangnam. Another Seoul sector event relayed live surgeries from local hospitals. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Incentive Travel and the Potential Disincentive of Flight Shame

The Swedish concept of “flygskam” or “flight shame” is starting to affect air travel. So says new research from UBS, which claims that one person in five is actively reducing the flights they take for environmental reasons. What do event professionals make of the possible impact, on incentive travel especially? From Conference & Incentive Travel via AIME…

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Record IMEX America Closes in Las Vegas

The ninth edition of IMEX America came to a close in Las Vegas after an “imaginative” week that saw a three percent increase in pre-scheduled appointments between buyers and exhibitors, with 76,000 recorded. Industry firsts during the exhibition included the launching of the Event Industry Council’s new Centre for Sustainable Events. From Association Meetings International…

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Edinburgh: Capital of Scotland, Capital of Data

Edinburgh has just shored up its ambition to become the “data capital” of Europe by hosting ESOMAR Congress 2019. The global data and insights summit at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre attracted more than 1,200 international delegates, and over 3,600 online viewers. The Scottish capital is considered the UK’s fastest growing tech hub. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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