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The Circular Economy of Academic Conferences

Amanda Ferguson, the VisitScotland and Marketing Edinburgh veteran DMO is now working alongside academics within the University of Edinburgh in a concerted effort to attract strategically important international conferences to Scotland’s capital city. The drivers are sectoral growth and the Research Excellence Framework (REF) which determines the global reputational standing of the university index-linked to…

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Manifesto Provides Clarity on Value of Meetings

From AMI: The Meetings Industry Manifesto is one of the most lucid – and mercifully succinct – advocacy documents I have read in 14 years as a journalist working in this field. The result of recent talks between newly elected members of the European Parliament and representatives from the Joint Meetings Industry Council, VisitBrussels, CityDNA,…

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The Implications of Latest McKinsey Research for Incentive Travel

By Pádraic Gilligan: Recent research from McKinsey into the way we travel now is crammed with exciting, actionable insights for organisers of incentive travel programs. While the McKinsey research focuses on leisure, the trends here tend to replicate themselves in incentive travel as, after all, the travel reward is specifically designed to motivate and reward…

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Singapore Needs to Build on Strengths to Maintain Tourism Competition

From The Straits Times: Other countries are stepping up their game in the competition for tourists and, to keep up, Singapore will need to play to its strengths and be more imaginative, all while keeping the human touch, said Prime Minister Lawrence Wong. Speaking at the Singapore Tourism Board’s (STB) annual Singapore Tourism Awards on…

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LATAM Market is Claiming its Place Within the Global Meetings Arena

From Talley Management Group: Over the past several years, Panama has established itself as a key hub for the LATAM region, expanding the airlift services of its national carrier, COPA Airlines, and heavily investing in its infrastructure and capacity. Notable developments include the City of Knowledge (Ciudad del Saber), a government-sponsored cluster of academic organizations,…

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