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Destination Boycotts Over Abortion Bans: Different Approaches

Meeting planners reacted strongly to the US Supreme Court overturning the Roe v. Wade ruling on abortion rights. Over 40 percent said state abortion legislation would influence site-selection decisions. But Iceberg partner Destinations International has been on a mission to convince groups that travel boycotts simply do not work. From Northstar Meetings Group…

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How Associations and Destinations Interact After COVID-19

After the pandemic, the way that associations and destinations are interacting has altered. Within this article various experts weigh in on the changing landscape, including MCI’s Nikki Walker and Destinations International’s Jane Cunningham (both organisations in fact Iceberg partners), and The Iceberg’s own Founder James Latham. From Association Meetings International…

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CNCC Phase 2 (CNCC-II): An Olympic Legacy

Located in the Beijing Olympic Green Area, the China National Convention Center, Phase 2 is on track to open in 2025. CNCC-II will host conferences, forums, and banquets for up to 20,000, as well as exhibition events for over 50,000. Rod Kamleshwaran, pre-opening international consultant of CNCC-II and partner at Iceberg partner GainingEdge, explains. From GainingEdge…

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Hamburg’s CCH Fully Reopens for Business

Following a comprehensive remodelling and modernisation which began in 2017, the Congress Center Hamburg has fully reopened for business. Thee new CCH is now one of Europe’s largest convention centres with 36,000 square metres of available space, which includes fifty multifunctional halls spread across four levels for conventions and events. From Association Meetings International…

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Dallas to Get Huge New Convention Centre

A new 230,000 square metre convention centre is to be built in Dallas next to the current Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Work on the $2 billion venue is set to start in 2024 and complete in 2028. The new facility is expected to almost double annual attendance and associated convention revenue for the city. From Association Meetings International…

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London Legacy Wins Ecocity Summit Bid

London has won its bid to host the biennial Ecocity World Summit 2023, following support from the Mayor of London, London Councils, the UK Government and others. A legacy project will construct a brand new piece of green infrastructure for the capital, developed via a collaborative process. From Association Meetings International…

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Ta Pae Opens to Restart New Zealand Sector

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, whose ceremonial launch has now taken place, already has fifty “multi-day conferences” on the books with further events also in the pipeline, from exhibitions to smaller meetings and seminars. The venue replaces the original Christchurch Convention Centre badly damaged during the 2011 earthquake. From Association Meetings International…

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Jane Cunningham: Remembering Twelve Years at BestCities

The Iceberg ambassador Jane Cunningham (pictured centre with Lesley Williams and Nigel Brown promoting “Incredible Impacts” as “The Incredibles”) is leaving Iceberg partner BestCities Global Alliance after twelve years. The Iceberg will pay its own tribute elsewhere, but Jane has also given this interview to her own BestCities colleagues. From BestCities Global Alliance…

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Hungexpo Budapest Opens €170m Refit

A convention centre has reopened after a €170 million refurbishment. Hungexpo Budapest now stretches over 70,000 square metres, making it the largest facility of its type across Central Eastern Europe. A new entry lobby, two new exhibition halls and a new congress centre are part of the makeover. From Association Meetings International…

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LVCC $1bn Expansion Gets Concrete Opening

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has opened the Las Vegas Convention Center West Hall’s $1 billion expansion to launch Informa Markets’ World of Concrete. The event is the first big convention to return to the destination and the US after the pandemic. LVCC is now the second largest US facility. From Exhibition News…

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Calgary’s BMO Centre Reaches Hall Milestone

The BMO Convention Centre has completed construction of new Exhibition Hall F, which will offer 100,000 square feet of exhibition space. The total venue expansion is to cost $500 million. Funded equally by federal, provincial and municipal government, the facility will upon completion be Western Canada’s largest convention centre. From Exhibition World…

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Gateshead Quays Gets Council Green Light

Gateshead Council’s planning committee has approved the development of a £260 million regeneration scheme which will create around 2,000 jobs in the North East of England region, and give a £60 million boost to the local economy each year. A conference and exhibition centre is part of the Gateshead Quays scheme. From Conference News…

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Cairns Centre Project Promotion Begins

With a location near two World Heritage sites, Australia’s Cairns Convention Centre is starting to market its AU$176 million brand expansion and refurbishment. The first stage of the work, completing in February, will see a refurbishment of the existing Centre. Then expansion will create all-new spaces. From Conference & Meetings World…

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Coronavirus: Te Pae Sees Bookings Rise

Dozens of new conferences have booked the soon-to-open Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre during the coronavirus lockdown, according to the venue’s General Manager. Ross Steele said 67 new events were a 30 percent increase on bookings at the end of 2019, and would bring over NZ$40 million into the city. From Association Meetings International…

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Coronavirus: KINTEX Hosts Architecture Expo

South Korea’s largest exhibition and convention centre, KINTEX, has just hosted the 2020 MBC Architecture Expo. The venue’s safety protocols included stringent screening and biosecurity, including disinfection mats, thermal imaging cameras, as well as the compulsory wearing of masks, gloves and in some cases full face shields. From Exhibition World…

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Copenhagen is 2023 Capital of Architecture

Up to 15,000 architects will descend on Copenhagen in 2023, when the Danish capital, renowned for cutting edge buildings, will be named World Capital of Architecture. The city will be taking on the mantle, conferred by UNESCO and UIA (the Union of International Architects), as it hosts the World Congress of Architects. From Association Meetings International…

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Coronavirus: Lockdown Lifts on WCEC Build

As New Zealand entered Alert Level 3 on April 28th, so construction has restarted on WCEC (the Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre). Already slightly ahead of schedule, the 18,000 square metre venue is the capital’s first premium space for conferences and exhibitions. WCEC has also announced a virtual layout planning tool. From Boardroom…

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Coronavirus: Why Pick Conference Centres as Emergency Hospitals?

In January, the Javits Center in New York was hosting a meet-and-greet for the American Kennel Club. Now the space is housing 2,600 hospital beds. Across the US the story is the same, inside venues like McCormick Place in Chicago and the Michigan Expo Center. But why choose them for this use? From Fast Company…

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