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What Does a New Labour Government Mean for the Events Industry?

From Exhibition News: With the results now in, the Labour Party has emerged victorious as the new governing party of the United Kingdom, with Kier Starmer leading his party to a resounding landslide victory. This political shift will – hopefully – usher in a new era of optimism and ambition, not just for the nation…

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Calgary Loses Major International Conference due to Visa Delays

From CBC News: Organizers with the International Health Economics Association (IHEA) cancelled plans to have Calgary host their next global congress over worries Ottawa couldn’t process hundreds of attendees’ visas in time for the July 2025 event. It was to be hosted at the University of Calgary campus. Instead, they moved their biennial conference to…

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‘It’s a Game Changer’: Calgary’s Expanded BMO Centre Opens

From Global News: In design stages for a decade before another four years of construction, the much-anticipated grand opening of Calgary’s latest showpiece has finally arrived with the unveiling of the newly expanded BMO Centre. There’s one emotion in particular that comes to mind for Kate Thompson, president and CEO of the Calgary Municipal Land…

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Mixed Performance, Record Investment – UKCAMS 2024

The latest research into the UK’s conference and meetings sector suggests that the industry’s post-Covid recovery did not gather momentum in 2023 but rather witnessed a somewhat mixed performance. While there were undoubtedly some venues that were doing really well, others were finding the market more challenging and not experiencing a continuous upward trajectory in…

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Singapore Commitment to Performance & Legacy Wins Out

From TTG: Despite rising costs, Singapore’s business events sector has demonstrated remarkable recovery, exceeding pre-pandemic attendance figures at numerous high-profile events, aligning with the government’s vision of becoming a global hub for business events and indicating further growth potential. When asked about how STB is helping to temper rising event costs, Yap Chin Siang, deputy…

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Legislative Action Day Converges Industry Leaders on Capitol Hill

From Skift Meetings: Industry advocacy group Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA) gathered the industry on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Participants discussed issues derailing the meetings and events industry with policymakers on a day filled with meetings. Approximately 140 meeting and event professionals from 27 states met with lawmakers in hundreds of meetings during Legislative Action…

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19 August 2024

AIPC Africa Academy, Cape Town, South Africa

The future of Africa looks bright. Ratified by a majority of African countries, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement will merge 55 economies into a single, competitive mega market of more than a billion people, making it one of the biggest free trade areas in the world. This also means that there will…

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TCEB Aligns to Priority Sectors & Sustainability

From Conference & Meetings World: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization), or TCEB, unveiled a new direction, performance in sustainability and potential of innovation of Thai MICE industry, including new product development for European market, at IMEX Frankfurt 2024. Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, TCEB President, said that TCEB has set a new direction…

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DEI Executive Jailed for Orchestrating Fake Events to Steal $5m

From Conference & Meetings World: An ex-diversity programme manager for Facebook and Nike has been sentenced in the US to five years in prison for stealing more than $5m from her employers. A release from the US Attorney General’s office in Georgia said Barbara Furlow-Smiles (pictured) had set up fake business deals, invoices and events…

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ICCA | Country & City Rankings Report 2023

From ICCA: In a joint effort with ICCA members, ICCA’s Research Team compiled data on almost 10,000 meetings that took place over the course of 2023 throughout every region around the globe. This year’s report stands out for the increased continental diversity in the Top 20 country rank as, besides European, Asian and North American…

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ICCA Releases Annual Country & City Rankings Report 2023

From ICCA: In a joint effort with ICCA members, ICCA’s Research Team compiled data on almost 10,000 meetings that took place over the course of 2023 throughout every region around the globe. This year’s report stands out for the increased continental diversity in the Top 20 country rank as, besides European, Asian and North American…

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Industry Advocacy and Let the Games Begin!

From New in Events Podcast: Mike Fletcher and Paul Cook catch up with ICCA President Marta Gomes to find out how her home city of Paris is gearing up for the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer. Marta also talks about the importance of advocacy to highlight and emphasise the events industry’s relevance, and importance…

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