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61st ICCA Congress: Lessons in Legacy

The 61st International Congress and Convention Association Congress was held last month in Kraków, Poland. The four days of content programming concentrated on three key industry topics: diversity, equity and inclusion, sustainability and legacy. Some of the legacy speakers also contributed to this Iceberg video Feature, here presented together with video of five of the legacy sessions….

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CityDNA Summer School: Destination Turin

The 36th edition of the CityDNA Summer School was hosted in late August. This year the Iceberg partner educational meeting graduated 43 students from Europe and South Africa. As well as video about the Summer School itself from Turin, Italy, this feature looks at participating medical associations and their meetings, sustainability and also hybrid meetings….

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61st ICCA Congress Held in Kraków

Association meetings are facing tough economic headwinds with renewed sense of purpose, while focusing on legacy, sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion. That was the unmistakable message from the 61st Congress of Iceberg partner the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), held in the city of Kraków, Poland. From Association Meetings International…

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PCMA Convening EMEA Held in Vienna

The second annual Convening EMEA conference, organised by Iceberg partner PCMA (Professional Convention Managers Association), has been held in Vienna at Messe Wien Exhibition Congress Center. The omnichannel event gathered about 400 sector professionals in person and virtually. Sustainability was a significant running theme. From Association Meetings International…

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Pandemic Heroes: One Year Later, How the Sector Survived

One year since exhibitions returned after the UK’s COVID-19 restrictions were lifted, EN guest editor Phil Soar explores who the true “heroes” of the pandemic have been. He looks in particular at the roles played by venues that became National Health Service “Nightingale” field hospitals, and finds some encouraging causes for hope. From Exhibition News…

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Acknowledging First Nations: ICC Sydney, Art and the Artist

ICC Sydney shows its commitment to Australia’s First Nations peoples with programming, a reconciliation plan, and in artwork and messaging around its campus. Works by artist Jeffrey Samuels have become part of the venue’s comprehensive art collection, and are now also being adapted in other media, including digital signage. From PCMA…

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Incredible Impacts 2022 Celebrates Legacy

Incredible Impacts, from Iceberg partners the International Congress and Conference Association (ICCA) and BestCities Global Alliance, has awarded three associations which have left legacies of social impact and public engagement with their meetings. This year these covered water, brain health and the health benefits of playing football. From Conference & Meetings World…

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Positive Impact Urges #FlipTheScript

Sustainable event organisation Positive Impact is urging event professionals to post, share and pledge during the United Nation’s #FlipTheScript action strategy. The Iceberg partner has joined with the UN campaign to take critical action over the Sustainable Development Goals, flipping the script for a more sustainable world. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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New Intent for DEI and Event Sustainability

A new organisation has been launched to drive the need for diversity, equality, inclusion and environmental action in global business events. New Intent will work with destinations, meeting strategists and supply chains to advocate DEI and environmental action in creating positive societal transformation. From Association Meetings International…

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Philadelphia CVB Hires Diversity Chief

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau has engaged Sheila Alexander-Reid in the role of PHL Diversity’s Executive Director. As a chamption of marginalised groups, Alexander-Reid will oversee all PHL Diversity effort to promote the city of Philadelphia as an inclusive and welcoming destination for meetings and conventions. From Association Meetings International…

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KLCC Joins the Venue Rooftop Farmers

An iconic Asian venue has taken the reduction of food miles to a logical conclusion by growing its very own vegetables upon its roof. The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre has now celebrated the first lettuce harvest of its hydroponic farm. KLCC partnered with a local urban farming company. From Association Meetings International…

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Business Travel Fares Rising Through 2023

Global travel prices are predicted to continue to increase in 2022 and then throughout 2023, says the 2023 Global Business Travel Forecast. Published by CWT, the study covers the drivers behind the increasing prices. According to the report, these are rising fuel prices, labour shortages, and inflationary pressure on material costs. From Conference & Meetings World…

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US Sustainable Travel Coalition Launches

The US Travel Association has launched the Sustainable Travel Coalition to advance the industry’s strategies in the field. The group has almost sixty members across various sectors, including some big DMOs, hotel groups, meeting venues, and also the Professional Convention Management Association. From Conference & Meetings World…

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Report: DEI the Focus, Not Sustainability

Meeting planners are more likely to focus on DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) than on environmental impact as part of any sustainability policy, a new study has found. The Northstar Meetings Group survey shows that older planners see less urgency in tackling the UNSDGs, notes Fiona Pelham of Iceberg partner Positive Impact. From Association Meetings International…

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Sustainable Congresses: No Quick Fixes, Just Twelve Key Tips

Director of Event:Decision Matt Grey, together with Mark Handforth, Director of 3Sixty Event Consulting and Healthcare Venues, haven’t got a quick fix for sustainable meetings and conferences. Instead, they lay out the most effective methods to cut the emissions produced by events in twelve key tips for the sector. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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PCMA Discussion Takes Talk of Destination Boycotts to DC

PCMA has held a roundtable discussion in Washington DC on how to navigate events in the wake of the Supreme Court’s overturning of the Roe v. Wade decision on US abortion rights. Ninety minutes of fascinating crosstalk on the rights and wrongs of events boycotting destinations because of their laws ensued. From PCMA…

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NYIAS 2022 Leaves Green Legacy Across NY’s Five Boroughs

After the New York International Auto Show 2022 crossed the finish line, 1,000 plants used in its exhibits were donated to local organisations to help green all five boroughs of New York City. The show worked with GrowNYC to repurpose the greenery that filled Subaru’s exhibit and the show’s sprawling electric vehicle test track. From PCMA…

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Ten Ways to Make Your Business Event Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive

Keeping events diverse and inclusive often means thinking about issues like age, mental and physical ability, culture, religion, gender identity or language. But how can organisers deliver on diversity, equity, access and inclusion? Arinex Managing Director Nicole Walker offers ten tips for holding a more inclusive event. From Association Meetings International…

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Future Meeting Space Tackles New Trends in Business Travel

Future Meeting Space’s latest research radar has looked at global studies, reports and articles on the future of both business events and business travel. Across over eighty studies, nine concrete trends have been identified about the industry, from the impact of sustainability on mobility to the role of hybrid event formats. From Response Room…

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