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20 July 2020

City Fair 2020, Online B2B Meetings

Ideally placed in a vital moment in Europe’s tourism recovery, City Fair is the opportunity to lay the foundations for the return of long-haul clients. The event brings together selected travel buyers and product developers, along with destination managers, in a full day of B2B online meetings dedicated to rethinking tourism strategy and develop new product ideas.

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24 August 2020

ECM Summer School 2.0, Digital

For 33 years, the ECM Summer School has been a flagship event in the Meetings Industry. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this year will break from the tradition and we will not meet physically. But we also know that krisis in ancient Greek means also new decisions and new opportunities…. Therefore, we have set up in a…

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11 March 2020

*EVENT POSTPONED* ECM Spring Meeting, Graz, Austria

*  *  *  EVENT POSTPONED  *  *  *  Please note that after careful consideration, the ECM Board came to the decision of postponing the Spring Meeting in Graz, most likely to later this year, possibly in Autumn.  We have never experienced a similar situation but due to the rapid spread of the Covid-19, our responsibility…

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Overtourism: Hosting the Crowd, Without Crowding the Host

When tourist visitors to a city greatly outnumber the resident population, it’s not hard to understand locals feeling crowded, some to the point of revolt. But is overtourism an issue for the meetings industry? What have selfie-stick wielding hordes that descend seasonally on top destinations have to do with business events? From PCMA…

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Anja Loetscher

Destination Business Growth Consultant

Anja was born in Germany and spent her childhood in Africa, returning to Germany to complete her formal education. In 1978, she joined her then hotel manager husband, travelling and supporting him in several countries in the Middle East, Australia, Tahiti and Asia. During the past 20 years, she has held several senior management and…

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Don Welch: DI Helping Members “Do Battle” With Politicians

The head of tourism association Destinations International says his organisation spends a lot of its energy and resources doing battle with politicians around the world on behalf of members facing financial and legislative challenges. CEO Don Welch was speaking out at IMEX about issues like “over-tourism” and womens’ and LGBTQ rights. From Association Meetings International…

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The Role of Business Event Precincts in Placemaking

Geoff Donaghy, ICC Sydney CEO, AEG Ogden Director Convention Centres and Iceberg Ambassador, just joined a panel at IMEX Frankfurt on placemaking (pictured). Here he discusses how an event precinct can sit at the heart of any destination’s placemaking strategy to drive its economic, cultural and social growth. From Geoff Donaghy via LinkedIn…

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International Meetings Targeted by Athens

The Greek capital is targeting small and medium-sized international conventions with “know-how and financial resources”. So said Alexis Galinos, MD of ADDMA (the Athens Development and Destination Management Agency), at the 9th Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organisers conference. Athens is currently 26th in ICCA city rankings. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Michael Hirst to Chair Events Industry Board

Michael Hirst has been appointed chair of the Events Industry Board by UK tourism minister Michael Ellis MP following the resignation of Nick de Bois last year. Hirst has served as deputy chair since the body’s 2016 creation. He is also chair of BVEP (the Business Visits and Events Partnership). From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Life Sciences, Engaging Youth and BestCities Global Alliance

Aaron Etra co-founded the Institute for Life Sciences Collaboration, which organises the ICMAN and ICNODAT conferences. He is also Chair of the Executive Committee of the Council of Organizations of the United Nations Association of the USA. Here he shares insights on youth empowerment with Iceberg parter BestCities Global Alliance. From Boardroom…

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Adelaide Hosts Largest Single Incentive Group

Adelaide has just welcomed its largest incentive group from China, with a wave of 750 employees from Joymain, the science and tech direct selling company, enjoying the city over a five day stay. Assistance from the Adelaide Convention Bureau and cooperation from the Adelaide government were behind Joymain’s destination choice. From CIM News Magazine…

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9 October 2018

Destinations International CDME, Alberta, Canada

The Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) program prepares senior executives, who want to advance their careers to blend theory with experience and application of knowledge to help industry leaders thrive in a constantly changing environment. The program focus is on vision, leadership, productivity and implementing business strategies.

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A Tale of Two Cities: New York and San Francisco

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. When the US Supreme Court recently upheld Trump Travel Ban III, Vancouver quickly tweeted out a welcome mat. But here’s a tale of two cities, New York and San Francisco, that insist the US is still open for business. From PCMA Convene…

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Sustainable Destination Management: The Road to a Circular Economy

When city convention bureau leaders at ICCA’s Scandinavian Chapter set up the first Scandinavian Destination Sustainability Index – the precursor to the Global Destination Sustainability Index – they had two primary objectives: to drive sustainability across the region through competition, collaboration and raised consciousness, and to differentiate the Nordic region to non-European markets as the most sustainable…

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GDS-Index Launches Circular Economy White Paper

The Global Destination Sustainability Index has released its second white paper: “Sustainable Destination Management Trends and Insights: The Road to a Circular Economy”. The GDS-Index is a partnership between ICCA, ICCA’s Scandinavian chapter, IMEX, ECM and MCI Group. The report draws from 40 cities that participated in the 2017 GDS-Index benchmarking study. From Meetpie.com…

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Business Events: Change Agents or Travel Agents?

As politicians and policymakers gather at the IMEX Policy Forum in Frankfurt, key partners of The Iceberg are providing a timely reminder of the transformational contribution of business and professional events and their ‘beyond tourism’ benefits. GainingEdge CEO Gary Grimmer and Gregg Talley, President and CEO of the Talley Management Group, discuss what meetings actually…

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New Report Reveals How Planners Pick Destinations

Destination websites and industry trade shows are the key sources for North American planners in meeting and event site selection, according to a new report from analytics firm STR. Three-quarters of the planners also turned to an industry trade publication in 2017, and 19 percent had attended the most recent IMEX industry conference. From Meetings & Conventions…

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23 September 2018

Destinations International 2018 Visitor Services Summit, California,...

The Visitor Services Summit offers professionals vested in the planning, development, and management of visitor experiences within their destinations an opportunity to: Exchange ideas and solutions; Learn new practices, opportunities, and resources; Network and connect.

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21 October 2018

Destinations International 2018 Membership Summit, California, USA

For more than 30 years, Destinations International’s Membership Summit has supported the evolving role and the impact of the membership professional. This community of partners, inclusive of both membership and partnership roles, targets discussions about changing trends in the destination marketplace, redefining membership and partnership responsibilities to maximize impact, recalibrating the sponsorship value proposition and more.

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21 October 2018

Destinations International 2018 Membership Summit, California, USA

For more than 30 years, Destinations International’s Membership Summit has supported the evolving role and the impact of the membership professional. This community of partners, inclusive of both membership and partnership roles, targets discussions about changing trends in the destination marketplace, redefining membership and partnership responsibilities to maximize impact, recalibrating the sponsorship value proposition and more.

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28 October 2018

Destinations International 2018 Finance, Operations & Technology...

The Finance, Operations & Technology Summit is both a disciplined-focused and cross-functional gathering of senior leadership in finance, administration, operations and technology. As operations knows no bounds, integrating cross-functional disciplines, while also targeting the three disciplines, helps to advance operational performance at organizations. Attending all three days is highly recommended for professionals to make the most of…

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