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16 October 2024

GDS-Awards Ceremony, Bruges, Belgium

The GDS-Awards Ceremony will bring the GDS and CityDNA communities together in an entertaining and inspiring, evening-time celebration to recognise the winners of the 9th GDS-Index Awards. The larger platform enables greater reach and recognition for and aspiration around destinations whose sustainability contributions have now exceeded pre-pandemic levels in a global industry with a growing…

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16 October 2024

CityDNA Autumn Conference, Bruges, Belgium

The CityDNA Autumn Conference will provide destination professionals working for Tourist Boards, CVBs & DMOs with a unique occasion to meet and network with colleagues from Europe and beyond, while learning and sharing knowledge and insights on the latest trends and challenges or urban tourism in Europe. The CityDNA conference will showcase a diverse range…

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15 October 2024

GDS-Forum, Bruges, Belgium

Change is happening faster and greater than expected. Climate, cities, the workplace, artificial intelligence, and visitor numbers are changing exponentially. So how do we go from doom to boom? How can we harness the potential of the social and technological transformation happening around us to regenerate our cities, communities, and natural habitats, and become more…

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BestCities Launch Legacy Case Study Series

From BestCities Global Alliance: The 23rd World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems in Melbourne, 2016, showcased ITS Australia’s expertise and fostered government and community engagement in intelligent transportation. Prioritizing diversity and strategic networking, it achieved significant industry growth, policy influence, and youth engagement. This event exemplifies the lasting benefits of hosting international congresses for industry…

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GainingEdge in Search for New CEO

From Conference & Meetings World: Global meetings industry consulting company GainingEdge and its CEO Jon Sivertson (pictured) have issued a joint announcement that Sivertson is to leave the company at the end of February 2024. The company’s senior partner, Mike Williams, is currently serving as acting CEO until a new permanent one can be appointed….

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BestCities Creates Connections with Purpose at 2024 Global Forum

BestCities Global Alliance welcomed international association representatives, trade media, industry thought leaders, and representatives from 13 BestCities destinations to its annual Global Forum, which took place January 18-21 in Melbourne, Australia with the support of Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB). BestCities’ flagship event featured a strong education program with speakers including Mark McCrindle, social researcher and…

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4 September 2024

Destination Caribbean, Paradise Island, Nassau Bahamas

An attendee favorite, Destination Caribbean, brings together the most highly qualified meeting and incentive buyers with top destinations, hotels/resorts, cruise lines, DMCs, DMOs, technology and merchandise providers, and tourism offices from the Caribbean. Attendees participate in one-on-one prescheduled appointments with strongly vetted buyers, gain industry insights from our guest speakers, and network with this exclusive…

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8 December 2024

Destination Mexico + Latin America, Tulum, Mexico

Destination Mexico and Latin America — Northstar’s destination-specific hosted-buyer event — brings together the most highly qualified meeting and incentive buyers from North America with top destinations, hotels/resorts, cruise lines, DMCs, DMOs, technology and merchandise providers, and tourism offices from the region. Attendees participate in one-on-one pre-scheduled appointments, gain industry insights from our guest speakers…

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5 September 2024

Destination California, Pasea Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach

Destination California — Northstar’s destination-specific hosted-buyer event — enables attendees to experience firsthand the most desirable destinations, hotels and activities for successful meetings, while making invaluable business connections. This unique event is hosted by Northstar Meetings Group’s leading brands—Successful Meetings, Meetings & Conventions, and Incentive magazine. Learn from, and be inspired by, our guest speakers…

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VisitBritain Explores ‘Impact Beyond the Plenary’

From Conference News: VisitBritain, in partnership with MeetEngland, Meet in Wales, VisitScotland Business Events and the Association of British Professional Congress Organisers (ABPCO), explored the importance of ‘impact beyond the plenary’ at its first Association Conference at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC). The conference, which took place from 5-7 February 2024, brought together 80…

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Business Events Benefit from New Zealand’s Focus on Climate Action

From Conference & Meetings World: New Zealand is strengthening its reputation as it puts climate action, science and innovation at the top of its agenda. And it’s proving attractive for associations bringing their conferences to its capital city, Wellington. The country has a master plan to deliver a productive, sustainable and inclusive future through tackling…

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Global Destination Sustainability Movement Partners with Tripadvisor

Global Destination Sustainability Movement (GDS-Movement) and Tripadvisor have forged a strategic partnership to recognise and promote sustainable travel destinations to consumers through Tripadvisor’s “Travelers’ Choice ‘Best of the Best’ Destinations” awards. The GDS-Movement and Tripadvisor have partnered to launch a new subcategory for 2024, Best Sustainable Destinations, combining review data and audited excellence in social,…

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Loren Christie on Melbourne Global Forum

From Travel Writers Radio: Loren Christie is Managing Director of the BestCities Global Alliance which started 25 years ago with a conversation over drinks by city leaders from Melbourne Houston and Vancouver. Now there are 13 major international cities in this group that specialises in hosting some of the largest business events and leaving a…

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ICCA & Destination Canada Explore Sustainability Best Practices

From Conference & Meetings World: At a joint webinar on 18 January, ICCA and Destination Canada presented a survey on the integration of sustainability into business events. The survey explored how associations and their event partners are engaging with sustainability, highlighting the integral role sustainability plays in the issuing and actioning of Request For Proposals…

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Choose Chicago President & CEO Steps Down

From CMW: Choose Chicago, the official sales and marketing organization responsible for promoting Chicago as a global visitor and meetings destination, has announced that president & CEO Lynn Osmond (pictured) has decided to leave the organisation effective 31 January, 2024, to focus her time and energies on a family health matter. “It has been gratifying…

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Demystifying Accessibility: Embracing Accessible Tourism to Empower...

From Simpleview: For the last decade, tourism organizations globally have been moving toward a more local, engaged, and citizen-focused model. As we set our sights on regenerative tourism, sustainability, accessibility, and a virtuous visitor economy, the question remains — how do we generate the engagement and alliances in our communities that are needed for success?…

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