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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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Events Lead The Way in Marketing Spend, According to Bellwether Report

From Conference & Meetings World: Events are the key beneficiary of a sustained upturn in total marketing spend, according to the latest Bellwether report. The report is researched and published by S&P Global on behalf of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA). The report features original data drawn from a panel of around 300…

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BESydney Shares Customised Event Smarts on New Portal

From Conference & Meetings World: Business Events Sydney (BESydney) has launched its new event planning portal, designed to support event organisers to access tools, resources, and funding to host their business event in Sydney. The new planning portal has been designed in consultation with customers who run small events and agents to address the challenges…

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Industry Leaders Take the Meetings Message to the Brussels Bubble

From Conference & Meetings World: On 17 April, the ‘EU Dialogue: Driving Positive Change in the Meetings Industry’ took place in Brussels, an event that was an official part of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Over 180 industry professionals and European policy makers from 15 countries/EU member states took part….

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IAPCO Survey Flags £12.15bn Economic Impact on Global Destinations

From Conference & Meetings World: The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) has published its annual member statistical survey covering the previous year, 2023. IAPCO worked with the annual return data provided by members, who reported delivering over £12.15bn (US$15.22bn) of economic impact into destinations around the globe in 2023. In addition, the association…

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Amex GBT to Acquire Rival CWT in $570m Deal

From Conference & Meetings World: In a move that is seen as a big bet on, and boost for business travel, global travel software and services company American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT) has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CWT, a global business travel and solutions provider. The transaction…

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Creating Sustainable Event Legacies: A Conversation with Kit Lykketoft

From Conference & Meetings World: Kit Lykketoft, director of conventions, Wonderful Copenhagen spoke to CMW and delved into the importance of sustainable practices, Copenhagen’s reputation as a hub for innovation, and the enduring legacies and impacts of events in this vibrant city. Kit shares insights and experiences that shed light on how Copenhagen is leading…

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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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DEI Put in the ICCA Spotlight for 2024 and Beyond

By Senthil Gopinath: At ICCA we talk continuously about Sustainability, DEI, Legacy, and Innovation. These pillars inspire our interaction with our members and form the basis of much of the discussions we have with our associations. They provide the bedrock of work undertaken with external agencies and cross-organisational bodies, including The GDS-Movement, the Net Zero…

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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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‘It’s time to make an Impact!’ IMEX launches new Talking Point

From IMEX: Ahead of IMEX Frankfurt in May, the IMEX Group has announced its new ‘Talking Point’ for 2024 and 2025 – Impact. The company’s annual Talking Point forms a focal point for the year ahead, anchoring IMEX show content, research and storytelling as well as providing a topic for exhibitors and attendees alike to…

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Next Steps Towards Net Zero

From CMW: On 11 December 2023 at ExCeL London, the Net Zero Carbon Events (NZCE) initiative published seven best practice guidance documents for the events industry. Launched in 2021 following COP26, one of the initiative’s goals is to provide resources that aid the international events industry in developing and implementing their net zero plans. The…

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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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COP28 Delivers Consensus in Dubai to Accelerate Climate Action

By CMW: On 13 December, COP28 concluded with an agreement by 198 Parties to deliver a new era of climate action. The Parties agreed on a text named The UAE Consensus, that sets out a climate agenda to keep 1.5°C within reach. The UAE Consensus calls on Parties to transition away from fossil fuels to…

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VisitBritain to Host Business Events Association Conference 2024

From Conference & Meetings World: National tourism agency VisitBritain has announced that its first ever Association Conference will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) in Scotland, 5-7 February 2024. The VisitBritain Association Conference 2024 will see invited association meeting planners connect in person with professional suppliers and decision-makers from the British nations…

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IBTM to Launch Asia Pacific Show in Hong Kong in Spring 2025

From Conference & Meetings World: Established international MICE industry trade show IBTM World organiser RX Global has announced it is to enter the APAC MICE show market, with the launch of IBTM Asia Pacific 2025 in Hong Kong in either March or April (firm date yet to be confirmed). The news was released at IBTM…

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