Meetings No 25
Intro
The Art of Pivoting
Atti Soenarso: Change is the only constant in life.
Cover Story
Doing Business Worldwide Is in Our DNA
Eric Bakermans on the role of the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions.
Radar
New Tool Kickstarts Global Business after Covid-19
The first interactive mapping tool to help viewers see which Covid-19 restrictions apply to specific countries.
Psychological Meetings
Egoism, Fanaticism and Populism
A place of refuge from the miseries of life.
Radar
Virtually Real?
Geoff Donaghy on the future of virtual meetings.
Strategic Development
Sustainability – A Brand for the Thai Business Events
Thailand is a serious player in sustainability.
Intermission
Thinking Is Difficult
Ever-current Jungian words of wisdom.
Collective Action
Create Solutions That Mean We Emerge with a ­Collective Desire to Succeed
The Hague Convention Bureau, part of The Hague & Partners, won 92 international congresses in 2019.
Radar
Brisbane Capitalises on the Rapidly-Growing Digital Economy
At the heart of Brisbane’s innovation is its human capital.
Radar
Leeds Digital Festival Moved Online Amidst Covid-19 Outbreak
It is encouraging to see how a local, home-grown event can adapt and change practices.
Sharma
The 5 Devils of Fear and How to Dissolve Them
We are not born into limitation. We are taught to doubt, educated to make excuses and trained to fear.
Radar
Historical Virtual Meeting for Alzheimer and Parkinson 2020
Entirely virtual event with over 1,140 participants from 56 countries.
Transformation
The Economic and Social Footprint of Coronavirus
A look at possible business effects of the outbreak.
Kellerman
10,000 Pages Later
Roger Kellerman ponders past, present and future.
classifieds
news
Re-opening time
Dubai hotel operators,
cautiously optimistic, as tourists begin to trickle in.
one step at the time
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
gets the green light to reopen.
330 million jobs worldwide
European Cities Marketing
call for an open and permanent dialogue between European institutions and local destinations.
More than 300 people
ICC Sydney
launches industry leading hybrid event solutions.

RAI Amsterdam
one of first European venues to reopen without visitor number restrictions.
covid-19
Emirates airline refunds over $500m to passengers
Still over 500,000 refund requests.

Cologne ready for business events
trade fairs are indispensable as central business meeting points.
safety & Security
Ras Al Khaimah
becomes the first city in the world to be certified as safe by Bureau Veritas.
strong program
UFI, has announced that ICC Sydney is the winner
of the UFI Sustainable Development Award 2020.
a destination for business events
Austria Center Vienna reports strong year for events in 2019
– autumn season to determine whether 2020 is a total washout.
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10,000 Pages Later

We have just produced our hundredth edition of Meetings International. It is hardly a world record for a publication from a global perspective, but for us, that is precisely what it is. Over the years, together with my co-workers, I have produced a further 300 magazines, but they were not Meetings International. It grew from an idea I had along with my wife Atti Soenarso, legally responsible editor-in-chief. We aimed to produce a ground-breaking magazine for the business events industry, the likes of which had never been seen before.

A concept that revolved around the question: what is the meetings and events industry seen through the eyes of the individuals involved? What part do they play in progressing the industry from a broader perspective? Our curiosity in the possibilities afforded by business intelligence coincided with the start of the EIBTM trade show in Geneva, Switzerland in 1989, the show that eventually became IMEX Frankfurt. The show in Barcelona, today known as IBTM World, we have been a part of since it began in 2004. We have always regarded trade shows as ideal places for networking and knowledge sharing, and we have always prioritised them.

Likewise, we have found it vitally important to be a member of global organisations in the areas we cover. First, it was MPI, Site and ICCA. I brought MPI to Sweden in 1994. I was on the board for 17 years and also took part in international work. To broaden the perspective even further, we have learnt a great deal from people in organisations like UIA, AIPC, IAPCO, ASAE, GBTA, UFI, INCON, PCMA, ECM, IACC, Best Cities, JMIC and GMIC, with apologies to any I have forgotten. But what a journey we have been on. A trip that is still providing new insights.

Admittedly, the first issue of our international edition did not come until 2008, but without the first twenty years of travelling the world knowledge sharing and networking, there would not have been a Meetings International at all.

We have now done 75 magazines in Swedish and 25 global editions. Besides, we have also done destination reports from several countries and cities along with Business Intelligence Reports, fourteen to be concise. The reports would not have been possible without the networks we are a part of and the meetings venues we have visited over the years. So, where do we go from here?

Knowledge always requires a top-up, networks need to be developed and broadened. Here are no strikes, dark clouds or Covid-19 to put a spanner in the works. Also, unexpected obstacles cause us to think in new ways, to find new routes, such as increased digitalisation, for example. But the significance of the personal meeting can never be replaced by a digital meeting. Never.

Which is why we have just started planning for the next 10,000 pages brim full of new knowledge and insights. We are planning further meetings with interesting people in destinations the world over. People who contribute in various ways of creating a better life for their fellow human beings. There are plenty of great stories just waiting to be plucked and passed on to a readership. We are always curious about what we have missed. Or, as a philosopher may once have mused: the more we find, the more there is to find.