Meetings No 28
Intro
The Metaverse: A Digital Reality
Atti Soenarso ponders the emergence of ‘metapresence.’
Cover Story
Carina Bauer
The IMEX Group will enter 2030 much more sustainable and regenerative.
Psychological Meetings
Tears in the Fabric: About Popular Culture and Morality
Hans Gordon on one’s liberties ending only where someone else’s liberties begin.
Radar
Hybrid+: A New Approach to Meeting Experiences
The project aims to build a strong position in hybrid experiences.
White Paper
The Future Role and Purpose of Convention Bureaux
Aims to shape a future vision for national CBs globally, including a visionary roadmap.
Radar
New Arena in Copenhagen for 7,000 Seated Guests
Providing new opportunities to host global events.
The Untact Mode
Korean Cases: Utilising Meeting Technology
The marriage between Korea’s ICT technology and meeting business appears in various forms.
Untact services
Untact: South Korea’s Plan for a Contact-Free Society
There will be an investment in technologies that enable untact services, such as robotics, drones and high-speed internet.
Intermission
Green Ideas
Over the past 75 years, a new environmental canon has emerged.
Radar
Gothenburg Wins International Award for Sustainability Work
Global Destination Sustainability Movement winner for the fifth time in a row.
Transition
Three Trends Bound to Stay Beyond the Pandemic
Opinion: Three interesting trends that we need to capitalise on.
Radar
Glasgow’s Go Greener Toolkit Implements More Sustainable Practices
Aligning conference planning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Structural Change
Berlin Questions: Africa as the Laboratory of the Future
Best-selling novelist Lesley Lokko on architecture, ‘race’ and culture.
Transition
Regaining the Confidence of Associa­tions Key Elements Destinations Cannot Afford to Miss
Opinion: Three key criteria for seducing organisations.
Radar
New Business Unit Strengthens Business Events in Bogota
Consolidates investment and events attraction strategy in a single entity.
Sharma
Why I Write
The titular George Orwell essay makes Robin Sharma examine his own motivations.
Meeting Design
Humanity’s Problem Is a Meeting Problem
Paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions, and god-like technology.
Radar
Villa Copenhagen: A New Hub for Business Events
Honouring the ethos of charming old Europe expressed in Danish architectural heritage.
Regenerative Revolution
Hannuwa: A New Paradigm for Event Management
Supporting the business events industry on a transformative journey.
Kellerman
I Have a Feeling We’re Not in Kansas Anymore
Roger Kellerman on facing a world where old rules no longer apply.
classifieds
news
Hotel News
World’s tallest hotel opens in Dubai 2024
The Ciel Tower hotel will soar 365 metres into the sky with 82 floors of luxury suites and serviced residences.
Hotels & Resorts
Accor Announces Global Launch of Its All-Inclusive Collection
Accelerating its expansion in the fast-growing market with a unique platform of multi-branded luxury and premium offers.
Hotel news
Ambitious Plans for Spectacular Scandic Holmenkollen Park
Modernised hotel reopens with 376 rooms and room for 1,200 conference visitors.
Changing of the guard
Peter King
to depart after 11 successful years.
hotel news
Hotel Sustainability Basics Launched at Leading Industry Summit in Manila
Set to drive responsible travel and tourism and to help every hotel address and improve their environmental impact.
hotell news
Scandic to Open Third Hotel in Tromsø
New hotel planned for 2025, with 305 rooms on 12 floors in the new Vervet area.

Global Business Travel’s Landmark Sustainability Study Reveals
What It Will Take to Get to a Greener Future.
Covid-19-Award
Double gold for Austria Center Vienna
at German Stevie Awards
The man, the myth, the legend
Patrick Delaney Honoured With Hall of Fame Award
Travel trade veteran receives 2022 Hall of Fame award at annual AIPCO conference.
hotelnews
Scandic Kiruna
first commercial enterprise to open in new city center.
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Glasgow’s Go Greener Toolkit Implements More Sustainable Practices

Glasgow Convention Bureau launches a new support service for conference organisers looking to host a more sustainable meeting in the city.

The initiative brings to life the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) ambitions through an interactive workshop for meeting planners, professional conference organisers, and academic conference ambassadors looking for practical tips on delivering a sustainable conference aligned to the UN SDGs.

“The UN Sustainable Development Goals were already a key component of our People Make Glasgow Greener Strategy. The workshop concept builds on our Go Greener toolkit for conference organisers looking to deliver a more sustainable meeting in our city,” says Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions.

The workshop’s interactive format allows each conference to make its own decisions on the goals that best align with its vision and mission and then communicate these sustainable actions to its members, sponsors, and stakeholders.

The Convention Bureau team are keen to do their bit to advocate for sustainable business events, continuously building on the range of free services offered to clients and delegates through the People Make Glasgow Greener strategy. Also, Glasgow Convention Bureau was the first bureau to gain Green Tourism accreditation and sign up for Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency.

Neil Brownlee is the Head of Business Events, Visit Scotland:

“Whilst as an industry we are becoming more thoughtful of our impact on the environment, more needs to be done. This new initiative is an opportunity for planners and organisers to learn from the team in Glasgow on how to implement more sustainable practices for their events. It is also a platform to shine a light on Scotland’s forward-thinking in this arena and the great progress that Glasgow, as a city, has made in the sustainability field.”

The UK’s leading rheumatology conference is taking place at the venue SEC in Glasgow in April 2022.

“As well as the delivering the foremost gathering of leading rheumatology professionals, the British Society for Rheumatology are keen to look at how we can run a sustainable event for our members,” says Victoria Logan, Director of Marketing & Education at the British Society for Rheumatology.

“As well as meeting at the SEC, a Gold Green Tourism accredited venue, we are delighted to be working with the Glasgow Convention Bureau to put into practise some practical tips from their Go Greener toolkit, to help us align our responsible conference planning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”

In 2016, Glasgow was the first UK city to join the Global Destination Sustainability Index of sustainable tourism and events cities, currently ranking fourth globally.

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