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joining forces
Meet in Reykjavík
is now under the umbrella of Promote Iceland.
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Brain research
shows added value live events.
Covid-19
BTM World 2020
transitions to virtual.
post-pandemic momentum
Dubai Tourism forms Business Events Stakeholders committee,
host first meeting as industry resumes activity.
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Scandic expects
occupancy of 30-35 percent for September.
Covid developer
Scandic Hotels
launches the largest network of coworking spaces in the Nordic countries.
planned for 16-17 Sep
Update on GIAF
- New dates set for 5-6 November 2020.
sustainability
Sands Expo and Convention Centre
is now a carbon neutral venue.
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The Hague webinar
celebrates partnerships and first anniversary of Ottawa MOU.
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ICCA Partners up
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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 contribute to the destinations where they are hosted, and how they have become part of strategic thinking for those that appreciate their value.

Business and professional events accelerate the journey to creative and knowledge economies.

Leading destination marketers in Europe are increasingly aligned to the economic development framework of their governments. They are focussing on key sectors for growth, as discussed at the last European Cities Marketing Summer School in Dresden. The video features ECM President Dieter Hardt-Stremayr, Conference Partners CEO Nicola McGrane, Vienna Convention Bureau Director Christian Mutschlechner and Destinations International Executive VP Program Development and Meetings Colleen Phalen.

Mutschlechner: “We have to be separated from tourism… …because we are not ‘offending’ the city”.

The Iceberg has always tried to shine a light on the benefits of business and professional events that lie hidden beneath the surface and get ignored alongside the visible tip of travel and hospitality spend. To contribute to the Joint Meetings Industry Council’s call for quality storytelling of the legacies the sector delivers, please click here.

 

More information: https://www.the-iceberg.org/features/business-events-change-agents-or-travel-agents/