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8-10 December 2020
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These 10 Big Changes
Will Impact Events For Years To Come.
Kellerman
No Vision, No Future
Roger Kellerman on turning your vision into an action plan.
Economic Recovery
Drivers of Economic Recovery
Futurist Rohit Talwar on baseline scenarios for recovery.
Transition
Focus on Helping Customers Lower Carbon Footprint
Sands Expo offering total carbon neutrality at no additional cost.
Knowledge Hub
Dubai Association Centre Provides Strong Platform for Recovery and Growth
Poised to see a substantial uplift in newly licensed associations through the rest of 2020.
Hospitality
Coronavirus Pandemic Will Not Be a Paradigm Shift in Hospitality
Nightclub and hospitality legend Ian Schrager believe things will return to normal.
Radar
Geneva International Association Forum – a Global Platform for Knowledge Sharing
Seeks to establish annual global leading platform for knowledge sharing in Geneva.
Adapt and Act
Business Meetings Might Move to a More Hybrid Set-Up
Radisson Hospitality ceo Federico J González on how hotels will change permanently.
Radar
The Kaohsiung Protocol Identifies Trends and Key Strategies
Taiwan invites the global ICCA community to connect and explore new ideas, formats and technologies.
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Is The Meetings Industry Ready This Time?

Mitchell Beer, in a commentary piece on MeetingsNet.com, writes on the new economic crisis:

"Last week brought the bad news we all had hoped to avoid. When the U.S. Congress reached a deal to raise the debt ceiling, it looked like the economy had dodged a bullet—until stock markets began ricocheting back and forth, losing all the value they’d gained in 2011 in a single day.

Then on Friday evening, Standard & Poor’s announced an unprecedented downgrade in the U.S. government’s credit rating, declaring itself “pessimistic about the capacity of Congress and the administration” to cut the deficit and stabilize the country’s finances.

As analysts quickly pointed out, S&P is not one to talk about financial credibility: “I really find it quite amazing that a credit agency that could rate mortgage-backed securities AAA has decided to downgrade the U.S. government,” said Gregg Salvaggio, senior vice president of Washington-based Tempus Consulting. But the damage was done, and there is little hope that this week will bring a sudden economic turnaround."

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