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28-29 August
IBTM China
announces the first details of its 2019 event.
Business Intelligence
It figures:
The CTICC’s contribution to GGP, GDP, job creation increases.
business intelligence
One theme set to dominate 2019,
according to IMEX Group: how to leverage assets
business intelligence
The Meetings Show’s advisory board
predicts the biggest trends for 2019.
Business Intelligence
ICC Sydney Bolsters Legacy Program,
Unveiling Dedicated Creative Industries Stream.
futuristic
IACC partners with industry greats
and World Obesity Federation to bring delegate dietary requirements guide for meeting planners.
business Intelligence
Scottish Event Campus (SEC)
submits planning application to create global facility for world class events.
Hi tech
IBTM Trends Watch report
highlights importance of tech to events industry.
business Intelligence
BestCities
unveil ground-breaking ‘Universal Accessibility in Meetings’ research.
Fast growth
IACC
confirms 63 new member venues in Denmark
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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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