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Winners of Incredible Impacts 2018 grants announced

The Incredible Impacts Programme, now in its second year and run collaboratively by ICCA and BestCities Global Alliance, has selected three winning associations as leading examples of excellence within the global meetings industry. With 12 entries, an independent panel of industry experts selected the winners of this year’s Incredible Impacts grant as: Down Syndrome International Society for Ecological Restoration Union…

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Casablanca – open to the world

Stephanie Ackland tracks some of the fast changes helping turn Casablanca into a conference hub. Like many cities in Morocco, change in Casablanca is happening fast, with a booming business hub, new hotels, business parks, multi-use marina, public venues. The economic heart of Morocco clearly has ambitious plans. For business, congresses and events, Casablanca has…

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Colombia’s economy is powering up events

Colombia’s national tourism board ProColombia shares its strategic approach to growing its events sector. Colombia, South America’s fourth largest economy, is moving ahead with growth according to the OECD. The country is projected to pick up to about 3%, as lower interest rates, stronger infrastructure spending, lower corporate taxes and higher oil prices all boost…

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TIME for Thailand

CMW’s Richard John joins some key M&I planners for the twin centre delights of Bangkok and Koh Samui.   TIME – The Thailand Incentive and Meetings Exchange – recently brought planners from across the globe to experience what the country had to offer. It was a trip of extremes; from the frenetic stimulation of Bangkok,…

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Miami MICE

It’s not just seaweed that has been on the rise in Miami this year, with visits and hotel occupation up, as well as room rates. CMW investigates. With 15.9m visitors in 2017, Greater Miami and the Beaches is one of the world’s most popular destinations. There may be an invasion of seaweed on the beaches…

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All aboard for the Eurostar experiences

Ramy Salameh gets aboard a perfectly ‘MICE’ experience on Eurostar. The announcement that Eurostar has recently launched exclusive ‘on-board experiences’ is a realisation of an initiative that the train operator has been working towards for some time to create. In the last few years Eurostar has brought on track new and refurbished stock; introduced technology innovations,…

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Brazil reaching for its Olympic legacy

Vinicius Lummertz, Brazil’s state minister for tourism, talks to Ramy Salameh about brand Brazil, its recent sporting event legacy, the future of the MICE sector and the nation’s continued destination appeal.    Brazil’s use of events (FIFA World Cup/Summer Olympics) has been the single most important way to re-position the destination’s profile internationally. How do you continue…

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