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How Abu Dhabi’s long-term vision is focusing on events

Simon George spends three days in Abu Dhabi, investigating Sheikh Zayed’s long-term vision for the UAE, and its growing focus on events.

Mapping the future of incentive travel

SITE CEO Didier Scalliet reflects on the organisation's annual conference, and the Bangkok Manifesto which will shape the future of incentive travel.

Business events and place making: the power of connections

ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy shares his take on the recent IMEX Policy Forum in Frankfurt.    I was delighted to join my global peers, policy makers and leading city academics at the IMEX Policy Forum in Frankfurt recent for a collaborative leadership panel to discuss the business of placemaking. Today, well planned business events and major venues play a significant role as the makers of a place ...

Performance optimisation

Ingrid Bahr, Senior Account Director, BCD Meetings & Events, identifies three main areas to address in order to secure lasting staff improvement Performance optimisation – two words that can be both exciting and daunting for a growing operations team. When implemented correctly, performance optimisation can lead to powerful and lasting improvements, without anxiety. There are three primary are...

Why meditation is the key to business success

When it comes to our working lives, switching off has never been harder. We’re constantly being bombarded with so-called breaking news, swimming against the tsunami of emails flooding into our inboxes and updating our social media presence. For the corporate events sector, this tyranny of mobile communication means delegates often keep one eye on their phones, while trying to navigate the conferen...

People, planet & profit in Oslo

Oslo’s decision to address its infrastructure issues has been the catalyst for its growing MICE confidence. Simon George reports.

Making dietary requirements easy to digest

CEO of global conference venue association IACC Mark Cooper whets the appetite for a new standard in managing dietary requirements.

‘All-in Edmonton’: Global Centre for Excellence in AI and Machine Learning

Barb Stuhl-Smith (pictured), business development account manager at Edmonton Tourism, explores Edmonton’s artificial intelligence and machine learning industry and it’s rising position as a globally recognised hub.   As one of the youngest and fastest growing major cities in Canada, Edmonton, Alberta’s capital, is home to makers and risk takers who are ready to bring their ideas to life. Our...

The benefits of booking an arena venue

Arenas are home to Australia’s iconic sporting events, world-class performances and shared moments powerful enough to inspire thousands. To many, arenas are the place to go to see your favourite band or sporting team play. However, increasingly arenas are becoming the ‘hidden gem’ of the business events world – offering flexibility and capability to enhance and elevate an event. Alison Tovey, even...

Innovate, ideate, execute

Greg O’Dell, President and CEO of the USA’s Events DC, explains why embracing a disruptive leadership mindset is necessary for success.   We know that audience demands are always changing. With new developments and emerging technologies, convention leaders know that they must constantly pay attention in order to keep up. As the President and CEO of Events DC, the official Convention and...

You can take a horse to water…

Jonathan Bradshaw highlights the human factor and raises the future possibility of attendee training in this guest blog.   It was April 2005 when the thought first hit me. I was in Hall 8 of Messe Frankfurt, walking down one of the aisles of IMEX – the international trade show I was working for at the time. It was 3pm and the noise was incredible; everywhere I looked people were interac...

Rotterdam: the ‘living lab’ producing new conference chemistry

Ramy Salameh reports on how Rotterdam is harnessing its port city zest to reinvent its events proposition.   Rotterdam is home to the world’s first floating farm, with 40 cows, a farmer and robots soon to be collecting manure and feeding cattle; while the city’s innovation district garners and aligns start-ups, incubators and accelerators with institutions and businesses. All of this activity...