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Future Meeting Room

Ramy Salameh reports on how Germany is thinking ahead with its Future Meeting Space project. Three million meetings, conventions and events take place every year in Germany, attracting 380m participants, making it second only to the US for international association conferences. Germany’s latest Meeting & Event Barometer, 2016/2017, showed that the number of international visitors…

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Fancy a festivalisation refresh?

Antony Reeve-Crook explores ‘festivalisation’ and the business of making the main event. The ultimate incarnation of an event, either industry or consumer, is the festival, and not just by virtue of their size. Festivals take a community and deliver an identity through shared experience. Whether industry specific such as the Cannes Film Festival, or more…

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Focus and flexibility

AIPC president Aloysius Arlando says flexibility is key to taking advantage of opportunities in the year ahead. Was 2017 a good year for the 186 AIPC members? In most performance terms, 2017 was in fact a very good year as a continuation of a growth pattern, since the global financial crisis in 2008, at a rate…

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South Africa signals room to grow

South Africa’s business events industry catapults into a new era of growth and synergy, writes Sarah-Claire Picton. In the eve of a new era, South Africa ranks among the top ten long-haul destinations for hosting international and regional meetings and conferences. Thirsty to understand more about the country’s meetings industry push, CMW traverses the African…

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Exposition Universelle

CMW attended the historic opening of Paris’ new convention centre, the largest conference centre in Europe. Despite a spate of tragic terror incidents in recent years, Paris is looking towards a dynamic future, with the 2024 Olympic Games on the horizon, and events including the Art Paris Art Fair 2018 billed to be bigger than…

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Into the deep

Martin Fullard chats to UK-based agency Deeper Blue’s Laurence Croneen about the agency’s beginnings and its international expansion. Founding directors Laurence Croneen and Jeremy Garbett set up UK-based agency Deeper Blue in the wake of the financial crash in 2008, after realising that a shift in global economics required a shift in attitudes towards events….

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Breaking with convention

Conventions and business events are evolving all the time. [In 2017] one of the leading exhibitors at the world’s largest motor show, IAA Frankfurt, took its involvement to new heights with a convention that reflected the future of the brand – outside of the main event. Mercedes-Benz took its involvement beyond the main stage of…

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What’s your Chicago, Chicago?

It’s high-rise and shine in the windy city. Briony Key reports from ‘the heart of it’, at the city’s convention and event hub, McCormick Square. The Collection is an inter-connected development cluster that includes North America’s largest convention space – McCormick Place, the new 10,000-seater Wintrust Arena, the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and the newly…

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New Sherrif in town

New PCMA chief executive officer Sherrif Karamat tells CMW about his vision for the future, having moved up to lead the association following Deborah Sexton stepping down after 12 years in charge. How did your career in the meetings and events industry begin?  In the hotel industry, with ITT Sheraton. In the early years of…

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