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No place like Norway

Briony Key turns polar pioneer for a trip 70 degrees north of the Arctic Circle Anyone who’s spent more than five minutes in the events industry knows that FAM stands for ‘familiarisation’. But on this trip those attending might say it was an acronym for Fab, Amazing, Magic. We started in Tromsø  – gateway to…

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Lebanon: small country, big heart

Stephanie Ackland attends the first ‘Visit Lebanon’ showcase to experience why the country is making its mark as an up-and-coming MICE destination. Lebanon has always been a country that intrigues; rich in culture, beautiful scenery, world-class food and a first-class welcome, and the 2017 Visit Lebanon MICE showcase didn’t disappoint. Hosted by the ministry of…

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Leman cordial

Simon George immerses himself in Lausanne’s old world charm and marvels at the transformational power of modular technology at the STCC. Genteel, graceful and elegant, Lausanne exudes old world charm in a serene setting. Five-star establishments like the Royal Savoy, the Lausanne Palace and the grande dame Hotel du Lac, the belle epoque Beau Rivage,…

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Tech revolution

Finding a digital marketing companion can be the key to upscaling your event, both in terms of prospect and manageability, writes Antony Reeve-Crook NetApp senior manager Kate Lechowicz says only events offering personalised experiences will emerge as clear winners in the years ahead. “We are living in a personalised world, and attendees expect that events…

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Fresh thinking promised at IMEX America

IMEX America returns to Las Vegas, 10-12 October, bringing meeting strategists from across the world to share innovation, business opportunities and knowledge. Smart Monday powered by MPI kicks off the free education programme the day before the show proper brings a new workshop: Event Design Certificate Programme Level 1 of Mastery. It will introduce the…

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New build rundown…

CMW runs down a few of the finest new builds coming up globally… Viva Las new build Las Vegas Convention Center District is projected to bring 6,000 construction-period jobs to Southern Nevada, and the construction portion alone is projected to generate $3.6bn in economic activity. When the project is complete, the resulting increase in economic activity…

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Blazing a new AIPC trail

Aloysius Arlando, SingEx’s CEO and new president of international venue association AIPC, speaks about his ideas for the industry and, in particular, his members’ development What are the biggest issues facing convention centres? How to trend-set and trailblaze in today’s digital economy. It’s not about embracing digitalisation for digitalisation’s sake, but about what digitalisation means…

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What does the future of the meetings sector look like?

The Education Foundation of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is to fund the second phase of the ‘Future Meeting Space’ research project. The project is a co-operation effort between three parties: the German Convention Bureau (GCB), the European Association of Event Centres (EVVC) and the Institute for Industrial Engineering of the Fraunhofer Association (IAO)…

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Mallorca’s MICE awakening

The English tabloid press have a reputation for sabotaging everything from their national soccer team’s morale and the careers of reality TV stars to burgeoning Spanish holiday destinations. Magaluf – unaffectionately nicknamed ‘Shagaluf’ in the UK-English vernacular – was one such media victim, infamous for its revelry, alcohol-related fatalities and public indecency arrests. The island…

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