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BPA Worldwide acquires digital events data standards group, VSef

BPA Worldwide, a global assurance provider of media, technology, events and sustainability standards compliance has announced the acquisition of VSef, an agreed data format for event platforms and organisers. VSef was launched in early 2021 as a response to the rising uptake of digital event platforms and the increase in virtual event experiences. Its goal of creating a global standardised data fo...

ICCA/BestCities 2022 Incredible Impacts winners announced

The Incredible Impacts Programme – a joint initiative by the International Congress & Conference Association (ICCA) and BestCities Global Alliance – is celebrating three outstanding associations which, they have judged, “have set the industry standard in the last 12 months and driven real change through passion, education, creativity, and fun”. The awards were launched six years and this year’...

ICCA congress delivers community library as promised

The first community library in Batang Ai, Malaysia, was given to the Nanga Ukom longhouse residents at a handover ceremony between the 59th ICCA Congress Asia Pacific Regional Hub (APRH) and the longhouse chief. The ‘Gift of Love: Batang Ai Community Library’ was a congress-led corporate social responsibility project steered by the ICCA APRH, which evolved from a book-sharing programme into a sche...

Moving beyond business as usual

ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath says the global meetings industry is transforming as a meta industry The sentiment as we wrap up the first half of 2022 is “We’re back”. International business travel is returning to pre-pandemic levels and long-awaited reunions with business partners and colleagues are finally happening. I was fortunate to have attended the 20th IMEX in Frankfurt, where the industry’s ex...

An opportune moment

ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath talks about the global meetings industry recovering with purpose and customer orientation Two years into the pandemic, we are seeing that the word ‘recovery’ means different things depending on where you are in the world and even who you’re talking to. Many regions of ICCA membership are back to around 90% meeting capacity while others are 70% or less, in accordance with ...

Vienna tops the 2021 ICCA ranking as Meetings Fund boosts upturn in conferences

The recently published 2021 ICCA ranking (Destination Performance Index report) have seen Vienna reclaim top city spot worldwide for the first time since 2012. Vienna came in ahead of Lisbon and Athens in second and third places respectively. The survey attributed 92 congresses to Vienna, nine of which were held without restrictions, 22 as hybrid events and 61 virtually (113 congresses were origin...

Inaugural ICCA Global Influencer Award goes to ISTH executive director

An inaugural ICCA award acknowledging influencing personalities for outstanding contributions that positively impact the association meetings industry has been given to the executive director of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH), Thomas Reiser. ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association, created the award this year to acknowledge influencing personalit...

ICCA committed to Krakow, as registration for 61st Congress opens

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)’s board has reaffirmed it is moving ahead with the 61st annual ICCA Congress in Kraków, Poland, 6-9 November 2022, as planned. Poland continues its commitment, and ICCA says, “it is vital that we, as ICCA community and the global meetings industry, honour the strength and resilience of Poland by holding the Congress in Kraków. As we move...

ICCA partners with Türkiye as Destination partner – Europe

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has announced the Türkiye Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA) as the association’s first Destination partner in Europe. Destination partnerships are one of ICCA’s most exclusive opportunities for ICCA members. As the Turkish president Erdoğan officially changes his country’s name in English away from the Westernised ‘Turkey’ t...

ICCA launches global skills accreditation programme at IMEX Frankfurt

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has launched ICCASkills, an accredited and globally recognised certification programme for suppliers across the meetings industry. The educational programme offers 51 chapters, divided across two certification tracks. Senthil Gopinath, CEO of ICCA, said of the new accreditation: “ICCA is proud to bring this important learning opportunity...

ICCA Ranking Report sheds light on industry’s adaptability and progress in 2021

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has released its annual analysis of association meetings worldwide. The latest ICCA Ranking Report examines 8,000 meetings scheduled for the year 2021 and categorises them based on how the meetings were impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The report also compares last year’s affected meetings with ICCA’s analysis of meetings in 2020. Afte...

Fiexpo Latin America gears up for 15th anniversary show in Panama

Key meetings industry show for Latin America, Fiexpo, is set to make its 2022 return and celebrate its 15th anniversary with a new face-to-face edition in Panama. Fiexpo will welcome over 200 qualified hosted buyers and exhibitors,13-16 June, from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Foz do Iguaçu, Guatemala, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. Hotel chains and speciali...