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Calgary – from Cowboy Capital to Headquarters Heaven

Sitting in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and once known only as the cowboy capital of Canada, Calgary today buzzes with renewed energy, sparked by the ongoing tech revolution.  Sure, it’s a great place to live; the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Calgary the most liveable city in North America in 2018 and 2019. However, Calgary’s energy, agriculture and banking strong suits have spa...

Outside of the room: Thinking creatively about outdoor spaces for events

Location: Fox Harb’r Resort, Nova Scotia. Credit ©: Tourism Nova Scotia / Photographer: Dean Casavechia There’s no question that outdoor events have become more popular than ever. But what is it that makes one go beyond the ordinary and transform into something remarkable? Creativity is key. An imaginative approach coupled with a safe place to gather can elevate your even...

Seoul’s transformation development continued on the Virtual Seoul platform

Some time after the pandemic was declared, the Virtual Seoul platform was created to represent the actual city Seoul in the virtual space. It was designed with several attractions including the ones that are well-known to global MICE industry as well as the new venues. The Changdeokgung Palace would never be a venue in real life as it is a site on the UNESCO Heritage, however because it was virtua...

Canada’s Fintech industry paying off for business events

There’s something about Canada that inspires images of size and grandeur; whether it’s the expanses of beautiful lakes, the vista of stunning mountain ranges, or the jaw-dropping emptiness of its national parks. “Big” is also word that comes to mind with the Finance and Insurance (F&I) sector. Payments Canada, who operate the banking ‘clearing houses,’ calculated business transactio...

What can the MICE industry learn from the pandemic?

An inside look into the new MICE White Paper, co-developed by Singapore Tourism Board, PCMA and UFI. The pandemic has been a tough time for the events industry, but there are opportunities and learnings to be had in the coming months. While many businesses are focussing on returning to 2019 levels, a group comprised of The Singapore Tourism Board (STB), PCMA and UFI have come together to advise on...

Madrid, Making safe business a pleasure

Welcoming, lively, cosmopolitan, sustainable, reliable, and safe, Madrid is a leading city in the business tourism sector.  And the international awards it has received, including the Best MICE Destination 2020 at the World MICE Awards and Europe’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination, only serve to reinforce this fact.These recognitions are proof that the Spanish capital has been wo...

Destination Focus 2021: Sarawak

“If an opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door – and that’s what we’ve done. It’s time to move forward together and collaborate; it’s the key to growth and accelerated recovery.” – Amelia Roziman, Acting CEO, BESarawak. Amid the lingering pandemic, collaboration is proving to be a key strategy to get the cogs moving for Sarawak. Various initiatives are rolled out and ready to give planners extra s...