New Alliance for GDS-Index Promotes More Sustainability

The Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) and EarthCheck recently signed an alliance to develop and launch specialised certification and services for business tourism, event and meeting cities. 

Esports Europe Brings Its Headquarters to Brussels

Following a call for applications in September in which Brussels participated, the Esports Europe internal committee chose the European capital for its headquarters.

Seoul Finishes 2019 With an Award

As the year 2019 comes to an end, Seoul celebrates being voted the ‘Best MICE City’ for five consecutive years at the Global Traveler Tested Reader Survey Awards receiving the Quint Award. 

New Initiative Leaves a Legacy for the Environment in Cairns

Business Events Cairns and Great Barrier Reef have today launched a new initiative at their annual Sell TNQ event.

Further Study on Iron in Biology in Darwin

The Darwin Convention Centre will welcome members of the International Society for the Study of Iron in Biology and Medicine from all over the world to the Top End of Australia when Darwin hosts the 2021 Congress.

The 18th European AIDS Conference Heads to London

ExCeL London and the London Convention Bureau have been selected to host the 2021 European AIDS Conference (EACS) on October 27 to 30, organized by the European AIDS Clinical Society. 

Medical Conferences Visit Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt venues will also be playing host to two major medical conferences in June 2020.

Young Leaders Share Their Views With the World in Tokyo

The Tokyo Convention  & Visitors Bureau (TCVB) announced that Tokyo has been chosen as the host city of the 12th One Young World Summit to be held in late September in 2021.

Environment and Economy Meet in Rimini

The Palacongressi di Rimini is set to host the 26th Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE).

Experts on the Elderly Fall in the Right Hands in Kuala Lumpur

The 1st World Congress on Falls and Postural Stability (WCFPS) 2019 will be held in Malaysia from 4 – 7 December 2019 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Tokyo Gathers Parkinson’s Disease Experts

The Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB) has announced that Tokyo has placed the winning bid to host the 7th Asian and Oceanian Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress (AOPMC).

Florence Rewards its Ambassadors

In its fourth edition, the Florence Ambassador Awards took place on October 15  in the Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio.

Midwives of the World Unite in Bali

The 32nd International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Triennial Congress and Associated Meetings will be held from 21-25 June 2020 at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC).

Brand New Luxembourg Convention Bureau

The Luxembourg Government and the City of Luxembourg recently set up the Luxembourg Convention Bureau as a strategic player to develop the business events sector in Luxembourg.

Higher Numbers Every Year for Monaco

Monaco’s meetings industry goes from strength to strength for yet another year with a rise of 5,4% in business events in 2019.

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Goes On Strong

During 2019, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) has successfully attracted 10 high-profile international events which are due to be held in Malaysia between 2020 and 2025.

Toronto Rewards Local Ambassadors

The Leaders Circle honoured 13 local experts from various fields, including atomic physics and human rights, for their important role in bringing international meetings to Toronto at the 2019 Leaders Circle Gala.

Eye Health Professionals Converge in Melbourne

Melbourne has won an international bid to host 2,000 international eye health professionals at the World Congress of Optometry 2021 (WCO 2021). 

A Host of Benefits in Torino, Italy

Choose Torino (Turin) for your next conference and benefit from up to €8,000 as well as an advantageous package of diverse services.

Meet Business Events Luxembourg at IBTM World

Are you planning a professional event in Luxembourg, or maybe you’re just curious about what the Grand Duchy can offer? Business Events Luxembourg will be present at IBTM World in Barcelona from Nov. 19-21.

Hangzhou’s ‘Experience Officers’ Offer Insights into the City’s New Economy

One day before the “Hangzhou–Leading Innovation for Future Conferences” event which took place last week – aiming to promote Hangzhou as the ideal destination to host innovative conferences  – twenty “48-hour Experience Officers of Future Industries”, were appointed.

Advanced Technology Investment at ExCel London

ExCeL London has announced significant investment in its technology infrastructure.

Flanders Joins GDS-Index

Visit Flanders and the region’s five major cities – Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent, Leuven, and Mechelen have all joined the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index).

Adelaide Grows an Interest in Potatoes

Adelaide, South Australia has been named as the host city for the 2023 World Potato Congress (WPC), the first time this globally significant biennial business event has been held in Australia.

New Zealand Wins World Avocado Congress Bid

New Zealand will welcome thousands of international avocado experts in 2023 after winning the bid to host the 10th World Avocado Congress (WAC).

Renting a Whole City for Your Next Event?

The Clervaux rent-a-city concept in Luxembourg allows you to organize an event at the foot of the 12th-century Clervaux Castle,l whisking you back in time in the twinkling of an eye.

Hangzhou Takes Your Conference to the Future

This week, Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV and Tourism organized the “Hangzhou–Leading Innovation for Future Conferences” event, highlighting the city’s strengths as the ideal destination for ‘new economy’ conferences.

Sarawak Celebrates ‘TriBE: INNOVATION Day’

Business Events Sarawak (BESarawak) by Sarawak Convention Bureau successfully hosted its first TriBE: INNOVATION Day that took place at Pullman Hotel, Kuching.

Europe’s 5G Policy Forms in Riga

On November 27-29, 2019 in Riga, Latvia, 5G policymakers, heads of major industry organizations, and business leaders will gather to discuss the deployment of the first commercially-viable 5G business models at 5G Techritory.

New Zealand Measures Conferences Positive Impact

Tourism New Zealand has announced three international conferences whose impacts will be measured to maximise the positive societal impacts conferences generate to communities. 

Luxembourg’s Business Events Sector Takes Off

Business Events Luxembourg is the official convention bureau and representative for the entire destination – they will be present at IBTM in Barcelona on stand F80 from 19 to 21 November.

2019 GDS Index Results

The GDS-Index released the 2019 ranking of the sustainability performance of 50 global business tourism and events destinations, at the closing ceremony of the 58th ICCA Congress held in Houston.

Cairns Gathers Vertebrate Morphology Experts

The International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology is heading to Australia for the first time and will be hosted at the Cairns Convention Centre in July 2022.

Heartbeat Rising in Paris

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) staged its largest ever scientific congress this year in Paris. 

Guaranteed Success Pledge in Montréal

Business Events Montréal has recently announced the Guaranteed Success Pledge, a first in the meetings industry.

Final Call for BestCities Global Forum

BestCities Global Alliance is making its final call to all senior international association executives to apply for one of the remaining places at the annual BestCities Global Forum, to be held in Copenhagen this December.

Trailblazers Receive Grants for Conferences in Brisbane

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has invited Brisbane’s brightest minds to apply for a grant program to help attract lucrative international conferences to Brisbane.

International Associations Gather for the European Association Summit

The European Association Summit will take place on 10 and 11 March 2020 at SQUARE – Brussels Convention Centre.

AIM Explains Patient Involvement in Scientific Congresses

AIM Group International has recently published a new White Paper by Francesca Manzani, head of the Florence Office of AIM Group.

Lyon Steps Up on a Greener Level

The Lyon Convention Centre and Eurexpo Lyon, two of the GL events group’s venues in Lyon united under the name the Lyon for events, have earned ISO 20121 certification.

Sustainable Investments Discussed in The Hague

For the 6th time, Pensions & Investments organises its annual World Pension Summit in The Hague.

ExCel London Welcomes Clinical Cosmetic Expo

With the growing demand for exhibition space and to cater for the ever-increasing amount of visitor traffic, Clinical Cosmetic Regenerative (CCR) has announced that the 2020 exhibition will move to ExCeL London.

ICCA Embraces Associations in the Community

ICCA is inviting senior association executives, meetings managers and volunteer leaders to join the newly founded ICCA Association Community.

Sustainability Focus at IACC Knowledge Festival

The 2019 IACC Europe Knowledge Festival, which took place at Dolce La Hulpe, Brussels on 4-6 October, was the very first event to attain the Event Industry Council’s brand-new Sustainable Event Standard.

Focus on Human Connections at AIME 2020

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), held in Melbourne on February 17–19, has announced the theme for its much-anticipated 2020 Knowledge Exchange.

National Wine Centre of Australia Keeps Adelaide Busy With Events

The National Wine Centre of Australia is gearing up for a busy October and November with five business events comprising three national, one international and one state conference.

PLUS SEOUL in the Centre of International Conferences

Seoul’s debut hosting of last week’s International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference is the latest example of one of several global organizations utilizing the city’s popular PLUS SEOUL support programs.

What to Expect at IBTM World 2019

IBTM World has unveiled the details of its Knowledge Programme, including sessions tailored for association meeting organisers, during the 2019 event taking place from 19 – 21 November at Fira Gran Via Barcelona. 

Easier Access to St Petersburg and Expoforum

International delegates from 53 countries visiting St Petersburg will now be able to arrange fee-free e-visas for visits of up to eight days.

Kenes-Organized Congress Supports IAPCO Plastic Pledge

The European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA) held its largest annual congress with nearly 2,000 participants that gathered in Bilbao, Spain on 11-14 September.

Life Sciences Week in Basel

With the five different formats of Basel Life and Intelligent Health, a number of  life sciences events were staged simultaneously in the CCB in the second week of September.

ExCel Turns Green Upon Arrival

This September, on the opening day of Sibos, the world’s premier financial services event, ExCeL has unveiled a new arrival experience.

Palais des Congrès de Montréal Creates CITE

The Palais des congrès de Montréal is introducing its CITE Event Innovation and Technology Centre, a new initiative which will enable organizers to reinvent the level of experience they can offer participants.

Athens Fosters Organ Transplantation

Athens has been chosen to host the Congress of the European Society for Organ Transplantation in September 2023. 

Reykjavík Honours Its Ambassadors

Earlier in September, Meet in Reykjavík – Reykjavík Convention Bureau, in partnership with the Icelandic Travel Industry Association, hosted an annual event for stakeholders in the Icelandic MICE industry.

Medical Conference Complements NewcastleGateshead

The world’s largest and oldest complement conference will take place in NewcastleGateshead in September 2022.

Adelaide Finishes 2019 Strong As Ever

The Adelaide Convention Bureau (ACB) has won 75 business events, attracting 28,500 delegates to South Australia by the end of 2019.

New Brand, New Name for Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Convention Bureau has embraced a new name to resonate and engage more effectively and efficiently with the business events marketplace.

Strong Pipeline of Association Events in Rimini

With the recent win of the Annual ISPCAN European Conference, Palacongressi di Rimini, part of the Italian Exhibition Group, proves that it’s become a strong contender when it comes to hosting high-profile association conferences.

Education for Indian Associations by DTORR

DTORR’s latest event ‘Association Education Workshop – 2019’, where Boardroom was present as official media, was held at Novotel Hotel, Hyderabad International Convention Center, HITEC City, Hyderabad, India.

Bruges Opens Its Doors to the World

In the spring of 2018, the City of Bruges commissioned the construction of a new trade fair and convention centre. It will open in 2021.

New Partnership Strengthens Ottawa and The Hague

Ottawa Tourism and The Hague Convention Bureau recently revealed their intention to sign a friendly memorandum of understanding aimed at strengthening both cities’ offering to the global meetings industry.

ICC Sydney Shares Its Story

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) keeps sharing examples of how its people and world class in-house services are demonstrating ICC Sydney as More Than a Venue.

Climate Change Discussed at Scottish Event Campus

The Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow, has been nominated to host the 26th Conference of the Parties – known as COP26, due to take place in November 2020.

Major Events Ahead for Singapore

Singapore’s BTMICE landscape continues to grow from strength to strength, with the city state set to host notable events and meetings.

Incredible Impacts Third Year Winners

The Incredible Impacts Programme, run collaboratively by ICCA and BestCities Global Alliance, has selected three winning associations as leading examples of excellence within the global meetings industry. 

What Can Social-Media Influencers Do for You?

Octavio ‘Bobby’ Peralta in his latest article touches upon the trend of social media influencers.

Edinburgh Reinforces Its Status as a Tech Hub

Edinburgh prepares to host ESOMAR Congress 2019 – The Global Data & Insights Summit – between 8-11 September at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Stronger Bonds Between Malaysia and US Associations

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) recently hosted an immersive educational event for AMC (Association Management Companies) Institute, and two high-profile US-based association events this year.

Christchurch Plants Seeds of Knowledge

The International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) Congress will take place in Ōtautahi Christchurch from 11-18 May 2022.

Design Thinking Applied to Events by ASSOCIATIONWORLD

ASSOCIATIONWORLD, partners of Boardroom, are organising one more interesting workshop hosted by the Association Bureau on 16 September between 09.00 and 18.00.

GDS-Index Welcomes Denver

Denver is the newest, and fourth city in the US to join the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index). 

Malaysian Associations Advance Through the 5th MyNEXT Conference

The congregation of Malaysian association leaders and professionals – the Malaysia Association NEXT 2019 was back for its fifth year, themed “Building Capacity of Malaysian Associations; Optimising Benefits for Malaysian Associations”.

St Petersburg Receives Support for Further Growth

St Petersburg is doubling its subvention fund to approximately €700,000 for 2019 as part of its ongoing strategy to attract major international congresses to the city.

New Association Wins for Congrex Switzerland

Congrex Switzerland for has expanded its association management portfolio by thirty percent and has been appointed PCO or official accommodation agency for several global associations.

First Details of IBTM 2019 Association Programme Revealed

IBTM World has announced the first details of its 2019 Association Programme, which takes place on the afternoon of 19 November – the first day of IBTM World, in Barcelona.

Typically Queensland Menu Launched in Brisbane

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Executive Chef, David Pugh has unleashed his haute cuisine skills and love of fresh local produce on the Centre’s newly released menus.

Introducing Hangzhou’s Association Resources

Hangzhou launched the “Hangzhou PLUS” roadshow in Beijing today. The event aims to update national associations and societies on the enhanced resources of the city as a high-profile business events destination.

ASSOCIATIONWORLD Offers Comms Education

ASSOCIATIONWORLD are organising one more interesting workshop at The Hotel in Brussels on 2 September. The event, whose morning will be moderated and facilitated by Boardroom founders Cécile Koch and Rémi Dévé, will be all about communications. 

Learn Leadership Skills at IMEX America Association Forum

Future-proofing is among the topics explored at the Association Leadership Forum, a free half-day of education and networking at IMEX America.

Brussels is All About Osteoarthritis

On the event of World Osteoarthritis Day, dozens of healthcare professionals will meet in Brussels this coming September to discuss this disease.

NewcastleGateshead Gets Cardiac

NewcastleGateshead will host the annual conference of a leading cardiac association in the UK from 19th to 20th November 2019.

7th PCAAE Associations Summit to be Held in Manila

The Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives, the “association of associations” in the country, will hold its annual event, the 7th PCAAE Associations Summit (AS7), at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 27-28..

ExCeL London to Host Flagship Robotics & AI Conference

ExCeL London will welcome the world leading International Conference on Robotics and Automations (ICRA) in 2023.

The Hague Gets Together to Fight Cybercrime

In The Netherlands, October 2019 will be all about cyber security. As part of the European Cyber Security Month, many conferences, competitions and trainings will take place providing the opportunity to exchange knowledge, ideas and innovations for a more secure future. 

Cairns Convention Centre to be Expanded

Cairns Convention Centre, operated by AEG Ogden, will undergo a refurbishment of existing facilities and an expansion providing an additional 3,000 square metres of meeting, banquet  and exhibition space.

ICCA and eSpeakers to Collaborate for Quality Content

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has partnered with eSpeakers, the leading online source of professional speakers for international meeting organisers.

Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia Introduces New Networking Platform

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has announced the launch of a new series of special interest forums that will provide greater opportunity for year round engagement for members.

First Indian Association Education Workshop in Hyderabad

Initiated by Dubai-based consultancy DTORR, this workshop, which will take place either on September 6 or September 7, 2019, is a first of its kind and designed for India-based associations.

Second Call for Proposals for EAS 2020

The next edition of the (EAS) will take place the week of 9-13 March 2020. For this new edition a new application form has been created dividing the Call into two stages. This is the second one.

New Global Recognition Award Programme by BestCities

The BestCities Global Alliance launched the Global Recognition Award programme, rewarding associations who help deliver positive change and leave a lasting impact in their partner destinations.

New Indigenous Inspired Menu at Darwin Convention Centre

The Darwin Convention Centre’s Seven Seasons just launched a culinary journey inspired by the Gulumoerrgin (Larrakia) Seasons. The Larrakia people are the traditional owners of the Darwin region.

Introducing the Branded Content Marketing Association (BCMA)

BCMA wants to give a voice to the influencer marketing industry and promote the value of influencer marketing to brands.

Manchester Central Continues to Meet ISO Standards

Manchester Central has successfully achieved continued certification to ISO 9001:2015, 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001.

New Online Event Service for Associations in Berlin

Realizing associations are more and more in need of modern and innovative conference formats, visitBerlin’s Berlin Convention Office set up a new online service page for them.

Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons to Head to Brisbane

Asia Oceania Otorhinolaryngological Head and Neck Surgery Congress (AO ORL-HNS) 2023, the major ear, nose and throat scientific event in Asia-Oceania, is returning to Australia.

Record-Breaking Indigenous Conference Draws to a End in NZ

Hamilton, New Zealand,  has hosted a historic NAISA conference, in what has been hailed as a record-breaking meeting for Indigenous scholars from around the world.

AC Forum’s Learning Experience in Glasgow

A partnership between the Associations & Conference Forum (AC Forum) and the Leading Centres of Europe (LCE) delivered its inaugural Collaborative Learning Experience at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow.

Sustainability Conference in Glasgow Makes a Difference

The 27th International Input-Output Association Conference (IIOA) draw to a close at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre last week in Glasgow.

Australia Unites to Win Math Congress

Hosted by Sydney in 20124, the International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME15) for 2024 will be the largest international conference on mathematics education.

All Eyes on Cape Town for Ophthalmology Congress

In one year,  Cape Town will welcome over 10 000 delegates from 110 countries to the 37th World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC).

Bordeaux Joins Sustainability Index

With the Bordeaux Convention Bureau joining Global Destination Sustainability Index(GDS-Index), Bordeaux is now part of a global destination sustainability movement.

Brisbane to Host Paediatric Hearing and Speech Symposium

A US-headquartered paediatric health symposium has chosen Brisbane as its first-ever Asia Pacific host city, with 500 global experts to meet in March 2021.

New Operator for New, Flagship Venue in NewcastleGateshead

SMG Europe will operate a new arena, conference and exhibition centre in NewcastleGateshead, Gateshead Quays, due to open in 2023

All Hands on the Palacongressi di Rimini

Palacongressi di Rimini has won the bid for the 28th congress of the Federation of the European Societies of Surgery of the Hand – FESSH, scheduled from 17 to 20 May 2023.

Petroleum to be Discussed in Calgary

The 24th World Petroleum Congress will be hosted in Calgary in 2023, bringing  an estimated $65 million CAD in economic injection to the city.

Canada Provides Content for Conferences

Content really matters when selecting a host destination for a conference and organisers are looking to host their events in respected knowledge hubs.

Lausanne Montreux Celebrates 50 Years of Technology

With 2019 marking the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) 50th anniversary, the federal institute of technology is celebrating its golden anniversary with a series of events and festivals.

Archaeology Experts Discover Belfast

Belfast has been chosen to host the European Association of Archaeology (EAA) conference which will bring up to 2,500 delegates together in one place in August 2022.

Medical Oncology Congress Confirmed for Paris in 2021

ESMO, the European Society for Medical Oncology, is organizing for the first time ever its annual congress in Paris from 17 to 21 September 2021 at the Paris Convention Centre and other pavilions of Paris Expo Porte de Versailles.

Brussels Greets New Association Headquarters

Brussels Greeters and have announced the creation of the International Greeter Association (IGA).

ESAE’s Strong Ambitions for the Future

Giuseppe Marletta, Managing Director Europe at the Association of Corporate Counsel, is taking over as new President of ESAE, the European Society of Association Executives.

Malaysia’s MSAE Set to Advance Association Management

The Malaysian Society of Association Executives (MSAE) recently held its first general meeting at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and announced its newly elected President and committee members.

Guadalajara Bids for Dermatology Congress

Mexican associations in the field of dermatology are bidding to host the 25th World Congress of Dermatology (WCD) in 2023.

Digital Innovation Flows Through Palacongressi di Rimini

The Palacongressi di Rimini has lined up a dozen appointments including seminars, congresses, medical-scientific events, training courses.

Third GDS-Index Whitepaper Released

The Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) released their third Whitepaper that details the case studies, data analysis and the actions taken by 47 DMOs and municipalities.

Adelaide Adds Cancer Unit to Its Medical Facilities

Adelaide is planning the construction of Australia’s first and only proton therapy unit.

Academics Promote Wales Through New Ambassador Programme

ICC Wales has launched a recruitment drive for the Ambassador Wales Programme at Swansea University underlining its commitment to attracting national and international association conferences to Wales.

New Campaign for Impact and Partnerships for Sarawak

Business Events Sarawak (BESarawak) soft-launched its latest campaign, Redefining Global Tribes – Impact (#RGTimpact) at IMEX Frankfurt last month.

The Palais des congrès de Montréal Partners Up with Quebec Universities

The Palais des congrès de Montréal recently put together a Sustainability Innovation Committee made up of experts from establishments that include ten Québec universities. 

Joyce Wittelaar Joins Boardroom

Joyce Wittelaar joined Boardroom as of yesterday, serving as the company’s new Strategic Relations Manager.

New Expanded Focus for Washington DC

Destination DC (DDC), the official destination marketing organization for Washington, DC, launched three new industry sector white papers as part of its asset-based sales positioning during IMEX Frankfurt.

Dubai Association Conference Returns in 2019

The second edition of the Dubai Association Conference will take place 9-10 December under the theme of ‘Driving change: The societal impact of associations’.

New Technology at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center

Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC) has recently upgraded the venue’s events technology.

Stronger Collaborations Means Stronger Impact in Denmark

Denmark’s four leading meetings destinations have banded together to launch during IMEX in Frankfurt a new program designed to make international conventions more impactful for both associations and destinations.

Call for Proposals for EAS 2020

The next edition of the (EAS) will take place the week of 9-13 March 2020. For this new edition a new application form has been created dividing the Call into two stages.

Toulouse Excels in Artificial Intelligence

Toulouse is one of the pilot regions of the « France pour l’Intelligence Artificielle » initiative.

Oncology Congress plans to Leave a Legacy in Glasgow

Glasgow has been selected to host the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO)’s Annual Congress in 2023, Europe’s largest meeting on radiation oncology.

Bruges Raises the Bar in Cultural Analysis with Technart

Bruges welcomes today the sixth edition of the Technart conference from 7 until 10 May 2019.

Experts Keep an Eagle Eye on Brisbane in 2024

In June 2024 the focus will be on global eye health care at the recently confirmed Congress of the International Orthoptic Association (IOA) to be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC). 

St Petersburg’s Expoforum Continuous Association Wins

Expoforum’s ongoing focus on international markets is echoed in the latest release the leading Russian convention and events venue has published with details of association congress wins across sectors.

Liver Experts Return to London

The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) has announced that it will return to London in 2020.

Medical Conferences Pile Up in Hamburg

Hamburg has won the bid to host the conference of the International Society for Hydrocephalus and Cerebrospinal Fluid Disorders (ISHCSF).

Sustainability With Deep Roots in Montréal

The Palais des congrès de Montréal announced it is joining the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Radiology Experts Scan Through Oman

Oman, represented by ORMIS (the Oman Radiology and Molecular Imaging Society), has won a bid to host  the 30th edition of the International Radiology Congress in October 2020.

Accessible Hospital Services Promoted in Madrid

For the very first time, international hospital at home (HaH) stakeholders met at the World Hospital at Home Congress (WHAHC), held in Madrid, 5-6 April 2019, to connect the HaH ecosystem beyond borders.

Quebec City Convention Centre Puts Sustainability First

The Québec City Convention Centre is a leader in sustainable development, having managed to minimize its environmental footprint and implement responsible food services and operations.

ALIFE Conference Breathes Life into NewcastleGateshead

The 2019 Conference on Artificial Life (ALIFE) will take place at Newcastle University from 29 July to 2 August.

Ottawa Launches New Ambassador Program

Ottawa Tourism, Shaw Centre and Invest Ottawa are collaborating to launch a program to bring more conferences and conventions to Canada’s capital city through the creation of local ambassadors.

Lyon Gets Recognised as Smart and Sustainable

The Metropole of Lyon is the newest partner to join the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index).

Innovation Opens the Doors of New Destinations in Canada

While Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver have long been some of Canada’s top destinations for international business events, cities across Canada are attracting global conferences, thanks in large part to the academics and industry innovators across a variety of sectors. 

The Meetings Show is Open for Registration

This year’s Meetings Show is taking place on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 June at Olympia London bringing together more than 4,500 industry professionals for two days of meeting, networking and learning.

2020 Radiology Congress Scans Oman

Oman, represented by ORMIS (the Oman Radiology and Molecular Imaging Society), has won a bid to host the 30th edition of the International Radiology Congress in October 2020.

Experts Help Fight Ageing at Grimaldi Forum

The 17th edition of the Anti Ageing & Medicine World Congress (AMWC) will take place between 4 and 6 April 2019 at Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. 

ICC Belfast Goes Under the Microscope

ICC (International Convention Centre) Belfast has announced it will host the Microbiology Society Annual Conference from 8 to 11 April 2019. 

Invest in Bogotá Becomes a Case Study for Sustainability

A recent analysis by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) highlighted Bogotá and its foreign investment promotion agency as a case study.

Quebec’s ‘Wooden’ Solution to Sustainability

The Québec City Convention Centre, in collaboration with the City of Québec, announced that the second World Congress on Mid-and High-rise Wood Buildings will be held in Québec City in the fall of 2019.

Basel Makes a Big Step with a Small Footprint

The CO2 calculator marks one of the Green Team’s sustainable achievements. The calculator enables organisers to work out the emissions generated by their events.

Cybersecurity Education in The Hague

(ISC)2, a non-profit membership association of certified cybersecurity professionals, will hold its Secure Summit EMEA on 15-16 April 2019 at the World Forum in The Hague (NL).

International Shipbrokers Sail their Way to Athens

The Athens Convention Bureau (ACVB) Member ARGO MICE and the Hellenic Shipbrokers Association recently announced the organising of the 7th Global Symposium of Maritime Executives, Pireas 2019.

‘Plus Seoul’ Gives Business Events a Boost

This month, the Seoul Convention Bureau officially rolled out its 2019 PLUS SEOUL programs to fulfill its new brand promise to boost business events. 

Associations Get Easier Access to Belgium

The new Belgian code on Companies & Associations was adopted this month by the Belgian federal parliament. The Federation of European and International Associations established in Belgium has welcomed the new Code.

A Rush of Blood in Prague

EAHAD chose Prague as its 12th congress destination and more than 2 600 medical experts, pharmacists and community representatives from 80 countries from around the world came to Prague.

Oman Helps Advance Gas Research in 2020

The Sultanate of Oman has been selected to host the International Gas Union’s 16th International Gas Research Conference (IGRC) in 2020 in collaboration with Oman LNG and the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC).

Bogota is Active within the UN Sustainability Goals

The Greater Bogota Convention Bureau will represent Bogota at the United Nations, in their New York City Headquarters, in the panel “SDG’s (Sustainable Development Goals) and the cities”. 

Gold Coast Shines with More Association Conferences

Gold Coast has recorded a 19 per cent increase in association meetings for the twelve months to 30 June 2018. 

Hamburg City Tour of Innovation

The Hamburg Convention Bureau has developed a new online resource – Hamburg – Gateway to the World of Tomorrow – giving meeting and event professionals an insight into leading-edge locations, companies and collaborations.

ICC Sydney Presents Leadership in Action

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) presented the inaugural Leaders Forum during the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) in Melbourne.

Sustainability Initiatives Give Melbourne the Upper Hand

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) strives to be leaders in sustainable business practice leading the way with many sustainable initiatives over the years. 

Sri Lanka Celebrates Youth with AIESEC Congress

 AIESEC International Congress, the biggest annual AIESEC event aimed at celebrating youth leadership, cultural diversity and global togetherness, will be hosted once more in Sri Lanka.

Brisbane Rises High with Posture Conference in 2021

Brisbane will welcome the world’s leading posture and gait clinicians and researchers following its successful bid to host a significant world congress in 2021.

Nantes Takes the Lead in Science and Technology

La Cité Nantes Events Center is hosting a variety of national and international major events in 2019 in the field of science and technology, where scientists will discuss their research findings and present their innovative solutions.

FAIB Celebrates Associations Law

FAIB’s 70th year of existence coincided with the 100th of the adoption of the law of 25 October 1919 ruling INPAs. 

EAS Goes Green in Brussels

From February 28 to March 1, 2019, organises the European Association Summit (EAS) at the SQUARE – Brussels Convention Centre.

SACEOS Announces its New President

The Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS) recently announced that Mr Aloysius Arlando is the Industry Association’s 9th President. 

Boardroom Joins Forces with AC Forum

We have formed a strategic alliance with the Associations Conference Forum (AC Forum), one of Europe’s only peer-to-peer networking platforms for the associations market.

Innovative Urban Projects for Viparis

As part of the 2nd edition of “Reinventing Paris” (Beneath the City), an innovative urban project to transform Paris’s underground spaces, Viparis will realise “Peace&Log”.

Fruitful 2018 for Darwin

Several events were hosted at the Darwin Convention Centre in 2018 with people from all over Australia and internationally meeting in Darwin to explore the Top End.

New Ambassadors Appointed for Brussels recently awarded the title of destination ambassador to 18 partners who greatly contributed to publicising Brussels in 2018 and confirming its status as an international MICE destination.

New Director for MACEOS in Malaysia

The Malaysian Association of Convention & Exhibition Organisers & Suppliers (MACEOS) announced the appointment of Ms. Ho Yoke Ping, as the new Executive Director (ED) of MACEOS, effective 1 January 2019. 

Copenhagen Scores Another Win in Sustainability

Copenhagen sets a new international standard for sustainable tourism as Wonderful Copenhagen, becomes the world’s first certified Green Tourism Organisation.

New Year, New Brand Platform for BestCities

BestCities Global Alliance has kicked off 2019 by unveiling a new brand platform and an updated strategic plan as it approaches its 20th year in operation.

Vienna Brings AC Forum Back to its Roots

From January 17-19, 2019 Vienna played host to the European Associations & Conference Forum (AC Forum).

London Campaigns Against Plastic

ExCeL London is taking positive steps to reduce waste and is launching a ‘No Plastic’ campaign to outline the venue’s commitment to this global issue.

Plant Biologists Cultivate Ideas in Cairns

Cairns Convention Centre will host the 2021 Congress of International Society for Plant Molecular Biology (IPMB) where 1,200 of the world’s leading plant molecular biologists meet to discuss ways to feed Earth’s increasing population.

Darwin Attracts International Mining Community

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) held its 2nd Annual OECD meeting of Mining Regions and Cities at the at the Darwin Conveniton Centre. 

Innovate Canada Boosts Life Sciences Sector

Innovate Canada will be hosted in Toronto, one of Canada’s leading hubs of innovation for life sciences from May 21 – 24, 2019.


ASSOCIATIONWORLD (AW) and its President and CEO Kai Troll, Boardroom’s partner, recently talked to the Union of International Associations (UIA) about this Brussels-based foundation, established in June 2018.

Germany Presents Future Meeting Space Research Results

The GCB German Convention Bureau presented the results of the second phase of its “Future Meeting Space” research project at the 2019 PCMA Convening Leaders conference in Pittsburgh.

Brisbane Overflows with Freshwater Experts

The Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) Annual Meeting in 2021 will be held in Brisbane, making this the very first time the American based Society has held its annual meeting outside of North America.

Manitoba Flies High

A major investment from the federal and provincial governments will fund four projects to promote growth in Manitoba’s Aerospace industry.

Wellington to Benefit from New Conference Centre

Wellington City Council gave the green light for the new Conference and Exhibition Centre (CEC). 

Lausanne Enters the Energy Cities Alliance

Lausanne Montreux Congress, the collaboration of the Swiss regions of Lausanne and Montreux announced that one of their key partners, the SwissTech Convention Centre has become the newest member of the Energy Cities Alliance (ECA).

3 New Kesatrias Join Malaysia’s Programme

Three new conference ambassadors have been inducted under the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau’s (MyCEB) Kesatria Malaysia Programme.

Boardroom and ESAE Embark on Exclusive Media Partnership 

The aim of this alliance is to encourage sustained growth and communicate the two ventures’ joint professional and educational objectives. 

ASAE and ICCA Work Together for Asia Pacific Associations

More than 150 association executives arrived in Singapore for the annual educational Forum held from 29–31 October at the Grand Hyatt Singapore.

Neurosurgical Congress Strikes a Nerve in Hamburg

Hamburg will hold the annual congress of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies 2021. Around 2,000 specialists are expected at the event, which will take place at the Congress Center Hamburg.

New Exhibition and Convention Centre Soon in Toulouse

The new Exhibition and Convention Centre of Toulouse under the name MEETT is set to be ready by June 2020 as construction is well on time.

A Buzz Over Quebec to Feed the World

Québec City and Université Laval will host a major international conference on using insects as food for both humans and animals.

VisitBritain Sets New Partnership In Train

VisitBritain has partnered up with Eurostar and Virgin Trains to offer a united travel service for the meetings market and attract more international business events to the UK.

Wales Sets the Stage for International Business Events

With the opening of the new International Conference Centre Wales in 2019, the Welsh Government’s Business Events team is drawing global attention to the country as part of Wales ‘Year of Discovery’.

Athens Turns to Innovation

Athens is the winner of this year’s European Capital of Innovation Awards.

Copenhagen Wins Innovation Award for Sustainability

Copenhagen improved to a second place on the GDS-Index and received the innovation award at this year’s ICCA Awards.

Lausanne Climbs the Rankings

Lausanne Montreux Congress (LMC) has announced it has been ranked among the top 20 destinations worldwide in the Global Destination Sustainability Index.

Glasgow’s Plans for Expansion

The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) has applied for planning permission in principle (PPIP) for a major expansion of its facilities with a vision to create a unique global event campus.

Glasgow Receives Recognition for World Down Syndrome Congress

The World Down Syndrome Congress which was held in Glasgow in July 2018 has been recognised as a leading example of excellence within the global meetings industry.

Associations Benefit from Recent ExCel London Partnership

British Airways and ExCeL London have launched a year-long collaboration that will give exclusive airline partner status to the London City Airport based operation.

New Research Places Accessibility in the Spotlight

BestCities Global Alliance, GainingEdge and Rehabilitation International unveiled new market-leading research into accessible meetings at the ICCA congress in Dubai.

Renewed Partnership Brings ESAE and Interel Together

The European Society of Association Executives has announced the renewal of its partnership with Interel Association Management. 

James Rees is the new ICCA President

James Rees, Executive Director at ExCeL London, has been elected as the new ICCA president at the 57th ICCA Congress, which came to a close yesterday in Dubai.

Oncology Pharmacists Confer in Nantes

The 4th edition of the European Conference of Oncology Pharmacy (ECOP4), organized by European Cancer Organisation (ECCO), was held from Oct 25 – 27, 2018 at Convention City of Nantes. 

Brisbane Brings Together Cancer Specialists

The 15th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig) will take place from 25-28 March 2020 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC).

ESAE and Cambre Associates Join Forces

The European Society of Association Executives (ESAE) recently announced their partnership with Cambre Associates.

ICC Sydney Acknowledges Australia’s First Nations

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is the first convention centre in Australia to launch a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

ASSOCIATIONWORLD Teases Advocacy Workshop

The workshop will take place on 19 November in Brussels and on 26 November in Geneva, exploring the necessary tools needed to identify policy influencing opportunities.

Seoul’s Long List of Conferences Keeps Growing

From January to October 2018, Seoul successfully secured 40 international conferences, which is estimated to bring more than 35,000 international delegates to the city over the coming years.

La Cité Nantes Congress Centre Is Keeping Busy

The international development strategy implemented by La Cité Nantes Congress Centre is paying off. This season boasts a significant number of international conventions.

Sydney Paid Its Dues To Finance Experts

SIBOS visited Sydney on 22 October, bringing to the city’s International Convention Centre (ICC Sydney) 7,000 business leaders and decision-makers from around the world.

Brisbane Heads for Major Oncology Congress

Brisbane is set to host 2,000 of the world’s leading cancer experts in a first time event for Australia, described as the ‘Olympics’ for head and neck cancer. 

The Space Community
Gathers in Paris

In 2021, the Paris Convention Centre will host the the 72nd edition of the International Astronautical Congress.

New Zealand Welcomes More International Conferences

New Zealand recently held an event in Auckland to recognise the efforts of 31 experts who have secured international conferences for the country.

ICCA’s Latest Report Reveals Sector Growth

ICCA’s newest industry report “A Modern History of International Association Meetings – Update: 1963-2017” reveals growth of the international association meetings industry.

Manchester Strengthens its Position among Medical Associations

The European Hernia Society have announced that their 2022 annual congress will be held at Manchester Central, attracting over 1000 visitors from 24 different countries.

The Philippines Inspire, Collaborate and Sustain

The Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives (PCAAE) is organising the 6th edition of its Summit, one of the biggest gatherings of associations and association professionals.

PCMA Influencers Summit: What to Take Away

Luca Segantini, Executive Director of International Society of Nephrology, attended the  2018 PCMA European Influencers Summit in Seville and tells Boardroom how the programme was relevant to his organisation.

Toronto Goes into a Tech Rush

Toronto has emerged as one of the world’s fastest growing tech markets; indeed, it’s the 3rd largest in North America with some 14,000 tech companies and 65+ incubators.

Yokohama Is the Destination of Choice for Computational Mechanics

Yokohama has been chosen as the host city for the 15th World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM), which will take place at the new PACIFICO YOKOHAMA NORTH in 2022.

Respiratory Experts Take a Deep Breath in Vienna

The international congress of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) will take place in Vienna for the fifth time in 2020, from September 5-9.

Darwin Discusses Australia’s Ports

Some 200 industry leaders, decision makers and government speakers from all over Australia met in Darwin recently for the 46th biennial Ports Australia biennial conference.

Yokohama’s First IEEE Conference on Nuclear Science

The IEEE NSS-MIC (Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference) will be held in October of 2021 at the new PACIFICO YOKOHAMA NORTH facility.

The UIA Boosts Local Associations in Malaysia

Malaysia is welcoming the UIA Associations Round Table Asia Pacific 2018 (UIA 2018) from 26-27 September 2018 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).

The Perfect Slot for Flying over Brisbane

Brisbane will be the host to more than 1200 delegates from over 230 airlines across the world for the 145th International Air Transport Association (IATA) Slot Conference from 12-15 November 2019.

Vancouver Ties It All Together

The fact that this year’s American Society of Neuroradiology Annual Meeting & The Foundation of the ASNR Symposium was held in Vancouver came as no surprise.

Quebec Wins Bid for People-Environment Studies Conference

The combined efforts of Université Laval and the Québec City Convention Centre managed to attract the International Association of People-Environment Studies (IAPS), which will host its 26th conference.

10th Anniversary and New Ambassador for Espoo

The City of Espoo announced the election of Professor Ahti Salo as the Espoo Ambassador of 2018. The selection was announced at the annual Espoo Ambassador event held at Dipoli on the 30th of August 2018.

Ottawa Leads the Way for Canada’s Life Sciences

In Ottawa, the life sciences sector regularly collaborates with Tourism Ottawa and other industry stakeholders to ensure the local expertise found here is leveraged to help augment agendas and drive delegate engagement.

Talley-Miruka Partnership to Assist Associations in Africa

Talley Management Group, Inc. (TMG), and African association professional Jeffers Miruka of Kenya, are jointly launching the African Association Management Company (AFAMCO).

12 Associations Shortlisted for the Incredible Impacts Programme

The final shortlist of 12 entries for the 2018 Incredible Impacts Programme have been announced by BestCities Global Alliance and ICCA.

Adelaide Ticks all the Boxes on Global Sustainability

Adelaide Convention Centre has reinforced its leadership in global sustainability by becoming the joint first convention centre in the world to achieve the coveted EarthCheck Platinum Certification.

Calgary Gets Energised by Oil and Gas Conferences

With a number of meetings dedicated to wind and solar power, Calgary seems to be a sought-after host city for natural resources and renewable energy conferences.

Calgary Reaches out to Europe-based Associations

The Calgary TELUS Convention Centre (CTCC) is now working with Sue Wilkes as its International Business Development Manager – Europe.

Manchester to Welcome The European Hernia Society

Taking place in 2022 at Manchester Central, the congress organized by the European Hernia Society will attract over 1000 visitors from 24 different countries.

Thailand Gets Standard for Association Planners

TCEB wants to accelerate the enhancement of meetings venue standards so that planners know what to expect. To this aim, ‘Thailand MICE Venue Standards 2018’, a marketing communications campaign, has been created.

The European Petrochemical Association Goes to Vienna

For the EPCA Annual Meeting, the must-go-to event of the Global Petrochemical Business Community, around 3000 participants from all over the world will gather in Vienna around the City Park area.

Brisbane to Welcome a Raft of Conferences

The Brisbane Convention Bureau has partnered with The University of Queensland (UQ) to secure a trifecta of conferences.

Associations to Flock to Scottish Event Campus

Over the past few weeks, the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) has won a number of major conferences, many as a result of strong partnerships with key local academics and Glasgow Convention Bureau.

Academy of Management Chooses Copenhagen 

In 2025, Copenhagen will welcome around 10,000 scholars , as the Academy of Management selected the city as the first destination outside North America to host its annual meeting.

How the Association World is Evolving

Our partner PCMA/Convene just published a very interesting article on the evolution of the association community, written by Ben Hainsworth, executive director for K.I.T. Group.

High Performance Secretariats Are Important

Recruitment company Ellwood Atfield has shared their report on what, according to a survey and some research, makes a high-performance secretariat for an association.

Global TEDSummit Chooses Scotland

Scotland will play host to the next TEDSummit in 2019, which will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre from 21 to 25 July.

PACIFICO Yokohama Ranking High for Associations

PACIFICO Yokohama, one of the largest meetings venue in Japan, was ranked as the top Japanese facility in a survey released by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).

Geneva Health Forum:
A Platform for Dialogue

Organized every two years since 2006, the Geneva Health Forum (GHF) was created by the Geneva University Hospitals and the Faculty of Medicine of Geneva University. It is always held at the International Conference Center of Geneva (CICG).

World Gastroenterology Congress Chooses Dubai

Dubai has been selected as the host city for World Gastroenterology Organisation’s biennial World Congress of Gastroenterology, to take place 12-15 December 2021.

St John’s, Canada, to Host Large Aquaculture Conference

The WAS Aquaculture Conference, the largest of its kind ever held in Canada, will take place August 30 – September 2, 2020 in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

AIPC 2018: How Global Issues Impact Local Business

The 2018 AIPC Annual Conference achieved a balance between high level perspectives on global issues of potential significance for the meetings industry.

UFI to Take its Annual Congress to Oman

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has selected Oman and the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre for the 2020 UFI Global Congress.

London Welcomes Experts in Data

Coming for the very first time in the UK, KDD, the world’s oldest and most important Data Science conference will be held at ExCeL London in August 2018.

Adelaide to Host Medical Physicians and Biomedical Engineers in 2024

The International Union for Physical and Engineering Science in Medicine (IUPSEM) has chosen Adelaide as the host city for their 2024 congress.

New Sustainability Strategy in Copenhagen

Wonderful Copenhagen has appointed a Project Manager for sustainable tourism development to help shape the sustainable direction of the organisation and the destination.

New Venture Between SingEx and Unbound for Innovative Events

SingEx together and Unbound signed a joint venture agreement last week to incorporate a new business entity called SingEx Unbound Innovations International Pte Ltd.

More and More Associations Registered at Dubai Association Centre

Rapid growth in registrations of international associations has been witnessed at Dubai Association Centre (DAC) in the first half of 2018.

First Home-Based PCO for Penang

Business Events is a key economic sector within Penang’s tourism. It comes hardly as a surprise that Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) recently welcomed its first home-based PCO.

Brisbane Designs Winning Bid for DRS2020

Brisbane will welcome 600 leading minds in global design research after winning hosting rights for the Design Research Society (DRS) Conference 2020.

Montréal Wins 2023 Hematology Conference

The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) just selected the Palais des Congrès de Montréal and Montréal as their host venue for their 2023 ISTH Annual Congress.  

ASAE’s Association Leadership Forum in Singapore

The American Society of Association Executives is organizing an Association Leadership Forum at Grand Hyatt Singapore from 29–31 October 2018. 

Innovation Park Zurich Connects Great Minds

In the north of Zurich, a new innovation park has started to grow. The unique site, aptly named Innovation Park Zurich, will serve as an incubator for the ideas and events of the future.

New Partnership for an Ever Sustainable Sydney

International Convention Centre Sydney has recently partnered up with the City of Sydney Council, accommodation and tourism operators launching a Sustainable Destination Partnership program.

Toronto Opens its Doors for Medical Technology Experts

Toronto has been selected by the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) to host the foremost international event for medical technology experts, The MedTech Conference, taking place October 5-7, 2020.

Frankfurt Rising for Medical Conferences

Frankfurt has succeeded in securing two medical congresses, the convention of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation and the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) convention.

Shining Lights for Montréal

As Montréal’s reputation as a technology hub continues to climb, the city decided to portray this by combining business with pleasure.

A Bloodline to Run through Malaysia

Malaysia prepares to welcome the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) Congress 2020, which will take place from 14 to 18 June 2020 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Associations to Gain Knowledge from Marketing Manchester’s Project

Marketing Cheshire has partnered with a host of local organisations to deliver a new concept for business events amongst association buyers. 

Ottawa Wins Across Various Sectors

Ottawa has confirmed several significant association wins as part of its ongoing campaign to target industry sectors with strong links to the city.

Kenes Group Partners up with CHEST

Kenes Group announced earlier this month a new five-year agreement to support the international education strategy of the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST).

Robots and Men Meet in Brisbane

Brisbane welcomed this past week 3.000 of the world’s leading robotics experts at the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) being held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. 

Marseille to Host the 2020 IUCN World Conservation Congress

The French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and IUCN signed earlier this month an agreement to organise the next World Conservation Congress, to be held from 11 to 19 June at Marseille’s Parc Chanot. 

Sustainable Building Drives Strasbourg’s Competitiveness Cluster

Recognising the need to stimulate growth and jobs in various sectors, Strasbourg established in 2015 the Fibres-Energivie Competitiveness Cluster with the merger of the Alsace-Energivie and Fibres Clusters. 

A Sunny Rooftop for Grimaldi Forum Monaco

Grimaldi Forum Monaco is in for a few changes in the near future with the installation of a photovoltaic power station on its roof and the creation of a whole new eco-district.

Colombia Uses Music to Attract Conferences

Colombia, or the land of Sobrasura as its own people like to call it referring to their pleasant way of living, has become an important destination when it comes to international conferences.

Oman Announces the Launch of its Convention Centre

Oman’s business industry has just been enhanced with the opening of The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC)’s convention facilities.

New Partnership to Bring Growth for India PCO and Association Management Company

Talley Management Group, Inc. (TMG), and Plan it! Meetings & Conferences India are jointly launching Vraata – Excellence in Association Management.

New Convention Bureau
for Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is now set to launch a new initiative aimed at attracting international congresses, events and tech-related meetings to the city.

ICC Sydney Receives Recognition for Innovative Program

Research released by University of Technology Sydney (UTS), reviewing ICC Sydney all-encompassing Feeding Your Performance (FYP) program, has heralded the venue as a blueprint for innovation.

Next Stop for UITP: Melbourne

The Union International des Transports Publics (UITP) announced that the 2021 Global Public Transport Summit  will be held in Melbourne, Australia between 6-9 June 2021.

BestCities Take a Look at the Past and Plan the Future

BestCities Global Alliance announced earlier this week a joint study project with Rehabilitation International and GainingEdge, along with this year’s theme at their Global Forum to be held in Bogota in December.

Association Conference Managers Get Helped by the AAE

The Association of Association Executives (AAE) announced earlier this week the launch of its dedicated service for association conference and event managers across Europe.

Paris Keeps Going Strong

Paris is the 2nd destination in the world for international congresses organised by international associations, remaining among the exclusive club of the top attractive destinations in the world.

Ambassadors Drive Montréal’s Business Events Further

The Palais des congrès de Montréal has assembled a group of leaders representing eight of the city’s key economic sectors to form a new Multisector Strategic Taskforce.

Sarawak’s Legacy Awards Make an Impact

An initiative from the Sarawak Convention Bureau, the Anak Sarawak Awards (ASA) recognise the legacy impacts of not only conventions, but also of the convention hosts as well.

Welcome Initiative by Glasgow for Medical Conference Attendees

With three major international medical conferences coming up this year, Glasgow is making preparations to welcome their attendees.

International Conferences Make their Way to Liverpool

ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre, Echo Arena and Exhibition Centre Liverpool, this year celebrates a decade since it opened its doors.

20 Years in the Meetings Industry for CIMGlobal

CIMGlobal, India’s association and meeting management company, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year making the company a success story for India’s business events market.

Computers and Humans Meet in Montréal

From April 21 to 26 2018, human-computer interaction received a thorough examination during the CHI 2018 international conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

Oncology Congress to Be Held in Barcelona for the First Time

ESMO, the European professional organisation for medical oncology, has announced that the ESMO 2019 Annual Congress will take place from 27 September to 1 October 2019, at the Fira Barcelona, Spain.

Sydney Proves Strong in Connectedness for Start-ups

A global start-up survey held recently, the Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2018 from Startup Genome, named Sydney as the number one location in the Asia Pacific, and one of the world’s top ten, for local connectedness.

Vienna Suits Up for 2022

The Austria Centre Vienna recently unveiled the largest construction project at the venue which includes plans to open up the venue more.

The New Convention Centre in Halifax

The new Halifax Convention Centre, part of the innovative Nova Centre, opened its doors in December 2017.

Sarawak Supports Real Impact of Business Events

Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB), in conjunction with the Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) 2018, is promoting inclusivity of rural communities.

Dermatologists Find their Place in Tokyo

Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB) has just announced winning the bid to host the 1st Meeting of the International Societies for Investigative Dermatology in 2023 (ISID2023).

The Association of Association Executives Expands to Africa

The Africa Associations Congress will take place 29 – 31 October 2018 at the CSIR International Convention Centre (CSIR ICC) in Pretoria, South Africa.

Hamburg Brings Big Changes for 2020

The CCH – Congress Centre Hamburg – has been undergoing comprehensive modernisation and remodelling since January 2017.

Vienna Braces for Invertebrate Morphology Congress

The University of Vienna will be hosting the 5th International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology (ICIM5) In the first week of August 2020.

Quality in Health Care under the Microscope in Brisbane

 Brisbane and the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) have won the right to host the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) International Conference in 2021.

Diversity and Sports for Copenhagen in 2021

Copenhagen will be the first city to host Worldpride and EuroGames combined in 2021, turning the two into one joint event named Copenhagen 2021.

Lausanne Takes Another Step against Cancer

The Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC) has inaugurated as of the beginning of this year the AGORA – Pôle de recherche sur le cancer on the Lausanne hospital site.

Sibos Heads for Sydney

The world’s largest financial services event ‘Sibos’ is heading for Sydney for the third time between 22-25 October.

All Eyes on Malaysia for Ophthalmology Congress

The Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress (APAO) 2021 will be held in Malaysia, more specifically at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on 4 – 7 March 2021.

SQUARE Brussels Celebrates 60 years

Founded for the 1958 World Expo, SQUARE-Brussels Convention Centre was only one out of two in its kind worldwide at the time.

Tech Talent and London Are a Perfect Match

Data compiled by LinkedIn and Stack Overflow for London & Partners show that the UK’s capital continues to draw technology workers both from within and outside the EU.

New Grant to Attract Association Conferences to Brisbane

Brisbane has recently announced a new grant as part of the Brisbane 2022 New World City Action Plan.

Australia Gets Bidding Support and Aims Higher

As of 1 July 2018 the sector will have at its disposal the Business Events Bid Fund Program (BFP), which provides assistance to secure new international business events for Australia.

Jerusalem Combines Culture with Industry

Jerusalem Conventions & Visitors Bureau is placing emphasis on keeping delegates happy during as well as after a conference with a cultural program called ShukTech.

New Salary Survey Goes Deep into Detail

The Federation of European & international associations based in Belgium (FAIB) has just published the results of its salary benchmark survey.

Incredible Impacts Programme Strikes Again

After a very successful inaugural year in 2017, the Incredible Impacts Programme – developed by the BestCities Global Alliance and ICCA – has opened submissions for the 2018 grants.

Symbiosis in Singapore

Cécile Koch reports on a trip to Singapore, together with fellow International and European associations, where a deep symbiosis among participants actually took place…

Vienna Goes into Therapy in 2023

From 25-29 July 2023 Vienna will host the 10th World Congress for Psychotherapy at the Sigmund Freud Private University.

NewcastleGateshead Showcases Knowledge Economy Strengths

NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau has launched a new publication aimed at promoting its knowledge economy assets.

Dubai’s Al Safeer Ambassadors Drive Meeting Success

Dubai Business Events (DBE) has awarded members of its Al Safeer Programme for their contribution in attracting international conferences to the city.

A Guide to Excellent Association Events in New Zealand

Tourism New Zealand’s Business Events team have come up with an online guide aiming to help association professionals organise successful events.

Register to ASAE’s CEO Symposium in Amsterdam

Taking place in Amsterdam 23-24th May, the Symposium encourages association executives to evaluate annual priorities and offers insight on how best to work with their incoming leader.  

Associations Get More Choice in Brisbane

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) has joined forces with Rydges Hotel South Bank opening up new opportunities for smaller and medium sized conferences.

Economic Growth for Melbourne thanks to its Business Events Sector

The Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) can boast higher business events offering thanks to deeper support from the government, according to Karen Bolinger, the Bureau’s CEO.

New Technology for Better Customer Service in Melbourne

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is looking into the future with its new online portal, myMCEC.

PCMA and Brussels Work to Strengthen Education for Associations

PCMA has announced its collaboration with to enhance the education programme of the sixth European Association Summit (EAS), taking place in Brussels on 8-9 March 2018.    

Innsbruck MICE Dominates the Alps

Innsbruck, the major city in the Alps, is now only second to Vienna in the whole of Austria, according to the latest tourist statistics, with a new record of 3.2 million overnight stays for the full past year.

The Internet of Things

The 2018 IEEE 4th World Forum onThe Internet of Things (WF-IoT 2018) was held in the Garden City of Singapore between 5 and 8 February 2018.

How Social Are You?

According to a report called #DigitalAssociations 2017 carried out by Cambre Associates, 33% of associations in Brussels are not digitally social.

Read All about It in Athens

The Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB) of the City of Athens has recently announced the organisation of the 85th International Conference on Libraries and Information.

Malaysia Wins First Isotopes Congress in the Region

In 2020, Malaysia will be the first country in the Southeast Asia region to host the 10th International Conference on Isotopes & Expo (10ICI).

Kellen to Manage Business for AMCA in Europe and the Middle East

Air Movement and Control Association, International Inc. (AMCA) has selected Kellen to provide management services for the expansion of AMCA’s representation in Europe and the Middle East. 

Do Away with Carbon at Westminster

Central Hall Westminster, London’s central conference centre, has launched a new project to make your meetings even more sustainable.

New Year, New Conferences, New Appointments for Adelaide

Following last year’s important events, Adelaide Convention Centre is off to a great start for 2018.

Quebec City’s Growing Life Sciences Sector

Quebec City has been investing in innovation when it comes to life sciences, with key scientists, research centres and businesses bringing expertise and development potential to the city.

SECC Celebrates 100 Years of Life

2018 is an important year for the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre (SECC).

Cycling Around Glasgow for a Greener City

On the 30th and 31st October 2017, 200 delegates met at the Technology and Innovation Centre at the University of Strathclyde for the Cycling Scotland Conference.

Dubai Signs Collaboration Agreement with Expo 2020

The World Expo 2020 will take place in Dubai, making that the first time it will be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region.

‘French Tech’ Label for the French Riviera

‘French Tech Metropolis’ is the label given to the region of Côte d’Azur in June 2015, which includes Nice, Sophia Antipolis, Cannes, Grasse and the rest of the Côte d’Azur department.

A Pioneer in Clean Technologies

What you may not know is that Switzerland is today leading the development and marketing of cleantechn products and services in the global marketplace, Rémi Dévé writes.

Mainz Hosts Cancer Scientists

The Third International Cancer lmmunotherapy Conference 2017 was staged in Germany, in particular in Mainz, one of Europe’s leading research centres for cancer immunotherapy.

EUROCITIES Discuss Circular Economy in Ljubljana

The EUROCITIES 2017 Annual Conference was hosted in Ljubljana between 15 and 17 November.

The Importance of Conferences through a New Book

Business Events Sydney’s latest research collaboration with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) resulted in the launch of a new book earlier this year.

Expansion of the Global Associations Hub Partnership

The Global Associations Hub Partnership is driving international expansion for global associations and member markets are reaping the benefits.

South Africa’s Strategy to Attract Association Conferences

The South African National Convention Bureau has big ambitions for its meetings business and is particularly interested in attracting international association conferences as part of its growth strategy.

Slovenia Wants to Make Conventions More Human

Slovenia might not be the first destination that associations think of when searching for innovative and progressive conventions, but that’s starting to change.

Parasitologists to Tend to Animals in Dublin

The 28th International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology will take place at the Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) in 2021.

Amsterdam to Be New Home to EU’s Medicines Agency

Europe has chosen Amsterdam as their new home for the European Medical Agency (EMA), after meeting the EMA’s requirements for stability, safety and social responsibility.

Two-City Cooperation for Nuclear Medicine

The Board Meeting of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine has recently agreed to continue the cooperation with Barcelona and Vienna.

What You May Not Know About France

With a seemingly unstoppable globalisation and the fierce competition from all corners of the planet, France is facing increasingly rapid economic changes, to which it has efficiently adapted, writes Rémi Dévé.

Association Winners of Incredible Impacts Grants

Three winning associations were chosen as examples of excellence within the meeting industry by the Incredible Impacts Programme.

Doctor’s Prescriptions for Medical Congresses in Europe

Recent years have seen increased regulation from government bodies within Europe and the industry regulators implementing more stringent codes and guidelines for healthcare professionals.

Scotland: All about Technological Innovation

VisitScotland has recently launched a new digital campaign under the title ‘Legends’ with focus on Scotland as a centre for innovation and pioneer invention.

Montreal Perceives Artificial Intelligence

The 30th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) will be hosted by the Palais des congrès de Montréal in 2021 attracting nearly 3,000 experts from all over the world.

Mohamed Mezghani Elected Secretary General of UITP

Mohamed Mezghani will be UITP’s new Secretary General as of January 2018.

Qatar’s Plan to Go International

As announced last week at the UNWTO’s celebration of World Tourism Day in Doha, Qatar has launched a new step as part of its National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030.

Oman Marks Its Place in the Convention Industry

The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) celebrated its first anniversary earlier this October.

Campaign for Scotland’s Innovative Ideas

VisitScotland Business Events announced the global launch of a digital campaign, focusing on the country’s position as the home of pioneering innovation.

Belfast Rising to the Challenge

Belfast is growing fast among international associations as a choice for important conferences. The city’s facilities have recently been upgraded to attract business travellers from around the world.

WorldPride to March through Copenhagen in 2021

2021 will be the year that WorldPride will take place in Copenhagen. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to come out to the streets and celebrate tolerance, diversity and inclusion.

Agriculture Scholars Cultivate New Ideas in Darwin

The Darwin Convention Centre had the opportunity to host the 2017 Nuffield Australia National Conference.

Focus on Innovation & Technology – A Canadian Vision

Chantal Sturk-Nadeau is the new head of Business Events Canada, the official organisation responsible for the promotion of the meetings industry in the country. During a road trip to Europe, she conversed with Cécile Koch and shared her vision.

Challenges for Associations up for Discussion

Members of ABPCO (Association of British Professional Conference Organisers) had the opportunity to participate in a round table at the KIA Oval in London.

UN World Tourism Organization to Travel to St. Petersburg

After a decision made earlier this month by participants of the current United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly in Chengdu, the 23rd session of the Assembly will be held in St. Petersburg.

Edinburgh’s Leaders Help Attract Association Conferences

Over 75 representatives from Edinburgh’s business, scientific and academic elite were applauded last Wednesday during the Edinburgh Ambassador Dinner.

Associations to Choose Among Swiss Convention Centres

When it comes to choosing a venue for their next event in Switzerland, associations are dizzy with choice.

Malaysia’s Next Move Revealed to Associations

The Malaysian Society of Association Executives (MSAE) was officially launched during the Malaysia Association neXt (MyNext) 2017 conference.

Architects to Draw their Way to Copenhagen in 2023

Copenhagen will be the city to welcome the world’s largest architectural congress in 2023.

Sustainability at Its Best in San Diego

San Diego Convention Center is boosting the local agricultural economy by sourcing key products and services from across the community.

Associations Explore Jerusalem

Jerusalem is an upcoming conference destination. Its history, the sites, the religious significance of the city to all global religions create an impressive atmosphere for any visitor.

Mathematicians Are Invited to Tokyo in 2023

Tokyo will host the 10th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM 2023).

Coex Gets Ready for UIA Seoul World Architects Congress

At least 30,000 people are expected to descend on Seoul this September 3rd to 10th for the 26th UIA Congress.

The Malaysian Society of Association Executives is Born

On 31 July 2017, the Malaysian Society of Association Executives (MSAE) was officially registered, in response to the need for a single body to regulate the profession of association executives in Malaysia.

An ISTH Experience at Messe Berlin

Boardroom Chief Editor Rémi Dévé enjoyed a very original experience in Berlin in July.

Rwanda, a Newcomer as a Convention Destination

Rwanda is flexing its muscles as a convention destination, and is hosting more and more association meetings.

Digital Healthcare to be Discussed in Jerusalem

For the next three years, mHealth will be hosting its conferences in Jerusalem, enabling the industry to showcase the strides that Israel is making in the global connected health scene.

How to Share Scientific Insights via Social Media

Social media to disseminate scientific knowledge – this is what 50 researchers discussed at the Ambassadors Club Summer Lounge of the Austria Center Vienna.

Changes at the Federation of European and International Associations

On the occasion of its General Assembly, the Federation of European and International Associations based in Belgium (FAIB) announced a new presidency.

Why Regions May Hold the Key to Global Expansion for Associations

The Global Association Hubs Partnership (GAHP) looks at why using a “city based strategy” might be the right answer for associations that are pursuing global growth.

Associations Can Now Organize ‘Greener’ conferences in Glasgow

Glasgow has unveiled a new ‘green conventions team’ to champion the city’s credentials as a world-leader in sustainable business tourism.

Knowledge Sharing at the European Association Summit

The annual gathering of professionals from the association sector, the European Association Summit (EAS) will be held in Brussels on 30 and 31 May 2017.