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  • The speed at which convention centres are being built is one example of the real world doing one thing, while the media world, with all its opinion-...
  • Perhaps there are times when it pays to have a low profile. The ongoing furore around sexual harassment in – and outside - the workplace has underli...
  • On a list of Things I Could Live Without, a robot designed to ‘enhance use of kitchen appliances’ would feature somewhere near the bottom, alongside...
  • Three days into 2018 and Messrs Trump and Jong-un are toying with the whole mass extinction thing again by comparing the sizes of their nuclear butt...
  • The last time I was in Barcelona my lasting impression was one of visceral disgust as I sat at El Prat Airport on the only patch of ground I could f...
  • Some words are sneakier than others. They appear to mean one thing while implying something else. Charming is one such word. A compliment, on the fa...
  • We often hear how destination management companies have to go the extra mile to meet the needs of their clients, but few can have travelled 400 mile...
  • Some consider themselves too big for one, others too small. Some can’t imagine living without one, others wonder why anyone would bother living with...
  • Mass tourism is over. Today we crave the authentic. We want to breath the same air as the locals, drink from the same tap - so long as its craft bee...
  • One of the creepiest things about marketing is the way it attaches ‘values’ to corporations - as if they have a higher purpose beyond selling more p...
  • Seasoned conference goers have their own evacuation strategies for when a dull keynote shows no signs of stopping or a PowerPoint Presentation gets ...
  • I suppose it was never really in doubt, but it was heart-warming, nevertheless, to see tens of thousands of cardiologists arrive in Barcelona days a...
  • There has been a shift in emphasis in the meetings industry over recent years, with the pendulum swinging away from tourism towards business develop...
  • The foundations of the meetings industry would collapse if delegates started treating expert speakers with the same levels of skepticism we now typic...
  • Maybe they’re rebelling against rebellion. Maybe they care more about their health and wellbeing. Maybe religion and ethnicity is playing a role. May...
  • It might seem a little against the grain in this age of Airbnb and in-the-know private rental sites, but I've come to love hotels. Even the most basic...
  • The paucity of women on company boards has been the subject of much debate, but it is just the poster child of a much wider discussion about represe...
  • One of the most contentious claims made for tourism is that is broadens the mind and makes us wiser. There’s a stronger (in my opinion) counter clai...
  • There’s an amusing satirical novel by Julian Barnes called England, England in which the entrepreneur Sir Jack Pitman turns the Isle of Wight (a smal...
  • If history tells us anything it’s that humans are bad at making predictions. So we should take with a pinch of salt the more alarming prophecies aro...

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