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  • To name somewhere the most ‘liveable’ city in the world has always struck me as rather presumptuous, failing to take into account personal taste and...
  • Striking artwork, natural light, excellent F&B – all of these things can help turn an average convention centre into something more memorable. Whe...
  • It can’t be easy. Organising a conference that manages to retain, over several days, a special relevance for thousands of delegates while having tha...
  • The ousting of Martin Sirk from one of the meetings industry’s most high-profile jobs has highlighted the tensions that can emerge between an associ...
  • Would you contemplate serving only vegetables and fish to your delegates? Would they accept such a proposal? Here’s something to chew on. Accordin...
  • There’s an interesting stat hiding in ICCA’s data on international association meetings that should be pushed into centre stage and told to perform ...
  • When we talk about the legacy of meetings what do we mean, exactly? Applied to major sporting events like the Olympics, the word has become a bar...
  • Gleaning any significance from the fluctuating fortunes of destinations in ICCA’s City and Country Rankings is a task beset with problems – but ever...
  • I have always taken the idea that sport ‘brings people together’ with a pinch of salt. That is to say, it might bring people together, but not neces...
  • New legislation, if approved next month, will require most visa applicants to the USA to relinquish all their social media identities from the previ...
  • I recall a seminar in which several hundred business leaders discussed the value of social media as a marketing tool. The title of the meeting - Is ...
  • I suppose among the two hundred plus association executives gathered in Antwerp this week there were a good number of white, heterosexual, middle-age...
  • How much do associations rely on their sponsors? We could be about to find out. As the list of companies withdrawing sponsorship from the National...
  • 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...

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