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  • 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...
  • A lot has been written about millennials – much of it by older people in condescending tones. We are told they – millennials – are lazy, narcissisti...
  • There’s been a lot of talk about red lines recently; politicians warning adversaries not to cross them or suffer the consequences; politicians failin...
  • AMI recently carried out a survey asking destinations to list the areas of local expertise (medical, IT, finance etc) they could realistically exploi...
  • I have not been to Gold Coast, but I have seen it. And from where I was sitting – in a helicopter – it looked like the kind of place I’d happily spe...
  • Seoul’s convention bureau is promising to expand the criteria for financial help given to international association meetings. The bureau, a division...
  • Conscious of their slightly arcane image, perhaps, international associations are always coming up with new ways to prove they are down with the kids...
  • According to Kitty Wong, president of the World PCO Alliance, we are now ‘living in a time of insecurity’ and this insecurity ‘affects the well-bein...
  • In a country not short on natural wonders, it is testament to the vision of artist Olafur Eliasson and architecture firm Henning Larsen Architects t...

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