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  • 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...
  • It is often said that it’s better to give than receive – or, if you take your cue from scripture, it is more blessed to give than to receive. This i...
  • When the newly elected Leader of the Free World accuses mainstream media outlets of publishing ‘fake news’ and his chief strategist promotes ‘alterna...
  • Here's a question to ponder over your cornflakes: would your association refuse to meet in a city where transgender people were only allowed to use p...
  • For those of us in the northern hemisphere, January is never a good time to make resolutions. It’s cold and dark and the respite of Spring is still se...
  • In a year many people would like to forget, spare a thought for Turkey. A country whose geographical ambiguity has become a metaphor for what mig...

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