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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
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
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
A country whose geographical ambiguity has become a metaphor for what mig...
The Lamb, in Lamb’s Conduit Street, is a beautifully preserved theatre pub in London’s West End, whose walls are decorated with faded pictures of
International associations are, almost by definition, apolitical
organisations. Any executive director
who made a habit of expressing his or her own...
If I were a teacher marking the performance of international
associations, I would sharpen my proverbial pencil and write ‘could do
better’ on my en...
Having studied literary theory at university I like to think I can spot a fraud when I read one. Anyone (un)lucky enough to have delved into the...
The British chef Heston Blumenthal once admitted that he
thought customer service might be more important
than food when judging the overall experie...
After fifteen years it seems the emerging economies, with
the exception of China, are still emergent.
The sun had barely risen on the new millenni...
A couple of weeks ago a press release from Glasgow City
Marketing Bureau arrived in my inbox.
Unlike all the other press releases that I opened t...
Given the infinite and highly labyrinth nature of the
internet, I am in two minds about the personalisation strategies deployed by
those commercial ...
With a motto - Citius,
Altius, Fortius – that venerates the human body, a torch relay dreamt up in
1930s’ Berlin, and an official salute that would ...