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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 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...
  • 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 Vic...
  • 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 ...

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