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  • Could Dubai become the new Brussels? Home to thousands of international associations? Maybe, but barring seismic political change - and the UAE was pr...
  • A recent visitor to the AMI forum was ruminating on the possibility of banning mobile devices during meetings.  I’m not sure how this would work...
  • Brighton and Hove, a bustling city on the south coast of England, has never taken itself too seriously. Its famous landmarks  -  the Palace ...
  • When it comes to meetings destinations, ‘different’ is a much-prized asset. Convention bureaux take great pains to inform planners of the uniqueness ...
  • At times the meetings industry can be a little too polite for its own good. That’s hardly surprising, given the amount of time its practitioners spe...
  • Associations have always run against the grain.    As not-for-profits they have stood alone, some might say aloof, in an increasingly ...
  • For the last few years the topic de jour of circuit-thrashing industry pundits has been 'social meedja'  - and how associations can best harness...
  • There is the temptation, when the year shuffles to an end, to look back and try to make sense of it all - if only to convince ourselves it wasn’t a ...
  • “Associations are not the same as meetings, right?”The question was hissed across the table by the general secretary of an international association b...
  • It sometimes takes the disappointment of a professional association to find the gaps in a venue’s facilities. No names, no pack drill, but one medic...
  • There’s always been a treacherously fine line between savouring the fruits of victory and wincing on the sour grapes of failure, so I regard everythin...
  • It was the last night of the 51st congress of the International Congress and Convention Association, in Puerto Rico, and the conversation was flowing ...
  • In the 18th century  being a ‘man of letters’ meant you were a cultivated chap, several cuts above the illiterate hoi polloi for...
  • Hardly a challenge to Twitter, the Synthetron (on-line, anonymous, moderated,  ideas exchange) session in the middle of last month fetched up wit...
  • Whatever line of work you’re in, competition is to be expected, and in the current economic climate, you’d expect it to be pretty fierce. Squeaky bum ...
  • The first open forum on the proposed merger of Eventia with the International Visual Communications Association (IVCA) proved a happy affair, with few...
  • By putting so much emphasis on the attractiveness of a destination, are convention bureaux doing a disservice to delegates who attend meetings primari...
  • First it was slow food. Next we had slow news, followed by slow design, slow poetry, slow travel, even something called slow schooling. It seems the i...
  • Is the brainless promotion of social media coming to an end? At last year’s Association Congress, in London, delegates were almost beaten into submi...
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