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  • At an association forum recently one of the delegates suggested the meetings industry was riding its luck on environmental and sustainability issues...
  • My expectations weren't exactly high, but it would be churlish not to congratulate the organisers of the first European Association Summit (EAS), held...
  • Paul van Deventer will be choosing his words carefully from now on. The new president and  CEO of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), ha...
  • It’s the great paradox of event planning, how even the best-laid plans can be derailed by events. Whether man-made or naturally occurring, events...
  • I’ve sat through dull meetings aplenty. Too many are the times I’ve found myself counting carpet tiles, studying lighting rigs, or trying to remember ...
  • 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 ...

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