IMEX Roundup: Leadership, Education and the Value of Meetings

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May 27, 2015
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Highlights from IMEX Frankfurt 2015: Networking, Education and the Value of Trust  
We caught up with IMEX's Carina Bauer and Ray Bloom to find out what the highlights were from this year's record-breaking event.
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IMEX Keynote Speaker Bill McDermott Talks Leadership & Events  
"You have to have the dream. I always remind people, dream big. Winners do something else: They always have a plan, and they set serious goals to attain that dream."
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IMEX's Politicians Forum Promotes Economic Development Through Events  
As Day Two of the conference began, IMEX CEO Carina Bauer shared her insights on the Politicians Forum and educational opportunities available in Frankfurt.
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Tech Start-Ups Seek Business in IMEX Event Technology Startup Competition  
Programmers and developers showcased new and innovative technology startups for the events sector at this past week's IMEX Frankfurt Event Technology Startup Competition.
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From the IMEX Inspiration Hub: The Benefits of Slow Meetings & How to Battle Giants  
Sessions at the third and final day of the conference focused on best practices for planners to improve their own events.
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European Cities Marketing to Work With Destination Marketing Association International on Education  
For the first time, the two international associations of DMOs set up a collaboration agreement to collaborate on education.
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New Images Promote Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre  
The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre revealed its latest 3D structures and aerial drone images in the lead-up to its 2016 opening at a press conference held last week during IMEX Frankfurt 2015.
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Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre Wins INCON Digital Infrastructure Award  
Now in its second year, the INCON Digital Infrastructure Award recognizes venues that provide a strong digital infrastructure "along with applications and tools that enhance the delegate productivity and experience."
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UK: The Meetings Show Set to Move Home in 2016  
Trade show to take up residence in Olympia's Grand Hall for its fourth edition.
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Portugal: Porto Climbs Up ICCA Rankings  
Porto was the Portuguese star destination in the 2014 ICCA ranking, as it went up by three positions, from the 46th to the 43rd, hosting a total of 57 meetings in 2014. Porto has been growing in this ranking since 2010.
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South East Europe: Slovenia Hosted Meeting for Lufthansa City Center  
The two-day business conference was followed study tours across Slovenia, under which the agents had the opportunity to get to know the tourist offer of Slovenia.
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Asia: Indonesia's Hotels Still Troubled by Government Guidelines on Meetings  
Although the Indonesian government has issued a clarification in late-March on its guidelines for the hosting of official events, which spelled out a need for greater accountability instead of an outright ban on events held in privately owned venues, hoteliers in the country are lamenting that the damage has been done to their business.
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New Zealand: $20 Million Boost for Tourism  
Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand have announced they will extend their marketing partnership though the 2016 financial year, jointly investing more than NZ$20 million ($18.5 million).
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Data for Africa  
Data on Africa and the quality thereof has always been a problem for researchers and businesses. But this has recently begun to change as those on the continent realize how important it is for development.
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Middle East: Dubai Saw 13 Million Visitors in 2014  
Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has launched the inaugural Dubai Annual Visitor Report, which gives a clearer picture of the overall number of visitors to the emirate for the very first time.
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Americas: Conference Networking Must Be More Than Transactional  
Making new connections, and nurturing existing ones, are the most intangible yet important pieces of your attendee value proposition.
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Americas: Twelve Drivers of Meeting Site Decisions  
Based on a large database of more than 80 destinations and 60,000 business events delegates used for Pacific World monthly Destination Index, the company conducted a study to understand the recent key considers driving the choice for a destination. Here are the 12 identified trends
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Americas: Five Awards Ceremony Secrets  
In 2015, Sherri Lindenberg of Crump Life Insurance Services presented an awards ceremony with the right timing and mix of honorees. Here’s how the events team put it all together...
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