Part II: The Rising C’s of our Urban Future

Part II: The Rising C’s of our Urban Future

Last week we presented Part I of this two-part article: The Rising C’s of our Urban Future. Part I revealed the first four “C’s” as trending issues for destinations and cities of the future. Part II of this article discusses the last three:  5. Citizen Involvement The Smart City agenda until recently has been very […]

Part I: The Rising C’s of Our Urban Future

Part I: The Rising C’s of Our Urban Future

Cities have been the engines of knowledge, productivity and growth throughout history, and will be essential to the future competitiveness of nations and regions. As Smart City implementations become more mainstream, the market is now entering into a new phase: an important period where cities must engage all stakeholders and in particular the citizen to […]

An exclusive preview of insights from upcoming Destination Whitepaper – to be launched at IMEX

An exclusive preview of insights from upcoming Destination Whitepaper – to be launched at IMEX

    Over the past year research has been ongoing into pioneering thinking in sustainable destination management. Below are 4 of the key trends to be discovered in the soon-to-be-released whitepaper from the 2016 Global Destination Sustainability Index: Targeted Storytelling Advertising is out, storytelling is in. DMOs are segmenting consumer profiles and developing more reactive […]

Saying “No” to All-Male Panels: Why it Matters

Saying “No” to All-Male Panels: Why it Matters

Think about the last conference you attended and try to recall: was there an all-male panel? And what about the conference before that? In fact, have the majority of panel discussions you’ve attended, organised or – if like me, you identify as male – participated in been all-male? Sadly, for most the answer is “yes” […]

Politics – the 21st century battleground for Corporate Values

Politics – the 21st century battleground for Corporate Values

The new President of the United States has brought us a few changes already, many bringing dismay to the population and leading to protests across the US, from cities, to airports to most recently- college campuses.  A wave of morose resistance is rising and there is a growing citizen response across America and the globe. Amongst all […]

2017 – Your chance to shine in Creating a New World

2017 – Your chance to shine in Creating a New World

Enough soul-searching over what we lost in 2016, it’s time to lift the chin and face that bright sun of 2017. In the words of the dearly departed, George Michael “I gotta have “faith”  . . ”faith” ….”faith”.  So with a gloomy political climate giving Europe and the US a chill and a Trumponian setback […]

Reflection on 2016 & Sustainability

Reflection on 2016 & Sustainability

2016. An interesting year in a multitude of ways, many will look back on a tumultuous political landscape, from the shock of Brexit in Europe through to a hard fought US election and a shifting growingly insular outlook in many more countries. Fear not, a whole generation of humankind such as ours has never had […]

The GDS-Index: Three Reasons Why You Should Take Notice

The GDS-Index: Three Reasons Why You Should Take Notice

Incase you haven’t heard, the ground-breaking initiative Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) announced its first official results and rankings of 35 participating destinations in November. The results were officially released at the ICCA Congress, with Gothenburg currently in the lead! So what exactly is the GDS-Index again? Launched in March 2016 by IMEX, ICCA and MCI, it […]

China – The Eco Destination of the Future?

China – The Eco Destination of the Future?

You may think we are being provocative but we like to think we’ve got a pretty nifty crystal ball here and there’s some exciting developments bubbling in China. The government has been focusing on soft power and investing more money in science & green tech industry  than any other nation these past years. It’s clear to […]

How Can Benchmarking Make Destinations More Sustainable?

How Can Benchmarking Make Destinations More Sustainable?

In response to an increasing focus on responsible and sustainable practices in the events industry, leading MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Conference and Event) destinations are working to make their locations more competitive and attractive to event planners and stakeholders. An integral part of what cities and venues are doing to improve the desirability of their destinations […]