Community Building Milestones Over A Decade of Sustainability

Community Building Milestones Over A Decade of Sustainability

Community building is a multidimensional process, which aims at maintaining and improving the well-being of individuals, communities, and society as a whole. In our industry, bringing people together under one roof for attending a type of event is one thing, but does not attribute wholly to the concept of ‘building a community’. Meetings and events are […]

Sustainable Development Goals & Event Management

Sustainable Development Goals & Event Management

September 2015 marked an important development in the international community: the end of the Millennium Development Goals and the start of a new era with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are known for having a more comprehensive set of development priorities, aspirations and targets than their earlier counterpart, aiming at being achieved by 2030.   It […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]