You can add a new entry to the long list of problems that can be solved by robots: arranging tables in a conference room...
Rise of the virtual conference - BBC News
Product piracy at exhibitions - Recommendations for exhibitors
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has agreed to buy Continental in a $3 billion-plus deal that would
create the world's largest carrier with a commanding position in several
top U.S. cities.
Deal expected to conclude in 4th quarter 2010.
New standard for the meetings industry
"The Copenhagen Sustainable Meetings Protocol is a new advanced level guide for sustainable event management which uses the United Nations’ COP15 conference in Copenhagen as its case study. The protocol is designed to be used in conjunction with The COP15 Event Sustainability Report which provides in-depth details of the COP15 sustainability approach, initiatives and performance. The report follows GRI reporting guidelines and sets a new standard for the meetings industry.
new book announcement
Evaluating Transnational NGOs: Legitimacy, Accountability, Representation
Edited by Jens Steffek and Kristina Hahn
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have come to play a key role in global and European governance. With this new influence and visibility many have begun to worry about their legitimacy and accountability. Critics question the representativeness of NGOs, the democratic quality of their internal procedures, and their accountability to the wider public. This
"Initiating and organising an international conference is like
starting up a new enterprise, knowing beforehand that its life span is
limited. Such an enterprise usually requires starting capital to pay the
initial costs. Insurance to cover possible risks due to reduced
attendance may also be needed.
The Pre-financing and Guarantee Fund (VGF) was set up by the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions (NBTC) and the Dutch Convention Industry Association VNC, in co-operation with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, to meet these needs.
This year the UIA Associate Members Meeting will be combined with a special session in honor of the UIA's Centenary celebrations. This 2 day event will again feature a roundtable with association representatives. This year's theme for the Associate Members Meeting and the Roundtable will be an examination of the Conference/Climate Equation.