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Events collective strengthens advocacy efforts

A leading events industry collective has strengthened its global advocacy efforts by adding new member associations.

The partnerships will help the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) to extend its geographical reach and provide an impetus to implement its policies. Read more about it below.

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Events collective adds new members to strengthen advocacy

The JMIC has welcomed Asociación Internacional de Ferias de América (AFIDA) and International Exhibition Logistics Association (IELA) to solidify its industry advocacy efforts.

This marks a significant step for JMIC, expanding its geographical reach and expertise in key sectors of the meetings and events industry.

JMIC president James Rees said: “We are delighted to welcome AFIDA and IELA into the JMIC family.

“Their inclusion reflects the continued growth of our organisation, both in terms of global representation and the diverse range of activities we cover.

“JMIC is committed to being the true voice of the meetings and events industry on the global stage, and the addition of these two esteemed organisations further solidifies our core mandate of advocacy on behalf of our industry.”

The new partnerships will strengthen the impact of the updated JMIC Global Manifesto, providing events profs with a comprehensive industry rationale for advocacy efforts with policymakers, reinforcing the industry’s global position.

Fernando Gorbarán, AFIDA President, said: “By joining JMIC, we reaffirm our commitment to the continued growth of our industry, adding tangible value to our members interests.

“We are the voice of the Exhibition Industry in Latin America & the Iberian Peninsula, and we’ll keep on working on behalf of our industry’s needs on a global scale.”

Sandi Trotter, chairperson at IELA, added: “JMIC provides our industry with a critical service to ensure that our efforts are recognised and realised.

“Recently, IELA has been a proud, leading contributor to the NZCE initiative.

“Net Zero Carbon Events is a critical endeavour for our sector and JMIC membership is the next logical step in our partnership and evolution.”

dmg events unveils urban living projects

dmg events has revealed new projects to improve urban livability and sustainability, as well as foster innovation in city planning and management.

LiveableCitiesX, FutureFM, and GeoWorld will be launched on November 26-28 2024 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The event will bring together global government officials, academics, urban planners, financiers, designers, businesses, and technology innovators to collaborate on solutions for the future of urban environments.

Matt Denton, president of dmg events, said: “Our extensive experience in organizing leading global events equips us to launch LiveableCitiesX, FutureFM and GeoWorld.

“Through these platforms, we aim to encourage meaningful dialogue, foster partnerships and promote innovation to tackle the critical challenges of urban development.”

Maitha Alnuaimi, director of the G.I.S. Center Department at Dubai Municipality, added: “Dubai Municipality’s participation in LiveableCitiesX, GeoWorld, and Future FM underscores our commitment to transforming Dubai into one of the most sustainable and liveable cities globally.

“We believe in the power of collaboration and innovation to enhance the quality of life for all.”

Italian association re-confirms president for second term

Italian association Federcongressi&eventi has elected current president Gabriella Gentile for a second term.

The election took place during the XV National Convention of the association in Rome from February 23 to 24, with over 300 congress tourism professionals in attendance.

gabriella gentile

Gabriella said: “I thank all the members for the trust they have reconfirmed in me.

“The two years of my first term have seen the association support the post-Covid recovery of the national meeting industry and consolidate its role as a key interlocutor with institutions and stakeholders for the identification of strategies to support congress tourism.

“I am confident that, with the always active support of the members and the representatives of the Board of Directors, Federcongressi&eventi will be able to continue to grow and support companies in facing and overcoming new challenges.”

Gabriella Gentile is an expert in the congress and events industry and co-founder of Meeting Consultants, a MICE-focused consultancy. Additionally, since 2006, she has taught a course on Cultural Events Management at the University of Bologna.

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