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Food for Thought: Associations as a Force for Progress

As this utterly strange and terrible year draws towards its conclusion, with many uncertainties and dangers still hovering out of sight, we are heartened by the tantalising prospect of highly effective vaccines being rolled out worldwide during the first half of 2021. Despite the hopeful signs that point to Covid-19’s control and eventual defeat, we still face an unprecedented range … Continued


How APACMed went hybrid with great success in 2020

Singapore-based Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association (APACMed) represents manufacturers and suppliers of medical equipment, devices and in-vitro diagnostics, industry associations and other key stakeholders associated with the medical technology industry in Asia Pacific. The association’s mission is to improve the standards of care for patients through innovative collaborations among stakeholders to jointly shape the future … Continued


FinTech, MedTech, E-commerce: How to go for growth in the new world of business events

This short video showcases the highlights of a webinar jointly organised by Singapore Tourism Board and Web in Travel which aimed to illustrate how some traditional face-to-face  event organisers have successfully pivoted during the pandemic to produce effective virtual or hybrid events.  Great lessons for any associations wrestling with this challenge! Panellists included: Pat Patel, Principal Executive … Continued


International Trademark Association (INTA) Regional Office case study: Singapore

In this wide-ranging interview with Seth Hayes, INTA’s Chief Representative for Asia Pacific (based in Singapore), he outlines the vital importance of intellectual property and trademarks to a healthy international trading and business relations environment, discusses how INTA has dealt with the challenges raised by Covid-19, and also explains how Singapore’s excellence in business law and … Continued


Brussels aiming to expand world’s leading association-friendly business ecosystem

Knowing that you possess the world’s longest-established and widest-ranging community of companies providing specialist association services doesn’t mean a city can rest easy on its reputation! Brussels’ Association Bureau is now in the process of systematically gathering detailed data on the city’s unique business ecosystem, and plans to make it significantly easier for new and … Continued


Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus set to open in Washington, DC

Washington, DC is anticipating the opening of a one-of-a-kind pediatric research and innovation hub at the Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus. Here, breakthrough discoveries can more quickly be translated into new treatments and technologies, benefitting kids everywhere. The Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus will be the first entity in the U.S.A. dedicated to pediatric … Continued


Dubai poised to welcome more events and delegates from Israel

Following on from the normalisation of relations between Israel and the UAE with the signing of the Abraham Accords, a number of high-profile Israeli delegations have already visited the city, while the city’s business events sector is also primed for increased interest from both organisers and attendees from the country. November saw Dubai Chamber of … Continued


Still going global?

Global Association Hubs’ Martin Sirk was joined by four international association leaders for an online education session during #PlanetIMEX in October 2020. The panel members discussed the immediate impact of COVID-19 on their global development plans and priorities, changes to their association’s strategic thinking, and their personal views on the future of international association meetings. … Continued


Global Association Hubs Newsletter – Sept 2020

Global Association Hubs NewsletterSeptember 2020 Food for Thought – why association ecosystems matter I recently wrote an article for the September 2020 issue of Boardroom magazine, entitled “Failure to Continue Thinking Globally is a Recipe for Failure”, in which I urged associations to resist the pandemic-driven temptation to pull back from their global development aspirations, and flagged up … Continued


Washington reports on 10 years of growth, but a more uncertain future is facing the visitor economy

Destination DC, the official Destination Marketing Organisation for Washington DC and Global Association Hubs partner, reported recently on the sometimes dramatic growth over the past decade but also the more uncertain prospects for future developments.   But however fast or slowly the recovery takes place, International associations will be at the centre of the city’s strategic thinking!


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