November 2021


The Art of Selecting the Right Destination

Nienke van der Malen, CEO & Founder at Conferli - Destination Marketing Specialist

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UK venues making a sustainable impact for future business events


With the business events industry making strides to become a more environmentally friendly sector, there is no doubt that in the future a venue’s environmental and CSR credentials will be key considerations for how meetings and event spaces are sourced. With this in mind, from large-scale convention centres to historical properties and sky-rise attractions, find out how sustainable venues are becoming part of the norm in the UK.

Good Reasons for Meetings in Tallinn

By Riine Tiigi, Marketing Manager of the Estonian Convention Bureau

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Boost performance and impact of your association

Education. Solvay Lifelong Learning is pleased to announce the 2022 edition of the Executive Master in International Association Management, co-run with the European Society of Association Executives (ESAE), the Federation of European and International Associations (FAIB), the Union of International Associations (UIA) and VisitBrussels.

The Executive Master in International Association Management is specifically designed for association professionals expected to take on wider responsibilities, grow within their respective organisation or to lead and ensure sustainable growth of their associations. This Master course provides a targeted, pragmatic and action-oriented curriculum focusing on the specific challenges facing the association sector in today's economy. It empowers the participants to develop into efficient and effective leaders with a keen understanding of the economic, managerial and political landscape as well as practical skills in management of international associations.

If you would like to receive information about the next session of the Master, which will begin in January 2022:

• Visit the programme website and download the programme brochure.

UIA Round Tables: Sign Up for Outreach, Mutual Learning, and More!

Education and Networking. The UIA Association Round Tables promote, facilitate and enable expanded dynamism in the work of international associations. In each of their varied and attractive locations, the Round Tables focus on structured training, educational and networking opportunities. They are famous for opening up the mind and the senses to local cultural events; they invariably provide outstanding food and beverage experiences.

The Round Tables bring association participants into friendly and productive contact with Convention Bureaux and with leaders of significant international institutions.

• Join us in Prague
The UIA, along with its host partner Prague Convention Bureau, is delighted to invite you to the 14th UIA Associations Round Table Europe which is planned to take place as a hybrid meeting on 18 and 19 November 2021 at the Prague Congress Centre.
Register now!

• Save the date
15th UIA Associations Round Table – Brussels
Friday 20 May 2022
Brussels, Belgium – Marriott Grand Place

Questions about the Round Tables, or about joining us as a partner?

We are happy to hear from you!
Clara Fernández López:

Vienna Meeting Fund 2021-2023 supports events in the Austrian capital

Vienna is supporting organizers of (association) congresses and corporate events through the Vienna Meeting Fund 2021-2023. Set up by the City of Vienna, the 4 million euro fund is aimed at domestic and international organizers who are planning meetings to be held in Vienna before 31 December 2023. Applications are possible until three weeks before the starting date of the event.

(Association) congresses and corporate events are of central importance for Vienna’s tourism industry. Besides their key role as an economic asset and a moving force for driving the internationalization of the city, they are a trigger for local value creation. The Vienna Meeting Fund 2021-2023 was set up as a source of additional funding for organizers looking to host congresses and corporate events under the current circumstances. Funding is provided for costs incurred when actually organizing meetings and is specifically not intended as a source of compensation for any financial losses sustained.

UIA welcomes Xi'an International Convention and Exhibition Center

Associate Member. The UIA extends a warm welcome to its newest Associate Member Xi'an International Convention and Exhibition Center which aims to energize the exhibition industry, bring the first-class supporting facilities and premium service system, and boost the exhibition economy in Xi'an and northwest region to a new era.

For more details on UIA Associate Membership, visit the UIA website or contact

Why Singapore?

By Melissa Jane Thompson, Area Director for Western Europe at Singapore Tourism Board

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"Engagement is essential in hybrid events"

Interview with Paul Tambyah, Professor of Medicine at the National University of Singapore and President of the Asia Pacific Society of...

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Spotlight on associations

Coalition of African Animal Welfare Organisations (CAAWO)

Global Vascular Access Network (GloVANet)

EURO-Mediterranean Lagoon Federation (EuroMedLag)

Convention Highlights – going virtual!

23rd International Congress of Zoology
22-24 November 2021, South Africa

Annual Conference of the International Education Association (ISANA)
1-3 December 2021

UIA Management News

Following the holding in June 2021 of UIA Assembly and Council Meetings, the following are the Officers of UIA for the period 2021-2023:

President: Cyril Ritchie
Vice Presidents: Dragana Avramov, Marilyn Mehlmann, Danièle Vranken
Treasurer: Seya Immonen
Secretary General: Jacques de Mévius

Number of the month

The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) was founded in 1990. Representing the voices of stakeholders from all corners of the world, TIES’ global network supports and is supported by over 15,000 active members from over 190 countries, who are leading the vital efforts to make travel and tourism more sustainable.

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