What Could the UN Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development mean for the event industry?

In 2017 the attention of the world’s governments and global business will turn to tourism to understand how tourism can be used to create positive social, economic and environmental impacts in the world, as the United Nations celebrates the year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

Fiona Pelham outlines the crucial role the event industry has to play in this exciting year and the goals that will encourage the industry to fulfil its full potential through out 2017.


This morning I cast a vote, one of the 46.5 million expected to vote in only the 3rd time in British history where we will be asked to vote on only one question. Today over 100,000 counting staff will compile the results and we will learn if we are remaining as part of Europe or choosing to go our own way.

Thailand and its sustainability best practice as a destination!

Examples of sustainable living are popping up all over the globe and Thailand isn’t one to shy away when it comes to implementing sustainable practice across the country. As one of the world’s most biologically diverse countries in the world, Thailand has a growing environmental awareness in civil society. With it’s tourism and events industry thriving, Thailand is on i’s way to becoming a leading sustainable destination.

Is the event industry becoming more sustainable? Have international event standards played a part?

On Earth Day for the second year running #CSRShareDay filled the twittersphere (at one point we were 5th trending hashtag, right below #ObamaintheUK) and in 24 hours we reached 1.2 million people. Next week members of the event industry supply chain will gather in London to discuss a collaboration to create research for a sustainable event industry. The passion for talking about sustainability in the event industry is strong but what does this really mean?

Happy Earth Day 2016

Earth day is a chance to take a moment to stop and realise the importance of our rivers, trees and animals. Our human race is often consumed by the conversation of money but all the euros, dollars and yen can't buy us clean oceans, clean air and healthy food harvests. There is no doubt we are experiencing climate change and even the world's most powerful leaders are powerless to the force of Mother Nature.

Global Meeting Industry Day - why celebrate?

April 14th is Global Meeting Industry Day. 2016 marks the first time this event (launched in Canada over 20 years ago) will be significantly recognised around the world and there are a few reasons why everyone (no matter your profession) should be celebrating the power of the meeting and event industry.

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International Women's Day

International Women's Day has always inspired me to pause and be thankful for the many women who changed history, enabling me to live the life that the I do. I also pause to take stock of the action I'm taking so my Goddaughters (7 year old Tia and 2 year old Jemima) are free to create their future lives exactly as they want them to be.


Sustainability; noun. Meeting the needs of the present, without jeopardising the potential ability for future generations to meet their own needs, thereby supporting a long-term environmental balance. Until taking on a week’s work experience with Positive Impact Events, I had never considered in any real depth how much difference sustainability in the events industry makes.

What does 2016 mean for the event industry?

The first month of a new year is an amazing time to set resolutions, create plans and forecast the future. This month I’ve been fortunate enough to attend presentations on trend forecasts from MPI UK & Ireland Chapter, at Conventa in Slovenia and read various predictions from across the global event industry via social media. MPI’s Meeting Outlook states the number of face-to-face events is likely to increase in 2016, so the year ahead is looking positive for the events industry!