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Caloundra Events Centre Gets AU$6m Revamp

The Caloundra Events Centre in the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia, is to receive a AU$6m redevelopment. The work will include refurbishment of the foyer, box office, bars and function rooms, acoustic treatment for the theatre walls and ceiling, and also dividing walls between the main theatre and the Glasshouse Room. From CIM News Magazine…

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Transparency and Pricing Failings Anger Planners

A Cvent study of 1,200 event professionals reveals some serious pet hates of planners in the process of selecting venues. Transparency and pricing failings – along with poor response times – are all bones of contention for organisers. The report also suggests that venues could improve their business by providing prompt answers to all requests for proposals. From Meetpie.com…

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Research Applies UN Sustainable Goals to the Events Industry

A white paper from Iceberg partner Positive Impact looks at five sustainable development goals laid out by the United Nations, then applies them to the events industry. The paper – which is calling for industry views ahead of its final release at ibtm world in November – coincides with the UN Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. From Meetpie.com…

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New Event Management Degree Course in Perth

Hospitality education institution Le Cordon Bleu is offering a convention and event management degree to students at its new school in Perth, Australia. The Bachelor of Business (Convention and Event Management) will include two six-month industry placements. 90 percent of Le Cordon Bleu graduates in Australia secure employment within six months of finishing their degrees. From CIM New Magazine…

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Glasgow Wins 526 Conference Bids Worth £142m

The rebranded Glasgow Convention Bureau won 526 conferences between 2016 and 2017, which will bring in an estimated £142m to the city’s economy. The conferences will take place up to 2022 and attract 140,000 business tourists. The number of international associations choosing Glasgow has also risen, with 2016 / 2017 the most successful year yet. From Meetpie.com…

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Beyond Tourism and Beyond Sydney in New South Wales

While the meetings industry usually clusters around big cities, the New South Wales Government in Australia has just announced a new conferencing strategy to drive more business events to rural and regional destinations. The AU$6 million plan was launched in Tamworth, one of the smaller cities to benefit from the shift in thinking. From Association Meetings International…

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Visit Tampa’s Ties to Visit Florida “on Hold”

After the recent fight over Visit Florida’s annual $76 million budget, a number of local destination marketing organisations in the state are rethinking ties with the state’s tourism promotion board. The new settlement imposes restrictions on contracts, staff salaries and travel and entertainment for Visit Florida, as well as for boards working with it. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Kuala Lumpur Forms Business Events Alliance

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) has persuaded several local businesses to form an alliance to promote the city’s meetings and business events sector. KLCC managers have also called again for the city to have its own convention bureau. Enquiries are currently dealt with nationally through the Malaysian Convention and Events Bureau. From Association Meetings International…

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Safety Questions on the Rise After Terror Attacks

With passengers at some European airports facing lengthy security queues, a new study reveals that while enquiries about safety are rising, over a quarter of corporate travel managers do not have emergency planning in place. But the research also shows that the concerns have not yet led to changes in corporate travel policies. From Meetpie.com…

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Perth’s Corporate and Incentive Market Triples

A year ago the Perth Convention Bureau created a strategy to target corporate and incentive groups, and set itself a four-year goal of taking its market from ten percent to 32 percent. PCB CEO Paul Beeson now says this share has been achieved in just a single year, filling the city’s increased accommodation supply. From CIM News Magazine…

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A New Hall and Roads to Attract Events to Tanzania

Opening the new Lake Nyasa exhibition hall, the tourism minister of Tanzania, Jumanne Abdallah Maghembe, has challenged the Arusha International Conference Centre to fully exploit the potential of conferences which he said generated $670m for the country last year. Tanzania has also announced a $156m World Bank financing plan to boost tourism by upgrading roads. From the Event…

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Bristol Events Worth Record £259m in 2016

Destination Bristol says the city’s conference and events industry has made its highest economic impact yet, more than £259 million last year. More events have been held in Bristol – with longer stays at higher rates – and more of Bristol’s own businesses are holding events locally. The last record was of £202m in 2015. From Meetpie.com…

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Events Industry Facing Serious Skills Shortage

A new survey shows that skills shortages are heavily affecting the business events industry. The survey – coordinated by Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) in partnership with the Australian Association of Convention Bureaux (AACB) and the Exhibition and Events Association of Australasia (EEAA) – found half of respondents having trouble recruiting qualified professionals. From CIM News Magazine…      

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Comfort Over Style for Meetings Industry Professionals

Only one percent of meetings professional prioritise style over comfort when it comes to event footwear. 44 percent have a preferred brand of shoe to wear at meetings. 17 percent live out of their suitcase. And figures in a new survey on how often they phone or text family members paint a very interesting picture of industry relationships. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Paris Will Host the 2024 Olympics, Los Angeles the 2028 Games

Paris is to host the 2024 Olympics and Los Angeles the 2028 games. LA’s Organising Committee will receive advance funds of $1.8 billion to foster participation and access to youth sports programmes in the run up to its later event. The news comes after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) awarded both games together to the two destinations. From CIM News Magazine…

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