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Business Events Canada: A Priority Sector Focus

Chantal Sturk-Nadeau is the new head of Business Events Canada, the organisation responsible for meetings industry promotion in the country. During a recent trip to Europe, she shared her vision. BEC has identified seven priority business sectors where Canada holds a competitive advantage and is internationally recognized as a centre of excellence. From Boardroom…

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Nantes: La Cité of Innovation

Nantes on the French Atlantic coast – the birthplace of Jules Verne – has recently transformed itself into an innovation hub. The city and region is home to leading international companies like Airbus, and key knowledge industries like health and biotechnology. At the heart of this journey is La Cité Nantes Events Center. From Boardroom…

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Melbourne Convention Bureau Posts Fifth Year of Growth

After winning its largest ever conferences (the 13,000 delegate Lions Clubs International Convention 2024 and 14,000 delegate World Ophthalmology Congress 2022), Melbourne Convention Bureau has just topped five years of growth in its 2016-2017 results. Across 194 events, MCB won AU$321 million for Victoria. Associations made up 70 percent of this. From CIM News Magazine…

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Auckland Meetings Worth NZ$46m Last Year

More than 28,000 delegates attended business events last year in Auckland, New Zealand. They contributed NZ$46 million to the region’s economy and also helped attract inward investment. Auckland’s Convention Bureau is part of the city’s economic growth agency – ATEED – and won 58 business events in the last financial year. From Association Meetings International…

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GRB Houston Returning to Normal Operation

Following its repurposing as Houston’s mega-shelter during the height of Hurricane Harvey flooding, accommodating more than 10,000 evacuees, the George R. Brown Convention Center is now resuming more customary functions. “The selfless desire to help each other is truly inspirational” said Mike Waterman, President of Visit Houston. “Clearly hospitality is in our DNA.”. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Melbourne Wins Biggest Ever Conference (Again)

Not content with being named “most liveable city” by the Economist Intelligence Unit Global Index for seven years running, and just days after snagging the 13,000 attendee Lions Clubs International Convention 2024 – Melbourne has now won the 14,000 delegate World Ophthalmology Congress 2022. This will generate AU$85 million for Victoria. From CIM News Magazine…

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Melbourne Wins Biggest Ever Conference

Melbourne has announced the securing of its largest ever conference: the Lions Clubs International Convention 2024. The huge event will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, deliver AU$84.4 million to the state of Victoria. 13,000 Lions Club members will stay a total 48,000 room nights. A “powerful legacy” is also promised. From Meetpie.com…

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Dubai Business Events has Drawn in 51,000 Delegates Since January

Meetings secured since January 2017 by Dubai Business Events are expected to bring more than 51,000 delegates to the emirate. The Al Safeer Ambassador Programme has contributed to DBE’s success in winning bids. The network of 300 experts from diverse disciplines has helped secure eleven business events for Dubai. From CIM News Magazine…

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Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau Wins R120m in Q1

Wesgro – the official tourism, trade & inward investment agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape – has announced that its Convention Bureau has beaten financial targets for the first quarter. In 2017 / 2018’s Q1 the bureau won 14 bids with an estimated attendance of 57,000 and economic impact of R120.2 million. From the Event…

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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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