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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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Benton Convention Center Renovation Complete

A $20 million renovation of the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has just completed. An existing exhibition hall has been turned into a carpeted ballroom, and major structural, design and technology changes have been made across the venue both inside and out, not the least of which is a new sawtooth roofline. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Queensland Gets New Convention and Events Centre

The Laguna lifestyle development about to be built by George Group and Pointcorp in North Lakes above Brisbane is to feature a convention and events centre. The venue will boast five interconnected spaces and be able to host meetings of up to 720 delegates. The developers say its uniqueness will be as part of the wider Laguna community. From CIM Magazine…

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AIPC 2017 Annual Conference Held in Sydney

“Transformation” was the theme of the 2017 Annual Conference of the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC). The transformed meetings industry landscape of Sydney, Australia, was the setting… and at its heart the gleaming new venue of ICC Sydney. Among the speakers was Professor Greg Clark, whose city perspective was also a recent highlight of IMEX. From Boardroom…

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Prague Congress Centre Upgrade Enters Phase Two

Ahead of the ICCA Congress taking place there in November, the Prague Congress Centre’s renovation project has just entered phase two. After works to make the venue more environmentally friendly were finished in early Spring – installing energy-efficient heating and cooling – the focus is now on AV, a new navigation system and Internet connectivity. From Association Meetings International…

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ICC Wales Breaks Ground

A ceremony has taken place at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport to break ground on ICC Wales and mark the start of construction. The two year “game-changer” project will cost £83.7 million and create a venue with a 26,000 square metre footprint for meetings, conferences and exhibitions. 5,000 delegate events can be accommodated. From Association Meetings International…

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Europe’s Venues Increase Prices Through Upturn

A survey says Europe’s venues are hiking prices to meet rising costs as the continent’s economy recovers. Kap Europa quoted the largest increase at 11.3%, putting the raise down to higher catering costs. Around two thirds of venues show increases, most of less than 5%. Photo: Messe Frankfurt Venue GmbH / Pietro Sutera. From Association Meetings International…

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Orange County Convention Center Expansion Proposed

A major proposed expansion to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando has been unveiled. The project – to be financed through a tourist development tax – would cost nearly $500,000 and add 800,000 square feet to the centre’s footprint. Officials say it could attract 25 extra events a year and 250,000 people. From Meetings & Conventions…

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