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DestinationNEXT – 2017 Futures Study Update

The DestinationNEXT Futures Study identifies the trends and opportunities that will shape the future of destination marketing and management. This Futures Study update, conducted in 2017, is intended to build on the learnings from the 2014 Futures Study, and to determine updated trends and strategies that will keep the thousands of destination organizations around the…

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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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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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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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Meet in Ireland Announces Corporate Events Strategy

Meet in Ireland has announced new services and subvention – and a new strategy – for business events visiting its shores. The Corporate Supports Programme offers customised assistance – financial subvention included – and facilitates access for organisers to Ireland’s key knowledge sectors. Incentives can even explore film locations and sets seen in Game of Thrones and Star Wars. From Meetpie.com…

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UK Business Travel Spend Rises to £39bn

The UK’s business travel spend in 2016 rose almost 7 percent to £39 billion, according to the Global Business Travel Association Foundation. China had the largest market, growing 9.2 percent to $318 billion (£245 billion), and India the strongest market growth, of 11.4 percent to $33 billion (£25 billion). Global spend was $1.3 trillion (£1 trillion). From Meetpie.com…

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$547bn of US GDP in 2016 is Business Travel

New figures on what the visible tip of the iceberg contributes to US GDP have been published by the Global Business Travel Association Foundation. In 2016 each percentage point of business travel spend represented 74,000 jobs, $3.3 billion in wages and $1.3 billion in taxes. Last year businesses spent $424 billion on 514.4 million domestic trips. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Blackpool’s New Conference Centre to Create Local Legacy

A new conference centre in the UK seaside resort town of Blackpool will be using local suppliers and subcontractors in a bid to support the region’s economy. Work on the £25m project will start later this year, and local construction companies have already been invited to an open day to find out more. From Meetpie.com…

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Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion Approved

San Diego may be stalling, but the $1.4 billion expansion and renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center has just been given the final go-ahead. After state legislators and Governor Brian Sandoval approved the project last year, the board of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has also now given it a green light. From Meetings & Conventions…

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San Diego Convention Center Expansion on Hold

San Diego City Council has rejected the call for a special vote this November to increase hotel tax. The revenue generated was to have funded – amongst other things – the previously endorsed expansion of the San Diego Convention Center. The move puts the project on hold, despite the Council acknowledging the economic impact events generate. From Meetings & Conventions…

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