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ibtm world to Proceed Despite Barcelona Unrest

The meetings, events and incentives showcase ibtm world is to go ahead as planned next month despite simmering tensions in Barcelona after the Catalonian independence referendum. More than 850 people were injured as riot police raided polling stations to stop the vote, which was declared illegal by a Spanish court. Photo: Robert Bonet. From…

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UK Venues and Agencies Tightening Up Security

UK venues have tightened up on security over the last six months, and agencies booking hotels and venues are increasingly asking questions about it. An HBAA survey found that over 63 percent of venues had reviewed or changed arrangements in the past half year and 42 percent had carried out simulation exercises. From…  

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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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IMEX America to “Go Ahead As Planned” in Las Vegas

After the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas, the organisers of IMEX America moved swiftly to express shock and sadness, and to reassure those attending the event at Sands Expo the following week. “Both IMEX America and the Sands have very strong security in place” said IMEX Group CEO Carina Bauer. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Incentive Travel Growth Healthy, Says SITE and ADMEI Report

The incentive travel sector is experiencing healthy growth, according to a report from the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence and the Association of Destination Management Executives International. 192 SITE and ADMEI firms took part in the study. Over three quarters are now working for more clients, and four fifths managing more events. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Cost Per Attendee Rising and Set to Rise Further

According to CWT Meetings & Events, 2017 attendee costs per day rose by three percent in North America, by one percent in South, by four percent in EMEA, and by five percent in Asia-Pac. With hotel and airfare increases predicted, this trend is set to continue. Safety and security remain huge concerns. From tmf dialogue marketing…

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UK Events All-Party Parliamentary Group Reconfirmed

Following the summer recess, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the UK Events Industry has been formally confirmed as continuing. Core members remain the same, and say they’ll continue keeping the industry high on Parliament’s agenda. The group also attracts events to the UK. Photo: UK Parliament / Jessica Taylor. From…

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Visa System “Losing” Australia Large Business Events

Australia’s costly and complex visa system means the country loses large business events to Asian rivals, according to the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux. Visa costs are in particular making price-conscious incentive organisers look elsewhere, the organisation says. The AACB is calling for an approach favouring high-yield low-risk business travellers. Photo: Kgbo. From CIM News Magazine…

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Conservative Party Conference a £30m Boost for Manchester

The ill-fated speech of British Prime Minister Theresa May may have won the main headline (see Opinions), but the recent Conservative Party Conference is believed to have boosted Manchester’s economy by £30 million. In 2015 business tourism brought in £810 million to Greater Manchester. Business events are estimated directly to support 21,900 local jobs. From…

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ACC North Unveiled by Anaheim Convention Center

Adjacent to Disneyland resort in California, the Anaheim Convention Center has just unveiled its expansion wing AAC North. The $190 million build creates an additional 200,000 square feet of exhibition and meeting space, enlarging what was already the biggest convention venue on the West Coast to more than one million square feet. From Meetings & Conventions…

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The Future Fam Trip: Paying to Participate and VR

Paying a contribution to participate and using virtual reality may be the future of hosted buyer and familiarisation trips, according to an #EventPlannersTalk breakfast held in London. 85 per cent of the audience attending thought the existing model needed to change. Researching attendees as well as participation fees was the way to deter freeloaders. From…

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US Seen as “Closed for Business”

The White House has made the US seem “closed for business”, according to the Global Business Travel Association. After Trump Travel Bans I and II, 45 percent of GBTA’s European members said they were “less likely” to bring meetings to the US. Every one percent of business travel supports 74,000 jobs. From Meetings & Conventions…

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North Korea Added to Trump Travel Ban III

As his last travel ban expired, President Trump issued a new unlimited order to bar citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and – as hostilities with Kim Jong-un escalate – North Korea. The US is also banning from October 18th some Venezuelan officials and their families. Photo: John Pavelka. From Meetings and Conventions…

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Puerto Rico: Powerless After the Storm

With its Convention Bureau struggling to cope after Hurricane Maria, the reality of the storm’s impact on Puerto Rico is grim. After the strongest hurricane in more than eighty years, the US territory is without power and may be so for many months. Photo: Sergeant José Diaz-Ramos, Puerto Rico National Guard. From Meetings and Conventions…

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Scottish Government Salutes Edinburgh’s Ambassadors

The debating chamber of the Scottish Parliament building is one of the most extraordinary meeting spaces ever constructed. And now the Scottish Government has further recognised the importance of meetings to the country’s economic development by saluting the academic and business ambassadors helping the capital Edinburgh to attract business and professional events. Photo: Colin. From…

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Democratic Bill Would Ban Federal Spend at Trump Hotels

In the US, Democratic lawmakers are introducing a bill to ban federal officials from enjoying taxpayer-funded business travel at properties owned by senior government officials. This would include resorts like President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, where the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, was entertained in April. From Meetings & Conventions…  

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ICC Sydney Announces 1000th Event

Less than twelve months after launching, the ICC Sydney has already secured one thousand events and attracted one million visitors. The venue is outperforming both the former Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Sydney Entertainment Centre combined, doing better its first six months than the previous venues in their last. From CIM News Magazine…

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ICC Wales Announces First Conferences

ICC Wales – currently under construction at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport – has announced that the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2020 is one of its first confirmed bookings. The two-day event will attract around 500 dementia researchers from across the UK and beyond. The £83.7 million ICC Wales will open in July 2019. From…

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