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Wesgro Event Wins to Create R336m Impact

The Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau, a division of Wesgro, secured nine new event bids during April to June 2018, bringing in an estimated economic impact of R336 million and an estimated attendance of 9,300 delegates. A highlight for the quarter was securing the Asian Racing Conference for January 2020. From the Event…

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Business Events Sector Bullish at SAACI Congress

South Africa’s business events sector was in bullish voice at the congress of the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry in Johannesburg. Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said the sector contributed R115 billion to the economy in 2017. 84 bids have already been secured between 2018 and 2022, an impact of R3,1 billion. From the Event…

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Cvent: Event Budgets on the Rise

52 percent of global event planners have seen budgets increase year on year, after 32 percent in 2017. That’s according to the latest Cvent Global Planner Sourcing Report. The study also found a big increase in planners organising six to ten offsite meetings, and a major drop in planners arranging just one or two. From Meetpie.com…

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Impact Wins MCB Australian Business Award

The Melbourne Convention Bureau has secured the 2018 Australian Business Award for the contribution it has made to Victoria. Using the 20th International AIDS Conference as an example, MCB highlighted how the event provided a platform for stakeholders in the field, and also left a legacy of policy and legislative change and increased awareness. From CIM News Magazine…

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MPI Meetings Outlook: Key Trends Identified

Key industry trends have just emerged from Meeting Professionals International’s Meetings Outlook 2018 Summer Edition. The report highlights today’s seller’s market, that contracts and negotiations are getting ever more complex, a growing demand for experiential components, and a shift of seeing virtual meetings as a tool to enhance not replace live events. From Meetings & Conventions…

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St Petersburg Wins 25th World Energy Congress

St Petersburg has won the 25th running of the World Energy Congress in 2022. Russia saw off competition from Portugal and the USA to host the six-day event, which is run by the World Energy Council and attracts around 4,000 international delegates. Russia last hosted in Moscow fifty years ago. From Association Meetings International…

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Victoria Falls Venue Funding Questioned

Confusion surrounds a major convention centre development in Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls area, recently launched by Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga ahead of the country’s elections. The $1.2 billion project is being undertaken by what Chiwenga claims is an Arab business named Feonirichi LLC. Others say the funding is Nigerian and of questionable status. From Association Meetings International…

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Dubai Business Events Wins Up 29 Percent

Dubai Business Events has reported strong results for the first half of 2018, with 125 successful bids to host business events. The wins reflect a 29 percent increase over the same period last year. The conferences, meetings and incentive programmes secured are poised to attract over 65,000 delegates from around the world. From CIM News Magazine…

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US Federal Conference Spending Down

Conference spending by the US federal government for fiscal year 2017 dropped by 15.7 percent, according to STR’s Market Insights team. That dip is the first decline since 2013. Three major federal agencies have also now stopped reporting conference spend, which since June 2017 has no longer been a requirement. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Cairns and Great Barrier Reef Doubles Impact

The economic impact of meetings confirmed by the Business Events Cairns and Great Barrier Reef team for the 2017-18 financial year has more than doubled to AU$111 million. Tourism Tropical North Queensland says securing the massive Amway China Leadership Seminar incentive helped boost the value of these wins. Photo: Leonard Low. From CIM News Magazine…

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KLCC Hosts 638 Events in First Half of 2018

Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre is continuing to win major international bids. The venue staged 638 events in the first six months of 2018, with over 1.2 million visitors and delegates attending. This is up 90 events (17 percent) and 530,000 delegates and visitors (79 percent) from the same period last year. From CIM News Magazine…

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Cvent Releases Top Meeting Destination Lists

Cvent has just released its annual lists of top meetings destinations. New this year are top destinations in Canada (Toronto leads), as well as in the Caribbean and Latin America (Cancún). In the US Orlando leads, in Europe London, in the Middle East and Africa Dubai, and in Asia Pacific Singapore. From Meetings & Conventions…

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BESarawak Alliance to Launch at TriBE 2018

Sarawak in Malaysia is to launch a business events platform to further its economic transformation. Initiated by the Sarawak Convention Bureau, the new BESarawak Alliance aims to create collaborative opportunities between government ministries and agencies through business events. The organisation will launch at Business Events TriBE 2018. From CIM News Magazine…

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Royal College of Physician: 500 Years of Events

2018 sees the Royal College of Physicians in London mark its 500th anniversary, and also five centuries of hosting events. RCP was first established by Henry VIII’s physician Thomas Linacre, who persuaded the king the college was needed to regulate medicine. The anniversary was marked by a summer showcase. Photo: Paul the Archivist. From Meetpie.com…

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Austria Center Vienna Ready for European Council

In the second half of 2018 Austria will again hold the rotating presidency of the European Council. Most ministerial conferences and meetings attended by Council functionaries will take place at the Austria Center Vienna. These events will be held in areas that are separated from the venue’s day-to-day conference activities. From Boardroom…

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US Tops Eventex All-Stars Top 20 Destinations

The Eventex All-Stars Top 20 Destinations for hosting Meetings and Events has been topped by the US, with the UK and the Netherlands tied in second place. The rankings are a weighting that takes into account the wins from each destination in the Global Event Industry Awards over the past two years. From Meetpie.com…

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Global TEDSummit Picks Edinburgh for 2019

Scotland has fought off stiff competition to play host to the 2019 TEDSummit and up to 1,300 members of TED’s global community. This high profile event will take place in July at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, and EICC’s winning bid was supported by many of the city and wider country’s stakeholder institutions. From Meetpie.com…

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Exhibition Industry Growing In Four Regions Globally

For the first time in ten years, the exhibition industry’s four global regions have reported positive turnover growth simultaneously. That’s according to the industry global association UFI’s latest Global Barometer report. More than 40 percent of companies globally declared an increase of more than ten percent compared to 2016. From CIM News Magazine…

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