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Malta’s MFCC Bets on iGaming Expo SIGMA

The Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre has been enlarged by 3,800 square metres to accommodate one specific event, the iGaming expo SIGMA. Malta’s online gaming industry has been on a winning streak in the past few years, with the sector now accounting for €1.2 billion, or over 12 percent, of local GDP. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Ultimate Legacy: The AU$41m Space Agency

In 2017 the 68th International Astronautical Congress staging became Adelaide and South Australia’s largest ever business event. Now the Premier of South Australia, in a joint announcement with the Australian Prime Minister, has unveiled Adelaide as the home of Australia’s new AU$41 million Space Agency. Is this the largest-ever legacy of any Australian business event? From Boardroom…

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Computational Event Secured by Penang

Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau has won its bid to host the International Congress and Conferences on Computational Design and Engineering 2019 at the ParkRoyal Penang Resort. Covering both traditional computational design and fourth industry issues like big data and deep learning, the Congress will gather international experts outside Korea for the first time. From Boardroom…

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Cairns Wins Congress on Plant Biology

Scientists will discuss how to feed a growing population in the face of climate change when 1,200 plant molecular biologists meet up in Australia in three years’ time. Cairns Convention Centre will host the 2021 International Society for Plant Molecular Biology Congress after a successful bid led by sixty Australian plant scientists. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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US Freshwater Society Heads to Brisbane

Scientists studying the ecology of ponds, rivers, lakes and streams will hold their annual meeting outside North America for the first time in 2021. The US-based Society for Freshwater Science, which dates back to 1953, said Australia’s strong sector community was behind the historic decision to stage the event in Brisbane. Photo: Kgbo. From Association Meetings International…

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Lausanne Joins Energy Cities Alliance

A city best known as the seat of the Olympics movement has become the latest member of the Energy Cities Alliance, a marketing consortium of business events destinations. Lausanne’s inclusion marks an apparent shift in emphasis in the consortium towards “sustainable energy solutions”. From Association Meetings International…

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Good Grub: Quebec’s Insect Food Conference

Quebec City and Laval University will host a major international meeting on using insects as food for both humans and animals. The Third International Insects to Feed the World Conference, which will be held at the Quebec City Convention Centre in June 2020, will bring together 500 experts from around the globe. From Boardroom…

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Toulouse Centre Under Construction

The new Toulouse Exhibition and Convention Centre is now under construction and will offer three venues in one when it opens in June 2020 as the third largest in France. Located six kilometres from Blagnac International Airport, the centre will offer easy road access for attendees with 5,000 parking spaces on site. From Association Meetings International…

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Newcastle Wins Major Design Conference

An international design conference that has been held before in New York and Oslo is heading to Newcastle in 2019. More than 150 delegates are expected to descend on the North East English city for the annual Design History Conference, set to be held at Northumbria University in September. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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BSAVA Moving to Manchester Central

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association, organiser of the largest and oldest sector congress in Europe, is moving its event to Manchester from 2021. The bid, secured by Manchester Central in collaboration with Marketing Manchester, is thought to be worth £110 million to the local economy over three years. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…  

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Kuala Lumpur Drawing European Associations

Eleven European international association events attracted 11,960 delegates to Malaysia in 2018 and were all held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. These events were amongst the venue’s 1,189 held this year up to October, which have been attended by over 1.85 million participants. Sectors have included anaesthesia, cancer, diabetes and rubber. From Boardroom…

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Brisbane Wins Pharma World Congress

The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre will host the International Pharmaceutical Federation World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2021 with 2,500 delegates expected to attend. A local hosting consortium of associations worked with BCEC and key convention partners Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing to secure the prestigious event. From CIM News Magazine…

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Club Melbourne Program Recognised

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s Club Melbourne Ambassador Program has received the City of Melbourne’s highest accolade after receiving the 2018 Melbourne Award for Contribution to Profile by a Corporation. The Club helps leading Melburnians establish, secure and host major conferences that boost the economy and attract thought leadership. From CIM News Magazine…

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Montreal Honours its $73m Ambassadors

Ambassadors who helped bring a dozen international meetings to Montreal have been honoured by the city at a gala dinner. The events, covering everything from AI to thrombosis, are expected to attract 32,000 delegates and pump $73m into the province. Eighteen individuals were toasted at the Palais des congrès de Montréal function. From Association Meetings International…

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Sydney to Stage Two Future Energy Meetings

New South Wales is to host two major global meetings bringing both the world’s energy thinkers and decision makers to Sydney. Focusing on future generation, storage and conversion, the International Conference on Photovoltaic Science and Engineering in 2021 and the International Meeting on Lithium Batteries in 2022 will jointly attract 2,600. From CIM News Magazine…

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Brisbane Wins iMig 2020 Conference

Brisbane’s BCEC is set to host 500 of the world’s best sector surgeons, respiratory researchers, clinicians and allied health professionals after securing the 15th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group in 2020. Australia has one of the highest rates of the disease in the world. Photo: Kgbo. From CIM News Magazine…

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BESydney Appoints New Ambassadors

Nine Sydney champions have joined the Business Events Sydney Global Ambassador Program. They include Professor Carol Pollock, Melanie Brock, Ann Sherry AO and Jim Prendergast, pictured above left to right with Lyn Lewis-Smith of BESydney. In total Ambassadors have helped Sydney secure over AU$320 million of global events until 2026. From CIM News Magazine…

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Cape Town’s CTICC Secures 15 Major Events

Cape Town’s CTICC has secured fifteen major conferences in the last six months alone, many being hosted in Africa for the first time. They include the International Council on Systems Engineering 2020, the 2021 World Congress of the International Health Economics Association, and the 2024 General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union. From the Event…

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