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Brisbane Wins 15 Bids Worth AU$22m in Two Months

The Brisbane Convention Bureau has hit the ground running in 2018, notching up 15 business event bid wins worth over AU$22 million to the city’s economy. The events, all won in January and February alone, will generate more than 38,000 delegate days and span health, education, technology and finance. From CIM News Magazine…

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31st M&IT Awards Held in London

Event professionals braved snow and freezing conditions at London’s Battersea Evolution to attend the 31st M&IT Awards. Glasgow Convention Bureau won Best UK Convention Bureau. ACC Liverpool won Best UK Conference Centre for the sixth year running, and Fast Forward 15’s Fay Sharpe was named Personality of the Year, amongst other winners. From…

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Dubai’s Meeting Ambassadors Behind Two Thirds of Bids Won

More than 150 doctors, scientists, industry experts and business leaders have been honoured in Dubai for their role in attracting prestigious international meetings to the emirate. The ambassadors, members of convention bureau Dubai Business Events’ Al Safeer Programme, last year supported two thirds (67 percent) of successful bids for association conferences. From Association Meetings International…

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Intellectual Capitals, Not Second-Tier Cities

Medium-sized cities avoid the “second-tier” label by positioning themselves as knowledge or innovation hubs to win international meetings business, according to a new report. “The Rise of Midsize Cities in the Meetings Industry”, commissioned by trade show owner IMEX Group, says smaller destinations are increasingly using size to their advantage. From Association Meetings International…

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Visit Florida’s Budget Battles Resume

Less than a year after the last Visit Florida budget battles, the fighting for funding is again underway. Governor Rick Scott (pictured) has called for a $100 million budget, while the House of Representatives wants to keep the current $76 million and the Senate wants to cut it to $50 million. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Club Liverpool Announces New Chair and £3.8m Return

Colin Sinclair, Chief Executive of Knowledge Quarter Liverpool, is the new Chair of the city region’s conference ambassador programme. An audience of sixty gathered at Liverpool Cathedral to celebrate Club Liverpool, a partnership between the Convention Bureau and ACC Liverpool, and the conferences with an economic value of £3.8 million it has helped secure. From…

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The Dubai Association Conference: A Legacy for Associations

The first-ever Dubai Association Conference, held last month at the Dubai World Trade Centre, reinforced the role associations are playing in the emirate’s economic development and transition to a knowledge economy. The event brought together association executives, government representatives and university faculties, as well as professionals from around the world interested in forming associations. From Boardroom…

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Bristol Convention Bureau Rebranded “Meet Bristol”

Destination Bristol has relaunched its convention bureau, now promoting the city region for conferences, meetings and incentive travel as ‘Meet Bristol’. In 2017, the team managed enquiries about potential business worth more than £2.3 million and were responsible for confirming more than £830,000 of business related events that took place during the year. From…

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Vancouver Set for a 2018 Convention Bonanza

Vancouver will welcome 33 conventions and events in 2018, the highest number it has ever hosted in one year. They will bring more than 100,000 delegates into the Canadian city, compared to 63,000 last year. Vancouver’s meetings industry supports more than 6,000 jobs and brings more than $500 million of economic impact into the local economy. From…

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Sarawak Convention Bureau Secured 89 Business Events in 2017

The Sarawak Convention Bureau secured 89 business events in 2017 (60 bids won, 29 supported) to be held over the next four years. During 2017 the Malaysian state hosted 47 conventions, including the 13th World Islamic Economic Forum and the International Summit on Peace. Sarawak also won its second BrandLaureate trophy. From CIM News Magazine…

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15 April 2018

Destination California, USA

Connect with the top hotels, CVBs, DMCs, and venues from across the state of California in pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments and unique experiential networking events, while enjoying a fully hosted, three-night stay at The Loews Coronado Bay Resort in Coronado, California, from April 15-18, 2018.

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Convention Centres: The Gateway to What Lies Beyond

Today convention centres have to take a broader approach to the meetings sector, offering organisers a gateway to the cities and regions in which they are located. Some are effectively convention bureaux in their own right. Just how the role of major venues is changing is revealed across the thriving Australian scene. From CIM News Magazine…

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