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Club Melbourne Dinner Celebrates 13th Anniversary

The Club Melbourne Ambassador Program has celebrated its 13th anniversary with an annual dinner that saw the induction of five new Ambassadors and the awarding of a joint Fellowship. Since its inception in 2005, Club Melbourne has won 131 international conferences that have delivered economic impact worth more than AU$840 million. From CIM News Magazine…

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Meetings Industry “Too Bound up in Tourism”

The meeting industry is “too bound up in tourism” and has an absence of influence. This is one conclusion of the report from this year’s IMEX Policy Forum, which is now out (see Research). The Frankfurt event brought together over 30 politicians and policy makers from around the world with 80 industry leaders. From Meetpie.com…

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“Not Now” for San Diego CC Expansion Hotel Tax

The San Diego City Council has voted against adding a hotel tax measure to the November ballot that would have funded expansion of the city’s convention centre. Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, the San Diego Convention Center President and CEO, said “Today’s outcome is not a ‘No’, it’s just ‘Not Now’. From Meetings & Conventions…

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2020 Semiconductor Conference Heading to Sydney

To add to Sydney’s conference business, Australian of the Year Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons (far left), and Scientia Professor Sven Rogge (far right), have led a successful bid for the International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors in August 2020. Australia’s expertise in the field helped secure the meeting. From CIM News Magazine…

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Sydney’s Conference Numbers Beat Melbourne and Brisbane

Of the 1479 meetings tracked by Conference Monitor from July 2017 to June 2018, 433 were held in New South Wales, an increase of around 22 percent. A big part of NSW’s lead is the new ICC Sydney, which has now welcomed two million visitors and contributed AU$1.2 billion to the economy. From CIM News Magazine…

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Kentucky ICC Reopens Following Expansion

The Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville has reopened following its two-year, $207 million expansion. According to Louisville Tourism, the city’s convention and visitors bureau, 84 meeting groups have been booked since the project was announced. The new business will bring the city $246 million in estimated economic impact. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Vienna: Can “Liveability” Attract Conferences?

Vienna is the world’s most “liveable” city. That’s according to the annual Economist Intelligence Unit Global Liveability Index. It’s also the first city in Europe to top the survey: Melbourne had lead for seven years previously. But what is the link between “liveability” and actually attracting conference delegates? From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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Cape Town: Africa’s Tech Capital

The Greater Cape Town area has been named the most productive technology sector in Africa by a new report from Endeavor Insight. So its challenge as Africa’s tech capital is attracting and investing in talent. Cape Town International Convention Centre also hosts the world’s largest Africa-focused technology, media and telecoms event, AfricaCom. From Intellectual Capitals…

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A Report from the IMEX Policy Forum 2018

The 2018 IMEX Policy Forum (formerly Politicians Forum) featured significant changes in format in an ongoing bid to optimise interactions between government representatives and industry leaders and to make outcomes clearer and more actionable. The 2018 Policy Forum programme included four key parts: An advance discussion group of national level government representatives addressing policy issues…

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A Tale of Two Cities: New York and San Francisco

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. When the US Supreme Court recently upheld Trump Travel Ban III, Vancouver quickly tweeted out a welcome mat. But here’s a tale of two cities, New York and San Francisco, that insist the US is still open for business. From PCMA Convene…

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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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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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