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Melbourne Meetings Deliver Record Impact

The Melbourne Convention Bureau has announced 25 percent growth in economic impact from secured business events over the last fiscal year, the strongest-ever financial contribution. AU$396 million was delivered to the local economy from 176 events, which will bring the highest number of international visitors to Victoria for seven years. From CIM News Magazine…

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Adelaide Hosts Largest Single Incentive Group

Adelaide has just welcomed its largest incentive group from China, with a wave of 750 employees from Joymain, the science and tech direct selling company, enjoying the city over a five day stay. Assistance from the Adelaide Convention Bureau and cooperation from the Adelaide government were behind Joymain’s destination choice. From CIM News Magazine…

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Peru: History, New Infrastructure and a Growing Economy

While the larger markets of Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia will surely be the focus of the upcoming UFI Latin America Conference, the growing economy of Peru is also worthy of attention. Better known as a holiday destination and for Machu Picchu, a new convention center has been built in the capital city, Lima. From UFI…

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Attracting Hydrogen Meetings to the Czech Republic

The 7th International Conference on Hydrogen Technologies took place in Prague in July 2017. Work to bring the conference to the Czech Republic capital started as early as 2009. Professor Dr. Ing. Karel Bouzek (above receiving an ambassador award) was the meeting’s local champion, and reflects how it developed after the bid was won. From Boardroom…

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Washington State CC Expansion Underway

Ground has been broken on an expansion to Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center. The existing building will now be called “Arch”, and the new part opening in 2022 “Summit”. In five years, Visit Seattle says, more than 350 events were declined because of space or timing restrictions, losing more than $2.13 billion. From Meetings & Conventions…

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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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