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Two Australian Venues Win Platinum Award

Australia has reaffirmed its business events sustainability leadership with the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, and the Adelaide Convention Centre, becoming the world’s first venues to achieve EarthCheck Platinum Certification. This recognises ten consecutive years of best or above best practice across key areas of social and environmental action. From CIM News Magazine…

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San Diego CC Expansion Still Alive

On August 8th, funding for the long-proposed expansion of the San Diego Convention Center failed to qualify for the November 2018 ballot But there’s still hope of keeping the project alive. An agreement has been reached to extend the timeline for paying the developer of the expansion site. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Hamilton Island CC Renovation Reopens

In the Whitsundays off Queensland, the Hamilton Island Conference Centre has officially reopened following a multi-million dollar refurbishment. Hamilton Island CEO Glenn Bourke said the investment demonstrated a commitment to business events. The renovated centre is the largest conference venue in the Whitsundays and can host up to 700 guests. From CIM News Magazine…

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Cape Town Wins Two Major Leadership Events

The Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau has announced that Cape Town will host the 2019 YPO EDGE and Global Leadership Conference. The two events will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in March 2019, and will draw about 3,000 top global CEOs over four days. From the Event…

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Convention Centres: Across the US, 16 Projects Underway

As the exhibition industry continues to grow, more US destinations are upgrading or expanding convention centres. Some projects are at the planning stage, like the Los Angeles Convention Center. Some are underway, like at the new Caesars Forum in Las Vegas. Some are complete, like the Kentucky International Convention Center. Here’s a roundup. From TSNN…

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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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Productive Meetings: The Architecture of Good Foundations

What are the foundations of a productive meeting? It’s the question at the core of every planner’s job, and if you want to know about foundations, who better to ask than an architect? Caterina Alves is actually Venue Manager at the historic Royal Institute of British Architects. Photo: Philafrenzy. From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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Sustainable Meetings: Single-Use Plastic is No Longer Fantastic

Is time now up for that global event staple, the plastic badge holder? From a registration specialist whose products are all recyclable, to an event caterer transitioning away from bottled mineral water, to a venue banning single-use plastic packaging from hotel and meeting suites, here are three approaches to more sustainable events. From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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ICC Sydney: Supporting Students, Startups and First Nations Businesses

The Iceberg has already reported on ICC Sydney’s support of regional food production. But the venue is also fostering the next generation of talent via student and startup engagement. Through its First Australians Legacy Program, ICC Sydney promotes as well First Nations businesses, offering for its delegates authentic heritage experiences. From Boardroom…

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Tampa Convention Center Gets $20m of Upgrades

Over the coming three years the Tampa Convention Center will roll out major upgrades, including new and renovated meeting spaces, as part of a $20 million investment. In 2020, 18 new meeting rooms totalling 16,000 square feet will open overlooking the Hillsborough River. Then in 2021, the existing meeting rooms will be renovated. From Successful Meetings…

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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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“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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