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Matching Meetings with Destinations in a World of Too Much Choice

If there’s one canon that can be considered unassailable in the meetings and events industry it is this: No two meetings are alike. There is no one size that can fit all, even two, engagements. Every project requires its own plans and those plans, budget in hand, often start with choosing the location. Destinations and…

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Sapporo: A Japanese Legacy of Wilder Meetings

The rich natural environment of Sapporo has much to offer when it comes to hosting meetings, as it did for the 5th International Wildlife Management Congress of July 2015. Japan’s fifth-largest city boasts academic institutions that lead in the fields of geosciences, organic chemistry, agriculture, forestry, energy, medicine, pharma, animal behavior and veterinary sciences. From Boardroom…

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Cape Town Hosts 1,500 Delegate Water Conference

The Water Institute of Southern Africa has hosted its three-day conference and exhibition in Cape Town, with Western Cape Premier Helen Zille delivering the welcome address. With over 1,500 delegates attending, the meeting sought to raise awareness of what the local water sector has been doing in response to the province’s drought. From the Event…

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New Sydney Environmental Partnership Launched

More than 30 organisations have joined forces to improve Sydney’s environmental performance by increasing use of renewable energy, reducing water consumption, and improving waste management and recycling. The partners include ICC Sydney, whose inventive design includes a community-funded solar array, a large rainwater tank, energy efficient lighting and waste diversion strategies. From CIM News Magazine…

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Three Questions: BESydney’s Lyn Lewis-Smith

Lyn Lewis-Smith is CEO of Business Events Sydney. She also devotes her energy to championing women’s rights. Here she answers three questions: about how bidding for conferences has changed and evolved over time, about emerging association meeting trends and creating value, and about hosting and participating in the Global Summit of Women. From Boardroom…

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The 2018 IACC Meeting Room of the Future: Analysis

When IACC launched its Meeting Room of The Future report in 2016, it set out to predict and shape the future of events. Three years on, the series says as much about today’s meetings landscape as it says about tomorrow’s. Mark Cooper, IACC’s CEO, examines some key findings in areas like internet infrastructure. From Successful Meetings…

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Groundbreaking Oklahoma City CC: “A Modern Town Hall”

In June officials ceremonially broke ground on the all-new Oklahoma City Convention Center. This is a $288 million venue, scheduled to open in 2020, that will offer acres of modern and flexible meeting space. According to Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, the building is set to become “a modern town hall”. From PCMA Convene…

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Darwin Convention Centre Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

The Darwin Convention Centre in Australia is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Over 680,000 people have attended events at the venue since the doors opened in 2008. The centre attracted a record number of 9,000 delegates from July to November 2017 through a combination of the international, national and regional conferences hosted. From CIM News Magazine…

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Oklahoma City Breaks Ground on New Convention Center

Oklahoma City has hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new convention center. Scheduled to open in 2020, the $288 million Oklahoma City Convention Center will boast 200,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 30,000 square foot ballroom and 45,000 square feet of meeting space. Oklahoma City CVB has also launched a new website. From Successful Meetings…

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Wisconsin Center Expansion Plans Presented

The Wisconsin Center District board of directors has shown expansion plans, analysis and conceptual renderings for Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Center. The plans add between 157,000 and 172,000 square feet to existing space. The cost of the project is estimated at between $247 million and $277 million. The WCD still needs to develop and approve financing. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Queensland Funds Cairns Convention Centre Expansion

The AU$176 million expansion of the Cairns Convention Centre has been given the go-ahead following the Queensland Budget. The funds will be delivered over two years, and will see the addition of a 3000 square metre exhibition hall and supporting plenary space. Concept designs were unveiled last year by the building’s original architects. From CIM News Magazine…

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San Diego Convention Center Expansion Site Vote Passes

Both the San Diego City Council and Board of Port Commissioners have voted in favor of securing the land needed to expand the San Diego Convention Center. The complex plan stipulates how the city will gain control of the site if voters approve a measure to fund the project in November. From Meetings & Conventions…

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