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2019 Meetings and Events Future Trends

There has never been a more exciting time for meetings and events. The growth in sophisticated venues across the globe and innovation in tech is making boundless creativity a reality. And smarter ways of using data to fine-tune the value around meetings programs are in full effect. The digital revolution and use of social media…

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IBTM China Saw 6,600 Pre-planned Meetings

IBTM China 2018 closed on a high, with more than 6,600 pre-planned meetings during the industry event at the China National Convention Centre in Beijing. More than 300 exhibitors from 20 countries were joined by more than 280 hosted buyers and 3,400 visitors for two days of meetings, networking and educational sessions. From Meetpie.com…

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Kuala Lumpur Hosts UIA 2018

Malaysia has just hosted the UIA Associations Round Table Asia Pacific for the first time. The event showcased Malaysia to 120 international delegates from 15 countries. Organised by the Union of International Associations, the conference focuses on cross-industry development to promote collective growth. Photo: Naim Fadil. From Association Meetings International…

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London Tops EMEA Destination Rankings

Despite Brexit uncertainties, London has topped Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s rankings for European, Middle East and African corporate meetings and events next year, based on CWT’s 2019 Meetings & Events Future Trends report. The top ten list has four new or returning entries: Vienna, Stockholm, Hamburg and Frankfurt. From Meetpie.com…

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ICC La Paz Opens in Baja California Sur

The International Convention Center of La Paz has opened in the capital city of Baja California Sur, two hours north of Los Cabos on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. The 102,472 square foot venue is on the Sea of Cortez, with views of the water from a large reception-ready outdoor patio. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Las Vegas Heads North America Rankings

Las Vegas has topped Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s rankings for North America corporate meetings and events next year, based on CWT’s 2019 Meetings & Events Future Trends report. The top ten has three new entries: Boston, San Antonio and Vancouver in Canada. Cities that have dropped out of it include Philadelphia, Phoenix and Atlanta. From Meetpie.com…

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Auckland CVB Wins NZ$45m of Events

Auckland Convention Bureau has won NZ$45 million of business events in the year ending June 2018. More than 100 meetings have been secured, all being held over the next nine years. The ACB says the events will bring more than 52,848 international and domestic delegates to the region between 2018 and 2027. From CIM News Magazine…

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IATA Slot Conference Lands in Brisbane

Aviation industry decision makers are set to descend on Brisbane in November 2019 for the 145th International Air Transport Association Slot Conference. The meeting was secured with support from Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund, and is likely to attract more than 1,200 delegates from over 230 airlines across the world. From CIM News Magazine…

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Perth CVB Posts Boost in Delegate Spend

The Perth Convention Bureau has secured AU$141.8 million in direct delegate expenditure for financial year 2017/18, exceeding its target of AU$137.7 million. PCB also secured AU$1.79 million in industry financial support, exceeding its target of AU$1.68 million. This makes it one of the highest industry supported bureaux in Australia. From CIM News Magazine…

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ICC Wales Starts Hard Hat Site Tours

ICC Wales opens its doors in May 2019. With less than a year to go, the £84 million conference centre is letting potential clients, stakeholders and the media view the construction site. With all the steel and some plumbing now in place, the venue is holding “Wonder What It’s Like” tours. From Meetpie.com…

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Vienna’s Mutschlechner Retires from CVB

The man who made Vienna a leading destination for international association meetings is retiring as director of its convention bureau after almost three decades in the post. Christian Mutschlechner served the Austrian capital’s CVB for 27 years, during which time Vienna has consistently been a top-three convention city. From Association Meetings International…

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CVBs: Giving Planners the Personal Touch During Site Visits

Comments from planners surveyed by the biennial Watkins Report show that when convention bureaux go out of their way to make personal connections with them, it has a big impact on site selection. Making introductions, escorting planners round hotels, and demonstrating how well stakeholders will work together, all make an impression. From PCMA Convene…

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