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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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Dubai: Hosting the Institute of Internal Auditors

Getting the Institute of Internal Auditors to hold its conference in Dubai began with the United Arab Emirates IIA Chapter and the Al Safeer Congress Ambassador Programme. It helped that the city had hosted the IIA Global Council back in 2014. The four-day 2018 event attracted 3,000 experts from over 100 countries. From Boardroom…

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Mutschlechner: Thought Leader and Game Changer

The retirement of Christian Mutschlechner from the Vienna Convention Bureau next year may, or may not, mean he is departing from the wider industry. But the fact Vienna consistently out-performed bigger cities, and has become one of the world’s top convention destinations, owes a great deal to him. From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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A No-deal Brexit “Disastrous” for Events

A no-deal Brexit could be disastrous for Europeans in the events and hospitality industry, according to the UK’s Immigration Advice Service. It says the sector faces a shortfall of up to 60,000 workers if Great Britain crashes out of Europe without a deal. But any weakness in sterling could counteract some of the uncertainties. From Meetypie.com…

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Merged IBTM Hailed Successful

IBTM Americas 2018, which took place in Mexico City following the merger of IBTM’s Latin and North American events, has been cited a success by organisers. Over 12,500 pre-planned meetings were held during the two-day event, with more than 400 exhibitors at the show, a 50 percent increase on last year. From CIM News Magazine…

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Quebec Hosting 26th IAPS Conference

The International Association of People-Environment Studies is to hold its 26th biennial conference in Quebec, Canada. The event will be co-hosted in June 2020 by Laval University and the Quebec City Convention Centre. The previous 25 conferences have taken place in Europe and Asia. Around 500 sector researchers are expected to attend. From Association Meetings International…

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