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Hotel Threatening San Diego Convention Centre Expansion

A $300 million hotel that threatens to scupper the long-awaited expansion of the San Diego Convention Center has reached a key milestone, with the release of its environmental analysis. The Fifth Avenue Landing project sits on a five-acre site coveted by backers of a plan to expand the centre. From The San Diego Union Tribune…

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$175m Refit for Memphis Cook Convention Center

The Memphis Cook Convention Center in Tennessee is getting a $175 million refit. The upgraded venue will boast 52 meeting rooms, glass covered concourses, and outdoor terraces looking over the Mississippi. The city plans to use a hotel / motel tax to fund the project as well as the Downtown Tourism Development Zone. From News Channel 3…

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London Tech Week: London & Partners

London Tech Week is a festival of live events taking place once a year across the United Kingdom capital. Having been held now for four years, it has become a key gathering for the ICT industry in London. It connects the entire tech ecosystem both within the city and beyond, shapes the future of the…

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Incredible Impacts: The Beyond Tourism Impact of Meetings

Last month the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) welcomed a record number of delegates to its 56th annual congress. Almost 1,300 members, including more than 40 association executives, travelled to Prague for four days of education, chapter meetings and networking. According to Czech Statistical Office data, Prague welcomed a total of 4,426 conferences in…

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Intellectual Capitals: This is Wales

With ICC Wales opening in 2019, and with key strengths in the automotive, aerospace, and marine renewable energy sectors – not to mention life sciences, cyber security and compound semiconductors – how does the land of rugby and song marshall and present its knowledge economy to attract prospective international meetings? From Intellectual Capitals…

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Britain Booms Despite Brexit Uncertainties

Despite eighteen months of political and economic turmoil in the UK following 2016’s shock Brexit vote, visitors are still coming, not least because of the weak pound and cheaper air fares. VisitBritain’s Chairman Steve Ridgway has been offering some thoughts on how the UK, including its meetings industry, is coping with Brexit. From Skift…

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IMEX Politicians Forum Evolves into “Policy Forum”

The IMEX Group has changed the name of its IMEX Politicians Forum to the IMEX Policy Forum, reflecting a shift in focus and participants. Policymakers and government influencers attend the influential meeting as well as politicians. The 2018 forum is during IMEX itself on May 15 at the InterContinental Frankfurt. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Renovated World Forum The Hague Reopens

World Forum The Hague (formerly World Forum) and the City of The Hague have reopened the Dutch city’s largest venue for conferences and events after years of renovations and an investment of more than €28 million. The work allows the venue to host even larger events in a new 12,000 square metre exhibition hall. From Boardroom…

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MyCEB Welcomes Six New Conference Ambassadors

At a gala evening, the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau has welcomed six new “Kesatria” into its ambassador programme. The Kesatria are usually association presidents or industry leaders that are chairing major business events in Malaysia. Since 2012 the programme has contributed 123 meeting leads and attracted 188,317 delegates. From CIM News Magazine…

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First Dubai Association Conference Held

The first Dubai Association Conference has been held at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The event focussed on building the association community, skills development for executives and global best practice. Last month it was announced that over 40 licences have been issued for associations to trade and operate in Dubai. From CIM News Magazine…

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ICC Sydney Publishes Art Book

In yet another example of the creative legacies of business events, ICC Sydney has published a book celebrating its art collection. “ICC Sydney Art Collection: A Curated Collection of Art to Celebrate Sydney” includes commissions both for the new venue and for the first convention and exhibition centre in Darling Harbour. From CIM News Magazine…

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Dan Lincoln Retiring from Cincinnati CVB

Dan Lincoln, President and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau for 11 years, is retiring this month on health grounds. While his replacement is sought, COO Mike Laatsch will serve as interim CEO. Under Lincoln, more than 3.3 million convention delegates brought $990 million into the region. From Meetings & Conventions…

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