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Australia Announces AU$12m Business Events Bid Fund

Tourism Australia has launched a AU$12m national fund to support bids for new, high-value international incentive, association, and exhibition events. The announcement was made by Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo in Melbourne. The fund allows Australia to compete more aggressively with destinations already operating bid funds. From CIM News Magazine…

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Visit Florida Gets $76m for Coming Year

Florida legislators have approved a $76 million budget for Visit Florida in the coming financial year, the same as for 2017 – 2018. Governor Rick Scott had called for $100 million. The Senate initially proposed $50 million. But the settlement fight was nowhere near the battle that ensued a year ago. From Meetings & Conventions…

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RTE Leaves AIME After 18 Years

Reed Travel Exhibitions has bowed out of the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo after eighteen years. AIME 2018 welcomed 250 hosted buyers to Melbourne, 39 percent of them new to the show and to Australia. 4,500 meetings took place over two days. AIME 2019 will be managed by Talk2 Media and Events. From CIM News Magazine…

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Spain, China and Dallas Among Most Popular Destinations of 2018

Spain, China, and Dallas are among the most popular meeting and incentive destinations of 2018. That’s according to the latest Pacific World Destination Index, which reflects more than 5,000 international inquiries from meeting and incentive planners, actual meeting and event results, and feedback from industry participants around the world. From Successful Meetings…

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Brisbane Wins 15 Bids Worth AU$22m in Two Months

The Brisbane Convention Bureau has hit the ground running in 2018, notching up 15 business event bid wins worth over AU$22 million to the city’s economy. The events, all won in January and February alone, will generate more than 38,000 delegate days and span health, education, technology and finance. From CIM News Magazine…

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New £30m Venue Opens in Farnborough

A new £30 million hall at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre is now open for events. Able to accommodate up to 10,000 attendees, the purpose-built 20,000 square metre centre is located at the home of the Farnborough International Airshow and is already booked for Screwfix Live, Merchandise World and Kidz to Adultz South. From Meetpie.com…

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23 September 2018

Destination Mexico, Los Cabos

Discover the wonders of Mexico. Connect with the top hotels, CVBs, DMCs, and venues from across Mexico in pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments and unique experiential networking events, while enjoying a fully hosted, three-night stay at Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa. Invaluable business connections, targeted education, and unforgettable experiences—all while experiencing the natural beauty and magic…

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12 September 2018

Destination Caribbean, Bahamas

Connect in the Caribbean. A world-class networking event like no other, where planners and supplier attendees join to meet with regional suppliers as they showcase what they can offer this active, RFP-ready audience.

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5 September 2018

Destination Southeast, Florida, USA

Connect with the top hotels, CVBs, DMCs, and venues from across the Southeast in pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments and unique experiential networking events, while enjoying a fully hosted, three-night stay at PGA National. Invaluable business connections, targeted education, and unforgettable experiences—all while experiencing Florida’s Golf Capital and the Signature City of Palm Beach Gardens.

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26 August 2018

Destination Hawaii, Maui

Paradise Awaits! Connect with the top hotels, CVBs, DMCs, and venues from across the Hawaiian Islands in pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments and unique experiential networking events, while enjoying a fully hosted, three-night stay at the Wailea Beach Resort Marriott Maui. Invaluable business connections, targeted education, and unforgettable experiences—all while experiencing the magic of the Hawaiian Islands.

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15 July 2018

The Rise of Midsize Cities in the Meetings Industry

A new research report examining “The Rise of Midsize Cities in the Meetings Industry” in North America and Europe, commissioned by the IMEX Group and developed by Skift, has been published. The free 40+ page report carefully examines why and how some midsize cities (historically known as second-tier cities, a label they’ve now shaken off) have managed…

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