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Melbourne Wins Biggest Ever Conference

Melbourne has announced the securing of its largest ever conference: the Lions Clubs International Convention 2024. The huge event will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, deliver AU$84.4 million to the state of Victoria. 13,000 Lions Club members will stay a total 48,000 room nights. A “powerful legacy” is also promised. From Meetpie.com…

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Dubai Business Events has Drawn in 51,000 Delegates Since January

Meetings secured since January 2017 by Dubai Business Events are expected to bring more than 51,000 delegates to the emirate. The Al Safeer Ambassador Programme has contributed to DBE’s success in winning bids. The network of 300 experts from diverse disciplines has helped secure eleven business events for Dubai. From CIM News Magazine…

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Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau Wins R120m in Q1

Wesgro – the official tourism, trade & inward investment agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape – has announced that its Convention Bureau has beaten financial targets for the first quarter. In 2017 / 2018’s Q1 the bureau won 14 bids with an estimated attendance of 57,000 and economic impact of R120.2 million. From the Event…

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DestinationNEXT – 2017 Futures Study Update

The DestinationNEXT Futures Study identifies the trends and opportunities that will shape the future of destination marketing and management. This Futures Study update, conducted in 2017, is intended to build on the learnings from the 2014 Futures Study, and to determine updated trends and strategies that will keep the thousands of destination organizations around the…

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Caloundra Events Centre Gets AU$6m Revamp

The Caloundra Events Centre in the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia, is to receive a AU$6m redevelopment. The work will include refurbishment of the foyer, box office, bars and function rooms, acoustic treatment for the theatre walls and ceiling, and also dividing walls between the main theatre and the Glasshouse Room. From CIM News Magazine…

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Glasgow Wins 526 Conference Bids Worth £142m

The rebranded Glasgow Convention Bureau won 526 conferences between 2016 and 2017, which will bring in an estimated £142m to the city’s economy. The conferences will take place up to 2022 and attract 140,000 business tourists. The number of international associations choosing Glasgow has also risen, with 2016 / 2017 the most successful year yet. From Meetpie.com…

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Beyond Tourism and Beyond Sydney in New South Wales

While the meetings industry usually clusters around big cities, the New South Wales Government in Australia has just announced a new conferencing strategy to drive more business events to rural and regional destinations. The AU$6 million plan was launched in Tamworth, one of the smaller cities to benefit from the shift in thinking. From Association Meetings International…

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Visit Tampa’s Ties to Visit Florida “on Hold”

After the recent fight over Visit Florida’s annual $76 million budget, a number of local destination marketing organisations in the state are rethinking ties with the state’s tourism promotion board. The new settlement imposes restrictions on contracts, staff salaries and travel and entertainment for Visit Florida, as well as for boards working with it. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Kuala Lumpur Forms Business Events Alliance

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) has persuaded several local businesses to form an alliance to promote the city’s meetings and business events sector. KLCC managers have also called again for the city to have its own convention bureau. Enquiries are currently dealt with nationally through the Malaysian Convention and Events Bureau. From Association Meetings International…

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A New Hall and Roads to Attract Events to Tanzania

Opening the new Lake Nyasa exhibition hall, the tourism minister of Tanzania, Jumanne Abdallah Maghembe, has challenged the Arusha International Conference Centre to fully exploit the potential of conferences which he said generated $670m for the country last year. Tanzania has also announced a $156m World Bank financing plan to boost tourism by upgrading roads. From the Event…

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Paris Will Host the 2024 Olympics, Los Angeles the 2028 Games

Paris is to host the 2024 Olympics and Los Angeles the 2028 games. LA’s Organising Committee will receive advance funds of $1.8 billion to foster participation and access to youth sports programmes in the run up to its later event. The news comes after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) awarded both games together to the two destinations. From CIM News Magazine…

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