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China-LAC 2017 at the Punta del Este C & EC

The China-LAC Summit is an annual event organised by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It is a key entrepreneurial event for companies from China and the Latin American and Caribbean countries. The Punta del Este Convention and Exhibition Center was honored to host the 11th edition of…

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GMID: Four Industry Tipping Points

This Global Meetings Industry Day IMEX Group CEO Carina Bauer has been reflecting on how the events and meetings industry has been evolving. In a press release marking GMID, Bauer shared four major tipping points that have transformed the sector over the last decade: globalisation, the emergence of innovation hubs, technology, and the TED factor. From Bizbash…

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Africa: Ready for Association Legacies

Jeffers Miruka is President of the African Society of Association Executives, headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has over ten years of experience across association management and the meetings industry, and shares his views on how Africa is fast developing, both as an association and a meetings destination. From Boardroom…

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The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Legacy Innovation Hub

As the last athlete leaves the Commonwealth Games Village, work will begin on transforming it into the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct. The new district is near two hospitals and a university, and the Games’ real legacy could be one of the most advanced health and knowledge innovation hubs in the Asia-Pacific. From CIM News Magazine…

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New South Wales Commits AU$300,000 More to Regional Events

Following the New South Wales Regional Conferencing Develop-ment Grants pilot programme launched last year, the NSW Government has committed a further AU$300,000 to attract or create business events across the State. 4,600 delegates are expected to attend twelve events already funded, and should inject around AU$2 million into communities across NSW. From CIM News Magazine…

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Startup Conference Collision Set to Relocate to Toronto

One of North America’s biggest startup conferences, Collision, will be relocating to Toronto in 2019. The move is a sign of the growing tech sector importance of the Ontario capital. The event itself has grown rapidly in recent years, from 1,500 attendees in 2014 to an expected 25,000 this year. From The (Toronto) Global and Mail…

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Icelandic Universities Aiming to Attract More Academic Conferences

Meet in Reykjavik has teamed up with three of Iceland’s top universities in an effort to increase the number of academic conferences they host. An official partnership agreement was signed between the convention bureau and the University of Iceland, Reykjavík University (pictured) and the Iceland University of the Arts. From Association Meetings International…

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Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion Designs Unveiled

Designs for the $860 million expansion of Las Vegas Convention Center have been unveiled to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board of directors. The district’s Phase Two will add 1.4 million square feet to the current facility. In 2017 the centre’s attendees generated $2.1 billion in economic impact for the local economy. From Meetpie.com…

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The Prague Convention Bureau Marks Tenth Anniversary

The Prague Convention Bureau is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a new campaign, PCBturns10, which it will showcase at IMEX in May. Since its foundation in 2008, PCB has helped host more than 630 events with an attendance of almost 293,000 delegates, generating 620,000 room nights and more than CZK 1.2 billion. From Meetpie.com…

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International Convention Delegate Spend Rises in New Zealand

The total spend by international convention delegates coming to New Zealand rose 17 per cent from 2017 to 2016, despite a drop in total delegate spend from NZ$588 million to NZ$506 million. The Convention Delegate Survey from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment shows that international events are a major growth sector. From CIM News Magazine…

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IMEX Policy Forum Talks “Legacy of Positive Policy Making”

The ‘Legacy of Positive Policy Making’ will be debated at this year’s IMEX Policy Forum when up to 40 policy makers from national and regional governments meet with around 80 meetings industry professionals. The agenda will explore how to bridge the ‘partnership gap’ between governments, both national and local, and the meetings industry. From Meetpie.com…

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Costa Rica Convention Center Officially Opened

The stunning new Costa Rica Convention Center has officially opened in the capital San Jose. Costing $35 million, the attractive centre can host up to 4,000 in its largest plenary hall with many smaller rooms and breakout spaces. Very near San Jose’s international airport, the venue hopes to attract corporate and association meetings. From Meetpie.com…

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