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UK MPs Vote 419 to 119 for Third Heathrow Runway

Following the government green light, the UK Parliament has also backed controversial plans to build a third runway at Heathrow. MPs supported the proposal by 415 votes to 119. The UK meetings industry again welcomed the decision and called for speedy construction, citing the economic value of business travel to the UK. Photo: Ad Meskens. From…

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Looking Beyond the Tiers: Affordable Destinations

Tier 1 cities have much to offer meeting groups in terms of their connectivity and facilities. But all that bang takes a lot of buck. To make a big impact on a smaller budget, meeting planners should consider small and mid-sized cities. So how do you find big-city appeal in an affordable destination? From Successful Meetings…

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Three Questions: BESydney’s Lyn Lewis-Smith

Lyn Lewis-Smith is CEO of Business Events Sydney. She also devotes her energy to championing women’s rights. Here she answers three questions: about how bidding for conferences has changed and evolved over time, about emerging association meeting trends and creating value, and about hosting and participating in the Global Summit of Women. From Boardroom…

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Groundbreaking Oklahoma City CC: “A Modern Town Hall”

In June officials ceremonially broke ground on the all-new Oklahoma City Convention Center. This is a $288 million venue, scheduled to open in 2020, that will offer acres of modern and flexible meeting space. According to Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, the building is set to become “a modern town hall”. From PCMA Convene…

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2017 UK Meetings Sector worth £18.1bn, Says UKCAMS

The UK saw an estimated £18.1 billion of direct expenditure generated by delegates in venues and wider destination spend in 2017, according to the new UK Conference and Meeting Survey. The study also reveals that the overall number of conferences and meetings was lower than in 2016, but the size of events up slightly. From…

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LAUNCH Festival Sydney Attracts Global Startup Community

Some of the biggest names in the global startup community have been attending LAUNCH Festival Sydney. This is the first time the world’s largest startup event has been held outside San Francisco in its ten-year history. Founder passes were snapped up very quickly, and the event attracted more than 1,400 delegates. From CIM News Magazine…

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Wisconsin Center Expansion Plans Presented

The Wisconsin Center District board of directors has shown expansion plans, analysis and conceptual renderings for Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Center. The plans add between 157,000 and 172,000 square feet to existing space. The cost of the project is estimated at between $247 million and $277 million. The WCD still needs to develop and approve financing. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Six Cities Vie for the 2020 Democratic National Convention

The list of cities vying to host the Democratic National Convention in 2020 has been reduced to six: Atlanta, Houston, Miami Beach, Milwaukee, New York and San Francisco. The event draws 50,000, has economic impact of more than $200 million and throws a global spotlight on the host city. Photo: Maggie Hallahan. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Queensland Funds Cairns Convention Centre Expansion

The AU$176 million expansion of the Cairns Convention Centre has been given the go-ahead following the Queensland Budget. The funds will be delivered over two years, and will see the addition of a 3000 square metre exhibition hall and supporting plenary space. Concept designs were unveiled last year by the building’s original architects. From CIM News Magazine…

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San Diego Convention Center Expansion Site Vote Passes

Both the San Diego City Council and Board of Port Commissioners have voted in favor of securing the land needed to expand the San Diego Convention Center. The complex plan stipulates how the city will gain control of the site if voters approve a measure to fund the project in November. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Exhibitions Day Draws Largest Ever Delegation to Capitol Hill

The fifth annual Exhibitions Day drew a record 125 attendees to Capitol Hill in Washington DC. The two-day event included a one-day update on legislative issues to be discussed in Congress. Those who carried the industry’s message to elected officials the following day included representatives from over twenty industry associations. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Business Events: The Power of Associations

In the second of three insights on the value of business and professional events, GainingEdge CEO Gary Grimmer and Gregg Talley, President and CEO of the Talley Management Group, analyse the crucial role professional associations and the broader “civil society” play across the whole of scientific and industrial development.  Association meetings deliver the platforms and…

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