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London Venues Address British MPs

London venues have told MPs they need more support from the UK government to grow the events industry. Jeremy Rees, CEO of ExCeL London, said that the capital’s venues were competing with their hands tied behind their backs, while QEII Centre board member Simon Hughes said the sector needs its own representative in government. From Meetpie.com…

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QEII Centre’s UK Contribution £145m

The QEII Centre’s net economic contribution to the UK was £145 million, a growth of 45 percent in just two years. That’s according to a new Grant Thornton study. The gross value it added to London alone was £111 million. The analysis shows the centre amounted for £312m of gross UK expenditure in 2017/18. From Meetpie.com…

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Legacy: Creation, Measurement and Advocacy

The term “legacy” is now becoming almost ubiquitous. Legacies are the broad set of outcomes ranging from advances in science and healthcare to creating new trade opportunities and empowering young people that far outweigh the financial impact of association meetings. The Iceberg also has a role to play in that. From Biz Events Asia…

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Scotland: Fintech Scotland Fortnight 2018

Scotland’s financial services sector is now growing as fast as London’s. So the country is focusing on its fintech future with a major series of business events. Fintech Scotland Fortnight 2018 comprises eighteen conferences and meetings across Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling. It aims to reinforce Scotland’s position in the sector. Photo: Carlos Delgado. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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Auckland Books Global Library Congress

The nine-day World Library and Information Congress will be held at the New Zealand International Convention Centre in July and August 2020. The flagship meeting is estimated to be worth around NZD$7 million to the region, and is expected to attract more than 3,000 sector managers and professionals from across the world. From Association Meetings International…

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Trina Camacho-London to Co-chair MMBC

Trina Camacho-London, Vice President of Global Group Sales at Hyatt Hotels, is the future Co-chair of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition. Camacho-London joins Julie Coker Graham, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, and assumes the position currently held by Paul Van Deventer on January 1st, 2019. From Travel Daily News…

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San Diego CC Expansion Still Alive

On August 8th, funding for the long-proposed expansion of the San Diego Convention Center failed to qualify for the November 2018 ballot But there’s still hope of keeping the project alive. An agreement has been reached to extend the timeline for paying the developer of the expansion site. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Melbourne Meetings Deliver Record Impact

The Melbourne Convention Bureau has announced 25 percent growth in economic impact from secured business events over the last fiscal year, the strongest-ever financial contribution. AU$396 million was delivered to the local economy from 176 events, which will bring the highest number of international visitors to Victoria for seven years. From CIM News Magazine…

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Convention Centres: Across the US, 16 Projects Underway

As the exhibition industry continues to grow, more US destinations are upgrading or expanding convention centres. Some projects are at the planning stage, like the Los Angeles Convention Center. Some are underway, like at the new Caesars Forum in Las Vegas. Some are complete, like the Kentucky International Convention Center. Here’s a roundup. From TSNN…

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Attracting Hydrogen Meetings to the Czech Republic

The 7th International Conference on Hydrogen Technologies took place in Prague in July 2017. Work to bring the conference to the Czech Republic capital started as early as 2009. Professor Dr. Ing. Karel Bouzek (above receiving an ambassador award) was the meeting’s local champion, and reflects how it developed after the bid was won. From Boardroom…

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Minnesota: Minneapolis, Medical Alley and MANOVA

Healthcare is changing rapidly, but its conferences have mostly stayed the same. The former General Mills Chief Marketing Officer, now 2023 Partners Chief Executive, Mark Addicks is working to change that. He’s about to stage MANOVA, a four-day health and technology summit in Minneapolis, part of Minnesota’s “Medical Alley”. From PCMA…

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South Korean Ambassadors Securing Conferences

Korea now has 14 individuals from various professions helping to win international meetings for the country. The news comes just nine months after the launch of its MICE Ambassador programme. Already the 14 have been instrumental in bringing the International Diabetes Federation Annual Congress to Busan in 2019. From Association Meetings International…

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