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Rees Launches ICCA President Campaign

James Rees, now formally CEO of ExCeL London, has launched a bid to be President of the International Congress and Convention Association. Rees is one of three candidates to replace Nina Freysen-Pretorius and has now launched a website outlining his campaign. The vote will be announced the ICCA Congress in Dubai this November. From Meetpie.com…

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The 2018 IACC Meeting Room of the Future – Latin America Report

In 2016, the IACC Meeting Room of the Future™ report began providing a pulse on global meeting industry trends. Five research and trends reports later, the initiative has been instrumental in identifying new trends and taking a deeper dive into select changes occurring in the meetings industry. This report takes the research one step further…

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GCCEC Makes Record Economic Contribution

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre has recorded its best economic performance for a sixth consecutive year. In 2017/18 it brought AU$372 million into the region, an increase of 14 percent on 2016/17. 154 events attracted over 722,000 guests to the centre, which is also discussing expansion with the Queensland state government. From CIM News Magazine…

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Events Cancel for Hurricane Florence

Several events were cancelled at convention centres expected to be impacted by Hurricane Florence as the storm approached landfall. The National Rifle Association called off the second NRA Carry Guard Expo scheduled at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Other venues that cancelled events include the Raleigh Convention Center in North Carolina. From TSNN…

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Latin America Requires Tailored Experiences

Delivering tailored meetings experiences is the top priority for planners in Latin America. That’s according to new research from IACC (formerly the International Association of Conference Centres). The organisation released the first Latin America edition of its “Meeting Room of the Future” white paper in collaboration with IBTM Americas. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Jeremy Rees Appointed ExCeL London CEO

ADNEC Group have confirmed the appointment of Jeremy Rees as CEO of ExCeL London. Rees has been Acting CEO since November 2017. Very well-respected by the exhibitions sector he’s spent over twenty years working within, Rees joined ExCeL in January 2010 as Sales Director and was appointed Executive Director in 2013. From Meetpie.com…

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The Exhibition Industry: Moving Forward, More Caution is Required

The exhibition industry is currently firing on all cylinders. That was a clear takeaway from the recent UFI Global Barometer (see Research). For the first time in ten years, all four global regions together reported positive turnover development. But the outlook for 2018 is globally lower. UFI CEO Kai Hattendorf explains. From UFI…

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Two Australian Venues Win Platinum Award

Australia has reaffirmed its business events sustainability leadership with the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, and the Adelaide Convention Centre, becoming the world’s first venues to achieve EarthCheck Platinum Certification. This recognises ten consecutive years of best or above best practice across key areas of social and environmental action. From CIM News Magazine…

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Expo Center Opens in New York State

The $63 million Expo Center has opened at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse during the 2018 Great New York State Fair. The facility has 110,000 square feet of exhibition space, as well as 4,000 retractable seats, and should attract events previously too large for the area. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Peru: History, New Infrastructure and a Growing Economy

While the larger markets of Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia will surely be the focus of the upcoming UFI Latin America Conference, the growing economy of Peru is also worthy of attention. Better known as a holiday destination and for Machu Picchu, a new convention center has been built in the capital city, Lima. From UFI…

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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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The 2018 IACC Meeting Room of the Future: Analysis

When IACC launched its Meeting Room of The Future report in 2016, it set out to predict and shape the future of events. Three years on, the series says as much about today’s meetings landscape as it says about tomorrow’s. Mark Cooper, IACC’s CEO, examines some key findings in areas like internet infrastructure. From Successful Meetings…

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