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Looking Forward 2018

It is impossible to develop successful, sustainable long-term strategy without understanding the future in which your members will live and work. Whether through strategic planning or value proposition design, Association Laboratory’s research confirms that associations must develop strategy based on the anticipated future of their industry or profession if they want to be successful. Now in its…

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Dubai Association Centre Registrations Grow by 38 Percent

The Dubai Association Centre has seen rapid growth in registrations of international associations during the first half of 2018. Following the first Dubai Association Conference in December, the Centre now has a total of 58 licensed associations, with sixteen registrations received since January. This represents a growth of 38 percent. From CIM News Magazine…

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All-Party Parliamentary Group Chair Opens Meetings Show

The impact of Brexit and Britain’s global brand were both on the agenda when leading industry players joined MP James Heappey for a closed roundtable at The Meetings Show to discuss the UK sector. Heappey, who is chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the events industry, also officially opened the show. From Meetpie.com…

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NT Commissions KPMG Business Events Strategy

The Northern Territory Department of Tourism and Culture in Australia has appointed KPMG to deliver the first long-term strategic plan for the business events sector. The recent AU$103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package of the NT Government includes AU$2.33 million to support business event bids. The report is expected to be delivered by October 2018. From CIM News Magazine…

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MMB Coalition Plans 2018 US Midterm Election Campaign

The Meetings Mean Business Coalition plans to reinforce the value of face-to-face meetings during the 2018 US midterm elections by highlighting how candidates themselves are using them to inform, persuade and recruit. According to a study, meetings support 5.9 million US jobs and contribute hundreds of billions of dollars to the economy. From Meetings & Conventions…

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All-Party Parliamentary Group Assesses UK Meetings Sector

The UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for the events industry, chaired by James Heappey MP (pictured), is holding a series of evidence sessions on the UK events sector. The first focussed on venue infrastructure including the possible loss of the QEII Conference Centre, issues surrounding Brexit, and also delivering high profile international events. From Meetpie.com…

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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 Meetpie.com…

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New Sydney Environmental Partnership Launched

More than 30 organisations have joined forces to improve Sydney’s environmental performance by increasing use of renewable energy, reducing water consumption, and improving waste management and recycling. The partners include ICC Sydney, whose inventive design includes a community-funded solar array, a large rainwater tank, energy efficient lighting and waste diversion strategies. From CIM News Magazine…

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Oklahoma City Breaks Ground on New Convention Center

Oklahoma City has hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new convention center. Scheduled to open in 2020, the $288 million Oklahoma City Convention Center will boast 200,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 30,000 square foot ballroom and 45,000 square feet of meeting space. Oklahoma City CVB has also launched a new website. From Successful Meetings…

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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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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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