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Three Questions: Singapore Tourism Board’s Keith Tan

Keith Tan has been the Singapore Tourism Board’s Chief Executive for about half a year. During IMEX he spoke about the city-state’s plans and approaches for continuing to attract international associations and their meetings, which include working alongside Iceberg partners BestCities Global Alliance and Global Association Hubs Partnership. From Boardroom…

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Ottawa Conference Ambassadors Sought

Canada’s capital, Ottawa, is to launch a conference ambassador programme. Together Ottawa Tourism, the Shaw Centre (above) and Invest Ottawa will offer bespoke support to local experts becoming “trailblazers” by helping the city to secure major meetings. ThinkOttawa will work with its ambassadors to prepare bid documents and provide support. From Association Meetings International…

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30 Young Destination Professionals Honoured

Destinations International and its Foundation have announced the 2019 “30 Under 30” class, which will convene at the 2019 Destinations International Annual Convention this July in St. Louis, Missouri. The young honorees (the 2018 class is pictured) come from a variety of destination organisations, and will receive mentoring and other opportunities under the scheme. From PCMA…

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Thailand: Prescribing a Healthy Sector

Thailand’s aspiration to become a leading pharmaceutical destination has received a shot in the arm with the country recently hosting the CPhI Southeast Asia trade show. Organiser UBM brought the event to Bangkok for the first time in conjunction with the Thai Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association and Board of Investment. From AMI Intellectual Capitals…

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PLUS SEOUL to Boost Meetings Business

The Seoul Convention Bureau has rolled out its 2019 PLUS SEOUL initiative to boost business events. As well as expanded core benefits of up to KRW 250,000,000 (previously KRW 150,000,000) for international conferences, PLUS SEOUL will cover developing event apps and VR, and the bureau has also designed new customised experiences for meetings. From Boardroom…

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Events Industry Board Surveys EU Funding

The UK Events Industry Board has launched a survey to help assess the value of EU grants, infrastructure funding and service-related projects that have benefited the business events industry. The EIB is urging destinations to complete a survey identifying EU funding for projects like ICC Birmingham in 1989. Photo: Roy Hughes. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Bid Fund Business Doubles to AU$187m

The value of the business events secured with the help of Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Program has almost doubled from AU$97 million to a record AU$187 million in the past three months. Total expenditure by international meetings visitors in the year ending September 2018 was AU$4.9 billion, up 16 percent. From TTG Mice…

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Auckland: Livestock Genetics Congress WCGALP 2018

Last year the Aotea Centre (above) in Auckland hosted over 1,400 leading scientists and researchers for the 11th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production. Auckland Advocate Alliance member and Massey University Professor of Animal Science Hugh Blair was the local committee chair, and integral to winning the conference. From Boardroom…

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Indonesia Launches $1m Bid Fund

Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism has announced a $1 million bid fund in 2019 to increase its share of international meetings. Indonesian Tourism is also thinking about developing new destinations like Batam and Bintan. Currently only Bali and Jakarta are considered meetings-ready. An IMF World Bank Meeting was held this October in Bali. From Association Meetings International…

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Mike Cannon: The Sarawak Outsider Returns to AACB

Mike Cannon, former Executive Director of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux, was recently in Sydney to collect an AACB Hall of Fame plaque. During he visit he gave an interview on affordable events, Australia’s new Business Events Bid Fund, regional meetings, future challenges for convention bureaux, and their value to members. From CIM News Magazine…

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Convention Bureaux Boost Australian SMEs

Australia’s convention bureaux are attracting eight percent more large international business events to the country, and boosting opportunities for small businesses beyond those traditionally seen in tourism. This sector analysis is contained in the new International Business Events Forward Calendar, produced by the AACB (Association of Australian Convention Bureaux). From CIM News Magazine…

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IATA Slot Conference Lands in Brisbane

Aviation industry decision makers are set to descend on Brisbane in November 2019 for the 145th International Air Transport Association Slot Conference. The meeting was secured with support from Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund, and is likely to attract more than 1,200 delegates from over 230 airlines across the world. From CIM News Magazine…

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