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UFI World Map of Exhibition Venues (2017 Edition)

UFI’s World Map of Exhibition Venues (November 2017) reveals that the total venue space available for exhibitions has grown 7.4 percent in the last six years, from 32,500,000 to 34,900,000 square metres (gross indoor exhibition space, venues over 5,000 square metres). The fastest growth is in venues offering more than 100,000 square metres, a rise of…

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FMCCA Wins Best Marketing Award

The Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp has won the prestigious Best Marketing Award at the 56th ICCA Congress in Prague. The FMCCA team won with their “a room with a ZOO” destination campaign. A record number of applications were received by ICCA this year for the award, which was promoted on video. From Meetpie.com…

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Global Exhibition Venue Space Still Growing

UFI’s World Map of Exhibition Venues 2017 reveals that the total venue space available for exhibitions has grown 7.4 percent in the last six years. The fastest growth is in venues offering more than 100,000 square metres. Asia now boasts more space than North America, and Europe has the most globally. From CIM News Magazine…

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Belfast Waterfront Events to Bring in £10m to City

Belfast Waterfront is hosting nine major international conferences in 2018, generating around 29,000 delegate nights and more than £10 million for the city. The convention centre’s management says £1 billion of investment has just revitalised Belfast’s tourism offering. The city is also attracting visitors as a Game of Thrones location. Photo: William Murphy. From Meetpie.com…

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Puerto Rico Convention Center to Reopen in January 2018

The Puerto Rico Convention Center will resume its event schedule in the New Year, according to the island’s convention bureau. The US territory’s hotels, port and airport are now fully operational after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in September. The conference centre has been relief effort command centre since the storm. Photo: Mtmelendez. From Meetpie.com…

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Yokohama Expands with Convention Centre

An addition to PACIFICO Yokohama will be opening in the spring of 2020: a new multi-function conference centre. With the ability to host 6,000, its column-free 6,300 square metre hall has eight sections which can be configured in different ways. PACIFICO Yokohama itself can be used together with the new centre for larger events. From Boardroom…

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Hong Kong to Build New Convention Centre

A new convention centre is to be built in Hong Kong to bring in more international meetings to the city. The new venue will be near the existing Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. The site currently houses government buildings which will be demolished to create the new facility. From Association Meetings International…  

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Washington State CC Agrees $83m of Public Benefits

Over $80 million of public benefits, including affordable housing, cycling, pedestrian and road projects, have been agreed by the Washington State Convention Center as part of its planned $1.6 billion expansion in downtown Seattle. The agreement with a group called the Community Package Coalition will include $29 million of funding for affordable housing. From The Seattle Times…

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Balancing ACT: Marriott and the Value of Values

Marriott has recently taken flak for hosting a convention of ACT America, which calls itself a ‘grassroots national security organisation’ but which has also been dubbed America’s ‘largest anti-Muslim hate group’. Marriott lists diversity and inclusion among its core values. ACT America has its own anti-violence, anti-discrimination policy. From the editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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Food for Thought: One Third of Venues Offer “Brain Foods”

Today’s attendees want healthier food that improves mental focus and concentration. That’s according to an IACC report “Trends in Nutrition & Delegate Wellbeing”. “Brain foods” are on the rise, with over a third of survey venues offering them. 75 percent either currently offer basic nutritional information in their menus or plan to. From CIM News Magazine…

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UK Venues and Agencies Tightening Up Security

UK venues have tightened up on security over the last six months, and agencies booking hotels and venues are increasingly asking questions about it. An HBAA survey found that over 63 percent of venues had reviewed or changed arrangements in the past half year and 42 percent had carried out simulation exercises. From Meetpie.com…  

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ACC North Unveiled by Anaheim Convention Center

Adjacent to Disneyland resort in California, the Anaheim Convention Center has just unveiled its expansion wing AAC North. The $190 million build creates an additional 200,000 square feet of exhibition and meeting space, enlarging what was already the biggest convention venue on the West Coast to more than one million square feet. From Meetings & Conventions…

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