Americas

Meetings Mean Business Canada leads by example

The Meetings Mean Business (MMB) Canada 2018 Chair, Heidi Welker, has offered delegates at the 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai insights into the MMB industry lobby group’s founding in the US. It also discussed the licensing benefits the Canadian business events industry realised in its efforts to be recognised as an important contributor to the economy. Presenting at the ICCA Congress session, 12 Nove...

Vancouver ranked among North America’s top meetings destinations

Vancouver has been ranked one of North America’s top meeting and convention destinations, according to the 2018 Watkins Report Meeting and Convention Planners Survey. The biennial report is based on a survey of nearly 1,000 meeting and convention organisers in North America, evaluating the 40 most popular convention destinations in the US and Canada. The Watkins Report covers topics concerning cit...

IMEX America pushed forward to September 2019

On the back of the biggest ever IMEX America in 2018, organisers are keen to remind their community that next year’s edition is being brought forward. They stress they have managed to secure the same venue, at Sands Expo in Las Vegas. In 2019 the show will hit the strip, 10–12 September, and again be preceded by Smart Monday, powered by Meeting Professionals International, on 9 September. IMEX CEO...

Caesars to open Jimmy Kimmel Comedy Club ahead of new meetings venue

Caesars Entertainment has announced it will be partnering with comedian Jimmy Kimmel to open Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club, which will be connected via skybridge to the upcoming meetings venue Caesars Forum. Caesars Forum is a $375m development which will expand Caesars meetings offering in Las Vegas, and is scheduled to be completed by 2020. The new comedy club will offer a unique form of entertainm...

Exclusive US MegaFam trip announces final location

The USA’s destination marketing organization, Brand USA, has announced the final location for its upcoming UK & Ireland MegaFam trip. The MegaFam trip is a multi-destination familiarisation tour for travel agents from the UK and Ireland, and will take place from 9-17 May 2019. It’s final location will be Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona. The tour is intended to showcase the diversity of American cu...

TV host Karamo Brown to join PCMA Convening Leaders 2019

Cultural expert, television host of Queer Eye and activist Karamo Brown will speak at PCMA Convening Leaders 2019, which is taking place from 6-9 January 2019 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The event features 9 key themes to inspire attendees on industry issues, such as diversity, inclusion, event strategy and innovation, many of which Brown will speak abou...

Ovation Global DMC unveils its wOw factor

Ovation Global DMC presented its wOw Award winners at IMEX America, recognising the outstanding quality of individuals, institutions or organisations whose passion, talent and expertise have made the greatest contributions to the development and advancement of the global MICE industry. The winners included: Category: wOw of the wOws Name: Pablo Sismanian (Meeting Industry Coordinator at INPROTUR A...

IMEX America in Las Vegas was the largest ever IMEX

IMEX America came to a close yesterday, 18 October, in Las Vegas’ Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The event set a series of new records, and was the largest ever IMEX. Over 13,000 participants took part in the event, making over 70,000 appointments. The event expanded into an additional hall, creating space for over 3,500 exhibitors representing 150 countries. Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group...

BestCities partners Dubai and Houston in close ICCA collaboration

BestCities Global Alliance partner-cities Dubai and Houston have agreed to step up continuity between the 2018 and 2019 ICCA Congresses hosted in the respective destinations. Dubai is set to host a record-breaking 2018 Congress, 11-14 November, while the 2019 edition is set for 27-30 October 2019 in Houston. Steen Jakobsen of Dubai Business Events and Daniel Palomo of Visit Houston joined Paul Val...

IMEX America’s Smart Monday bets on experiential meetings and innovation

This year’s Smart Monday, held on the eve of IMEX America in Las Vegas, put experiential, legacy, innovation and technology at its core and left attendees buzzing with energy and ideas. Smart Monday was powered by Meeting Professionals International (MPI). It also saw a new industry White Paper for legacy released. The opening keynote, featuring Julius Solaris (pictured), Editor of Event Manager B...

Blackstone confirms acquisition of NEC Group

Private equity company Blackstone has announced the acquisition of the UK’s NEC Group – encompassing the NEC, Resorts World Arena, ICC Birmingham, The Ticket Factory and more –from the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group (known as LDC) in a deal worth a reported £800m. LDC originally backed a management buyout of the Group from Birmingham City Council in 2015 for £307m. Since then, it...

UK startup EVVNT signs international deal with US-based GateHouse Media

UK event marketing company Evvnt has signed an international deal with publishing company GateHouse Media as part of its rolling expansion into the United States. Evvnt’s software-as-a-service tool enables marketers and organisers to promote an event across over 3,500 listing sites by completing a single listing. Since its launch in 2012, Evvnt has had more than 30,000 customers across 139 countri...