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Big conference wins mean big business for Melbourne

Sixteen influential Club Melbourne Ambassadors were awarded last night for securing 12 major international conferences for Melbourne in 2016 – worth an estimated A$62.5m to the State of Victoria. Together, the conferences will attract almost 12,000 international delegates, who will spend a combined 46,000 days exploring Melbourne and wider Victoria, benefiting local hotels, restaurants, retail…

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BI WORLDWIDE to offer new in:sight

Engagement agency BI WORLDWIDE’s (BIW) Events Management team has launched in:sight, a project that supports a series of new event initiatives. One significant project under the in:sight theme is a series of investigative reports on emerging destinations. A small number of BIW event management associates will be travelling to various destinations, the first being Rwanda,…

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Emerald Expositions acquires InterDrone Conference & Exposition

Emerald Expositions has acquired the International Drone Conference and Exposition (InterDrone), the largest commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) trade show and conference in North America, from BZ Media LLC. Launched in 2015, InterDrone established itself as an event focused on the commercial applications for UAVs. In its March 2016 report, Drones Reporting for Work, Goldman…

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Carlson Wagonlit Travel wins Siemens European business travel account

Global travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel, has announced it has won the tender to provide business travel services to global engineering and technology company Siemens. The agreement covers 32 countries. Siemens launched the tender process last March with the aim of consolidating business to a single travel management company. Following an eight-month RFP process,…

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Messe Frankfurt to organise German presence at its worldwide events

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has commissioned Messe Frankfurt to organise German joint stands at around a fifth of its 100-plus events outside Germany. As Wolfgang Marzin, president and chief executive officer of Messe Frankfurt, said: “For our customers, Messe Frankfurt’s foreign events have been important communication and sales platforms for…

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Australia CVBs call for business events to be included in foreign policy

The importance of business events to the Australian economy and the role they play in international diplomacy should be formally recognised in Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper, according to the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB). In its presentation to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the AACB aligned the following recommendations with key…

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