Fire at Ontario conference centre

Canada’s Burlington Post reported a fire at the Atrium Banquet and Conference Centre, Ontario, last week. One roof worker was sent to hospital for smoke inhalation but a full evacuation appears to have been successful. It was immediately not known how the blaze began. The Atrium hosts weddings and corporate events on the main floor…


Associated Luxury Hotels expands global footprint with acquisition of Worldhotels

The Associated Luxury Hotels collection of hotels and resorts has expanded its global footprint with the acquisition of Frankfurt-based Worldhotels. The company already owns and operates Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), the independent GSO serving the North American meetings and incentive marketplace. The terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed. Worldhotels consists primarily of independent…


Business events to boost economic growth

The business events segment of the tourism industry can help grow the Australian economy with the assistance of a series of targeted public policy measures, according to the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB). The policy proposals are contained in the 2017-18 Pre-Budget Submission of the AACB, the principal representative body for the business events…


#UncoverMelbourne at AIME

Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has launched a new social media competition for hosted buyers and visitors during the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) titled #UncoverMelbourne. Participants are encouraged to get inspired and upload what they have uncovered in Melbourne, and demonstrate this in their own unique and creative way on social media. During AIME…


Kenes Group reports major association contract wins

Professional conference organiser and association management company Kenes Group has won a number of major contracts, helping the company maintain a strong presence in medical and scientific conferences and events. Contract wins include European Stroke Organisation (ESO), World Psychiatric Association (WPA), World Federation of Neurology (WFN), European Academy of Paediatric Societies (EAPS), and World Small…

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