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Exhibition World Issue 77
Issue 77
Supplement: Basque Country
Supplement: Turkey
posted on: 16/7/2012 09:21:28

AMERICAS - A new convention centre in downtown Halifax, Canada is expected to open in January 2016, according to a memorandum agreement between the city and the province.

The Halifax Regional Municipality is set to approve an agreement with the province that could see construction start on the Argyle Street Complex, which includes the convention centre, a hotel and office tower, later this year.

After months of delays the cost of the US$160m project has increased by $4.9m, with the federal government covering the added cost.

New property taxes generated by an 18-storey hotel, office tower and shops that are part of the larger complex located on two city blocks, will contribute to the extra $4.9m. The city can defer part of its annual payment for 10 years if these buildings are not finished when the convention centre opens.

Developer Joe Raima is also offering $4.9m worth of credit that can be drawn upon.

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MIDDLE EAST - One year on from the UAE winning the right to host the World Expo in Dubai in 2020, the expo's higher committee has mapped out key deliverables to the General Assembly of the BIE, the governing body of the Expo.

AUSTRALASIA - Sydney Olympic Park welcomed more than 6,000 parks specialists when it hosted the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress 2014, 12 - 19 November.

MIDDLE EAST - The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) hosted 17 mega shows in November, making it the busiest month in its MICE calendar this year.

EUROPE - The NEC Group, put up for sale by Birmingham City Council, has slipped behind its schedule for announcing a new owner, with fears that the deal is taking longer to complete than anticipated.

ASIA - Marina Bay Sands recently supported Messe Berlin (Singapore), the organiser of ITB Asia 2014, which took place 29-31 October, in the delivery of the tradeshow's first ever carbon neutral event.