Mexico City
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Conjuring up more than magic

he ‘Pueblos Mágicos’ or Magical Towns of Mexico is a promotional programme developed by Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism in 2001. Each city appointed as such has been subject to great events or practices a special set of traditions and legends. The colonial town of Saltillo is one such destination, a city promoted for its great…

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Philadelphia stakes

After attracting criticism over high prices and less than cutting edge service levels, Pennsylvania Convention Center took the bold decision to embark on a radical programme to shake up its offering from the ground up. As president & CEO John McNichol puts it: “The city of Philadelphia was on an upward trajectory, but we were…

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The big venue daddy

CMW asks ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy about the big new baby coming on stream in the harbour and much more besides Can you bring us up to date on the ICC Sydney project and opening? After three years of pre-opening marketing, an extensive recruitment and training programme, and a three-month intensive operational readiness period of…

The Fontenay Hamburg
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Meeting space: the future

The Future Meeting Space programme is a multi-year research effort undertaken by the German Convention Bureau (GCB), European Association of Event Centres (EVCC), and the Fraunhofer Institute of Industrial Engineering (IAO). It is designed to provide planners and suppliers with insights and hands-on tools to make their meetings more futuristic, and to stay ahead of…

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Germany’s Gateway

With Hamburg’s Congress Centre (CCH) closing for a major two-year €197m (US$206m) renovation project set to make it Germany’s biggest convention centre by 2019, the city is not breaking its conference stride and has plenty else to offer international planners. This exciting city on the Elbe is opening up on many other meeting fronts, providing…

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Dreaming Big at the Madrid Marriott

To celebrate its relaunch after its extensive refurbishment, the Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel & Conference Center rolled out the red carpet in November, hosting a lavish party with a cinematic theme, including gala dinner for 700 people. Graced by an all-star cast from some of Hollywood’s most iconic films including Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Pirates of…

ElbPhil strikes up its opening note

Hamburg’s new €789m ElbPhilharmonie philharmonic hall officially opened in Germany’s second city on 11 January. The architecture is designed as a ‘rolling wave’ in homage to Hamburg’s world-famous harbor and the new venue on the the River Elbe now provides a unique meeting venue for planners and delegates. The Elbphilharmonie is also home to a…

sydney
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ICC Sydney’s paradigm shift

he big story in Sydney at the end of 2016 was the official opening of the new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney). It seems the market can’t wait and management reports 400 events are already booked in. The centre has been built on a 10GB optical fibre backbone and has the ability to hold…

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