interview

A new paradigm in Calgary

Paul Colston meets Clark Grue, president and CEO of Calgary Telus Convention Centre, a key figure offering direction at Alberta’s Conference Crossroads   Clark Grue is the man in charge of the the first purpose-built convention centre in Canada, the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre (CTCC).  No time for resting on laurels, however, and Grue is the first to acknowledge the age of the facility and the...

What does the future hold for IMEX?

Fresh from a new edition of IMEX America in Las Vegas, managing director Carina Bauer looks to the company’s future growth. IMEX America has grown considerably since its first edition. What have been the key landmarks? When we launched in 2011, it was uncharted territory. Buyers in North America have responded well to the format, particularly the appointment system. We moved into a larger ha...

Polishing Amsterdam’s pearl

Paul Colston meets the COO of RAI Amsterdam, Maurits Van de Sluis, who explains the venue’s new strategy, two years in the making. [hr gap=”30″] I met Maurits van der Sluis at RAI Amsterdam’s South Beach, just as the venue was hosting the AIDS2018 world congress. It was an event that showed off the full power of Holland’s flagship convention venue. However, as the chief operating offic...

Brazil reaching for its Olympic legacy

Vinicius Lummertz, Brazil’s state minister for tourism, talks to Ramy Salameh about brand Brazil, its recent sporting event legacy, the future of the MICE sector and the nation’s continued destination appeal. [hr gap=”30″]   Brazil’s use of events (FIFA World Cup/Summer Olympics) has been the single most important way to re-position the destination’s profile internationally...