Daily Archives: July 25, 2017


Bangkok’s booming

A spate of projects are helping Thailand’s capital compete Thailand’s hedonistic epicentre, Bangkok, is regaining its global business audience after a dip following a military coup in 2014. Further incentivising companies is an improved common market (the Asean Economic Community (AEC)) tapping into more than US$2.6tn. Infrastructure investment is also rife, with plans for an…

Geoff Donaghy

What’s in a name?

Geoff Donaghy discusses making a convention centre ‘International’ Convention centres worldwide comprise a wide spectrum of facilities, with few invariable constants, even in terms of fixed definitions (Congress centres? Convention centres? Conference centres?). At the same time, there is increasingly a blurring of such distinctions as do exist, with what were formerly more exclusively focused…


Manchester standing strong

The recent terrorist attack at Manchester Arena brought horror and unwanted attention to the UK’s Northern Powerhouse city, which had been making big strides, with a new Mayor heading an internationalisation strategy designed to turn the city into a top 20 global city by 2035. Manchester is No.94 in the ICCA rankings with 27 qualifying…


Business events survey finds that skills shortages are impacting industry

A skills survey of the business events sector, coordinated by Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) in partnership with the Australian Association of Convention Bureaux and the Exhibition & Events Association of Australia (EEAA), has found that critical skills gaps are considerably impacting the business events industry. With a significant survey response rate of 39%, one…

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