Tom Hall

Tarsus reports strong finish to 2015

Business media group Tarsus has reported a strong finish to 2015, achieving record revenues and profits, and tracking ahead 10 per cent year-on-year on a like-for-like basis. The board anticipates that results for the year ended 31 December 2015 will be in line with its expectations, with the outlook for 2016 positive. Douglas Emslie (pictured), Tarsus Group managing director, said: “We have...

New Zealand unveils new venues at AIME

New Zealand’s newest venues will be unveiled for buyers at the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) on 23-24 February in Melbourne. National bureau Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has put together a 15-strong contingent for the 100% Pure New Zealand stand. CINZ chief executive Sue Sullivan says Auckland’s 3,000-capacity New Zealand International Convention Centre will be ...

Terror act leads organisers to cancel SMM Istanbul 2016

The SMM Istanbul conference and exhibition will not be held in 2016 because of escalating violence in the region. A suspected member of the Islamic State (IS) group yesterday reportedly killed 10 people, at least eight of them German tourists, in a suicide bomb attack in the Turkish city. The tense political situation in the region and the changing Turkish shipbuilding market has created a sense o...

Global DMC Partners names Customer Advisory Board

Global DMC Partners has revealed an eight-strong 2016 Customer Advisory Board to guide strategic initiatives. Tasked with providing key insights and critical feedback, the board members have been selected for their influence in the meetings and events industry. They will help guide Global DMC Partner’s customer strategy, uncover new potential opportunities and advise on key education and programmi...

Adelaide Convention Centre expansion reaches milestone

Work in the South Australia capital on the second stage of Adelaide Convention Centre’s AUS$400m expansion has reached a key phase with the ‘topping out’ milestone, installation of the highest point of the redevelopment, now complete. Construction of the East Building, which stands more than 30 metres above Adelaide’s Riverbank promenade level, began earlier this year and is scheduled for completi...

DWTC breaks ground on second phase

Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has broken ground on the AED720m (US$196m) second phase of its Dubai Trade Centre District (DTCD) development immediately after the on-time completion of its first phase. Al Futtaim Carillion, the main contractor which successfully completed phase one, is also constructing phase two which comprises of two Grade A office properties of eight and 12 storeys, designed b...

DeLorean event among a dozen booked at Springfield

More than a dozen national conventions are scheduled this year in Illinois’ capital city, including ones for collectors of DeLorean cars and fans of matchbook covers. The Springfield State Journal-Register reported that all but three of the conventions are new to the city, “We have quite a good list going this year, including several new national conventions,” said Gina Gemberlin...

New York to get $1bn MICE boost

New York’s Democrat governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a $1bn plan to expand the city’s the Jacob K. Javits Center on Manhattan’s West Side. Cuomo, who in 2012 said he wanted to replace the centre with a massive new complex near Kennedy airport, said construction would start this year at the venue. Plans include adding 32,000sqm of meeting and exhibition space, new operational space and 44,500sqm...

San Diego Convention Center directors named

San Diego Convention Center has named its board of directors, including a new vice-chair and secretary. Rabbi Laurie Coskey has been elected to chair, Candace M. Carroll will serve as vice-chair and Gil Cabrera will serve as the board’s secretary. The seven-member board sets policy for the public corporation that was created by the City of San Diego to exclusively manage, market and operate the 24...

CTI appoints Etihad manager

Business travel company CTI has appointed Melanie Quinn as director of client management. She will be based in the Manchester office. Quinn joins from Etihad Airways where she was sales manager, North for almost five years. Working alongside CTI’s CEO Clive Wratten, Melanie will be part of the senior management team and will be responsible for developing client partnerships and customer serv...

UKCEM to partner with Confex for Future Professional Conference

The UK Centre for Events Management (UKCEM) at Leeds Beckett University will be the official University Educational Partner for International Confex. The agreement will see the subject of events management education brought to the fore as the centre celebrates 20 years of events management education in the UK. The partnership will see the Leeds Beckett University UKCEM graduate-led Event Support S...