Americas

ThinkOttawa aims to bring more conferences to Canadian capital

Three of Ottawa’s pillar economic development organisations – Ottawa Tourism, Shaw Centre, and Invest Ottawa – are working together, under a new programme, to bring more conferences and events to Canada’s capital. They aim to do this by supporting local industry leaders in their international conference bids. The programme, ThinkOttawa, will provide complimentary support to local industry, academi...

Ottawa Tourism success breeds repeat European buyer event at Gleneagles

Ottawa Tourism has confirmed it will run another European buyer event at Gleneagles in Scotland in 2019 following the success of its 2018 event which delivered CAD$2.2m (US$1.64m) in economic impact to Ottawa and resulted in two association bids being confirmed. The agency reports a further four events are actively considering Canada’s capital for their next editions. The 2019 event will take plac...

Record tourism boost for L.A.

Los Angeles has been celebrating some tourism industry milestones during the USA’s National Travel & Tourism Week, as new figures reveal visitors pumped an all-time high US$23.9bn directly into the L.A. economy in 2018, generating a record $36.6bn in total economic impact. The fresh statistics come from the new economic impact report released by Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. Tour...

It’s a kind of magic… IBTM Americas brings in neuro-magician

Neuro-magician and educator Rufus Wiena (pictured) has been announced in the line-up of speakers for this year’s IBTM Americas, which will take place 29–30 May at Centre Citibanamex in Mexico City. Will deliver a session on the vital role psychology plays in the art of persuasion and communication. A relatively new branch of cognitive neuroscience, neuromagic combines the disciplines of neuroscien...

Denver to host Music Cities Convention in 2020

The Music Cities Convention, first held in Brighton, UK, in 2015, is going to Denver, Colorado, 23-25 September 2020. The event, which organisers claim is the largest conference in the world exploring the relationship between music and the built environment, will be held at the McNichols Building. Music Cities Convention has been held eight times across Europe, Australia, Asia and North America, b...

New GM for PRA in Las Vegas

Business event management agency, PRA has announced leading hospitality veteran, Erika Welling, as General Manager of its Las Vegas team. Shari Millman, Senior Vice-President, Business Operations, said Welling would be responsible for local strategic direction and developing new business opportunities, as well as increasing revenue streams in the Las Vegas meetings and conventions market. Welling ...

Big ideas lined up for 2019 PCMA EduCon in L.A.

‘Street scientist’ Sara Ross, and songwriters John Ondrasik and Ciaran Gribbin are to speak at global industry association PCMA’s 2019 EduCon, in Los Angeles in June. Organisers promise the conference will deliver personalised education content with actionable outcomes, networking opportunities and fresh approaches to solving industry issues as they continue to engage leaders from both within and ...

NYC most expensive location in the world for business travel

New York ranks as the world’s top city for business travel costs, according to new data from global mobility specialist, ECA International (ECA). A trip to the Big Apple costs US$799 a day on average, according to the new report, which gives average daily rates for 2018-19 for 400 locations in 195 countries. Each report itemises costs for the following expenses for flexibility when calculating all...

Philadelphia’s convention story tells of new record numbers

Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) has reported the city hosted 18 citywide conventions – the most in a decade – in 2018. The figures were announced as the bureau presented its key findings on the hospitality industry at its Annual Report Business Meeting. The 18 conventions brought 1.3m overnight visitors to Philadelphia. “Philadelphia is now viewed as a top destination for meet...

ThinkOttawa launches to champion event bids in the Canadian capital

Three of Ottawa’s pillar economic development organisations – Ottawa Tourism, Shaw Centre, and Invest Ottawa – are working together, under a new programme, to bring more conferences and events to Canada’s capital by supporting local industry leaders in their international conference bids. The programme, ThinkOttawa, will provide complimentary support to local industry, academic, government, and no...

IACC takes a ‘radical’ turn in Toronto

The 38th edition of the IACC Americas Connect conference came to a close 11 April at Vantage Venues and The Globe and Mail Centre, Toronto, having gathered 230 delegates over the two days. The International Association of Conference Centres’ Americas chapter also welcomed 20 meeting planners from the US, Canada, Europe and Australia for the conference – themed ‘Radical Innovation – Change Ev...

Half of delegates at city conventions now booking their own accommodation

Research from  Hilton, NYC & Company and PCMA Foundation claims that approximately half of all delegates attending large-scale, urban conventions are circumventing the established room-reservation process and booking accommodation on their own. The research findings add fuel to the debate around the hotel room block model. The three organisations funded the ‘Room Block of the Future’ study to ...