Americas

ASM Global signs major venue cleaning and hygiene partnership

ASM Global, producer of live entertainment, and cleaning and disinfection specialists The Clorox Company, has announced a major cleaning collaboration project across its venues in the United States. A multi-year partnership spanning ASM Global’s facility portfolio of arenas, stadiums, theatres and convention centres will include a commitment of $1m in tickets thanking frontline responders and heal...

BestCities welcomes 12th member to global alliance

The international community of convention destinations, BestCities Global Alliance has welcomed Guadalajara, Mexico, as the 12th destination in its global network. The agreement extends the alliance into Latin America. Guadalajara earned its place through the shared commitment to support meetings that create a positive impact for host destinations. The city went through a stringent process to join...

San Antonio Tech Port Center + Arena opens with innovative food and beverage plans

International venue management company, ASM Global has opened the Tech Port Center + Arena in San Antonio, US. ASM Global believes that it’s the ‘most technologically advanced lifestyle entertainment venue in the world’. Tech Port’s offerings leverage ASM Global’s SAVOR division, which has incorporated many of San Antonio’s favourite local brands into the design, providing a community home f...

US civil rights organisation NAACP 113th National Convention set for $9m impact in Atlantic City

US civil rights organisation The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) joined New Jersey leaders at a press conference, recently, to present plans for its National Convention, to be held in Atlantic City, 14-20 July. This year will mark the NAACP’s return to holding an in-person National Convention. Governor Phil Murphy and Atlantic City mayor Marty Small Sr., as well...

American hotel association launches ‘hospitality is working’ campaign

The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) has relaunched its Hospitality is Working campaign, seeking to reignite travel and showcase the economic and community benefits hotels provide in neighbourhoods across the US. Hospitality is Working aims to showcase the broad range of benefits hotels provide the communities they serve while highlighting the industry’s strong commitment to investing...

ASSOCIATIONWORLD announces launch of Washington Forum

Belgium-based ASSOCIATIONWORLD announces the launch of the first edition of the Washington International Association Forum (WIAF), set to take place on 27-28 September 2022. Gathering representatives of international and North American associations, non-profits, federations, societies and NGOs, WIAF aims at establishing a platform and knowledge sharing event for professional associations and non-p...

Atlanta easing back to business

The Kimpton Sylvan in Atlanta, USA’s director of sales and marketing, Tenille Perry offers a perspective on the local hospitality sector’s rebound:   While the Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly brought many challenges to the entire hospitality industry over the last few years, it has perhaps most notably presented obstacles for the event sector. During the first two years of the pandemic, the...

ASM Global to spend £50m on upgrading AO Arena in Manchester

International venue management company, ASM Global said it plans to expand the capacity of the AO Arena in Manchester, UK and spend £50m (US$65m) over the next three years upgrading the facilities at the venue, formerly known as the Manchester Arena. ASM Global was launched in 2019 following the merger of AEG Facilities and then Manchester Arena operator SMG. It said the AO Arena refurbishment wil...

NYC & Company puts diversity at the forefront of MICE strategy

New York City’s official marketing company, NYC & Company hosted CMW for its press briefing breakfast, 26 April, at the Magistrates Court, NoMad London UK, where it outlined its latest MICE strategy. Embracing New York’s diversity is being placed at the heart of the city’s appeal to international travellers, as it looks to bounce back from two years of Covid-19 stagnation. During 2020-2021, do...

Fiexpo Latin America gears up for 15th anniversary show in Panama

Key meetings industry show for Latin America, Fiexpo, is set to make its 2022 return and celebrate its 15th anniversary with a new face-to-face edition in Panama. Fiexpo will welcome over 200 qualified hosted buyers and exhibitors,13-16 June, from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Foz do Iguaçu, Guatemala, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. Hotel chains and speciali...

Changing of president/CEO at CWT

International travel management specialists CWT, has announced that Patrick Andersen (pictured) will take up the role of its president and chief executive officer from 1 May. He replaces Michelle McKinney Frymire, who has decided to step down from her roles at the company. Andersen will also serve on the company’s Board of Directors. “Leading CWT through such a critical phase in its evolution has ...

IACC venues’ 2023 business events revenue to surpass 2019 figures, according to new research

Two-thirds of venues say they will recover to 2019 meeting revenue levels in 2022 or 2023, with Danish and Australian venues predicting the fastest recovery, according to international venue association (IACC’s) annual Meeting Room of the Future Barometer 2022, released 25 April. Respondents globally reported that 2023 would be the first year to surpass 2019 meetings and business events revenue le...