Americas

L.A celebrates 50m visitors… with a hologram of Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles welcomed 50m visitors in 2018, according to the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (LATCB). The Board celebrated the milestone, which was achieved two years ahead of target, by enlisting LA-based VNTANA to create a hologram of basketball superstar Kobe Bryant, delivering a message about LA being the ‘sports capital of the world’. A video of the hologram can be viewed above. Thi...

P.E. investor Advent takes control of Aimbridge Hospitality

Global private equity investor Advent International has announced that it has acquired a majority ownership interest in North America’s third-party hotel operator Aimbridge Hospitality from Lee Equity Partners, a US-based private equity firm, and investor General Atlantic. Aimbridge’s senior management team will continue to lead the company and retains an equity stake in the business. The transact...

Association for Women in Events to Elevate! in Washington DC

The Association for Women in Events (AWE) will run its women’s leadership event Elevate! on the eve of International Women’s Day, 7 March 2019, at the Conrad Washington DC. The event will include sessions from women in business and politics, as well as women and men who are making a difference in the industry and in business. Sarah Hurwitz, White House speechwriter from 2009 to 2017, will be...

RainFocus secures $40m investment for event marketing platform

Event marketing platform RainFocus has announced a US$40m strategic growth investment from JMI Equity, a growth equity firm focused on investing in software companies. The funding will be used to for expansion and accelerating the company’s product development efforts, says the RainFocus CEO JR Sherman (pictured), former President at Lanyon and Active Network. “The culture and team at JMI ar...

Queues mount at US airports as government shutdown affects air travellers

The partial US government shutdown is beginning to affect air travel, American news outlets have widely reported. Travellers have been experiencing even longer queues than normal at some US airports, seemingly caused by a shortage of security officials many of whom are staying away due to not getting paid. Aviation safety inspectors have also been reportedly staying away from their jobs. A Federal...

Convening Leaders in Pittsburgh

Do work that matters for people who care. Create change. That’s the role of business events professionals, according to marketing guru Seth Godin who gave the keynote address to PCMA’s Convening Leaders convention in Pittsburgh, 7 January. Godin reminded the audience of what’s at the core of their work: “What you do is make stories, make a difference,” he said. The delegates celebrated the power o...

PCMA signs up to fight human trafficking

Leading industry association PCMA has committed to combat child exploitation by signing The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. In partnership with US anti-child trafficking organisation ECPAT-USA, The Code is a voluntary set of business principles that companies and organisations in the travel, business travel and tourism industries can i...

Milwaukee desire for streetcar to connect Wisconsin Center

Milwaukee’s city authorities are intending to extend The Hop streetcar service to the Wisconsin Center convention hall, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The plan is for the streetcar route to extend to link to the Wisconsin Center District and to Fiserv Forum, the new home of the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team. City officials have reportedly asked the Bucks to pay for the portion of the ex...

Scientists grounded for conference following US government shutdown

The partial shutdown of the US government has continued to affect airport services, which is now having a knock-on impact on conferences and events across the country. The 233rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society was supposed to play host to a Boeing 747 outfitted with a massive telescope – the world’s largest airborne observatory. But the plane was not able to make the journey following...

Vancouver signs agreement with Airbnb

Before the New Year Tourism Vancouver announced a new type of agreement for Canada with Airbnb to promote the city to travellers on the accommodation platform. The agreement will see Airbnb leverage its global reach through digital channels such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as well as its magazine Airbnbmag, to boost Vancouver’s reputation as a premier destination. Additionally, Airbnb...

Five big January event sales in San Diego CC

Major trade shows and conventions coming to San Diego Convention Center, USA, in January are expected to generate over US$42m in direct delegate spend, according to local research. The venue is starting the new year on the front foot with several large trade events booked in for the first two months of 2019. The January B2B programme starts with Minefaire on 5-6 January. It is a trade show expecti...

CIMGlobal hires industry veteran to head North American ops 

Global meetings and associations management company CIMGlobal, has announced that industry veteran Alex Damico (pictured right) has joined its team as its US MD and will lead development of the company’s growing portfolio of international associations expanding into emerging markets. Damico has spent the last seven years as COO at InfoComm, a leading association in the audio visual industry. Damic...