Americas

Government professionals to hold 2020 national conference in St Louis 

The US Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) has announced that its 38th National Education Conference (NEC) will take place in St Louis, Missouri. The event will be held 19-21 May, 2020, at the Cervantes Convention Center at America’s Center. The Marriott St Louis Grand has been named the conference hotel. “The SGMP National Board is looking forward to bringing the NEC to St Louis,” ...

Exploring the bed tax issue in Ottawa

Lesley Mackay, Ottawa Tourism’s Vice-President for Meetings and Major Events, follows up on CMW’s recent bed taxes cover story.   Your recent bed taxes article raises some interesting questions about an income stream that many people and organisations find troubling. However, a close look at the numbers show that there is a compelling argument for such a tax. In fact, here in Ottawa, where we...

Québec City to host Woodrise 2019 congress

The Québec City Convention Centre, in collaboration with the City of Québec, has announced that the second World Congress on Mid-and High-rise Wood Buildings (Woodrise 2019) will be held in Québec City 30 September – 4 October. Woodrise 2019 organisers expect to attract over 1,000 international attendees, including wood construction stakeholders, decision-makers, and professionals to share t...

Former FBI special agent to head San Diego Convention Center security

The San Diego Convention Center Corporation has announced that Todd Temple, a decorated special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), has been selected to lead its security team. Temple will start with the Convention Center as the Director of Public Safety and Guest Services on 2 April. He is replacing Josh Layne, who is leaving his role after 12 years of service. Temple is a 22-ye...

Michael Phelps and John Cena to deliver keynotes at Connect 2019

Connect has announced that Michael Phelps will deliver the opening address at Connect 2019, taking place Aug. 26-28, in Louisville. Phelps is a retired American competitive swimmer and the most successful and most decorated Olympian in history, with a total of 28 medals. President Chris Collinson said: “We are very excited to include one of the most celebrated athletes of all time in the Connect 2...

Canada’s Meetings Mean Business franchise steps on stage in Panama

The Business Events Industry Coalition of Canada (BEICC) is the first organisation to execute the new Meetings Mean Business (MMB) licensing agreement and has rebranded as MMB Canada. The Meetings Mean Business Coalition is a cross-industry communications and advocacy initiative and platform for industry professionals to better advocate for the power of face-to-face meetings. The licensing agreeme...

Game on in Ottawa for Sport Event Congress 2021

Canada’s largest gathering of the sport tourism industry will return to Ottawa in 2021 for the 21st edition of Sport Event Congress. The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA), with the support of Ottawa Tourism, will hold the event March 8-10, 2021 at The Westin Ottawa. Held annually since 2001, the 2021 Sport Events Congress will bring together more than 400 national and provincial sport event r...

PCMA to continue to ‘Disrupt and Deliver’ at European Influencers Summit

Global meetings industry association, PCMA is again inviting hundreds of professionals to analyse and discuss issues facing EMEA’s meetings and conventions industry at its European Influencers Summit scheduled 22-24 September in Barcelona. The ‘Disrupt + Deliver’ theme introduced in January at 2019 PCMA Convening Leaders in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania will be continued in Barcelona. “Our goal is to g...

FIEXPO plans big farewell to Chile

Latin American and Caribbean meetings and incentive travel tradeshow FIEXPO will bid a fond farewell to Chile when its 12th edition takes place in the capital, Santiago de Chile 10-12 June 2019. It will be the show’s third successive edition in the city before it moves on to Colombia for three editions. The Pre Workshop organised in Concepción last year will take place in the Chilean Patagonia thi...

ReedPOP acquires fan convention Florida Supercon

ReedPOP, the world’s largest producer of pop culture events and part of Reed Exhibitions, has announced that Florida Supercon will be joining its collection of global fan conventions. Florida Supercon is an annual convention held in Miami, Florida celebrating comics, superheroes, science fiction, anime, cartoons, video games, wrestling and all things pop culture. The next edition of Florida Superc...

Las Vegas Conference Centre appoints Elon Musk’s Boring Company for new transport system

As CMW reported 6 March, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) had recommended The Boring Company (founded by Elon Musk) to design, build and operate a vehicle to act as a people carrier for the Las Vegas Convention Centre. Now the deal has been announced and the proposed route for the vehicle will incorporate a loop of underground express route tunnels. The route will potentiall...

Canadian cybersecurity collaboration leading to ICT conferencing

Siemens Canada and the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity (CIC) have been collaborating hard in New Brunswick on cybersecurity and privacy technologies, areas that could be springs of knowledge worth tapping into for meeting planners. Cybersecurity innovation relies on strategic industry partners working together to vigilantly protect critical infrastructures and defend the ever-changing cyberse...