Americas

IMEX America strives for a sustainable future

Sustainability is set to be a central focus for IMEX America, 9-11 November, in Las Vegas, US. The event will host an ‘EIC People and Planet Village’ as a dedicated hub for interactive education and conversation about sustainability. The Village will feature a shared educational campfire area with sessions dedicated to regeneration, nature+, and diversity. Carina Bauer (pictured), CEO ...

TTS develops Covid-19 test tracking software

Total Testing Solutions (TTS), a medical diagnostic testing service located in Los Angeles, US, has debuted a new technology, LINK, which aims to create safer travel and events in the post-pandemic world. LINK is an end-to-end software solution designed for businesses, hospitality groups, and venues to track test results and vaccination records for employees and guests. The system hopes to help bu...

Ball rolling for the construction of the Sao Paulo Arena

GL events, Live Nation and Oak View Group have entered into negotiations to build and operate a 20,000-seat arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The investment will be assured in its entirety by Live Nation and Oak View Group, with work set to start in the second half of 2022 for an inauguration scheduled in 2024. The ‘Sao Paulo Arena’ has been designed to respect the principles of responsible construction...

International MICE boost as US confirms it is to open to vaccinated travellers from 8 November

The White House assistant press secretary Kevin Munoz has confirmed the United States’ new travel policy that requires vaccination for foreign national travellers to the US will begin on 8 November. The date applies to both international air travel and land travel and is part of a policy guided by public health, he said. Under the new rules announced by the White House, vaccinated people who have ...

Harrah’s Cherokee tower and convention centre opening completes $330m expansion project

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, North Carolina, USA, and invited dignitaries have officially opened the resort’s fourth hotel tower, the Cherokee, and the 83,000sq.ft. Cherokee Convention Center. The opening ceremony signifies the completion of Harrah’s Cherokee’s $330m expansion project, which has brought more than 450 jobs to the community. Brooks Robinson, regional senior vice-president and ge...

No firm start date, but US authorises entry for travellers with Covid-19 vaccines approved by FDA/WHO

Foreign travellers to the USA vaccinated against Covid-19 with a vaccine approved by the US Food and Drug Administration or World Health Organisation will be permitted to enter the country in November. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made the announcement but failed to give a firm start date. The FDA has authorised three Covid-19 vaccines for use during the pandemic: Moderna, ...

ASM Global extends agreement to manage the BMO Harris Bank Center

ASM Global, the venue management and services company, has been selected to continue management of the BMO Harris Bank Center and the Coronado Theater in Rockford, US. The contract will include the overseeing of the BMO Harris Bank Center renovation project in partnership with the City of Rockford, the Rockford Area Venues and Entertainment Authority (RAVE), Chicago Blackhawks and the Illinois Dep...

Maria Grasso appointed vice-president of PHLCVB’s convention division

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) announced, 8 October, that Maria Grasso has been appointed senior vice-president of its convention division. Grasso will lead the convention sales and services team, while aiming to position Philadelphia as a premier destination for meetings, conventions and events. A more than 20-year veteran of the organisation, Grasso joined the PHLCVB in...

Cristina Scott to head CWT’s Financial Services unit

Business travel management platform CWT has announced the appointment of Cristina Scott (pictured) as head of its Financial Services unit, effective immediately. Based in Southlake, Texas, Scott will report to Nick Vournakis, head of the CWT Global Customer Group. Prior to her appointment, Scott was vice-president of global operations at CWT Meetings & Events. “Cristina brings a wealth of expe...

Totem event tech brings Climate Week NYC centre stage

Totem, a London-based technology company, has described how it provided the virtual and hybrid events platform used to bring Climate Week NYC, 20-26 September, to the global stage. The virtual platform enabled 3,000 registrations for the event from senior business and government leaders from across the world. This year’s event had a focus for the global sustainability movement ahead of COP26 in No...

Vancouver awakes to successful bid for the World Congress of Anaesthesiology 2028

Through the joint efforts of the Canadian Anaesthesiologists’ Society (CAS), Destination Vancouver and the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver has been selected to host the World Congress of Anaesthesiology, 2028.   This annual conference will bring together 9,000 anaesthesia and perioperative care providers from over 130 countries to Canada’s west coast. The city hopes the Congress will be an ...

CWT and Tracker Software Technologies embark on new partnership

Business travel management platform, CWT, has signed a global referral agreement with Tracker Software Technologies (TST), a specialist in business traveller compliance management. This agreement will enable CWT to provide a data feed of travel bookings for mutual customers to the TST platform at customers’ request. This will automatically assess individual trip data and proactively alert nominate...