Americas

Tributes paid to Gonzalo Perez Constanzó

Industry tributes have been paid to former IAPCO president and long-time industry advocate Gonzalo Perez Constanzó, who passed away at the German Hospital in Buenos Aires on 26 May. He had battled with cancer for a few years. A statement by IAPCO said: “We shall remember Gonzalo as a great champion of IAPCO and our mission, a man that has given so much to our association. “Gonzalo was a much respe...

Cartagena claims its CC now first in South America to generate clean energy

Newly installed solar panels will supply 18% of the energy for Cartagena de Indias Convention Centre. Management claims it means the venue will become the first convention centre in South America to generate clean energy. The project is a result of a partnership between the venue operator (Grupo Heroica) and a non–conventional renewable energy specialist company (Celsia). The investment is reporte...

Congrex Americas joins Maritz Global Meetings Network

Global PCO Congrex Americas has joined the Maritz Global Meetings Network as the exclusive representative for Panama. Managing director Javier Montilla Q. said of the reasons for joining: “When we bought Congrex Americas we put together a vision of what we wanted to achieve in this first phase. We designed a clear five-year plan for development and growth… We felt it natural to establish an allian...

Innovate Canada kicks off in Montréal

Business Events Canada’s executive director Chantal Sturk-Nadeau welcomed guests, delegates and partners to the inaugural Innovate Canada, which kicked off with a welcome reception and dinner at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth in Montréal, 22 May. The goal of the event is to showcase the key priority economic sectors where Canada holds a competitive advantage, while highlighting the event experiences...

Major tech conference Collision in Toronto

North America’s fastest growing tech conference will be moving to North America’s fastest growing tech region when Collision heads to Toronto in Canada next year. Collision’s organisers have committed to Toronto for the next three conferences: 2019, 2020 and 2021.The 2019 conference will take place at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place, 20-23 May 2019. Government at all levels, Tourism Toront...

Conference hurricane hit leads academic drop

The last minute cancellation of an academic conference due to an approaching hurricane in 2012 caused a sizeable decline in collaboration and research, a study from the University of Kent in England has claimed. The research highlighted how industry conferences are key for building networks, sharing knowledge and helping form new ideas and innovations that will not occur if conferences do not take...

CWT’s RoomIt appoints new chief technology officer

RoomIt by CWT, the hotel distribution division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, has appointed Jack Staehler as its new chief technology officer. Staehler will be based in RoomIt’s Chicago HQ and join both CWT’s Products & Technology and RoomIt leadership teams. “Jack has a wealth of experience in travel, retail, and marketing – and a proven record of successfully delivering multimillion-dollar init...

SITE to collaborate on new index study

The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) is partnering with the Financial and Insurance Conference Professionals (FICP) organisation, and the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) to develop the industry’s first joint index study. The study is called ‘The Incentive Travel Industry Index powered by SITE Index, IRF Outlook and FICP’. This collaboration is designed to provid...

Australia’s trade and tourism minister in New York to bat for business events

Australia’s minister for trade, tourism and investment, Steven Ciobo has been in the United States to promote Australia to key business events stakeholders. The Ultimate Winery Experiences of Australia showcase event at the end of April was part of the Turnbull government’s support for the business events sector. Last month, the Australian government announced a A$12m (US$8.26m) Business Events Bi...

WTC Las Vegas signs deal to co-market with Leewarden, Twente and Denver

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is continuing to expand its business partnerships through the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) network, with three new MOUs signed. World Trade Center Las Vegas signed three Memorandums of Understanding at the 49th World Trade Center Association General Assembly in the Netherlands. WTC Las Vegas, host of the 48th General Assembly, inked...

Meet Montréal: City of neuroscience

Michel Bourdon, vice-president, Sales and Convention services at Tourisme Montréal branches off from biology and unpacks the nuances of neuroscience resonating in the city of Montréal, Canada. A vibrant and multifaceted metropolis, Montréal beckons visitors with its Old-World architecture, lush outdoor spaces, hipster cafés and shops and a feisty sense of carpe diem. Aesthetic appeal aside, Montré...

Meetings Mean Business Canada coalition update

The Board of Directors and Advisory Council of industry lobby campaign Meetings Mean Business Canada Coalition (formerly known as Business Events Industry Coalition of Canada) has announced a doubling of its supporters to over 100, following the signing of a licensing agreement in February 2017 with Meetings Mean Business. In November 2017 the campaign also signed an agreement with the Tourism Ind...