Americas

Costa Rica unveils sustainable convention centre

The 15,600sqm Costa Rica Convention Centre (CRCC) has opened for business as Costa Rica’s first purpose-built convention centre. The sustainable centre, the authorities hope, will further position Costa Rica as a key player in the international business events industry. CRCC is located just 10km from capital San José and less than 10km from Juan Santamaría International Airport. With an investment...

US actors’ union calls for end to hotel room auditions

A leading US actors’ union, Sag-Aftra, has called for an end to holding auditions in private hotel rooms due to the danger of harassment and exploitation. To help protect members from potential harassment and exploitation, Sag-Aftra released on 12 April a Guideline calling for an end to the practice of holding professional meetings in private hotel rooms or residences. A BBC report on 13 April sai...

Las Vegas celebrates evolving impact of meetings

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) joined leaders from across the Las Vegas meeting and convention industry including Caesars Entertainment, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, MGM Resorts International, The Venetian and The Palazzo and Wynn Las Vegas to celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) on 12 April, 2018. The day is especially important for Las Vegas as the meetings, c...

Execs make room for tech at ECEF 2018

A new technology and networking experience (TechDemo) debuts at the 17th edition of the Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF) in Washington, DC on 30 May 2018. Sam Lippman, producer of ECEF and president of Lippman Connects, said that ECEF’s growing technology profile is represented in the programme, where executives exchange top-level insights. TechDemo will offer hands-on demonstrati...

Home on the Vegas range

CMW has been in Las Vegas courtesy of the LVCVA for a UK MICE media familiarisation and checking out some of the developments and delegate down time options. First up after a night at the Park MGM and a food tasting tour of old Vegas was a spot of golf at the Topgolf Las Vegas (with a ‘healthy’ lunch to power the drive). The Neon Museum is a place that can light up some memories and a trip on The ...

LVCVA making history

The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) district expansion (phase two) and renovation (phase three) is expected to generate an additional $2.1bn in economic activity during construction and upon completion will have an annual incremental economic impact of US$810m. Architects presented design drawings for the expansion to the LVCC to the board of directors of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors A...

Vancouver Convention Centre welcomes new director of sales

The Vancouver Convention Centre welcomes Michelle Leroux (pictured) as its new director of sales. Leroux joins the convention centre with 20 years of experience leading sales teams at five hotel properties across Canada, bringing background in developing sales and space utilisation strategies, coaching teams and collaborating with industry partners. Claire Smith, vice president, sales and marketin...

LACC lifts the veil on solar project in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) unveiled its 2.21 MW solar array during a press conference with mayor Eric Garcetti on 4 April. This addition on the roof of LACC’s South Hall brings the facility’s total solar power to 2.58 MW, making it the largest solar array on a municipally owned convention centre in the US. “This solar project was first proposed in 2014,” said Doane Liu, executive dir...

April events at San Diego CC set to generate nearly US$94m for region

Seven citywide conventions lined up at the San Diego Convention Center are expected to generate US$93,900,000 for the region in April. The largest – on the theme of experimental biology – is expected to draw 15,000 attendees on 19 April, while the annual meeting of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery is expecting 5,000 people, 29 April-1 May. The month is set to see hotel and sales tax r...

Las Vegas launches first permanent esports venue 

Las Vegas steps up on the global gaming stage with the launch of the first permanent electronic sports venue, Esports Arena, opening on The Strip at Luxor Hotel and Casino. The 2,787sqm multilevel arena gives local and international visitors access to over 100 gaming stations housing PCs and consoles. “We opened Esports Arena Las Vegas to be the championship destination for our global network of p...

Meetings Mean Business Canada targets Eastern Canada

Continuing its mission to advocate for the power of face-to-face meetings, the Meetings Mean Business Canada (MMB Canada) campaign visited Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa to connect with Business Events industry executive leaders, 21-23 March 2018. MMB Canada chair, and the SVP business development & industry partnerships at Freeman Audio Visual Canada, Heidi Welker; vice-chair Clark Grue, president...

Texas to hold ‘em for MPI World Education Congress in 2020

International association Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has selected Grapevine, Texas, as the destination for its World Education Congress (WEC) in 2020. The association will collaborate with the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau to host the conference, which is scheduled for 6-9 June, 2020, at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center (pictured). Grapevine is centrally loc...