Americas

Wynn Resorts appoints first chief sustainability officer

Wynn Resorts recently announced the appointment of Erik Hansen as the first chief sustainability officer at the Las Vegas-based company. In this newly-created role, Hansen is responsible for the development of the company’s global sustainability strategy and energy procurement goals. “Erik has proven to be a visionary as we continue to deepen our company’s sustainability strategy and make monument...

Event Tech Tribe to UNITE in Las Vegas 

Event Tech Tribe, the federation of best-in-craft event tech companies, will unite for a one-day event tech user ‘unconference’, held at the LINC in Las Vegas on 26 July. UNITE’18 is a free event which brings together current and prospective customers of all seven Event Tech Tribe companies to explore alternatives in event tech. Keynote speakers already confirmed include Kevin Raheja, director of ...

etc.venues goes global

City centre event space host etc.venues is to expand into the United States and beyond in a new partnership with US investor Gencom and Benchmark, a global hospitality company. The partners say their collaboration will spur the global expansion of Benchmark and etc.venues in urban and destination sites in both Europe and the US. Alastair Stewart, managing director of etc.venues, says: “In just 10 ...

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...

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...

IACC Americas Connect conference saw strongest attendance in 10 years

With its strongest attendance in 10 years, the 37th edition of the IACC Americas Connect conference took place at Chubb Hotel & Conference Center and The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, 16-18 April. Overall attendance at the event was 293. Sean Anderson, IACC Americas president, commented: “We saw record attendance at this years’ annual Connect conference, a 33% rise on last year.” The three...

Toronto: the place to be in 2017

CMW takes a breakout with Mark Crawford, director, international business development at Tourism Toronto: Mark Crawford would appear to have the ideal job: he says he always wanted a career in sales and is intensely proud. “I started working right out of school for a big tourism company, and slowly worked my way up.” Along the way he worked on development in Eastern Europe and Southern Asia before...