Americas

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...