Americas

Convening Leaders in Pittsburgh

Do work that matters for people who care. Create change. That’s the role of business events professionals, according to marketing guru Seth Godin who gave the keynote address to PCMA’s Convening Leaders convention in Pittsburgh, 7 January. Godin reminded the audience of what’s at the core of their work: “What you do is make stories, make a difference,” he said. The delegates celebrated the power o...

PCMA signs up to fight human trafficking

Leading industry association PCMA has committed to combat child exploitation by signing The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. In partnership with US anti-child trafficking organisation ECPAT-USA, The Code is a voluntary set of business principles that companies and organisations in the travel, business travel and tourism industries can i...

Milwaukee desire for streetcar to connect Wisconsin Center

Milwaukee’s city authorities are intending to extend The Hop streetcar service to the Wisconsin Center convention hall, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The plan is for the streetcar route to extend to link to the Wisconsin Center District and to Fiserv Forum, the new home of the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team. City officials have reportedly asked the Bucks to pay for the portion of the ex...

Scientists grounded for conference following US government shutdown

The partial shutdown of the US government has continued to affect airport services, which is now having a knock-on impact on conferences and events across the country. The 233rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society was supposed to play host to a Boeing 747 outfitted with a massive telescope – the world’s largest airborne observatory. But the plane was not able to make the journey following...

Vancouver signs agreement with Airbnb

Before the New Year Tourism Vancouver announced a new type of agreement for Canada with Airbnb to promote the city to travellers on the accommodation platform. The agreement will see Airbnb leverage its global reach through digital channels such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as well as its magazine Airbnbmag, to boost Vancouver’s reputation as a premier destination. Additionally, Airbnb...

Five big January event sales in San Diego CC

Major trade shows and conventions coming to San Diego Convention Center, USA, in January are expected to generate over US$42m in direct delegate spend, according to local research. The venue is starting the new year on the front foot with several large trade events booked in for the first two months of 2019. The January B2B programme starts with Minefaire on 5-6 January. It is a trade show expecti...

CIMGlobal hires industry veteran to head North American ops 

Global meetings and associations management company CIMGlobal, has announced that industry veteran Alex Damico (pictured right) has joined its team as its US MD and will lead development of the company’s growing portfolio of international associations expanding into emerging markets. Damico has spent the last seven years as COO at InfoComm, a leading association in the audio visual industry. Damic...

US Government shutdown closing D.C. attractions

Venues in the US capital, including museums and galleries are set to start closing this week if the partial shutdown of the federal government continues. Around 800,000 federal workers were furloughed as of 4 January 2019 – that is, temporarily laid off due to a lack of funding – or working without pay. The Smithsonian Institution posted on its website that its museums and galleries wo...

DBpixelhouse expands into the US

Digital and tech supplier DBpixelhouse has expanded its operations into the USA. The company will be working with several North American agencies and brands during early 2019, helping them to engage with delegates through the creative integration of digital content. The move follows DBpixelhouse’s successful presence at EventTech in Las Vegas last November. The company also announced the appointme...

Geena Davis to deliver keynote at PCMA Convening Leaders in Pittsburgh

Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis will deliver the keynote at PCMA’s Convening Leaders 2019. Convening Leaders takes place 6-9 January at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. An advocate for women and expert on gender in the media, Davis joins a growing list of thought leaders and entertainers speaking at PCMA’s annual convention. Also on the roster...

Park MGM’s Ideation Studio creates new conference experience with Cisco

Park MGM and Cisco are partnering in Las Vegas to provide a new intuitive type of meeting experience at the hotel’s 650sqm Ideation Studio. A new member of elite meetings association IACC, Park MGM is the world’s first hotel to offer groups Cisco Webex™ Boards and Cisco Webex Teams, which offer a real and virtual meeting space for collaborating, video calling, whiteboarding and sharing notes, file...

New President & CEO appointed at Metro Toronto Convention Centre

  The Board of Directors of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Corporation (MTCC) has announced the appointment of General Manager Lorenz Hassenstein to the position of President & CEO. The move is part of succession planning as incumbent Barry Smith steps down on 1 February, 2019. Hassenstein joined as GM a year ago, and has more than 23 years of experience in general management, trade/...