Americas

Las Vegas on a roll with Elon Musk’s TBC transportation project

Las Vegas has moved nearer to realising Elon Musk’s People Mover transport system for the Las Vegas Convention Centre (LVCC). The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Board of Directors has approved a $48.6m contract with Elon Musk’s The Boring Company (TBC) to design and construct a People Mover for the Las Vegas Convention Centre (LVCC) able to carry passengers in autonomous elect...

PCMA Announces 2019 Global Business Events Executive of the Year

PCMA presented its 2019 Global Business Events Executive of the Year award to Carola van der Hoeff, chief operating officer and congress director at International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). The annual award was presented during the IMEX Gala Dinner in Frankfurt on 22 May. Van der Hoeff was recognised for her extensive experience and impact in the association and conference management industr...

ADMEI set for Puerto Rico for 25th annual conference in 2020

Association of Destination Management Executives International, (ADMEI), will celebrate the impact of DMCs in the industry during the association’s 25th Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico next January. The Conference will take place 30 January – 1 February 2020, at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino and will bring together DMC owners, sales, and operations staff from around the wo...

Ex-Northstar VP moves to become VP of Strategic Partnerships at PRA

Danielle Cirami-Gillis has been named Vice-President of Strategic Partnerships at Chicago-based business events management company PRA, Inc. Her primary focus will be on aggressively forming and expanding hotel partnerships across the markets PRA serves. Cirami-Gillis brings a strong management background and most recently she served as Vice-President, Events and Tradeshows for Northstar Travel Gr...

ThinkOttawa aims to bring more conferences to Canadian capital

Three of Ottawa’s pillar economic development organisations – Ottawa Tourism, Shaw Centre, and Invest Ottawa – are working together, under a new programme, to bring more conferences and events to Canada’s capital. They aim to do this by supporting local industry leaders in their international conference bids. The programme, ThinkOttawa, will provide complimentary support to local industry, academi...

Ottawa Tourism success breeds repeat European buyer event at Gleneagles

Ottawa Tourism has confirmed it will run another European buyer event at Gleneagles in Scotland in 2019 following the success of its 2018 event which delivered CAD$2.2m (US$1.64m) in economic impact to Ottawa and resulted in two association bids being confirmed. The agency reports a further four events are actively considering Canada’s capital for their next editions. The 2019 event will take plac...

Record tourism boost for L.A.

Los Angeles has been celebrating some tourism industry milestones during the USA’s National Travel & Tourism Week, as new figures reveal visitors pumped an all-time high US$23.9bn directly into the L.A. economy in 2018, generating a record $36.6bn in total economic impact. The fresh statistics come from the new economic impact report released by Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. Tour...

It’s a kind of magic… IBTM Americas brings in neuro-magician

Neuro-magician and educator Rufus Wiena (pictured) has been announced in the line-up of speakers for this year’s IBTM Americas, which will take place 29–30 May at Centre Citibanamex in Mexico City. Will deliver a session on the vital role psychology plays in the art of persuasion and communication. A relatively new branch of cognitive neuroscience, neuromagic combines the disciplines of neuroscien...

Denver to host Music Cities Convention in 2020

The Music Cities Convention, first held in Brighton, UK, in 2015, is going to Denver, Colorado, 23-25 September 2020. The event, which organisers claim is the largest conference in the world exploring the relationship between music and the built environment, will be held at the McNichols Building. Music Cities Convention has been held eight times across Europe, Australia, Asia and North America, b...

New GM for PRA in Las Vegas

Business event management agency, PRA has announced leading hospitality veteran, Erika Welling, as General Manager of its Las Vegas team. Shari Millman, Senior Vice-President, Business Operations, said Welling would be responsible for local strategic direction and developing new business opportunities, as well as increasing revenue streams in the Las Vegas meetings and conventions market. Welling ...

Big ideas lined up for 2019 PCMA EduCon in L.A.

‘Street scientist’ Sara Ross, and songwriters John Ondrasik and Ciaran Gribbin are to speak at global industry association PCMA’s 2019 EduCon, in Los Angeles in June. Organisers promise the conference will deliver personalised education content with actionable outcomes, networking opportunities and fresh approaches to solving industry issues as they continue to engage leaders from both within and ...

NYC most expensive location in the world for business travel

New York ranks as the world’s top city for business travel costs, according to new data from global mobility specialist, ECA International (ECA). A trip to the Big Apple costs US$799 a day on average, according to the new report, which gives average daily rates for 2018-19 for 400 locations in 195 countries. Each report itemises costs for the following expenses for flexibility when calculating all...