Americas

Québec City prepares to open US$53.9m sports events complex

Québec City, the second best city for hosting sports events in Canada according to the Global Sport Impact Index (GSI Canada), will open a brand-new sports complex in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood, 28-29 August 2021. The complex, named Centre de glaces Intact Assurance, aims to attract high-calibre sports events and competitions to the city. Construction work began in fall 2018 for this $53.9m. The...

ASM Global promotes key staff at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

Global event venue management specialist ASM Global has announced a series of promotions in Pennsylvania, with Mary Ann Torres, Dominique Bonds, Dwight Bazemore and Melvin Smith all taking on new roles at the Convention Center there. Mary Ann Torres has been promoted to the director of event management and business analysis and has more than 20 years of experience as a leader in the events industr...

IBTM Americas 2021 returns for face-to-face 11th edition

The 11th edition of Reed Exhibitions’ IBTM Americas 2021 will take place face-to-face, 18-19 August, at Centro Citibanamex Mexico City. Under the concept ‘Humanising events’, the international industry trade show, will again provide a platform for meetings and events professionals to connect and meet with friends, partners, and colleagues. Organisers of IBTM Americas 2021 expect around 2,000...

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater makes waves with high-profile appointment

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, a Florida-based tourism agency announced, 4 August, Brian Hilterbrandt as its new sales manager for the Florida market as part of the Meetings & Conventions team. Hilterbrandt commented: “I’m pleased to be joining the Visit St. Pete/Clearwater team, representing the most popular tourism destination on the Gulf of Mexico. I’m eager to hit the ground running in the des...

NYC Mayor decrees vaccination requirement for visitors to indoor entertainment venues

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that anyone wishing to visit a bar or restaurant in the city, or indeed any indoor business, will have to prove they have had an approved Covid-19 vaccination. The city-wide order, a programme known as ‘Key to NYC Pass’, will be enforced from 13 September. Currently around 55% of New York’s population is fully vaccinated against coronavirus. The m...

Los Angeles Convention Center introduces Hall of Fame

The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), owned by the City of Los Angeles and managed by ASM Global, has introduced the LACC Hall of Fame, during the LACC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. Ellen Schwartz, general manager of LACC, said: “We are thrilled to have the 50th Anniversary celebration be a platform to launch the LACC Hall of Fame. Here, we can celebrate three significant events that have co...

Positive signs for US hotel industry as occupancy rates rise

US weekly hotel occupancy reached its highest level since October 2019, while room rates hit an all-time high, according to hospitality research specialists STR‘s latest data through 24 July. 18-24 July 2021 (percentage change from comparable week in 2019): Occupancy: 71.4% (-7.8%) Average daily rate (ADR): US$141.75 (+4.0%) Revenue per available room (RevPAR): $101.24 (-4.2%) Historically, the mi...

IACC Americas Connect hosts trans-US hybrid event

The 40th edition of the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC ) Americas Connect took place on 20 July using IACC’s MultiPOD format, enabling the event to take place across three in-person meetings across the US as well as virtually. IACC partnered with Encore, a hybrid event specialist, to stage the one-day conference, which had in-person sessions in Chicago, Dallas and Delaware a...

Québec City to welcome in-person Agro-Geoinformatics conference in 2022

Québec City will host the 10th International Conference on Agro-Geoinformatics, organised in conjunction with the 43rd Symposium of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society. This is a first for Canada, as previous editions of Agro-Geoinformatics have been held in China, Turkey, or the United States.  More than 300 experts, engineers, students, and decision-makers interested in remote sensing and geomat...

Three trends reimagining the future of incentive travel

How Canada delivers exceptional experiences for today’s travellers For all the changes we’ve seen over the past year and a half, one thing has remained constant: the strong demand for incentive travel programmes to reward top performers with unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Today, several microtrends have emerged that are reshaping incentive travel programme design and destination se...

Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau appoints new CEO

The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) has appointed David Whitaker (pictured) to take over as president and CEO. The appointment is effective 16 August when long-time president and CEO, William Talbert III, will step down to a supporting role before becoming a consultant for the bureau in October. Whitaker’s appointment follows a six-month nationwide search, the bureau said. Whi...

New accent on The Venetian at Vegas expo and convention resort

The Venetian Resort has announced a name change and other updates at its 209,031sqm  convention centre and expo facility, the largest private convention facility in the United States. Las Vegas Sands Corporation sold the Sands Expo, Venetian and Palazzo resorts along with its other Las Vegas properties back in March, as the company shifted its focus to Asia. As of 2 September, the names of two ven...