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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...

MCEC’s $200m expansion to host Malaria World Congress

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) A$200m (US$150m) expansion site is a few weeks away from opening, the venue’s chief executive said at an update press conference during the IMEX trade show last week (16 May). The new space will cement MCEC ’s position as the largest convention and exhibition space in Australia, with an increased total size of over 70,000sqm. The 20,000-squar...

CINZ MEETINGS 2018 reports high response rate from hosted buyers

Over 20 buyers from Asia are set to attend New Zealand’s largest business tourism trade exhibition, CINZ MEETINGS, which returns to Auckland, 30-31 May. Organised by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand, CINZ MEETINGS connects leading domestic, Australian and international buyers with New Zealand’s key regions, meeting facilities, accommodation, off-site venues and activities. Tourism New Zealan...

In pictures: IMEX 2018

IMEX in Frankfurt started with EduMonday, 14 May, at Kap Europa Congress Centre. The business exhibition took place at Messe Frankfurt – Halls 8 and 9, 15–17 May. At the opening ceremony of the 16th Frankfurt show, 14 May, Bloom said: “This is our largest ever IMEX. It has around 3,500 exhibitors representing well over 150 countries.”  Bloom added that the 2018 show had brought in 40 new stands fr...

OCEC launches new convention centre at IMEX in Frankfurt

The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) opened Oman’s new convention centre, announced at IMEX in Frankfurt, 16 May. Part of the new Madinat Al Irfan urban development in Muscat, which is being developed by Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN), the executive arm for the development of the tourism sector in the Sultanate of Oman. The purpose built centre now offers two ballroom...

Rotterdam shortlisted to host 60th ICCA congress

A congress destination on the rise, Rotterdam is on the short list to host the 60th ICCA congress in 2021, as revealed on 17 May. The candidacy for the 2021 congress is a result of the joint efforts of the Dutch ICCA members with the support of their international partners. Rotterdam has improved upon its reputation as an international congress destination in recent years; and, based on the annual...

Melbourne wins world’s largest event in public transport sector

Collaboration and innovation has seen Melbourne secure the world’s largest public transport event, the Union International des Transports Publics (UITP) Global Public Transport Summit 2021. Expected to deliver A$9.4m (US$7.1m) in economic contribution for Victoria, the four-day event will see 2,000 international delegates meet at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), 6–9 June. The...

Barcelona leapfrogs Paris to head new ICCA rankings city list

Barcelona has claimed first place in the latest, 2017 ICCA city rankings for the first time since 2004. The city overtook Paris and Vienna to claim the first spot. The top five cities remain the same, albeit in a different order. Berlin (4th) and London (5th) make up the others in the top five. The association meetings market continues to show robust growth, according to the new data released by I...

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...

Aussie hopes on Bid Fund to arrest BE spend decline

Australia is missing out on up to a billion dollars a year in delegate expenditure, according to the chief of the country’s national association representing convention bureaus. The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has produced a fresh analysis of its members’ bids won, lost and bids in the pipeline for the years ahead, which reveals the number of business events won for Austral...

Australia celebrates multi-million dollar bid fund ‘game-changer’

Australia’s multi-billion dollar business events industry has received a huge boost with the creation of a A$12m national bid fund. The funds will be made available over the next three years to support bids for new, high-value international incentive, association, and other business events. The new Bid Fund Program will be live from 1 July 2018 for releasing funds and was announced by the federal ...