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ICC Sydney keeps its PCOs close at forum for updates

The management team at International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has met with Australian professional conference organisers (PCO) for an inaugural industry update and knowledge exchange. The open forum was designed to provide an opportunity for ICC Sydney to update a range of PCOs on key business developments spanning event planning, food and beverage, audio visual (AV), technology and i...

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...

London launch of Kensington Palace Pavilion

Costumed actors dressed as Henry VIII, Charles I and Queen Victoria, welcomed over 300 guests to Kensington Palace, London, 21 March, to the exclusive launch event of the new Kensington Palace Pavilion. The venue is one of six venues cared for by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces. Situated on the palace lawns, the new space overlooks the sunken garden and will be available to host an excl...

Suite flying at LAX

CMW’s international reporter Ramy Salameh finds a suite where LAX Airport meets ultimate luxury. Forget the crowded airport thoroughfares and lounges, the queues for immigration to boarding and waiting for baggage. Think: being delivered for departure directly to the aircraft steps and to be met on the tarmac on arrival by a chauffeur driven limousine… The City of Angels International Airport (LAX...

We have take-off: Qantas launches first non-stop flight between Europe and Australia

The first commercial passengers to fly non-stop from Australia to Europe arrived at London Heathrow on Sunday 25 March. The flight cuts the journey by several hours and was welcomed by international conference organisers. The Qantas flight set off from Perth, arriving in London 17 hours later. The airline said 236 passengers aboard the 787-9 Dreamliner paid A$2,270 (US$1,752) for an economy seat o...

ICC Sydney invests a further A$1m in technology and digital infrastructure

International Convention Centre Sydney has invested a further A$1m (US$770,000) in its technology infrastructure with new AV equipment, with high definition screens, projectors, wireless microphone kits, cameras and processors on the shopping list. ICC Sydney’s CEO, Geoff Donaghy, said: “We have worked hard to future-proof the venue, which has the ability to further flex and adapt as new technolog...

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 ...

18th CONFEC Red rocks in Marrakech

The 18th CONFEC Red event saw UK buyers meet with suppliers from 20 countries in early February at the Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi & Palais des Congrès Marrakech. The agents and corporate planners participated in a full programme of B2B meetings, teambuilding and hospitality. CONFEC Red is aimed solely at UK buyers, and draws both established agencies, corporate organisers, as well as star...

On the conference road to Marrakech, as ‘Meetings Morocco’ show launches

B2B contact specialist Globe Network has announced the launch of Morocco’s first tradeshow dedicated to the MICE business. Plans for the ‘Meetings Morocco’ show have submitted for backing to representatives of Morocco’s Ministry of Tourism, National Tourist Office and National Tourism Confederation, as well as regional tourist councils and the Federation of Travel Agencies. Organisers say Meetings...