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Russian Convention Bureau signs array of agreements at St Petersburg Forum

The recently formed Russian Convention Bureau again featured at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, Russia’s annual flagship conference for political and economic leaders. The event opened on 24 May at ExpoForum in St Petersburg, and organisers expected over 15,000 attendees from 100 countries. Ahead of the event, St Petersburg governor Georgy Poltavchenko told reporters: “Among high-r...

Nourishing business

CMW welcomes IACC CEO Mark Cooper who kicks off the first in a series of columns from the international venue association. There is plenty of nourishment in this inaugural article. Food and wellness-based trends throughout the globe can be fleeting by nature; however we’re seeing an unprecedented increase in them and they may be here to stay. In recent months I have delivered live educational even...

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...

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...

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...

South Africa deputy minister flies flag for attracting more business events

South Africa’s deputy minister of tourism, Elizabeth Thabethe (pictured), has announced a “bold and ambitious” delegate-boosting plan as part of a Bidding Support Programme to propel the country’s business events industry forward. Speaking at ibtm world in Barcelona Thabethe told CMW the South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB) was emphasising that South Africa – and Africa – is “open for ...

Toronto: the place to be in 2017

CMW takes a breakout with Mark Crawford, director, international business development at Tourism Toronto: Mark Crawford would appear to have the ideal job: he says he always wanted a career in sales and is intensely proud. “I started working right out of school for a big tourism company, and slowly worked my way up.” Along the way he worked on development in Eastern Europe and Southern Asia before...

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...