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Record-breaking financial year for Melbourne Convention Bureau

The Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has achieved a 25% increase in economic contribution from secured business events this year. This makes the current financial year its strongest economic results ever, reaching an impressive $396m from 176 secured events. They are expected to bring 79,000 new visitors to the state, the highest for the past seven years. The record-breaking figures can be attrib...

Maritz Global Events meets Malaysia at the KLCC

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) recently hosted Ben Goedegebuure, general manager at Maritz Global Events, and senior vice president Nancy DeBrosse for an educational visit. Maritz Global Events brings together the industry-leading power of Maritz Travel – specialists in corporate conferences, meetings and incentive travel – with Experient, an association meetings, live events and ...

Adelaide rides Perfect China incentive waves for another year

Following its largest incentive visit of 3,000 delegates in waves of 500 over six days from Perfect China in 2017, the Adelaide Convention Bureau’s incentive marketing drive into China has paid dividends again with a 5-day/4-night visit in June by 750 employees of Joymain, one of China’s largest Science/Tech and direct selling companies. A The 750 delegates in one wave was Adelaide’s largest singl...

Registrations open for first CINZ Conference 2018 in Auckland

Registrations are now open for the 42nd Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Annual Conference from 30 October to 1 November 2018. It will be the first time the CINZ Conference and AGM will be held in Auckland and organiser Tourism New Zealand is hosting a keynote international speaker for the two-day event to be staged at Cordis Auckland. CINZ chief executive Sue Sullivan says the 2018 t...

Gathering of the meetings industry TriBE in Kuching

The first homegrown business events conference for the Malaysian state of Sarawak, the Business Events Tribal Meet, known as TriBE 2018, has been hailed as a success for accelerating the state’s economic transformation through business events. Endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, TriBE 2018 is driven by Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB) with the support of major supp...

Edmonton: Building a more sustainable future across Canada

Barb Stuhl-Smith (pictured), the business development account manager at Edmonton Tourism, explores how Edmonton is building a more sustainable future by fostering alternative energy innovation across Canada. With over 2,300 hours of sun per year, solar energy as a renewable resource is swiftly becoming more common in the capital of Alberta – Edmonton aka Canada’s sunniest city. Emerging at an unp...

Montréal: Making room for robotics

Generating CAD$1.8m (US$137.5m) in tourism revenue for Montréal and Québec, the Palais des congrès de Montréal Convention & Exhibition Centre is set to host the international final of the World Robot Olympiad (WRO), 13-15 November 2020. Organised by Zone01, the event will draw 2,000 participants to Montréal. This international competition attracts students between the ages of seven and 25 from...

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...

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...