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Medical mega-congress set to arrive at HUNGEXPO in Budapest

The ERA-EDTA (European Renal Association – European Dialysis and Transplant Association) congress is coming to Budapest from 13-16 June 2019. During the four-day congress, 9,000-10,000 delegates are expected to visit. The prestigious association of nephrology (science of the kidneys) rotates its European congress every year and HUNGEXPO won the bid with the support of the Hungarian Society of Neph...

CWT survey predicts 2019’s top North American cities for events

CWT Meetings & Events, a division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, has unveiled its predictions for the top ten North American cities for events in 2019. The ranking is based on proprietary and industry data in CWT’s 2019 Meetings & Events Future Trends report, to be published next week. The rankings are as follows, with 2018 and 2017’s positions in brackets: Las Vegas, US (2018: 10 /2017...

Hong Kong’s first high-speed rail line opens this weekend

Following almost 20 years of planning and construction, the Hong Kong Express Rail Link will open fully on 23 September. The rail line will connect the city with the rest of mainland China’s 25,000km long national high-speed rail network for the first time, and will greatly increase travel capability for events. The line will be known as the Vibrant Express, and will travel through 44 stations inc...

Underwater Wi-Fi and sustainable seaweed farms: The Hague Awards 2018

The city of The Hague in the Netherlands showcased its strong commitment to sustainability with The Hague Awards, which took place in early September. This year’s edition had a strong societal and environmental focus, with its theme of ‘seaside celebrations’. The show shed a light on local initiatives that inspire with innovative ideas on how to move towards a more sustainable future. The event to...

Abu Dhabi has been named the safest city in the world

Abu Dhabi has been named the safest city in the world for the second year running by Numbeo, a website that curates and collates data to develop the world’s largest user-contributed database about cities and countries worldwide. Surpassing more than 300 cities across the world including Tokyo, Japan, Basel, Munich, and Vienna, the UAE’s capital has once again topped the list as the most secure cit...

Sydney to host United Nations Congress on Safety and Health at Work

The city of Sydney, Australia, has won a bid to host the XXIII United Nations Congress on Safety and Health at Work in 2023. The congress will provide a global platform for Australia to promote its position as a world leader in work health and safety. The congress will be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney, where work health and safety experts, regulators, government and private au...

Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau launch new brand campaign

Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has announced the launch of its new brand campaign, titled “Thailand REDEFINE Your Business Events”. The campaign aims to meet the shifting demands of business travellers with a fresh perspective on corporate events, delivering more experimental and unique experiences. It is driven by the government’s Thailand 4.0 Policy, and aims to keep Thailand...

How Taiwan is opening up its MICE industry to Southeast Asia

According to new statistics released by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, the number of vsitors to Taiwan from Southeast Asian countries in the first half of 2018 has increased by 17% over the previous year. This comes after visa-free entry was granted to visitors from Thailand, as part of the New Southbound Policy in August 2016. In addition to expansion of the general tourist market, corporate incentiv...

ICC La Paz opens for business in Mexico

The International Convention Centre of La Paz (ICC La Paz) has recently opened in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. The 9,520sqm venue offers a panoramic vista of the Sea of Cortez, showcased in scenic outdoor receptions. As the sun sets, the venue is equipped to turn into a concert venue or a gala space. There are customisable and innovative menu options of offer, with food from local pro...

MITEC launches new partnership with UBM Malaysia

The Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC) has announced a new five-year agreement with UBM Malaysia. The Memorandum of Understanding which is established between UBM Malaysia and MITEC will see the venue hosting four of UBM’s events from 2019 to 2023, and a biennial event from 2019 to 2028. The signing ceremony took place in MITEC, and saw Gunther Beissel, CEO of MITEC, join...

AIME unveils new exhibitor packages, with pre-scheduled buyer appointments

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has overhauled the way that exhibitors will take part in their upcoming show, running from 18-20 February 2019 in Melbourne. The new exhibitor packages include 32 pre-scheduled appointments with quality, vetted international and local buyers who want to bring their business to the Asia Pacific region. They include access to all social and networkin...

Vienna Convention Bureau appoints new director

The Vienna Convention Bureau (VCB has announced the appointment of Christian Woronka (pictured) to the role of director, succeeding Christian Mutschlechner. Mutslechner served for 34 years in the role, but is retiring in February. Woronka previously held the role of director with Cologne Convention Bureau, and was selected as the most suitable candidate from an international recruitment process. F...