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Bahrain International Airshow sees biggest ever order

The Bahrain International Airshow claims to be the region’s fastest-growing air show and this year’s event, 14-16 November, saw large Saudi orders, including the biggest single order in the show’s history. Saudi orders made up over $3bn of the $5bn total of orders made. Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamed Al Khalifa attended the official opening of a show organised by Bahrain’s Civil Aviation Affairs departm...

Lausanne plugs into Energy Cities Alliance

Marketing consortium of convention bureaus and convention centres, The Energy Cities Alliance (ECA), has announced a new member, as Lausanne, Switzerland joins the partnership. The Alliance, now in its 11th year, is comprised of Abu Dhabi, (United Arab Emirates), Aberdeen (Scotland), Calgary (Canada) and Stavanger (Norway) – all cities that possess strong energy sectors that foster sustainab...

Meetings Mean Business Canada leads by example

The Meetings Mean Business (MMB) Canada 2018 Chair, Heidi Welker, has offered delegates at the 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai insights into the MMB industry lobby group’s founding in the US. It also discussed the licensing benefits the Canadian business events industry realised in its efforts to be recognised as an important contributor to the economy. Presenting at the ICCA Congress session, 12 Nove...

Vietnam and Morocco surge in popularity for MICE bookings

Vietnam and Morocco are fast becoming the new ‘in’ destinations for MICE group charter bookings according to Air Partner, the global aviation specialist. Worldwide bookings through Air Partner for large scale meetings, conferences, incentive travel and exhibitions in Vietnam and Morocco have soared by 70% during the past year alone, marking a massive increase in interest in the two countries. Air ...

AccorHotels to host 2019 Global Meeting Exchange in Switzerland

AccorHotels UK & Ireland has announced it will host the eighth annual Global Meeting Exchange (GME) in Switzerland, 26-30 March 2019. With 160 anticipated client attendees, including 50 participating hotels, AccorHotels expects 2019 to be GME’s biggest year yet. The global MICE event is AccorHotels’ proprietary forum for global account buyers and hoteliers in the meetings and events business. ...

Perth announced as host of Tourism Australia’s Dreamtime 2019

Tourism Australia has announced that the next edition of its signature event for promoting Australia as an incentive destination, Dreamtime, will be held in Perth, Western Australia for the first time, in December 2019. As part of the Dreamtime programme, Australian industry will have the opportunity to meet and do business with qualified buyers from key markets including Greater China, Singapore,...

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...

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...