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Former FBI special agent to head San Diego Convention Center security

The San Diego Convention Center Corporation has announced that Todd Temple, a decorated special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), has been selected to lead its security team. Temple will start with the Convention Center as the Director of Public Safety and Guest Services on 2 April. He is replacing Josh Layne, who is leaving his role after 12 years of service. Temple is a 22-ye...

Michael Phelps and John Cena to deliver keynotes at Connect 2019

Connect has announced that Michael Phelps will deliver the opening address at Connect 2019, taking place Aug. 26-28, in Louisville. Phelps is a retired American competitive swimmer and the most successful and most decorated Olympian in history, with a total of 28 medals. President Chris Collinson said: “We are very excited to include one of the most celebrated athletes of all time in the Connect 2...

Bed tax: funding stream or destination nightmare?

Phillip Cooke (pictured below left) investigates the contentious issue of bed tax, which has sprung up in many destinations around the globe. But is it a solution, or a further problem?   Many countries and cities are able to  devote large sums of money to promoting and developing their tourism industries via a system that taxes the visitor, not the host. These competing regions, most notably...

Canada’s Meetings Mean Business franchise steps on stage in Panama

The Business Events Industry Coalition of Canada (BEICC) is the first organisation to execute the new Meetings Mean Business (MMB) licensing agreement and has rebranded as MMB Canada. The Meetings Mean Business Coalition is a cross-industry communications and advocacy initiative and platform for industry professionals to better advocate for the power of face-to-face meetings. The licensing agreeme...

ReedPOP acquires fan convention Florida Supercon

ReedPOP, the world’s largest producer of pop culture events and part of Reed Exhibitions, has announced that Florida Supercon will be joining its collection of global fan conventions. Florida Supercon is an annual convention held in Miami, Florida celebrating comics, superheroes, science fiction, anime, cartoons, video games, wrestling and all things pop culture. The next edition of Florida Superc...

LVCVA recommends Elon Musk’s The Boring Company for new electric transport

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) has announced a recommendation to select The Boring Company (TBC), founded by Elon Musk, to design, construct and operate a people mover for the Las Vegas Convention Center via a loop of underground express-route tunnels that could carry passengers in autonomous electric vehicles at high speeds. The project, subject to approval by the LVCVA B...

PRA expands into Louisville

Business event management company PRA, which has 28 offices across North America, is to open an office in Louisville, Kentucky due to an expanding market there, according to Tony Lorenz, Chief Executive Officer. PRA Louisville will specialise in event design, transportation solutions, entertainment, and a wide variety of interactive activities and experiences unique to the Louisville region. The m...

Streampoint boots up Event Technology Week for first online edition

Washington DC-based Streampoint Solutions launches its first online Event Technology Week (ETW), 25-29 March 2019. ETW will incorporate a series of online conferences on data, insights and technology and will target event technologists, planners, and tradeshow organisers. Streampoint is a digital initiative provider of event management software and its Co-Founder Dharmesh Dayabhai says: “As events...

Tarsus Group takes up option to acquire rest of Tarsus Connect

Tarsus Group has said its US subsidiary has entered into an option agreement to acquire the remaining 19.9% of Tarsus Connect it does not already own from Connect Holdco Inc. Tarsus Connect is a US business travel and events company, specialising in arranging meetings on an invitation-only, appointment-based format. The price will be calculated based on Tarsus Connect’s prior year earnings b...

US drops outside top 20 in Corruption Perception Index

A new index has named Somalia the most corrupt country in the world, while Denmark is the least. United States destination marketing organisations will be worrying as the US fell outside the top 20 least corrupt countries in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for the first time since 2011. The US is in 22nd place, one behind France. Germany and the UK were joint 11th in the new index. The inde...

2018 PCMA Chairman’s Award goes to…PCMA!

Claire Smith, Chair of PCMA’s Board of Directors, presented the 2018 Chairman’s Award at the Convening Leaders event in Pittsburgh to the association’s own staff, for hard work and dedication. “Last year was exciting, yet challenging, for the organisation as it embarked on a journey of self-reflection and realignment towards achieving our vision,” Smith said. “But PCMA employees persevered and emb...

Association for Women in Events to Elevate! in Washington DC

The Association for Women in Events (AWE) will run its women’s leadership event Elevate! on the eve of International Women’s Day, 7 March 2019, at the Conrad Washington DC. The event will include sessions from women in business and politics, as well as women and men who are making a difference in the industry and in business. Sarah Hurwitz, White House speechwriter from 2009 to 2017, will be...