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Paris ranked number one city in the world for association meetings

​​​​​​​Paris has returned to the top of the ICCA City Rankings, with the USA continuing to top the Country Rankings. The French capital previously held the top city spot in 2016, and now returns in the newly released rankings covering 2018 to claim first place. The new ICCA’s 2018 Country and City Rankings also mark another successful year for the association meetings market, with the global meeti...

Big ideas lined up for 2019 PCMA EduCon in L.A.

‘Street scientist’ Sara Ross, and songwriters John Ondrasik and Ciaran Gribbin are to speak at global industry association PCMA’s 2019 EduCon, in Los Angeles in June. Organisers promise the conference will deliver personalised education content with actionable outcomes, networking opportunities and fresh approaches to solving industry issues as they continue to engage leaders from both within and ...

Las Vegas to host global aviation summit

Senior executives from the global aviation industry will meet in Las Vegas, 25-27 August, for a summit to discuss emerging changes affecting the sector. The 24th Boyd Group International Aviation Forecast Summit annual event returns to Las Vegas following a record-setting Summit held in the destination in 2017. The event is co-hosted by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and L...

Government professionals to hold 2020 national conference in St Louis 

The US Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) has announced that its 38th National Education Conference (NEC) will take place in St Louis, Missouri. The event will be held 19-21 May, 2020, at the Cervantes Convention Center at America’s Center. The Marriott St Louis Grand has been named the conference hotel. “The SGMP National Board is looking forward to bringing the NEC to St Louis,” ...

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...