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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...

Queues mount at US airports as government shutdown affects air travellers

The partial US government shutdown is beginning to affect air travel, American news outlets have widely reported. Travellers have been experiencing even longer queues than normal at some US airports, seemingly caused by a shortage of security officials many of whom are staying away due to not getting paid. Aviation safety inspectors have also been reportedly staying away from their jobs. A Federal...

Convening Leaders in Pittsburgh

Do work that matters for people who care. Create change. That’s the role of business events professionals, according to marketing guru Seth Godin who gave the keynote address to PCMA’s Convening Leaders convention in Pittsburgh, 7 January. Godin reminded the audience of what’s at the core of their work: “What you do is make stories, make a difference,” he said. The delegates celebrated the power o...

PCMA signs up to fight human trafficking

Leading industry association PCMA has committed to combat child exploitation by signing The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. In partnership with US anti-child trafficking organisation ECPAT-USA, The Code is a voluntary set of business principles that companies and organisations in the travel, business travel and tourism industries can i...

Milwaukee desire for streetcar to connect Wisconsin Center

Milwaukee’s city authorities are intending to extend The Hop streetcar service to the Wisconsin Center convention hall, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The plan is for the streetcar route to extend to link to the Wisconsin Center District and to Fiserv Forum, the new home of the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team. City officials have reportedly asked the Bucks to pay for the portion of the ex...

Scientists grounded for conference following US government shutdown

The partial shutdown of the US government has continued to affect airport services, which is now having a knock-on impact on conferences and events across the country. The 233rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society was supposed to play host to a Boeing 747 outfitted with a massive telescope – the world’s largest airborne observatory. But the plane was not able to make the journey following...

Five big January event sales in San Diego CC

Major trade shows and conventions coming to San Diego Convention Center, USA, in January are expected to generate over US$42m in direct delegate spend, according to local research. The venue is starting the new year on the front foot with several large trade events booked in for the first two months of 2019. The January B2B programme starts with Minefaire on 5-6 January. It is a trade show expecti...

US Government shutdown closing D.C. attractions

Venues in the US capital, including museums and galleries are set to start closing this week if the partial shutdown of the federal government continues. Around 800,000 federal workers were furloughed as of 4 January 2019 – that is, temporarily laid off due to a lack of funding – or working without pay. The Smithsonian Institution posted on its website that its museums and galleries wo...

DBpixelhouse expands into the US

Digital and tech supplier DBpixelhouse has expanded its operations into the USA. The company will be working with several North American agencies and brands during early 2019, helping them to engage with delegates through the creative integration of digital content. The move follows DBpixelhouse’s successful presence at EventTech in Las Vegas last November. The company also announced the appointme...

Unicorn Events expands Stateside with new office

UK Croydon-based Unicorn Events has opened an office in New York City and incorporated the company in the US. The creative events agency says it is reacting to increasing demand for US-based projects and to service its roster of US based clients. Focusing primarily in media and technology, Unicorn has two of its top five clients headquartered in the US. Unicorn founder and Managing Director, Hanna...

IMEX America pushed forward to September 2019

On the back of the biggest ever IMEX America in 2018, organisers are keen to remind their community that next year’s edition is being brought forward. They stress they have managed to secure the same venue, at Sands Expo in Las Vegas. In 2019 the show will hit the strip, 10–12 September, and again be preceded by Smart Monday, powered by Meeting Professionals International, on 9 September. IMEX CEO...

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