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January 2011Conference+Meetings World www.c-mw.net7NEWSUnited Drugoverdose onWorldEventsNew executivedirector for HCCETallinn launches conferenceambassador programmeIstanbul wins horticulturalscience congress TURKEY - Istanbul has won the bid to host the 30thInternational Horticultural Congress in 2018.The International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS),dates from 1864 and has more than 7,000 members in 150countries.The Turkish Society for Horticultural Science and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, together with the IstanbulConvention and Visitors Bureau, began initiatives to host the ISHS conference in Istanbul in 2002. ESTONIA - The EstonianConvention Bureau (ECB) andTallinn City Tourist Office andConvention Bureau (TCTO&CB)have teamed up to launch anambassador programme foracademics and business people toattract international conferencesand exhibitions to the city.Workshops planned for nextyear will show Estonian professorsand scientists who are membersof international associations howto bring their conferences toTallinn, Estonia's capital. "We're looking forambassadors from all sectors,"said ECB's MD Riine Tiigi, "butwhat makes the Tallinnprogramme exciting is that itcan tap into the city's scientificpotential and its role as ahotspot for development of ICT solutions."With the recent opening ofthe Solaris Centre, Tallinn cannow host events for up to1,800 people.EUROPE - The HistoricConference Centres of Europeassociation has appointed JohnThompson as new ExecutiveDirector."We've enjoyed a period ofsuccessful development and myrole will focus on continuing to buildon this, while ensuring stabilityand consistency," said Thompson.WORLD - Yorkshire-based eventmanagement agencyWorldEvents has been bought outby Irish pharmaceuticalscompany United Drug.The agency has specialised inorganising pharma andhealthcare events andconferences for 24 years.WorldEvents founder andChairman Graham Keene is toleave the company following thedeal, although all other agencyboard members remain.CEO Martin Parry will reportnow to United Drug's DirectorChris Corbin.The takeover news followedWorldEvents announcing theopening of a new office in Lyon. Key Account Manager ZoƫAdam, from the company'sEuropean office in Amsterdam,will run the new France operation.MCI profits up 9%, plans for growth WORLD - Global eventmanagement agency MCIGroup has announced profitsup nine per cent. The strong results are duepartly to a new office openingin Korea and the integrationof Event Planners in Australiaand Eurocongress inAmsterdam.The agency is projecting a20 per cent growth in businessin 2011, with good prospectsconfirmed in the pipeline.Singex tobuild newfacility SINGAPORE - The SingaporeExpo Convention andExhibition Centre (Singex) is tobegin construction of its newconvention facility.The events and exhibitionsvenue, owned by the Ministryof Trade and Industry,currently has conferencefacilities at just one end of thegrounds, with the Max Pavilionperformance hall at the other. A spokesman for Singex saidthe development would helpthe growth of the MICE industryin Singapore, and meet "theevolving needs of organisers,exhibitors and delegates"."A key focus of theupgrading is the enhancementof existing facilities and thedevelopment of a newmeetings building which willbe equipped with state of theart audio-visual, lighting andtechnical capabilities," thespokesman added.Davos CongressCentre expands SWITZERLAND - After arenovation period of two yearsand a spend of ?29.7m,Switzerland's Davos CongressCentre has reopened. The extension doublescapacity to 5,000 delegatesand increases surface area by athird to 12,000sqm. The 34meeting rooms can each hostgroups from 20 to 1,800. "The extended Centre marksa milestone," said Mayor ofDavos, Hans Peter Michel. Harrogate International Centre appoints HoustonUK - Following the retirement ofStuart Quin and a drawn outrecruitment process, HarrogateInternational Centre hasappointed a new Director, AngusHouston. The former RicohArena executive director will leadYorkshire's largest conferenceand exhibition venue from theNew Year.Houston says he is an"ambitious individual" andrelishes the challenge of leadingand directing HIC with a cleargoal to drive, develop and sustainthe business, whilst offeringoptimum client and customerservice."

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