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ISSUE 66 / ConfErEnCE & MEEtIngS World / 77PeopleCroatian-based Valamar Hotels and Resorts has appointed Sandra Enders as its new Management Board Member responsible for sales, marketing and revenue management. Franck Barbaras has been appointed Director of PortAventura Business and Events at the PortAventura Convention Centre. Ian McDonald has joined Centara Hotels and Resorts as the GM of Centara Wuku Resort and Spa Bali and Centara Taum Seminyak Bali. Austin Robinson has been appointed GM of Nova Hotel and Spa Pattaya, Centara Boutique Collection and Centara Pattaya Resort. The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau has welcomed two new members to its sales department: Dan Miller as Executive Director of Hotel Sales and Katie Bender as Midwest National Account Sales Director. The Director of Hotel Derlon in Maastricht, Holland, René Goltstein, has joined the board of the Maastricht Convention Bureau.The Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau has appointed Yushiza Mohd Yusof as Senior Sales Manager for Associations; Chloe Chong as Sales Manager for Associations; Tai Lee Fen as Business Development Manager; and Manisa Mohd Nor as Market Research Manager. The Institute of Travel and Meetings has appointed Nicola Lomas as its upcoming Chairman to replace Jamie Hindhaugh who steps down in April. Simone Buckley has joined as CEO and e-marketing industry professional Jill Quick joins the association to help it with its social media strategy. Edinburgh International Conference Centre has appointed Louise Andrew as Head of Sales and Marketing.Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo has been appointed as Executive Manager of South Africa's National Conventions Bureau. The NCB aims to enhance South Africa's business tourism capacity and attract international conventions, incentives and events to the country.The Melbourne Convention and Visitors Bureau has appointed Karen Bolinger as Chief Executive to replace Sandra Chipchase. Dan Piggott has joined Universal World Events as Chief Executive of Americas. The Global Business Travel Association has appointed John Melchior as the European Regional Development Director of the GBTA Foundation. Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts has appointed Markus Müller as VP of Sales and Marketing Asia, based at the company's sales office in Bangkok.Beverly Hills Conference and Visitors Bureau has appointment Mary Saunders De Hoyos as Senior Manager of Business Development.Park Plaza Hotels has appointed Andrew Swindells as its new COO. Dr Andreas Karsten has joined the Vienna International Hotelmanagement as CEO. Rachel Downing has been appointed the Director of Business Tourism at the Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau in Northern Ireland.On the moveName: Karen BolingerTitle: CEO of the Melbourne Convention and Visitors BureauHow did you get into the meetings industry? I studied Hotel and Catering Management, worked in hotels and conference venues for many years and moved into the meetings side full time in 2000. I cannot think of anything else more exciting to do as a career.What do you hope to achieve in the new position?To ensure Melbourne retains its position as the number one business events destination in the Asia Pacific region. With the proposed additional expansion of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre seeking new business is a must. We will continue working closely with the Victorian Government and our stakeholders, while identifying new ways to generate more conventions for Melbourne. What is the most positive thing about the events industry?The exchange of ideas that occurs at a meeting, the connections people make, the business that is conducted and, in many medical meetings, the research that is shared to better the profession. Of course, meetings provide many economic benefits to a destination but the above outcomes have a lasting legacy that has no price on it.What frustrates you about the industry? The lack of understanding outside the industry about the benefits of a convention. Many businesses attend or organise meetings and don't see it as a profession or mini economy in its own right. Many only recognise the direct impact of a conference, for example, airfares, accommodation and room hire. However, business is conducted throughout the entire period of a conference both formally and informally, during coffee breaks, on the tradeshow floor, over dinner etc. This is where the real returns are for a destination; this exchange has an even bigger impact. Above: Kotze-nhlapo; Swindells; lomas; Miller; de Hoyos and BenderInterviewFor all the latest breaking news and daily updates visitwww.c-mw.netsend any people on the move news to: sarah@mashmedia.net

Business78 / ConferenCe & Meetings World / issUe 66Former ITE Group and Expomedia co-founder Mark Shashoua is back on the global stage. He is the new group MD of Emap Connect, under new CEO Duncan Painter and Deputy CEO Malcolm Gough.EUROPE - ITE Group reported its 2011 profits up 40 per cent on figures driven by strong organic growth and a contribution from new acquisitions. Group revenues rose 37 per cent to £155.5m in the year to 30 September 2011.The UK-based company organises 200 trade exhibitions and conferences a year in 14 countries and the group bought three businesses in the last financial year, two in Russia and one in Turkey. ITE now gets half its revenue from core market Moscow and is looking to Russian regional markets and other neighbouring states such as Azerbaijan, Kazakstan and Ukraine for more growth. Chief Executive Russell Taylor said these were markets "getting in a stride". ITE Group revenues booked for 2012 are put at £93m, eight per cent up on last year on a like-for-like basis. "ITE operates Sun shines on SandtonAFRICA - Hotel group Sun International has signed a 20-year lease with the Cavaleros Group for the Grayston Hotel on Johannesburg's Square Mile.The companies will each fund half of a US$31m refurbishment programme at the property. Jekyl Island and SMGAMERICAS - Philadelphia-based venue management company SMG will manage the new 11,891sqm Jekyll Island Convention Centre in Georgia, set to open in the second quarter of 2012.SMG already manages the Peoria Civic Center Complex in Illinois and the McCormick Place Complex, as well as the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in Jamaica.ExpoForum consolidates EUROPE - St Petersburg's ExpoForum finalised its takeover of the Lenexpo event business. by leasing the Lenexpo complex until 2014 when all events will be moved to the new ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre being built near to Pulkovo airport.The new centre is part of a US$1bn development.Several Lenexpo staff have been made redundant and others relocated.Melbourne embassyAUSTRALASIA - Wins secured by the Club Melbourne Ambassadors (CMA) CMA in 2011 are estimated to have attracted 11,500 delegates to Melbourne and injected more than AU$84m (US$83.2m) into the Victorian state economy. The figures were announced at an awards ceremony for ambassadors who brought in eight conferences last year.News in briefFor all the latest breaking news, daily updates, visitwww.c-mw.netsend all your business news For CMw to: pcolston@mashmedia.netITE Group profits power ahead 40%feature a 3,200-seat auditorium. The OCEC will have a two-stage opening schedule with the exhibition halls opening in 2014, supplemented by the auditorium, banquet halls and meetings rooms in late 2015.AEG Ogden Group Director for Convention Centres Geoff Donaghy said: "There are more than 200 convention centres competing on the world stage for a slice of the business events pie, but research already undertaken has identified international conventions with the potential to be held in Oman as far ahead as 2024."hotel guests was the target for Abu Dhabi for 2011. The city notched a 21 per cent increase in guests in October 2011 over the same month in 2010. Fgures from the Formula One and New Year period were still to be added.2mgrowth in sales is reported by Carlson Wagonlit Travel Meetings and Events division. Pfizer, Lilly and Ricoh Europe are some of the clients contributing to the division's strong performance.36% WlAMERICAS - AEG Ogden has been appointed to operate the new Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) in Muscat.The Centre is being developed by Omran, the company established by the Government of Oman to deliver major projects in the tourism sector. It will AEG Ogden to operate new Oman centrein resilient markets and has made a good start to the current financial year. Trading is in line with our expectations and we are well placed to continue our growth, both organically and through selective acquisitions," said Taylor.