4Conference+Meetings WorldFebruary 2011www.c-mw.netNEWSGroundbreakingMuscat projectSarawak's 42 of the bestSites raised as Florence CBparties with its ambassadorsD'Arcy backin the saddle Malaysia to host AIDS SocietyMALAYSIA- TheSarawakConvention Bureau (SCB) hassecured 42 conventions in theperiod up to 2016. The SCBclaims the wins will add up to97,390 delegate days for thestate located in the heart of theworld's oldest rainforest.The conventions, the SCBestimates, will generate overRM54m (US$17m) in delegateexpenditure for Malaysia.RM25m of Malaysian federalsubvention funding becameavailable in the New Year,designed to assist bids to bringinternational conventions toMalaysia.OMAN - The OmanGovernment held a New Yeargroundbreaking ceremony for itsfirst Oman Convention andExhibition Centre in Muscat. The development project willinclude 25,000sqm of exhibitionspace and 85,000sqm of officespace, four hotels and anauditorium for 3,000 delegates. Oman's Minister of NationalEconomy, His Excellency Ahmedbin Abdulnabi Macki, said thefacility will allow Oman tobecome a major new destinationfor business events. "The first win is the directeconomic impact of these eventsthemselves, the localemployment that comes fromexhibition displays, logistics,catering, security and so on, allthe many aspects that go tomake the successful event," hesaid."The second win is that eachevent attracts thousands ofvisitors to the venue, exhibitorsand delegates alike. They bringa massive economic impact,spending money on flights, onhotels, on meals andentertainment," he added.MALAYSIA - Co-operationbetween Malaysian meetingindustry stakeholders ensuredbid success for the 7thInternational AIDS Society HIVConference (IAS 2013). Theevent is expected to attract5,000 delegates to the KualaLumpur Convention Centre.The biennial conference hasalternated destinations since2001 around developing anddeveloped countries. Business tourism is set toadd US$1.27bn to Malaysia'sGross National Income and16,700 jobs by 2020. "Thegovernment's support forbusiness tourism is at a levelwhere Malaysia can competeeffectively in the internationalmarketplace," said MalaysianConvention and ExhbitionBureau Chief ExecutiveZulkefli Hj Sharif.IAS Conference DirectorAnouk Rey said Malaysia hadbeen chosen for her eventbecause of value for money itsability to attract HIVprofessionals fromneighbouring countries."As the conference wouldonly come to Asia once in adecade, we believe thathosting it in KL will benefitboth delegates and thecountry. The impact of theconference on HIV knowledgein the area will be veryvaluable," said Rey.The 2011 edition of IASConference will be in Rome, inJuly 2011. Charlottetown centreCANADA - Work is set tobegin on a CAN$17.5m(US$17.55m) conventioncentre in Charlottetown, inCanada's smallest provincePrince Edward Island.Staff at the Department ofFisheries and Oceans andthe Canadian Coast Guardwill move from theirwaterfront offices to enablethe new centre to be built.The convention centre willbe paid for jointly by thefederal and provincialgovernments and isexpected to be completedby 2012.Maastricht win for2013HOLLAND - TheMaastricht Exhibition andConvention Centre haslanded the 13thConference of theInternational Society ofTravel Medicine in 2013.The event, to take place19-23 May, is expected toattract up to 2,000delegates.The ISTM Conference(CISTM) is held every twoyears and was last held inBudapest in 2009. Bostonwill be the event's hostingcity in 2011.Agility wins AdelaideAUSTRALIA - AdelaideConvention Centre hasnamed Agility Fairs andEvents as its preferredlogistics supplier.Agility will be responsiblefor loading dock operationsand offer after hours andweekend services."We have a long historyof working withconferences here and the ability to focus on thisfull time will offer aseamless service to ourclients," said Agility MD,Bob Moore.News in brief...ITALY- TheFlorenceConventionBureaucelebrated its15th birthdayrecently with the inauguration ofthe 'Florence Academic andLeader Programme'. The FALP ambassadorprogramme is part of thebureau's strategy for attractingmore international scientificconferences to the city.After the launch, guests wereinvited to party at the VillaCorsini Mezzomonte.The revamped Site ForumEMEA comes to Florence inMarch 2011 and will bring 200delegates. Site is theinternational association forthose specialising in motivationalexperiences.It will bedistributed throughthe Malaysia Convention andExhibition Bureau (MyCEB).SCB Chairman, Y.B. Dato' SriDr Muhammad Leo MichaelToyad, said his team would beworking closely with MyCEB sothat convention hosts couldaccess both the federal andstate government fundingsupport to help them bid forinternational conventions. "TheSCB already has a very high bidsuccess rate of 80 per cent and,when we add federal supportinto the mix, it takes ourchances of success evenhigher," he said.MALAYSIA- Qatar NationalConvention Centre former GMPaul D'Arcy has been appointedChief Executive of the BorneoConvention Centre, Kuching. He stepped down in May fromthe new Doha centre project,18 months before the QNCCwas due for completion.He now replaces TrevorMcCartney, who had been GMin Kuching since March 2008. Carlotta Ferrari
February 2011Conference+Meetings World5NEWSITE buys Moscow's MVK for $44mSite winnersRUSSIA- Emerging marketsspecialist ITE Group hasacquired Moscow-basedinternational events companyMVK from a group of privateshareholders for US$44m.According to an ITEspokesman, MVK's event portfolio will both"broaden and strengthen"ITE's core activities in thegrowth markets of Russia and neighbouring states.MVK owns 20 major events,including PolygraphInter,Rosupak, Euroexpofurnitureand Woodex, and managesannual volume sales of morethan 55,000sqm. It alsoorganises a number of smallerevents focusing on industrialsectors including construction,welding, labels and cables."Moscow is home to ourlargest exhibitions and thisdeal will significantly expandour portfolio of events here,"said ITE CEO Russell Taylor. "Business hasremained robust despite thechallenges of the economicdownturn and with many ofour Moscow-based eventsanticipating a return togrowth in the near future; thisdevelopment is well timed tobuild on the confidence that iscurrently evident in theRussian economy."MVK had acquired grossassets of $5.08m at the timeof the deal being signed, andreported gross profit beforetax of $2.8m for the 2009calendar year. The business performedstrongly throughout 2010 andis expected to report grossprofit before tax ofapproximately $7.33m for the12 months to 31 December2010. ITE believes theacquisition will boost itsresults within nine months ofthe takeover.ITE Moscow GeneralDirector Alexander Shtalenkovsaid he was "delighted thatMVK staff and partners whohave built up this business,and possess the expertise andknowledge of each event, arejoining the [new] company". SOUTH AFRICA- Theinternational incentive travelassociation Site recognised itsaward winners at the recentSite International Conferencein Cape Town, South Africa.Site Member of the Year wasGu Xiaoyuan, Deputy Director-General of Beijing TourismAuthority.Madam Gu was instrumentalin bringing the association tothe emerging market of China,lobbying the Beijing MunicipalGovernment and NationalTourism Administration tosupport and host Site's 2012International Conference. A Site release described Guas "The voice making both thecentral and local governmentunderstand the incentive andmeeting industry, and theimportance of industryorganisations such as Site".Site Southeast USA wasnamed Chapter of the YearAward. Four other chaptersreceived excellence awards forachievements in 2010: Education - Site Ireland Membership - SiteCanada Special Event - Site Texas Wild Card - Site Italy Seoul shares its G20preparatory strategy SOUTH KOREA- Previouslyclassified information aboutpreparation for the G20Summit has been released bySeoul's Coex convention centre.The G20 Summit took placeat Coex on 11 and 12November last year and wasthe first to take place in Asia.Preparation by Coex, whichacted as co-PCO as well asvenue for the event, includedconstruction of the leaders'summit hall, planning in-venue security and operatingthe media and broadcastcentre. Security preparationsincluded high-intensityphysical drills and massdisaster-prevention equipmenttraining.The venue's loading docksbecame the main secureentrance for the 33 worldleaders after undergoing arenovation and makeover.This allowed them to enterthe venue without publicexposure.There were almost 15,000diplomats, security personneland members of the press andnearly a third of the Coex staffwas assigned to a special taskforce team nearly a yearbefore the summit itself.Canberra's beton conventionsrevealed AUSTRALIA - Australian Cabinetrecords from 1980 released bythe National Archives reveal theFraser government chose to funda convention centre in Canberra,rather than approve a casino. Proponents of the casino planfor the capital had at the timeargued that their project wouldhelp fund the convention centre.The Cabinet papers reveal thecentre, which eventually openedin 1989, was first costed atAU$60m (US$60.58m), withministers rejecting the casinoplans on moral grounds.The Canberra NationalConvention Centre had a $30mrefurbishment in 2007.