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February 2011Conference+Meetings World www.c-mw.net7NEWSMCVB in the spirit with QantasAll change inChicagoReed's lessonsfor BaltimoreUSA - The Chicago Conventionand Tourism Bureau (CCTB) hasappointed Donald Welsh as itsPresident and CEO. He takesover from Tim Roby whoresigned to become the SeniorVP of Sales for North America atStarwood Hotels and Resorts. It has been reported Welsh'ssalary of US$390,000 is 50 percent higher than Roby's was. Welsh had been CEO at theIndianapolis Convention andVisitors Association, where hehelped open more than US$3bnin new tourism-relateddevelopments, including a newairport, stadium, doubling thesize of the Indiana ConventionCenter, and opening the world'slargest JW Marriott. "Our state leaders madesweeping reforms setting thestage for a new way of doingbusiness in Chicago andIllinois," said CCTB Chairman,Bruce Rauner. "First, we put anew board of business and civicleaders in place. Welsh is exactlywhat we need to take theBureau to a whole new level." USA- Reed Travel Exhibitions(RTE)' educational content for itsinaugural AIBTM event inBaltimore in June opens withEducation Day, which comprisesa series of conferences, forumsand workshops.The meetings trade show, atBaltimore Convention Center 21-23 June, 2011, also offersconferences on leadershipstrategies for asscoation meetingplanners and the theme ofWomen in Business. There willbe a Focus on Technologyworkshop and debates by expertson developments in socialmedia; as well as a Brandingyour Product Masterclass.The show will also see thelaunch of the MeetingProfessionals International (MPI)Value of Meetings researchstudy, sponsored by AIBTM.AUSTRALIA - The MelbourneConvention and Visitors Bureau(MCVB) has reconfirmed itsstrategic partnership withAustralia's national carrierQantas, marking 25 years ofworking together to deliverdelegates to Melbourne.The MCVB says thepartnership has been critical inthe city's ability to secure largeinternational business eventssuch as the InternationalCouncil of Nurses 25thQuadrennial Congress 2013,attracting an estimated 6,000delegates; and the 22nd WorldDiabetes Congress, expected tosee 12,500 delegates visitMelbourne in 2013."This support has not onlystrengthened our bid activitiesinternationally, increasing ourcompetitive appeal in the highlycontested business eventsspace, but has also assisted usin ensuring high delegatenumbers for Melbourne andVictoria," said the CEO of theMCVB, Sandra Chipchase. Qantas Executive Manager forAustralia Sales, Steve Limbrick,said the airline recognises thesignificant value of the businessevents market.Limbrick described thepartnership with MCVB as"imperative to delivering asuperior customer experienceand attracting new and returnpassengers from this importantindustry".CHINA - The Chinese government hasannounced plans to ban the use of non-Chinese Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)programmes in the country. International VoIP providers such as Skypeallow users to make internet calls for free orpay to call landline and mobile phones viathe internet for a lower rate. It also offersusers instant messaging, file transfer, andvideo conferencing for free.The Government's official newspaperPeople's Daily, said the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology willonly enable state-owned China Telecomand China Unicom to provide this service. Other recent restricted internet services include Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.SOUTH AFRICA- Pretoria has accepted a formalmembership invitation fromthe BRIC Group of countries(Brazil, Russia, India andChina) to join the growthmarket alliance.Reports claimed the invitationwas made during a phoneconversation between ChineseForeign Minister yang Jiechiand his South Africancounterpart, Maite Mkoana-Masabane.Yang said that China,currently chairing BRIC,believes South Africa'saccession will promote thedevelopment of BRIC.BRIC becomesBRICSAVideoconferencing restrictedwith Skype ban in China