March 2010Conference+ Meetings World www. c- mw. net3 CONTENTS PUBLISHER Mark Brewster mbrewster@ mashmedia. net PRODUCTION MANAGER Zoe Dyck zdyck@ mashmedia. net PRODUCTION ASSISTANT James Coome Printed by Gemini Mash Media Group Ltd Faraday House 39 Thornton Road Wimbledon London SW19 4NQ United Kingdom Tel: + 44 ( 0) 20 8971 8282 Fax: + 44 ( 0) 20 8971 8283 E- mail: info@ mashmedia. net Website: www. mashmedia. net ISNN 1747- 0463 © Copyright Conference + Meetings World All material published in Conference + Meetings World is copyright and remains the property of the publishers. No material may be reproduced without the written permission of the publishers. The publishers do not necessarily agree with the views expressed by contributors, nor do they accept any responsibility for any errors or interpretation in the subject matter of this publication. No part of this publication may be copied or reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or be transmitted in any form by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior permission of the publishers. CONTACTS News Biggest ever convention for Denver; ADNEC emiratisation pushes ahead and Convention 2020 study launches. 05 Amsterdam's Old Masters 2010 water features are driving business in the Dutch capital. 13 ' The Year of the Tiger will see Beijing build further on its Olympic legacy to drive its meetings industry, while Shanghai's World Expo 2010 is expected to swish a $ 45bn tail' Grass Roots report A look at The Americas in Grass Roots' latest annual Meetings Industry Report. 08 Meet in Madrid Manana arrives in the Spanish capital. Tony Rogers checks out a new and vibrant meetings scene. 27 Year of the Tiger Cover story: Beijing's CNCC is cashing in on the Olympic legacy and Shanghai looks set to follow with Expo 2010. 14 AIPC Rod Cameron attempts to put green into a new economic perspective. 20 GIBTM Gulf in expectation: RTE attempts to raise the meetings line in the Abu Dhabi sands. 23 PetroCongress Photo report from the opening of Restec's new conference facility. 34 CONTENTS Front cover image: China National Convention Centre. It feels like spring in London when International Confex comes round. However, this year brings news as gloomy as the UKwinter weather: the iconic Earls Court venue has been bought out by property developers. The old exhibition halls look set to be demolished after the 2012 Olympics to make way for housing. CMW reports on the world's numerous convention centre new- builds, but maybe we should also mourn our truly iconic venues when their future is threatened. They are, after all, flagships of our great meetings and events industry and we have precious few such symbols. But there are plenty of survivors. Companies that have kept training and networking during the global recession are the ones now placed to take advantage. It won't be business as usual; the game has changed. Not only are procurement departments calling more of the shots for the corporates when it comes to booking meetings, but all sorts of other stakeholders are demanding a say in the way our events are booked, organised and paid for. Our feature on China highlights how, in this Year of the Tiger, Beijing is building on its Olympic legacy to drive its meetings industry and Shanghai World Expo 2010 is expected to swish a $ 45bn dollar tail - the estimated value of the May- September global showcase. Another big line will be drawn in the Abu Dhabi sand with GIBTM coming to town this month. We offer a show taster on page 23. And don't forget to check our new website for a daily update on news and views from the Conference + Meetings World: www. c- mw. net MANAGING EDITOR Paul Colston pcolston@ mashmedia. net DEPUTY EDITOR Vikki Carley vcarley@ mashmedia. net ADVERTISING MANAGER Andrew French afrench@ mashmedia. net
4www. c- mw. net Conference+ Meetings WorldMarch 2010 NEWS Norway adds routes to attract business Marriott launches virtual meetings Chinese spies target UK events? Davos guard chief dead Gun conference arrests UK- 02' s management company Anschutz Entertainment Group Europe ( AEG) has announced details of its hotel and event space plans for London's O2. Our UK sister publication Conference Newsreported before Christmas that the group was in the process of finalising plans for another large events centre for London Eastside. The news followed Excel London's own new- build, due to open in May, and which has lays claim to be London's first International Convention Centre. AEG's plans include a four- star, 450- bed hotel and apartments. The new event space will include space for banqueting for up to 3,000 people next to the main O2 Arena. The site already has outline consent. WORLD - Hotel group Marriott International has rolled out its first Gothere Virtual Meetings studios at its New York Marriott East Side Hotel, Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and the Cisco offices in London, with plans to expand to 25 hotels globally in its first phase. The service enables groups to meet in multiple locations worldwide in real time by combining high- definition video and real time audio. Marriott says its corporate customers told the company " they would hold more productive, small meetings at its hotels if an appealing virtual meeting option was available". O2 Arena AEG details O2 plans NORWAY- Airline carrier Norwegian is targeting business and leisure tourism in western Norway by launching an additional six new routes and a new aircraft from March. New destinations include Copenhagen ( weekdays and Sundays), Stockholm, Barcelona, Roma, Chania- Crete and Antalya in Turkey; and more departures to London, Dubrovnik and Split in Croatia. Norwegian will increase the number of flights on its Bergen to London route from 10 to 13 a week from winter 2010, to capture an increased interest from the business market. UK- The British secret services have accused China of ' bugging and burgling' UK exhibitors and businesses at international trade fairs and conventions to obtain sensitive commercial secrets. A leaked MI5 document claims Chinese undercover intelligence officers approached UK businessmen with gifts of cameras and memory sticks containing Trojan viruses. The bugs would provide China with remote access to users' computers, according to a report in The Sunday Times. Are virtual meetings the way of the future? SWITZERLAND- The Swiss police chief in charge of security at the World Economic Forum in Davos was found dead in his hotel room after the event. " All indications point to a suicide," a police statement said. Commander Dr Markus Reinhardt had been in charge of security at the five- day forum, attended by around 2,500 of the world's business and political elite. There were 4,000 soldiers on duty at the resort amid fortress- like security for the annual gathering. photo: andrew_ i_ w, flickr Taking off: Norwegian adds routes photo: Jeff Kubina, flickr USA- Police arrested 21 arms industry executives on 18 January as they arrived in Las Vegas for the 2010 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Tradeshow and Conference. Federal agents used the meeting as an opportunity to arrest the suspects all at once. They are accused of bribing officials in an unnamed African country in an effort to secure an arms contract. Abu Dhabi hotel fund UAE- According to Emirates news agency WAM, Abu Dhabi National Hotels ( ADNH) has agreed a deal with four lenders to provide an AED1.5bn loan facility, the first syndicated borrowing of ADNH. The money is to finance the company's projects " to support the growth of Abu Dhabi's economy and tourism infrastructure," says the chairman of ADNH, Saif Al Hajeri.