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March 2010Conference+ Meetings World www. c- mw. net 5 NEWS Clash over Indonesia visa changes INDONESIA- According to a local Indonesian newspaper the Jakarta Globe, two government departments are set to clash over a decision to scrap its US$ 10 seven- day visa- on-arrival ( VOA) for leisure and business tourists arriving in the country. With the removal of the short-term visa, travellers now have the only option of paying ADNEC seeks Emirati employees UBM's cancelled events bounce back Snow show Denver's biggest event Collective partnership for Convention 2020 Expo Hire name change ABU DHABI - Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company ( ADNEC) proved a popular employer during the opening day of the Tawdheef recruitment fair held 2- 4 February, at the company's own Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre. Hundreds of job seekers uploaded CVs on computers at the ADNEC stand and discussed career opportunities with ADNEC staff. The company recently announced a goal of 35 per cent emiratisation by the end of 2010, for positions identified as being suitable for UAE nationals. USA- The SnowSports Industries America ( SIA) Snow Show was the largest convention booking in Denver's history. The ski and snowboard show, at the Colorado Convention Centre from 28 to 31 January, brought 18,000 retailers, manufacturers and decision-makers, and boosted the local economy by an estimated US$ 30m. Colorado governor Bill Ritter says: " It's no secret that Colorado is seen around the world as the snow sports capital of America, so it is a natural fit for us to host the premier snow sports industry trade show". No more short- term visas New venue for snow show US$ 25 for a 30- day visa. The government hope is to encourage foreign visitors to stay longer. However, tourism ministry director general of destination development, Firmansyah Hakim told the Jakarta Globe newspaper he is worried the regulation would affect foreign visitors who make frequent short stays. INDIA- United Business Media claims the pharmaceutical events it cancelled in 2008 as a result of the Mumbai terror attacks grew by a fifth in 2009. Both CPhI India and P- MEC India are allegedly making the most of a thriving Indian pharmaceutical market, with exhibitor growth up 20 per cent and delegate growth up five per cent on their 2007 outings. The organiser says the increase in numbers at last year's events reflects continued growth in the fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals and bio-pharmaceuticals industries on the Indian sub- continent. photo: chris. corwin, flickr WORLD- A collective of international conference venues and organisations have partnered on a strategic study, Convention 2020. The project will be run by Fast Future Research, and will examine trends and challenges that might influence the meetings industry. Founding sponsors include ICCA and IMEX. Fast Future CEO, Rohit Talwar, says: " The aim is to take a challenging view at the forces, trends and ideas that will shape the industry over the next 10 years." AUSTRALIA- Conference supplier Expo Hire has changed its name to ExpoNet. With offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Melbourne, the company has a new website and logo as part of its strategy to re- establish itself. Adoption of the ExpoNet name follows Exhibition Hire's acquisition of Expo Hire in late 2008. India pharma events grew in 2009 ACTA wins Aquaculture congress bid AUSTRALIA- The Adelaide Convention Tourism Authority ( ACTA) has won the bid to host the 2014 World Aquaculture Congress. More than 3,000 delegates and 200 exhibitors are expected to attend the four- day event, injecting an estimated AUD$ 11.5m in economic impact for the region.

6www. c- mw. net Conference+ Meetings WorldMarch 2010 NEWS Pennsylvania expansion brings $ 2bn Cougars, cubs unite at convention Vancouver introduces phone app Horton forms HPN Global team BestCities' ' almost perfect' 10 Record attendance at Airfinance USA- The National Cub convention was the purr- fect USA- The continuing expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Centre has attracted $ 2bn of business booked in at the venue, according to the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau. The booked conference business means 123,000 room nights for the city. Of this, life science meetings comprise the largest category, with 38,000 room nights in 2010. Executive vice- president of the PCVB, Jack Ferguson, says: " An expanded Pennsylvania Convention Centre is going to take Philadelphia to a whole new level." IRELAND- Organiser of the 2010 Annual European Airfinance Conference in Dublin has hailed the event as the largest of its kind in Europe, with a record attendance of 740 aviation professionals. Attracting airline CEOs, banks, aircraft and engine leasing companies and manufacturers and export credit agencies, the two- day conference is organised by trade publication Airfinance Journaland Euromoney Seminars. Conference speakers included VP and GM of Aircraft Financial Services for Boeing Capital Corporation, Scott Scherer, and Ryanair CFO Howard Millar. Santa Monica eyes UK USA - The Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau ( SMCVB) has signed an agreement with UK representation agency Black Diamond to promote the US city to the UK meetings industry market. VP for sales and services at the SMCVB, Alison Best, says Santa Monica is the first Californian city to seriously target the meetings industry market in the UK. We want tech! WORLD - Results of the Site International Foundation's recent incentive travel and motivational events research show fewer than eight per cent of respondents are satisfied by their level of technology and nearly a third financially unable to advance their use of technology. Findings from the study: Site Index: Focus on Technologyrevealed 28 per cent want more technology but are restrained by the lack of funds. Vancouver LEEDs way CANADA - The Vancouver Convention Centre West building has won the highest level of LEED certification. The building, opened in April 2009, was awarded Platinum certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Gunson steps up UK - Natalie Gunson has stepped up to the role of MD at motivation and incentives agency AYMTM, following John Derrick's decision to become a non- executive member of the board. Gunson joined P& MM in 1999 and the board of Archer Young ( AY) in 2005, both are now part of the Motivcom group. News in brief... Beware of cougars CANADA- Visitors to Vancouver can navigate the city with help from a new smart phone application. Designed for visitors and spectators of sporting events, the free- to- download application will also help conference delegates. Business travellers can use the map functions to get to their meetings, while information on points of interest will help them make the best of any free time. The app will also show meeting facilities, weather information, live traffic reports, nearby restaurants and even currency conversion for international visitors. WORLD- HPN Global, the international meetings brand set to launch on 1 March, has signed 80 associates, its vice-president EMEA and India, Kip Horton, tells CMW. The new company, a joint venture between North American based Hospitality Performance Network ( HPN) and Meetings International, will take meetings procurement, venue finding and destination management into Europe and Asia. HPN Global claims buying power of US$ 150m and new generation RPF tools. event for young men who are attracted to older lovers. A ' cougar' is a woman who takes a much younger man as a lover. A newer term, ' cub', has been coined to describe a young man who goes after older women. Men and women of any age were invited to prowl the floor of the Clarion Hotel in Millbrae, California on 30 January. Eugene Lee, 28, was voted the Cutest Cub in America, and won a free berth on an international Cougar Cruise. photo: Eric Kilby, flickr WORLD - The eight- member BestCities Global Alliance is to launch a website to mark its 10th anniversary. Alliance chair and CEO of Puerto Rico CB Ana Maria Viscasillas, says a survey by LJR, found planners rated the BestCities bureau experience as 9.59 on a scale of 1- 10. Wonderful Copenhagen's Steen Jakobsen, says: " Being a member of the Alliance accounts for a considerable amount of the convention business we book". BestCities is also looking to expand and is sponsoring the Convention 2020 project. New CEO in Tasmania AUSTRALIA- Stuart Nettlefold has been appointed the new CEO of Tasmanian Convention Bureau. Sales manager Claire Harrington will continue as acting CEO until 12 April.