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BusinessISSUE 67 / ConfErEnCE & MEEtIngS World / 77Dubai tops the world for occupancy levels, with 86.2 per cent, according to the Emirate's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). The figure is 75.4 per cent up from last year.The Global Meetings Industry Research report for the Gulf, Middle East and North African region reveals international buyers and event planners are looking to organise more events in the region. They also anticipate increasing budgets, according to the report, launched at the Gulf Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings exhibition (GIBTM, pictured right on opening day 26 March). The 2012 report was presented by Sally Greenhill from The Right Solution and Rob Nicholas of Meetme. Nearly half (48.2%) of Middle East buyers and 47.2 per cent of global buyers said they organised more events in the last 12 months compared with the previous year and over half were looking at doing more.Gdansk doubles its meetings moneyPOLAND - Conferences organised in Gdansk and the surrounding region of Pomerania in Poland, last year, generated twice as much money as in 2010, according to the Gdansk Convention Bureau. A new GCB report shows 155,414 delegates at conferences in the region generated US$114.3m in 2011 from 5,086 meetings, conferences and events. These events were attended by 382,967 people. Architects named for Cape Town expansionSOUTH AFRICA - Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has appointed Piet Bakker of Stauch Voster Architects, Anya van der Merwe of Van der Merwe Miszewski Architects and Mokena Makeka of Makeka Design Lab for the design of its new expansion. The project will double the venue's capacity over three years. Universal WorldEvents anniversary upswing WORLD - Universal WorldEvents marked its first anniversary with a jump in its business levels, up to 1,700 meetings and events, an increase from 1,100 in 2010. Total delegate numbers rose from 100,000 in 2010 to over 145,000 in 2011, with events taking place in 47 countries. Formed in March 2011 by the merger of leading healthcare specialist agencies; UniversalProcon and WorldEvents; the full service global event management company specialises in serving the healthcare sector and employs 250 staff at offices across Europe and Hong Kong.News in briefFor all the latest breaking news, daily updates, visitwww.c-mw.netsend all your business news For CMw to: pcolston@mashmedia.netBuyers drive growth in the Gulfhosted buyers are promised by The Meetings Show UK launched by Centaur and fronted by Strategic Advisor and ex-Reed Travel Exhibitions' Paul Kennedy. The show debuts in July 2013 at London's Olympia.1,000Poor month for PowerPoint:Association Meetings and Events Australia banned PowerPoint 'yawn inducing presentations' and 'bullet point models created in the pre-digital era' at its annual conference in Sydney in April. 2012.Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has won eight regional and global events bids expected to generate revenues of 900m baht (US$29m). The events include: the 39th World Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress in 2014 for 3,000 delegates; the 8th Congress of the Asia-Pacific Vitreo-retina Thailand returns to growth with eight event bid winsSociety 2013 for 700 delegates and the World Teak Conference for 2012 for 1,000 delegates. TCEB President Akapol Sorasuchart said the wins represented a rapid return to growth for Thailand's international meetings market following the financial crises in Europe and USA, and the impact of the floods in Thai provinces. "The international meetings market last year generated earnings of 22.5bn baht, with 270,000 visitors," said Sorasuchart. This represented 38 per cent of the overall MICE market and is valued at 58bn baht. The TCEB expects the market will grow by five per cent in 2012, with 290,000 visitors.

Gallery78 / ConferenCe & Meetings World / issUe 67Conventa 2012Conventa 2012, the largest professional meetings industry gathering in South East Europe, was held at the GR Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre, with a record 10 countries represented among the 142 exhibitors. Consultant Paul Kennedy MBE (bottom right) said that four years of hard work was paying off.For all the latest breaking news, daily updates, visitwww.c-mw.netsubmit your event pictures For publication to pcolston@mashmedia.netMeetings AfricaThe event for the African meetings industry, at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, attracted 3,452 visitors, up 20 per cent from 2011, with registered international visitor numbers up 93 per cent to 205. A total of 8,906 meetings were requested during the three-day show through its electronic match making diary system.