May 2010Conference+ Meetings World www. c- mw. net 5 NEWS ExpoForum 2020 vision buys into the competition, Lenexpo RUSSIA- Gazenergoprombank Development, the main shareholder in the $ 1bn ExpoForum project to build a new convention and exhibition centre complex in St Petersburg, has bought 25 per cent of its biggest city competitor, Lenexpo. " The deal allows Lenexpo and ExpoForum to become partners instead of competitors," ExpoForum's general director Anatoly Erkulov told CMW. Lenexpo, currently the only international trade fair complex Reed parts ways with CEOGornall Gulf events continue to grow Motivcom profit hike San Diego CC $ 753m expansion CIBTMnow a hardy annual UK- Reed Exhibitions' CEO Alastair Gornall left the company last month. Gornall, a 25- year exhibition industry veteran, joined Reed Exhibitions in September 2004, having made a name for himself in the military and PR as well as in the marketing industry. He is replaced by Andrew Fowles, who has been a member of the Worldwide Board of Reed Exhibitions for the past 13 years. Fowles will also continue to be responsible for Reed Exhibition's businesses in Germany, Austria and Russia. Gornall told CMWthe decision to leave at this time was his own. UK- Communications and events services group Motivcom has announced a 46 per cent increase in profit before tax for the year ending 31 December 2009. Pre- tax profits now stand at over £ 3m and operating profit is up 15 per cent to £ 3,830,000. " The business has performed well through tight management controls," says Motivcom Divisional MD Nigel Cooper. ExpoForum's Erkulov in the city, has nine exhibition pavilions over 40,000 sqm; 63,000 sqm of outdoor exhibition space; a congress hall that seats 2,800 people, as well as a variety of conference halls. ExpoForum remains commited to its new centre project near to Pulkovo Airport but the two companies now say they will jointly plan their strategies. Lenexpo, built 40 years ago, is in dire need of modernising and the ExpoForum move may release funding to fully realise USA- A land deal has brought San Diego Convention Center a step closer to its proposed US$ 753m expansion, a development which it hopes will help it retain the popular comic convention Comic- Con. The San Diego Port Commission approved a deal which will give the convention centre corporation control over a 2.8 square kilometre plot of land in the city centre. The corporation hopes to expand indoor venue space by 28,000sqm, as well as to build a 500- room hotel on the land. It aims to complete the project by 2015. Organisers are reportedly considering moving the pop culture convention Comic- Con event to larger facilities in Los Angeles or Anaheim. The convention attracts approximately 126,000 visitors and results in millions of dollars of tourist spending in the city. CHINA- Reed Travel Exhibitions has confirmed its Beijing meetings event CIBTM is to become a permanent fixture on the Chinese annual events calendar. Reed, which re- launched the Beijing- based China Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings exhibition last summer, claims that meetings business opportunities in the region now justify the show's annual appearance, as part of China Meetings Week. This year's event will take place from 31 August to 2 September, 2010, at the China National Convention Centre, Beijing. GULF- The GIBTM- MeetME 4th Middle East Meetings Industry Reportpredicts " significant growth potential", for the region, with increased numbers of events using a wider range of destinations. The report, released at the Reed Travel Exhibitions GIBTM show in Abu Dhabi recently, drew its conclusions from the responses of 458 buyers in 57 countries, the highest number since the survey began in 2007. Fifty- eight per cent of buyers surveyed held events in the Gulf/ Middle East over the last 12 months, with the mean number of delegates 204 ( up from 154 last year and 143 in 2007). Budgets for events in the region were slightly down, however, at US$ 495,400 ( from US$ 505,000). Dubai, Egypt, Abu Dhabi, Morocco, Jordan, Qatar and Oman remain the dominant destinations in the region. Over a third of those surveyed said budgets for events in the region in 2010 have increased, with 47 per cent saying they have stayed the same. Cost is the most important influencing factor when placing events. On the supplier side, slightly lower levels of events business were reported in 2009. MD of the Lenexpo management's 2020 development project. The Right Solution, Sally Greenhill, who compiled the report, says the slight downturn was lower than that experienced elsewhere, with buyers predicting this year will see the region will bounce back. " Infrastructure and pricing have stood in the way before, but that is set to change," says ICCA CEO Martin Sirk. " It is not the strongest sectors that are bringing business to this area, but the sectors that really need to meet, for example the financial sector," Sirk adds. " The area is moving in an upwards direction, and this report confirms that."
6www. cm- w. net Conference+ Meetings WorldMay 2010 NEWS Ottawa on the attack Oz initiative Rallies cost meetings industry 800m baht ADNECbreaks ground at Al Ain BTC set to expand in Rimini EIBTMlargest ever THAILAND- The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau ( TCEB) says the latest bout of anti- government rallies in the Thai capital cost Thailand's meetings industry close to 800m baht ( US$ 21m). TCEB president Akapol Sorasuchart says that at least 1,000 meetings industry visitors CANADA- The president of the Ottawa Convention Centre, Patrick Kelly, is targetting political and trade union conventions and international business for when the OCC reopens in 2011 after its major refurbishment. " Ottawa has never been able to go after the international convention market due to a lack of space and facilities," says Kelly, who reports 66 confirmed conventions at the new OCC up to 2015. EUROPE- European meetings and incentive event EIBTM has confirmed its 2009 edition had an auditeddelegate number of 8,170 - the largest in the show's history, albeit only a 0.5 per cent increase on 2008. " These official figures prove the importance the meetings industry continues to place on EIBTM. We are already looking at how we can enhance the event taking into account feedback from all our stakeholders," says head of marketing and buyer programmes for Reed Travel Exhibitions, Mandy Torrens. New RTE group exhibition director for the meetings and events portfolio, Craig Moyes, says the travel sector has been Reed's " most resilient" following the recession. ADIPEC sells out UAE - Organiser DMG World Media says it sold all floor space at its 14th Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference ( ADIPEC) eight months ahead of the event. The show, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, is increasing its space by 17 per cent compared to last year ( 31,000sqm) and has signed up over 1,600 exhibitors from 59 countries. PASstandard for EMCOR UK - Facilities management provider EMCOR UK has been awarded Publicly Available Specification ( PAS) 11000 by the British Standards Institution ( BSI). The PAS claims to be the world's first relationship management standard for creating and maintaining successful B2B partnerships. New batch of CMMs WORLD - Meeting Professionals International has announced a further 54 industry professionals have gained its Certified Meetings Management designation. Clarion makes group MDAllen redundant UK - Group MD for Clarion Events, Kent Allen, has been made redundant. Clarion CEO Simon Kimble says: " The role doesn't fit with our future senior management structure and sadly this has meant Kent leaving the business." Leeds in Barcelona EUROPE - A 37- strong delegation from the Leeds Hotels Association has returned from a destination promotion drive in the Catalan capital, ' Leeds in Barcelona'. News in brief... The proposed Al Ain development UAE- The Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company ( ADNEC) has begun construction on phase one of the AED3.5bn ( US$ 0.95bn) Al Ain Convention Centre district. The development comprises a convention centre, cultural centre, hotels and a serviced apartment complex. It also includes residential and commercial low- rise buildings. ADNEC Group CEO Simon Horgan said hosting a world-standard convention centre, as well as introducing infrastructure and facilities that support the convention business, would be a key ingredient in " activating" the city's commercial prospects. " We have done this successfully with the Capital Centre development that surrounds the thriving Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, and we are confident we can replicate this model in Al Ain with the Convention Centre district," said Horgan. The Al Ain development emphasises a natural and sustainable environment, with open spaces connected by walkways and several areas designed to be free of cars. Key to the project is a reinvigorated waterway ( Wadi), that runs throughout the complex. have cancelled their travel plans, or left early due to the protests which left several demonstrators dead. Several major events have been relocated to Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. " Concern is growing in the international business community," admits Akapol. ITALY- Exmedia, organiser of the only Italian trade show dedicated to the meetings industry, BTC, is forecasting an increase in visitor numbers and square metres sold at this year's exhibition. Organisers are also aiming to bring in 500 international buyers for the show's 26th edition, at Rimini Expo 1- 2 July. The event was to have been held in the new ' spaceship' style Palacongressi which is not due to open until September. BTCis being put together in record time. " The show has set the market an ambitious challenge: those able to meet it within the required timeframe will see the fruits already this year," says BTC sales manager Andrea Novelli. Information: www. btc. it AUSTRALIA- Julie Sheather is to lead a AU$ 1.8m initiative to bring international association conventions to the country. The project, launched in March, is a three- year planned collaboratin between Tourism Australia, the Australian Association of Convention Bureaus and major convention centres.