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October 2010Conference+Meetings World www.c-mw.net3CONTENTSPUBLISHERMark Brewstermbrewster@mashmedia.netPRODUCTION MANAGERLuke Spaldinglspalding@mashmedia.netPRODUCTION ASSISTANTSJustyna Kochanska, James CoomeSTAFF WRITERSarah O'DonnellPrinted by GeminiMash Media Group Ltd Faraday House39 Thornton RoadWimbledonLondon SW19 4NQUnited Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)20 8971 8282 Fax: +44 (0)20 8971 8283E-mail: info@mashmedia.netWebsite: www.mashmedia.netISNN 1747-0463© Copyright Conference + Meetings WorldAll material published in Conference +Meetings World is copyright and remains theproperty of the publishers. No material maybe reproduced without the writtenpermission of the publishers. The publishersdo not necessarily agree with the viewsexpressed by contributors, nor do theyaccept any responsibility for any errors orinterpretation in the subject matter of thispublication.No part of this publication may be copied orreproduced, stored in a retrieval system, orbe transmitted in any form by any meanselectronic, mechanical, photocopying,recording or otherwise without the priorpermission of the publishers.CONTACTSNewsUBM buys CanonCommunications; newMICE strategy made inTaiwan; Palacongressidelayed again.04Beijing legacyCEO of the ChinaNational ConventionCenter, Haiying Liutalks MICE evolution.11NewsMPI's Chinesepartnership; SECC'sGoedegebuure joinsPCMA board. 07ICCA CongressICCA CEO MartinSirk previews the2010 Congress inHyderabad.27CIBTM 2010Sarah O'Donnellreports from Beijingon the RTE CIBTM2010 show.12Icelandic saga The Harpa Centre isset to be music tothe meetingsindustry's ears.16Conversationstarter in DublinThe CCD opens onthe banks of TheLiffey.23Postcards fromBeijingReed TravelExhibition's CIBTMin pictures.33CONTENTSIndian SummerSo often the BRIC countries of Brazil,Russia, India and China are presentedas the great hopes for world growth.China successfully used the 2008Olympics to announce a new stage ofits economic development on the worldstage. Stadiums were finished on timeand millions of Chinese citizenscontributed to parading that success.Brazil is lined up as a FIFA World Cuphost 2014, while Russia is to host theWinter Olympics in 2014. Both countrieswill try to make these global sportingmega events into springboards forfuture events success.India's time for the internationalmeetings industry is now, with ICCAmembers gathering for their 2010Congress in Hyderabad this month.Indications are that the host city has its act together and ready to welcomethe industry's finest at India's finestconvention centre. This, however, must be seen against a backdrop ofDelhi's Commonwealth Gamespreparations fiasco.If that scandal can give a sharpimpulse to the process of reformingIndia's bureaucracy and lead to betteraccountability of infrastructure projects,then negative press criticism (includingmost vociferously in the local Indianmedia) will have been justified. India's economic miracle has beenmainly due to its private sector, witnessthe Taj and Oberoi hotel groupsuccesses. Now it is time for the state to put its house in order and ICCA canhelp with informed advice fordeveloping the Indian meetingsindustry.Paul Colston, Managing EditorEmail: pcolston@mashmedia.netMANAGING EDITORPaul Colstonpcolston@mashmedia.netDEPUTY EDITORVikki Carleyvcarley@mashmedia.netADVERTISINGMANAGERAndrew Frenchafrench@mashmedia.net"India's economic miracle has beendue to its private sector, now it istime for the state to put its house in order. The ICCA Congress 2010can help."