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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"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." Conference+Meetings WorldOctober 2010NEWSItaly's Palacongressi centreopening delayed againUnited Business Media buys CanonCommunications for US$287mNew MICEstrategymade inTaiwanVancouver Centretargets Asian businessWORLD - United Business Media (UBM) hasacquired medical and manufacturing conferenceand media company, Canon Communications,from Spectrum Equity Investors and AppriseMedia for US$287m.The deal positions UBM as one of the leadinginternational providers of events and relatedmedia for the growing medical device design andmanufacturing market and adjacent advancedmanufacturing sectors. Canon's conferencesinclude Medical Design and Manufacturing(MD&M) East, West, and Minneapolis.The acquisition complements UBM's existingelectronic engineering business, creating a richerset of information and marketing services. UBMsaid in a statement that it expects a return oninvestment in its first year exceeding the cost of itscapital outlay.ITALY- The official opening ofthe new Palacongressiconvention centre in Rimini,Italy, has been postponed for asecond time.Bosses at the ?117m 'space-age' venue say problems linkedto permits for opening thefacilities prevented the plannedinauguration on 25 September.The ultra-modern centre wasoriginally due to open back inMay 2010, but The Fiera Group,which managed the project,blamed "technical" difficultiesconnected to the constructionfor the initial delay.Meanwhile, Exmedia,organiser of the BTC, the Italiantrade show for the nationalUBM builds medical portfolioTAIWAN- The Government inTapei has updated its 'TaiwanMICE Advancement Program'as part of a policy to boost itsmeetings industry, as the profileof the island's economychanges rapidly. With its GDP growthstagnating at 0.2 per cent,Taiwan is keen to move awayfrom being known exclusively asa manufacturer and exporter. The Ministry of EconomicAffairs' Bureau of Foreign Trade(BOFT) also plans to expandthe Nangang Exhibition Hallinto the National ConventionCenter. A BOFT statementacknowledged the MICEindustry's "high potential,added-value and innovationbenefits". "Hosting conferences providesbusinesses with tradingplatforms. Events also helpeconomic development, thereason Government supportsthe MICE industry," it adds.A co-operative frameworkaccord has reduced tensionsbetween Taiwan and mainlandChina and new direct flightshave been instituted.CANADA- The expandedVancouver Convention Centre(VCC) is shifting its gaze to focuson drawing convention andexhibition business from Asia.Vice-President of Sales andMarketing for the VCC, ClaireSmith, told the magazineBusiness Today: "Our newfrontier is Asia. There's potentialto attract some of the other tradefair activity." She says Asianorganisers want to increase theirexposure in North America, andone way to do that is throughevents. WORLD- Full service agency,Grass Roots, is looking to openan office in Singapore byJanuary 2011.The strategy follows theagency's opening of a NewYork office in April which, saysMD Des McLaughlin, "isdesigned to strengthen GrassRoots' support of its financialclients in their key regions"."We've found, both in NewYork and Singapore, there is adistinct lack of specialistcompanies who really knowSingapore Sling forGrass Roots agencymeetings industry, hasannounced dates for its 2011show. BTC will again take placeat the Rimini Fiera Expo Centre,30 June-1 July, 2011. BTC 2010 had been due to beheld at Palacongressi, howeverthe building delays forced it tomake a late move to the FieraExpo to manage clients'meetings spend," saysMcLaughlin. "We are,therefore, looking to expandour offering to our clients whoalso run meetings and eventsfrom these locations. New York[office]has been a greatsuccess story: it is ahead of itsfinancial targets and has wonmany client accounts sinceopening. We expect Singaporeto have a similar impact."The Singapore office will be inVancouver's meetings beaconThe Concourse on Beach Road.