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page 36 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.

October 2010Conference+Meetings World www.c-mw.net5NEWSSix cities vie for technology conferenceEUROPE- Mobile technologyevent organiser GSMA hasannounced six cities arecompeting to host the GSMAMobile World Congress from2013 through 2017.Amsterdam, Cologne, Milan,Adelaide Convention Centreexpansion scaled backTarsus acquires anti-aging congressAUSTRALIA- A 3,500-seatexpansion to the AdelaideConvention Centre has been cutback to help fund a footbridgeproject, critics claim.South Australia oppositionurban development spokesmanDavid Ridgway says theAU$394m plan will be scaledback so a footbridge can bebuilt across the River Torrens,making the Adelaide Ovalcricket venue more accessible."Sadly it will come at the costof a thousand seats and theconvention community will nowpay the price for theGovernment's mismanagementof the Adelaide Oval project,"Ridgway told ABC News.Infrastructure Minister forthe state, Pat Conlon, deniedthe claim, saying thereduction was at the requestDisneylandParis revampsmeetingsbrandFRANCE - A DisneylandParis revamp of its businessand events brand, BusinessSolutions, uses a new logofeaturing Mickey Mousedressed for business.A silhouette of the world-famous mouse now sports a tie.The requirements of boththe meetings industry andmeeting planners havechanged considerably, saysthe team at BusinessSolutions, who hope totarget agencies, associationsand companies with a campaign led by actionverbs on their marketingtaglines: 'Re-meet, Re-motivate, Re-charge and Relax'. Event organisers will beinvited to open days tofamiliarise themselves withthe brand's bespoke andturnkey packages.Munich, Paris, and current hostBarcelona, have beenshortlisted as candidate hostsfor future Congresses. Thisyear's edition attracted 49,000visitors.The next Congress takes placeWORLD- Tarsus Group hasacquired the remaining 20 percent interest in medical eventorganiser MCI Opco.Founded by Drs RobertGoldman and Ronald Klatz in2003, MCI Opco organises TheWorld Anti-Aging Congress andExpo in Orlando and Las Vegas,in April and December,respectively, as well as 21smaller events across the Barcelona, 14-17 February,2011. The four-day conferenceand exhibition has been held inBarcelona since 2006, and itwill remain there through 2012,when the current deal expires."We evaluated 30 cities forof the venue managers."We try to give the peoplethat run the building whatthey ask for," he says.this project and have selectedsix to move forward to the nextphase," says GSMA CEO JohnHoffman. "It was a very difficultprocess and these candidatesreflect our vision for the futureof Mobile World Congress."The company has expandedand organises events in Europe,Dubai, South America and Asia.The acquisition follows thepurchase of 80 per cent of thecompany by Tarsus in 2006.A bridge too far for Adelaide funding