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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 US.in 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

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