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October 2010Conference+Meetings World7NEWSSECC manfirst PCMAdirector fromoutside NorthAmericaRegal HK'sdouble awardNASA puts muscle behindSchwarzenegger Expo bidGraffiti embracedin HelsinkiMPI forms Chinese MICEindustry partnershipCHINA - Meetings industry association Meeting ProfessionalsInternational (MPI) has entered into a partnership with theBeijing Tourism Administration (BTA) to support Asian MPImembers by providing education and creating businessopportunities.The partnership will help MPI to extend its presence in theAsian MICE industry. The association has had a chapter inSeoul, Korea, since 2008 and recently the MPI community inJapan achieved full chapter status in July 2010."The continued economic strength of the Asian economies,combined with Government and industry partnershipscommited to the development of professionalism in the MICEindustry, will contribute to the prosperity in the region," saysMPI President and Chief Executive Officer, Bruce MacMillan. WORLD- The ScottishExhibition and ConventionCentre's (SECC) Head of Sales,Ben Goedegebuure, has beenappointed as the ProfessionalConvention ManagementAssociation's (PCMA) firstinternational board director.Goedegebuure is the firstboard director recruited fromoutside the US and NorthAmerica."PCMA provides educationand sets the agenda for theglobal meetings and eventsmarket," he said. "This is agenuine honour for mepersonally and a greatopportunity for the SECC tocontinue to build on its growingUS business."Overcrowdedfan expolocks outticketholdersCANADA- The organiser ofpop-culture conference andexhibition Fan Expo Canada haspublicly apologised formismanaging the 2010 editionof the event.As crowds grew beyondexpectations at the door ofMetro Toronto ConventionCentre's north building, fansfaced queues of over an hour.The chaos culminated whenorganisers closed the door onqueuing ticketholders. Fanswaiting outside, many dressedas superheroes, began chantingfor ticket refunds."On behalf of the staff of FanExpo Canada, I would like toapologise for the lengthy delaysand inconvenience experiencedby many at Fan Expo Canadathis past weekend," says AmanGupta, President and CEO ofshow organiser Hobby StarMarketing, in an open letter onthe event's website."We were, quite simply,inadequately prepared for theincreased crowds in a venuethat was neither familiar to us,nor capable of meeting ourcollective demands."FINLAND- The HelsinkiExhibition and ConventionCentre (HECC) has gone off thetrade fair and congress piste insearch of urban graffiti culture.The venue has commissioneda team of 10 graffiti artists tocreate a 160m-long painting onthe exterior wall of the centre'slargest hall. The painting includes nineworks of art and the projectforms a highlight feature of thecity's August Night of the Artsfestival.The graffiti will remain inplace until the completion ofthe new 15,000sqm Hall 7 inAugust 2011, and thedemolition of the eastern wall. Ben GoedegebuureUSA- NASA has backedCalifornian Governor ArnoldSchwarzenegger's bid to hostthe 2020 World Expo.Representatives of theNational Aeronautics and SpaceAdministration, federallandlords of Moffett Field inSilicon Valley, California, saidthe organisation would take anactive role as part of theorganising team."If they can put this togetherand win the bid, NASA wouldbe willing and able to be part ofthe team," said Lewis Braxton,Deputy Director of NASA'sAmes Research Centre, sited onthe 1,800-acre property.The World Expo is held everyfive years, and the 2015 eventwill take place in Milan.HONG KONG- Regal AirportHotel in Hong Kong has wonBusiness Travellermagazine'sBest Airport Hotel in the Worldaward for the third time in arow. The hotel also scooped BestAirport Hotel in the AsiaPacific at the magazine's2010 Awards.The Awards were voted forby 25,000 readers of BusinessTravellermagazine.Conferencewins for KLMALAYSIA- The Kuala LumpurConvention Centre (KLCC) haswon two new conferences. The International Society forPeritoneal Dialysis will hold itsbi-annual congress at KLCC, 9-12 September 2012, and isexpected to bring around 2,000delegates to the city in 2012.Secondly, the Student InFree Enterprise World Cup2011, which will be held forthe first time in Malaysia on3-5 October 2011, is expectedto draw around 1,500students, academics andbusiness leaders to KLCC.