October 2010Conference+Meetings World9NEWSThe newmeeting is'hybrid'Bloom backs'IMEX express'UAE invests US$234bn into tourism industryMCVBevent winsLaunch of Perth Event ShowAUSTRALIA - Announcing the launch of the inaugural PerthEvent Show for 6-7 May 2011, the Perth Convention Bureau(PCB) MD, Christine McLean, said the Western Australianbusiness tourism industry had "matured to the point where itcan sustain an annual trade show".The two-day exhibition, to be held at the Perth Conventionand Exhibition Centre, is organised by CMS Events. CompanyMD Richard Campbell is a life member of the PCB and thebureau will be a major sponsor for the event. "The industry has now come of age," said McLean, whounderlined the PCB was keen to provide a forum where theindustry could meet with buyers to update them on what Perthand Western Australia had to offer as a business eventsdestination. INDIA- International Associationof Professional ConferenceOrganisers' President, PhilippeFournier, says socialcommunication means the newmeetings formats are becominghybrid, but is sure that it is face-to-face meetings that power theeconomy.This was his keynote messagedelivered in India's Silicon Valley,location of the India ConventionPromotion Bureau's (ICPB)Conventions India Conclave -2010.The Conclave took place at theLaLit Ashok, Bangalore, and wasopened by the Minister ofTourism for Karnataka, G.Janardhana Reddy.The conference attracted 250delegates representing bothinternational and national buyersas well as ICPB members."Meetings have been asolution over the centuries," saidFournier, "and today'sglobalisation can only enhancethe need to meet. When peoplemeet, things happen, thingschange, things improve andeconomy rises. Face-to-facemeetings power the economy."Fournier underlined that,without knowledge, the financialeconomy cannot improve.AUSTRALIA- The MelbourneConvention and Visitors Bureau(MCVB) has won the contract tohost two biotechnology andaquaculture events worthAU$13m (US$12.3m) to theVictorian economy.The International Associationfor Plant Biotechnology (IAPB)Congress will come in 2014 andthe Australasian AquacultureInternational Conference andTradeshow in 2012. The eventsare expected to attract 2,500delegates between them.The Department of PrimaryIndustries Biosciences ResearchExecutive Director and electedIAPB President, ProfessorGerman Spangenberg, said:"This congress will be of greatbenefit to Australia's agriculturebiotechnology sector and willalso provide an opportunity toshowcase work being done."UAE construction plans will provide a big boost for the tourism industryUAE- An investment in tourismis expected to drive the UnitedArab Emirates constructionindustry over the comingdecade, with around US$234bnbeing pumped into the sectorduring the next eight years.The UAE will account fornearly 86 per cent of the totaltourism-related projectinvestment in the region by2018, according to a study byindustry researcher RNCOS.Recent figures show thenumber of visitors to the UAEjumped 16 per cent in July,year-on-year, continuing theemirate's double-digit touristgrowth."The UAE is expected toinvest more than 14 times theinvestments made by itsimmediate competitor, Oman,followed by Qatar, Bahrain,Saudi Arabia and Kuwait," saida spokesman for RNCOS."Various developers arelaunching large-scale projects;thereby, driving the level ofinvestments in infrastructureand construction activities,"the spokesman added.WORLD- A new German high-speed train connecting Frankfurtand London will make its firstdry run between the cities inOctober. Expected to startcommuter journeys by 2013,the Inter City Express 3 canconnect passengers in less thanfive hours. Visitors to the annual industrytrade show, IMEX, could benefitand Chairman, Ray Bloom, saidhe supported "any innovationthat gives buyers and visitorschoice and flexibility inattending the event". OrlandoinvestsUS$4bn USA- In two years, Orlando,Florida, has initiated US$4bnworth of new projects and claimsto be the 'most visited'destination in the USA, as wellas one of the fastest growingdestinations.The Peabody Orlando hoteldebuts its US$450m expansionthis month, signifying anincrease in the city's meetingspace by over a hundredthousand square metres.There is a also burgeoningbiomedical cluster.The 1,400-room HiltonOrlando opened last autum with175,000 square feet of functionspace, and a there is a further150,000 square feet of meetingspace at two hotels in BonnetCreek. Orlando has two majorrail projects and the US$380mAmway Center arena opens this month.