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GalleryISSUE 65 / ConfErEnCE & MEEtIngS World / 103AIPC in San DiegoFrom a warning that the global economic concerns are far from over, to strategies and actions that centres should be taking in response, the 2011 International Association of Congress Centres' (AIPC) Annual Conference in San Diego, USA, addressed the challenges facing the industry and opportunities for those who respond appropriately. AIPC President Edgar Hirt welcomed seven new members into the AIPC fold, including John B. Hynes Center, Boston; Ataturk Center, Bursa; ICE Krakow; Las Vegas and Los Angeles Convention Centers; Centro Banamex CEC, Mexico City and Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre, Moscow.The AIPC Innovation Awards were won this year by Vancouver (Service Excellence) and Suntec Singapore (for its Touchpoint interactive system).For all the latest breaking news, daily updates, visitwww.c-mw.netsubmit your event pictures For publication to pcolston@mashmedia.netright: Edgar Hirt and keynote speaker david Blanchflower. left: gary Heil, the second keynote speaker. top centre: Award winners from Vancouver and Suntec. Below: speakers, including Cisco's global Events director Kathy Sulgit, left; Congrex CEo layth Bunni, centre. top right: Cape town ICC's Chief Executive rashid toefy

Gallery104 / ConferenCe & Meetings World / issUe 65BTC in Italy:Exmedia, the organiser of Italy's meetings, incentive travel and events exhibition BTC 2011, claims attendance figures were up 8.8 per cent year-on-year. Held at the Fiera di Rimini Exhibition Centre, the second edition of the annual tradeshow (30 June-1 July) attracted 313 exhibiting companies, 278 Italian and international hosted buyers and 60 representatives of the media. In total, the exhibition was attended by 3,732 visitors and 6,417 appointments were organised between exhibitors and hosted buyers. "The show was packed with opportunities, and was able to offer something to all players of the industry," BTC Exhibition Manager, Gabriella Ghigi, said. "BTC is now much more than a simple trade show," she added.