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GalleryISSUE 65 / ConfErEnCE & MEEtIngS World / 105CIBTM:The sixth China Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition (CIBTM) took place at the China National Convention Centre, Beijing, in August 2011. There were 4,400 hosted buyers and trade visitors who took part in 7,500 pre-scheduled appointments. There were also 391 exhibitors at the event organised by Reed Travel Exhibitions.CIBTM Project Manager Jeffrey Xu said: "The response from the local, regional and international meetings industry to CIBTM this year has driven this event to yet another important stage in its strategic development. "There is no doubt that China's meetings industry, led by CIBTM, will help to support the predictions by HelmsBriscoe (April 2011) that its value of US$150bn will also have annual growth of 20%."For all the latest breaking news, daily updates, visitwww.c-mw.netsubmit your event pictures For publication to: pcolston@mashmedia.net

106 / ConferenCe & Meetings World / issUe 65BreakoutThe cult following of celebrities is renowned, but what effect does it have on a meeting planner choosing a meetings destination? Online flight search engine, Skyscanner, has found an increase in flight searches for destinations featured in celebrity news articles. The site says: "Where the likes of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, William and Kate, or Beyoncé Celebrities and conference destinationsand Jay-Z take a trip can massively raise the profile of a destination and encourage more people to go there."But, they say, not all those in the spotlight are equal. On the day that British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his family holiday plans in Tuscany, Skyscanner saw a seven per cent fall in flight searches for the Italian location, compared to the same day the previous week. "The allure of seeing the PM in his speedos in the hotel pool obviously lacks the appeal of catching a glimpse of Brad with his top off, or Beyoncé in a bikini," the site adds. CMW wonders if this trend will catch on in the meetings industry. Snore patrol at Crowne PlazaSelected Crowne Plaza hotels are trialling the first 'snore absorption' rooms and six have introduced 'snore patrols' in a bid to combat noisy sleepers.Snore monitors are now patrolling corridors in the designated quiet zones of UK hotels of the IHG-owned brand, such as London and Leeds, and listening out for loud noises.Snore monitor at Leeds Crowne Plaza Laura Simpson says repeat offenders will be offered an alternative room.Snore-proof rooms include anti-snoring pillows and white noise machines.What is your biggest bugbear when it comes to travelling, whether it be for business or pleasure? A recent survey by travel agent Thomas Cook and ABTA has revealed the top 20 most ridiculous complaints by travellers to their travel agent. CMW has picked the best:1. "It's lazy of the local shopkeepers to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during 'siesta' time, this should be banned."2. "On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food at all."3. A woman threatened to call police after claiming that she'd been locked in by staff. When in fact, she had mistaken the "do not disturb" sign on the back of the door as a warning to remain in the room.4. "The beach was too sandy."5. A guest at a Novotel in Australia complained his soup was too thick and strong. He was inadvertently slurping the gravy at the time.6. "Topless sunbathing on the beach should be banned. The holiday was ruined as my husband spent all day looking at other women."7. "We bought 'Ray-Ban' sunglasses for five Euros from a street trader, only to find out they were fake."8. "It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It only took the Americans three hours to get home."Most astonishing travel complaintsSuntec launches White Collar boxingThe Suntec convention centre in Singapore is diversifying its revenue streams with local professionals climbing into a specially constructed boxing ring.The next IFS White Collar BoxingTM Singapore will be held at Suntec Singapore's Ballroom on 22 October 2011.White Collar Boxing is a form of boxing where men and women from the professions train to fight at special events with many having no amateur fighting experience.Singapore-based organiser Vanda Promotions puts on the event twice a year in Singapore and Hong Kong; and holds annual editions in Tokyo, Bangkok, Melbourne and Sydney.The event includes a black-tie dinner and charity auction of sporting memorabilia to help non-profit organisations such as Children's Surgical Centre (CSC).For all the latest breaking news, daily updates, visitwww.c-mw.netdo you have a story For breakout? email: vcarley@mashmedia.net