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ISSUE 65 / CONFERENCE & MEETINGS WORLD / 7he Conference and Meetings World is our expanding oyster and I hope you like our new design. Our global, 108-page, English-language quarterly offers a truly unique proposition: bringing you the best in the international meetings class, and key news, analysis and feature material to help you make smart business decisions.We hope to meet many of you on our stand at the inaugural IMEX America tradeshow in Las Vegas. The event provides us all with a great chance to network, study and practice the face-to-face business we all preach. Meetings make money.This October's show at Sands Expo is flying under the 'Business all the way' theme. IMEX America has 14 industry co-located events, and 80 Sporting legacies are not just Olympic, as the LeaderSouth Africa World Cup legacy experience shows MANAGING EDITORPAUL COLSTONPCOLSTON@MASHMEDIA.NETADVERTISING MANAGERANDREW FRENCHAFRENCH@MASHMEDIA.NET© COPYRIGHT CONFERENCE + MEETINGS WORLD ALL MATERIAL PUBLISHED IN CONFERENCE + MEETINGS WORLD IS COPYRIGHT AND REMAINS THE PROPERTY OF THE PUBLISHERS. NO MATERIAL MAY BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT THE WRITTEN PERMISSION OF THE PUBLISHERS. THE PUBLISHERS DO NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS, NOR DO THEY ACCEPT ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY ERRORS OR INTERPRETATION IN THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS PUBLICATION.NO PART OF THIS PUBLICATION MAY BE COPIED OR REPRODUCED, STORED IN A RETRIEVAL SYSTEM, OR BE TRANSMITTED IN ANY FORM BY ANY MEANS ELECTRONIC, MECHANICAL, PHOTOCOPYING, RECORDING OR OTHERWISE WITHOUT THE PRIOR PERMISSION OF THE PUBLISHERS.DEPUTY EDITORVIKKI CARLEYVCARLEY@MASHMEDIA.NET PUBLISHING DIRECTORPAUL DAVIESPDAVIES@MASHMEDIA.NETPRODUCTION MANAGERLUKE SPALDINGLSPALDING@MASHMEDIA.NETPRODUCTION ASSISTANTJULIA BALLSENIOR DESIGNERCLAUDIA COUTSIDESSTAFF WRITERSARAH O'DONNELLCIRCULATION EXECUTIVE:TIM PARDINGTONspeakers and a seminar line up illustrating just how fertile and rich our industry's subject matter can be.No time to rest on our laurels, however, as the global economy continues to test our resolve and business models. Many of our political masters and venue funders remain unconvinced of the meeting industry's true value to the economy, so we must continue to make the case for return on investment and time. The Joint Meetings Industry Council is one body to turn to for those in need of back up materials. The international meetings debate moves from Las Vegas to Leipzig, which hosts the 2011 ICCA congress at the end of October. More blue sky thinking will be on offer, as well as practical and innovatory ideas to take away, so that we may go on to lead local policy debates affecting our own territories, venues and businesses.Our 'five ring' Olympic legacy feature offers some very different tales and experiences. I'll leave it to you to decide where the bronze, silver and gold legacies lie.Sporting legacies are not just Olympic, as the South African FIFA World Cup 2010 experience shows. The South Africa Tourism strategy clearly shows why a country would bid for a giant global sporting event. South Africa's new-look venues and infrastructure investment have helped sign up 200 new conventions and an estimated 300,000 delegates. If the big issues affecting your business are not covered in CMW, let us know. You can send us your news for our website and also interact with us via social media.Whether the questions exercising your team is sustainability, ROI, the merits of free Wi-Fi, industry related education or venue topics, we want to cover the debate. Your feedback will keep us on the meetings gold standard. Managing Editor, Paul ColstonPRINTED BY PENSORDMASH MEDIA GROUP LTD 4TH FLOOR, STERLING HOUSE6-10 ST GEORGE'S ROADWIMBLEDONLONDON SW19 4DPTEL: +44 (0)20 8971 8282 FAX: +44 (0)20 8971 8283EMAIL: INFO@MASHMEDIA.NETWEBSITE: WWW.C-MW.NETThe world is our meeting roomT

News8 / ConferenCe & Meetings World / issUe 65JAPAN - Over the coming months, 20 large Japanese companies are flying to Europe to help re-energise post-earthquake trade and investment links. The companies will initially visit the UK courtesy of the joint UK Trade and Investment and British Airways 'Reassure and Rebuild' campaign, which is supported by Hilton Hotels and the Nissan Group. British Ambassador to Japan, David Warren said: "Our message is unified: Japan is back in business. We all share a desire to help rebuild Japan's economy by reassuring people back home that Japanese business has bounced back since March". One hundred and thirty Japanese companies applied for the competition which, said Warren, "demonstrates the demand in Japanese business for greater trade and investment ties with the UK".TOBAGO - The 200-room four-star Magdalena Grand Beach Resort, set to open in November 2011, will become Caribbean island Tobago's premier business resort with a US$25m investment backed by the Government.The hotel, formerly the Tobago Hilton, was given the Magdalena name by new management company Evolving TecKnologies and Enterprise Development Company (eTecK). Owner Vanguard Hotel's oceanfront hotel will feature the island's largest ballroom and 465sqm of meetings space, as well as five dining options, an 18-hole golf course, multiple swimming pools, and the newest spa on the island.Olympia's $31m top out$25m Magdalena refurb in TobagoFor all the latest breaking news, daily updates, visit:www.c-mw.netemail the cmw editorial team with all your industry news: pcolston@mashmedia.netIRELAND - The Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) has hosted 300 events in its first year. "It has been an honour to be part of the dedicated team at The CCD over the past 12 months," said CEO Nick Waigh, who added: "With over 170,000 visitor days to date, including the Royal visit, it has been an incredible year."Events hosted at The CCD to date include the 39th European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association Conference and the European Union of Geriatric Medicine Society Conference.Happy Birthday to Ireland's CCDJapan reassures and rebuildsUK - Capital and Counties may be planning to demolish its Earls Court Exhibition Halls in London, after the 2012 Olympics, to make way for a lucrative housing development, but the property group is investing £20m ($31m) in a new venue on LIBYA - Organiser Montgomery is returning to the Libyan market with two new conferences and exhibitions in early 2012. ReBuild Libya is to take place in Tripoli and Oil and Gas Libya 2012 will move forward from its October slot.Montgomery said the conference programme will play a major role in helping the National Transitional Council manage the country's reconstruction.Montgomery takes conferences to Libyaits nearby Olympia site.The redevelopment includes upgrading West Hall into a 8,361sqm convention facility, along with connecting links into the Grand and Olympia 2 Halls.Earls Court & Olympia MD Nigel Nathan described the redevelopment as "the next chapter in Olympia's history" at a topping out ceremony on 9 September. "This enhancement respects the building's history while making the internal environment easier for organisers to access and use," Nathan added, saying it would bring in new business, create jobs and deliver continual benefits for West London.Local Council Leader Stephen Greenhalgh told CMW he welcomed Olympia's redevelopment and fresh investment into supporting events in West London. At the same time, he admonished Transport for London's plans to cancel weekday District Line tube services to Kensington Olympia.Greenhalgh also reiterated the importance of West London to the successful future of events in the UK.The ground floor of the new Olympia West Hall will get its first use in December 2011 for the London International Horse Show. Both floors are then expected to be open at the venue from March 2012.