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ISSUE 65 / ConfErEnCE & MEEtIngS World / 99PeopleMalaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau has appointed Tony Nagamaiah as GM of its International Events Unit. CEO of South Africa Tourism Thandiwe January-Mclean has left and Tim Scholtz heads the bureau pending a new appointment. Conference organiser UBM Asia has promoted Mike Tan to Senior VP. Leigh Harry has resigned as Chief Executive of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to take up the role of CEO at Tourism Victoria. MCEC Deputy Chief Leighton Wood has become the Acting Chief Executive. Keith Herdman has been appointed the Acting CEO of the Melbourne Convention and Visitors Bureau following the departure of Sandra Chipchase. Chipchase has joined New South Wales Government's new tourism body, Destination NSW.Singapore venue Marina Bay Sands has appointed George Tanasijevich as its new President and CEO. Former VP of Conventions and Exhibitions, Benny Zin, has been promoted to COO.The Institute of Travel and Meetings has lost its CEO of six years, Paul Tilstone to the Global Business Travel Association, where he will be Chief Global Development Officer.Edgar Hirt has been unanimously re-elected President of the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC). Guoman and Thistle Hotels has appointed Ian Barrigan as Global Director of Sales.Dubai-based hospitality company, Jumeirah Group, has appointed two new Directors of Sales and Marketing for its hotels in Germany, Isabella Owen and in Spain, Sandra Farrero, and a Brand Marketing Manager for Europe, Alison Wheatley.The Business Events Council of Australia has appointed Inge Garofani, the Executive Manager of conference company Arinex, as its Executive Manager. Aiden McAuley has been appointed MD of both Swissôtel The Stamford and Fairmont Singapore. Previously, he held the dual roles of Regional Vice President of Asia Pacific for Swissôtel Hotels and GM of Swissôtel the Stamford. Proske Sports has appointed Christian Fuchs as Account Director with a focus on the hospitality and ticketing management programme at UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine for UEFA sponsor Coca-Cola. Venue Amsterdam RAI has appointed Bart van der Heijden as Head of Account Management. Niseth Boerrigter-van der Meulen will head the RAI Hotel and Travel Service.UK-based business travel booking agency, Hogg Robinson Group has appointed James Stevenson as Global Sales Director. Sofitel Worldwide has appointed Robert Gaymer-Jones as CEO. Dolce Hotels and Resorts has appointed Jan-Willem den Ridder as VP of Development for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. On the moveName: Eric RozenbergTitle: President of Swantegy and the Non-Executive Chairman of Reed Travel Exhibitions' portfolio of meeting tradeshows. How did you get into the meetings industry? By coincidence and a gut feeling! During my student business studies, I was involved in AIESEC, the largest student association and I organised projects in many countries. Years later I learned about the industry's existence and felt this is what I should be doing.What do you hope to achieve in the new position?I will be assisting the team with the strategic portfolio development; from international intelligence to thought leadership for education programmes, and facilitating events at the shows. I also hope to enhance the profile of the CEO Summit, which is now on two continents following its AIBTM launch. Where do you see as emerging meetings destinations? With the data on the economic impact of our industry, many are now investing in meetings infrastructure. When you see what countries like China, India, Brazil, Russia or the Gulf countries have built in recent years and are preparing for the future, it is simply mind blowing. What is the most positive thing about the events industry?If you think about it, whether it is to increase business performance, discuss agreements, or celebrate successes, it is always based on face-to-face. Too often, we reduce our role to logistics, which is important but far from being enough. What frustrates you about the industry? Most organisations are still under-utilising everything our industry has to offer.Above: farrero; tilstone; McAuley; Harry; garofani; and HirtInterviewFor all the latest breaking news and daily updates visitwww.c-mw.netsend any people on the move news to: sarah@mashmedia.net

Business100 / ConferenCe & Meetings World / issUe 65London is the most popular city, with 22 qualifying meetings, for hosting international meetings organised by UK-based associations, according to a report for the Confex Group extrapolated from the 2010 ICCA rankings.ESTONIA - Tiny Baltic state Estonia, the first country to introduce internet voting in national elections, claims its pioneering efforts to introduce free Wi-Fi across the country has resulted in a boom in IT-related conferences. International event organisers, the Estonian Convention Bureau (ECB) claims, are discovering in greater numbers the country's cyber credentials and Wi-Fi infrastructure."This year we've seen a whole range of technology conferences covering everything from information warfare and security, to robotics, e-governance, e-identity and cyber defence," says Kadri Karu, the ECB's Managing Director.The latest to sign up was the World Customs Organisation, which brings its international IT conference to the capital, Tallinn in 2012.The small former Soviet state has been nicknamed E-stonia by some journalists and the international IT community for its fast-paced developing of the latest IT solutions.Estonia is home to Nato's Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence and internet telephony system Skype was also New PCO division in BeijingBEIJING - China International Travel Service (CITS) MICE Company has invested US$15m in a new PCO division to give the China top 200 company congress and destination management solutions, as well as technical and creative production capacity. The division expects to capitalise on CITS's relationships with government. Samsung tablet dumped by Berlin conferenceGERMANY - Samsung was unable to display its flagship Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet device at Messe Berlin's IFA Conference due to an ongoing dispute with Apple over patents.A court in Dusseldorf ruled the new device could not be displayed. Samsung said it respected the court's decision."and decided not to display the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in the IFA".The IFA Conference is filled with a range of new tablet devices from Sony, Toshiba, Medion and others, all hoping to take on Apple's bestselling iPad.Zibrant acquires Goldserve for $8.11m UK - UK-based Motivcom event management subsidiary Zibrant has acquired the global conference and event lead generation business, Goldserve, for £5.25m (US8.11m).Goldserve operates 2,000 lead and enquiry websites, generating 10,000 event enquiries per year.Goldserve founder Emmet Hart said he was "delighted" to be working with Zibrant and the Motivcom group to grow and develop digital marketing and venue finding solutions.News in briefFor all the latest breaking news, daily updates, visitwww.c-mw.netsend all your business news For CMw to: pcolston@mashmedia.netE-stonia attracts organisers with free Wi-Fideveloped in the country.While some in the meetings industry are just coming around to the benefits of free Wi-Fi, Estonia has been saturated with it for years. In 2008, a Discovery Channel feature named Tallinn on the list of its top cities in the world for free wireless internet. All hotels and conference centres, as well as most downtown cafés, restaurants, offer public Wi-Fi, for free. It's also available at the airport, shopping malls, and even in filling stations and public parks.ski lifts will help connect to Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts new hotel in the Russian mountain resort Gorky-Gorod, near to Sochi. The management contract was signed as the resort gears up for the 2014 Winter Olympics.59Reed Travel Exhibitions reports its Technology Village @ EIBTM 2011 is one of the fastest growing areas of the Barcelona show, with companies exhibiting increasing by 25 per cent in four years.25% Wi-fi is no longer just for extras in estonia, whose capital is the self-proclaimed cyber capital