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May 2012 . . 11 NEWSInternational association meetings organiser Congrex has remoulded its management team following the departure of CEO David Wade-Smith (right) who served less than a year in the post. A Group Executive Board triumvirate is now overseeing the group's strategy: Diana de Tamayo, Chairman; Donald Hellstedt, Director and Dr Layth Bunni, Non-executive Member and former Congrex Group CEO. Wade-Smith came to Congrex in April 2011. He had been Director of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of Visit Liverpool. The Group Senior Management Team is now chaired by Hellstedt and includes Marc Hollander, Chief Finance Offi cer; Robert Harrison, Chief Operating Offi cer; Lena Fletcher, Regional Managing Director, Nordic Region; Alain Pittet, Regional Managing Director, Switzerland, Germany and France and Viveca Döberl-Cederberg, Group Business Integration and IT Director. A statement thanking Wade-Smith said his tenure "contributed to the Group's development and led the introduction of rich media to our international client base".Rose Bowl renamed Ageas Bowl in new dealHampshire Cricket's Rose Bowl is to be renamed the Ageas Bowl in a six-year sponsorship deal. Life insurance provider Ageas, whose head offi ce is based in Eastleigh, Hampshire, has signed a deal with the cricket and hospitality venue to become its title sponsor. Business trips up in England Tourist board VisitEngland claims England attracted 15 per cent more business trips last year, compared to 2010. The fi gures come from GBTS research and represent the highest number of trips since the survey began in 2006. Total spend rose by 13 per cent year on year, representing almost £18bn. Glasgow to host Lib-Dems in autumn 2013Glasgow has been chosen to host the Liberal Democrats' annual Autumn Party Conference in 2013. The city beat off strong competition to secure the fi ve-day event, which will take place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre next September.Over 7,000 delegates will travel to Glasgow to attend the conference, which is expected to inject £12m into the local economy.The CEO of the new i2i Group, Mark Shashoua, has his sights fi rmly on international growth following the 28 March Emap announcement of a split into three divisions. Three independent companies have been formed, including i2i Events Group, the former Emap Connect business encompassing large-scale conferences, live events and exhibitions; 4C Group, covering information services including the WGSN and Customer Insight brands; and Emap's publishing business. Shashoua, who joined Emap last November, told CN: "Events now represent half of Emap's total turnover. "Publishing, events and data are completely different businesses. We have restructured into three standalone companies under the Top Right Group to recognise the different demands of each."He added that i2i had made a "massive investment" into its team and would continue to do so in the next 18 months as it pushes for growth, with the biggest investment in international sales.Emap Connect now sees i21Wade-Smith quits as Congrex CEOIntuitive venue search and bookingwith 25,000 venues at home and abroad

INTERNATIONAL NEWS12 . . May 2012April GBTA partners with German business travel associationGERMANY - The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and VDR, the German business travel association, have entered into partnership.As part of the deal, Hans-Ingo Biehl, VDR's Executive Director, will fulfi l the role of lead advocate for GBTA in Europe.San Diego realignment of convention marketingUSA - The San Diego Convention Center Corporation is transferring its citywide sales and marketing efforts to the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau, effective 1 July 2012.The move allows the destination to be more effective in the national group meetings market by providing a unifi ed sales and marketing programme for the entire San Diego region.QNCC up and running with 52 events under its beltQATAR - The newly-opened Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC), has hosted 52 events involving 30,000 visitors since its opening at the end of 2011. The estimated delegate spend from overseas visitors is already QR41m (US$11.2m).Major events booked in this year include the 25th Universal Postal Congress (UPU) in September and October 2012.MEA claims to be fi rst conference to ban PowerPointAUSTRALIA - Industry association Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) claims to be the fi rst organisation to ban the "traditional use of PowerPoint-style presentation at a major conference". The MEA says, given its role in advising clients how to communicate effectively at events, it has long questioned whether speakers who read out bullet points provide a useful experience. Regus expands into AfricaMADAGASCAR - Workspace provider Regus has opened its fi rst business centre in Madagascar, its 95th country.It will help businesses of all sizes to access new revenues in East Africa. The growth of the network is helping more companies to open up revenue streams in Africa's markets, without the high upfront costs. CIBTM research points to increase in outbound meetingsCHINA - Reed Travel Exhibitions' international meetings industry event for the Chinese market, CIBTM, has published research indicating a growth in outbound events from China.Nearly three-quarters (74%) of buyer respondents surveyed, and 52 per cent of suppliers, forecast an increase in the volume of outbound events they will organise over the next 12 months.EUROPEMIDDLE EASTAUSTRALASIAASIAAMERICASTap into's sister website, for the latest international meetings industry news. AFRICA