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Exhibition World | News THE MAGAZINE FOR THE GLOBAL EXHIBITION COMMUNITY WWW. EXHIBITION- WORLD. NET| May 2010| 9 MEXICO - The director general and CEO of NuestroMundo Global Media has been elected president of the Mexican Association of Professionals of Fairs, Expositions and Conventions ( Amprofec). Rafael Hernandez, who spent the past six years as Amprofec VP of services and public relations, said his immediate goals as president of the association include strengthening ties with the global exhibition market, the US in particular, and expanding the membership base and services it offers. New president for Amprofec DMG offloads gift shows USA - Construction expo organiser and publisher Hanley Wood has been ordered to pay US$ 2.9m in salaries, bonuses, interest and fees following an arbitration proceeding in Dallas. The payout follows a contract dispute with two former company executives. Hanley Wood was found to have breached the contracts of former Hanley Wood exhibitions division president Galen Poss and its executive VP, Michael Green. " We are delighted with the outcome - the award and the confirmation that the decision we made was an appropriate one," Poss told EW's US partner Trade Show Executive. Construction exhibition organiser ordered to pay Texas executives US$ 2.9m JAMAICA - Jamaica hopes to break into the corporate events industry with the opening of a new exhibition and conference venue in Montego Bay. The Montego Bay Convention Centre will hold up to 6,000 people and include 4,800sqm of exhibition space, 2,000sqm of banqueting space and 1,000sqm of meeting rooms. " The convention centre will be part of the critical infrastructure necessary to New Montego Bay venue to hold 6,000 facilitate the repositioning of Jamaica as an events destination in the global tourism market," says Jamaica's minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett. The completion date is meant to coincide with the beginning of the 2010 winter tourist season. CHINA - China has committed to help Bangladesh develop its infrastructure, including funding the construction of a new exhibition centre. Official talks between the Chinese PM Wen Jiabao and his Bangladeshi counterpart, Sheikh Hasina, have been hailed as a " breakthrough in bilateral relations between two global economies", and will see China provide funding grants for several construction projects including a ' Chinese Exhibition Centre'. China sponsors new Bangladesh venue In a Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU), China outlined its commitment to assisting Bangladesh in infrastructure development projects, including building road and rail infrastructure to connect Myanmar to the region, construction of the eighth Bangladesh- China Friendship Bridge and a water purification project. China will also allow duty- free imports of Bangladeshi products. Canada - DMG World Media has sold two of its gift shows to a Canadian trade association. The Canadian Gift and Tableware Association ( CGTA) bought the Alberta Gift Show and the Montreal Gift Show from DMG World Media ( Canada), part of the Daily Mail and General Trust.