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April 2011Conference+Meetings World www.c-mw.net3CONTENTSPUBLISHING DIRECTORPaul Daviespdavies@mashmedia.netCIRCULATION & MARKETINGMANAGERChris Lynasclynas@mashmedia.netPRODUCTION MANAGERLuke Spaldinglspalding@mashmedia.netPRODUCTION ASSISTANTJustyna KochanskaPrinted by GeminiMash Media Group Ltd Faraday House39 Thornton RoadWimbledonLondon SW19 4NQUnited Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)20 8971 8282 Fax: +44 (0)20 8971 8283E-mail: info@mashmedia.netWebsite: www.c-mw.netISNN 1747-0463© Copyright Conference + Meetings WorldAll material published in Conference +Meetings World is copyright and remains theproperty of the publishers. No material maybe reproduced without the writtenpermission of the publishers. The publishersdo not necessarily agree with the viewsexpressed by contributors, nor do theyaccept any responsibility for any errors orinterpretation in the subject matter of thispublication.No part of this publication may be copied orreproduced, stored in a retrieval system, orbe transmitted in any form by any meanselectronic, mechanical, photocopying,recording or otherwise without the priorpermission of the publishers.CONTACTSNewsBTC and Federcongressisign three-year deal;Irving Convention Centreopens; IMEX America totake second hall.07Design for livingthe Gulf dreamADNEC Sales andMarketing Director saysthe venue is starting torealise its big plans. 13'Rotorua stepped in to the NZmeetings industry breach at adifficult time. The show must go on'Time to focusMPI's Fiona Pelhamoffers insights into theassociation's recentEMEC conference.09San Sebastianspeaks upA view on competingwith the big boys fromAIPC member, KursaalCentre, San Sebastian.29South Africa'smeetings meccaWorld Cup legacy: CMWreports on South AfricaTourism's growingMeetings Africa show.17IntegratedappealSingapore's integratedresorts have added anew excitement to theisland's events mix.21On the AlgarveSarah O'Donnellexamines the enduringappeal of Portugal'smeeting and incentivesfavourite.25Marbellisima!Raising the bar againon the Costa del Sol.Marbella invests toregain its former glory.31CONTENTSKey to successInternational event organisers Tarsusand Informa posted good results inrecent weeks, Tarsus reporting a jumpin like-for-like revenues of six per cent.Informa posted US$888m in eventsrevenue, with profits also rising.Across the globe regional trends varybut international venue groups andorganisers usually provide a decentbellwether for the economic outlook.Some smaller regional industry tradeshows such as Conventa (South EastEurope), Benelux show EMIF andMeetings Africa in Jo'burg, haverealised the key to success is improvingtheir hosted buyer programmes. Noaccident that Conventa and EMIF bothcalled in the architect of Reed TravelExhibitions' hosted buyer strategy, PaulKennedy, MBE, to advise.Meetings Africa's eighth editiondelivered more buyers and visitors andJo'burg now waits to see if it will winthe new SA Tourism tender to continueto host. Cape Town and Durban mayfancy a crack, but could be let down byfewer international flight connections.With South Africa now turning the BRICcountry alliance into BRICSA, it is onedestination on the move again.The Christchurch earthquake cost thecity hundreds of lives and its MICEevent, Meetings 2011. The NZ meetingscommunity rallied, however, andRotorua, the heartland of maori culture,stepped in to provide continuity at thisdifficult time. The show must go on.Our industry knows how to pulltogether in difficult times, so let uscompare notes even more closely tostep up our game, learn to be bettermeetings industry advocates andexploit the opportunities in the good times.Paul Colston, Managing Editor.MANAGING EDITORPaul Colstonpcolston@mashmedia.netDEPUTY EDITORVikki Carleyvcarley@mashmedia.netADVERTISINGMANAGERAndrew