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4Conference+Meetings WorldApril 2011www.c-mw.netNEWSHKCEC wins 31 events Vancouver centre seaplaneterminal making waves Record congressbusiness forHONG KONG- The HongBella CenterKong Convention andExhibition Centre (HKCEC)has won 24 internationaland regional conferences for2011 and seven exhibitions.The internationalconference wins are expectedto bring more than20,000 internationaldelegates, experts andgovernment officials to HongKong. Fifteen of these eventsare new to the HKCEC andspan topics including medicalCANADA- Proposals for a newCAN$22m (US$22.4m)Vancouver Harbour FlightCentre for seaplanes at thenorth end of the VancouverConvention Centre (VCC) haveprovoked a backlash fromoperators over plans to charge a $12 passenger levy per ticket.President of the VancouverCommercial Seaplane OperatorsAssociation, Greg McDougall, isleading his eight members in aboycott of the new project dueto open in May, while applyingto build their own terminal eastof the nearby heli-jet port.Part-owner of the FlightCentre, Graham Clarke, admitshe has no anchor tenants. McDougall says the VCCpremises are not a good siteand has accused Flight Centre'sscience, engineering andconstruction. A number ofrecurrent events also haveplans to expand, adevelopment HKCEC's DeputyManaging Director MonicaLee-Müller puts down toeffective marketing strategies."It is gratifying to see such a promising start to 2011. The new events and theirorganisers are certainly awelcomed addition toHKCEC's event portfolio," said Lee-Müller. EGYPT- The Egyptianrevolution that deposedPresident Hosni Mubarakshould have a positive effect onthe country's events industry,according to the head of theEgypt Expo and ConventionAuthority (EECA). ChairmanSharif Salem believes theindustry can help "open upthe country up for businessand attract foreign activities"."Everybody agrees reducingunemployment and improvingliving conditions can only bedone with more businessdirectors of abusing amonopoly.PavCo, the crown corporationthat operates the VancouverConvention Centre and BCPlace, stressed the situationwas not affecting conventionbusiness. The VCC told CMWthe seaplanes were usedoccasionally by delegatesexploring the region pre/postevent. PavCo Chair David Podmore,has suggested an independentcommission to resolve thedispute.DENMARK- Copenhagen'sBella Center hosted 21international congresses lastyear, the highest annual totalin the venue group's history.CEO Bang Arne Mikkelsensays the 2010 figureunderlines the Bella Center's"significant role" inpositioning Copenhagen asa leading Europeanmeetings and congressdestination. "And with theopening of Scandinavia'sbiggest hotel, Bella SkyComwell, in May, we will beeven better geared to attractmore internationalcongresses," he added. Forum Copenhagen alonehas posted over five millionvisitors since it was takenover by Bella Center in 1997. activities and income to thecountry," he told CMW. "I expect, therefore, that Egyptwill be even more open forbusiness than before, becausethe country needs it. I expectthat will be reflected in newlegislation," Salem added.Revolution opens doors for Egyptian industryGreece creates tourism allianceGREECE- The Greek privateand public sectors havecreated an alliance to tackleproblems in the country'stourism sector. The Greek National TourismOrganisations' (GNTO)Chairman, NikosKanellopoulos, will create aspecial department within theGNTO's Directorate of MarketResearch and Advertising.IMEX America totake second hallUSA - IMEX Americaexpects more than 1,500exhibiting companies toattend its inaugural showStateside at the Sands Expo11-13 October.IMEX Group said demandhas enabled it to book asecond hall at the Las Vegasvenue, with 100 countriesrepresented. Irving ConventionCenter opens USA - After 12 years ofplanning, the IrvingConvention Center in LasColinas, Dallas, is open.Costing US$133m tobuild, the Texas centreoffers 25,548sqm of eventspace. The facility, stilllooking for a GM, ismanaged by Pennsylvania-based facility managementcompany SMG. Paul Kennedy toadvise Brussels EMIFBELGIUM - ArtexisExhibitions, organiser of theBenelux European MeetingsIndustry Fair (EMIF), hasbrought on board formerReed Travel ExhibitionsGroup Exhibition DirectorPaul Kennedy to adivse onstrategic expansion.The move follows therecent appointment ofCordula Riedel as EMIFDirector. MCI raises fundingfor growthWORLD - Global eventmanagement agency MCIGroup has raised ?8m(US$11m) in equity fundingfrom Iris Capital to supportits growth in Latin Americaand the Middle East. Theagency is projecting 20 percent growth in 2011 and inFebruary made acquisitionsin Dubai and Argentina. News in brief...

April 2011Conference+Meetings World www.c-mw.net5NEWSLiu to step downas SACEOSpresidentSINGAPORE- The presidentof the Singapore Association ofConvention and ExhibitionOrganisers and Suppliers(SACEOS), Edward Liu, stepsdown as president in April.Speaking to CMW, Liu, whostill holds several internationalMICE posts including groupMD of Conference andExhibition ManagementServices, said that he aims touse the remainder of his timeat SACEOS to establish aSingapore MICE Alliance tocreate a voice for the industryin the private sector.He added that SACEOS'mission for 2011 is toimplement its Strategic Plan2020, which has nine strategicinitiatives, including closercollaboration with governmentagencies and other tradeassociations.BestCities completesmanagement changeWORLD- The Head ofMarketing andCommunications at the DubaiConvention Bureau, NatashaTomé, has taken the role ofManagement Committee Chairof the BestCities GlobalAlliance for the next year.BestCities is a strategicleadership group of conventionbureaus, incorporatingCopenhagen, Dubai,Edinburgh, Melbourne, SanJuan, Singapore andVancouver.Tomé takes over the helmfrom the Senior Manager atthe Cape Town and WesternCape Convention Bureau,Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo. Shewill work closely with therecently appointed Board Chairof the alliance and ExecutiveManager at the Cape TownBureau, David Frandsen.This year, BestCities willlaunch a series of eightresource articles to providemeeting planners access tobest practices.Cvent reportsrevenues up41% in 2010Puerto Ricobeyond theboondoggleRegus opens base in SerbiaUSA - Online eventmanagement company Cvent,has announced year-on-yearrevenue growth of 41 per centfor 2010.The company claims itsstrongest ever Q4 and full-yearresults come on the back of itacquiring more than 3,000 newcustomers and 200 net newemployees last year. Cvent, which now claims over90,000 users in 40 countries,says its growth has been fuelledby a recovering meetingsindustry and an increased focusby businesses of all kinds ondeploying web-based software tocut costs and boost efficiency.Cvent offers profiles of125,000 venues worldwide aswell as a Request for Proposal(RFP) tool for subscribers. Thecompany claims US$4bn worthof group business will flowthrough its Supplier Network in2011.Bookings and cost bothup for Ottawa CentreCANADA - The cost of the newOttawa Convention Centre(OCC) has gone up toCAN$179m (US$180m) fromCAN$169m.Ninety conventions that OCChopes will generate more thanCAN$200m in economicbenefits over the next fiveyears have been booked in,exceeding OCC PresidentPatrick Kelly's target of 80. "Booking pace is excellent andwe are very excited about ourimpending opening this April,"OCC Communications ManagerPeggy Nieghorn tells CMW."The OCC has already been acatalyst for positive change inthe downtown core."SERBIA - Internationalworkspace provider Regus hasopened a base in Belgrade,Serbia, and hopes this newbusiness centre will offerlocation choices for companieslooking to do business inEastern Europe. Regus providesserviced office space, virtualoffices and meeting rooms inbusiness centres across 86global locations.Regus Global CEO MarkDixon says companies keen toset up in Serbia are drivingdemand. Serbia's economygrew by two per cent last yearand the country is a candidatefor EU membership, with interimtrade and visa agreements. Confex to move to Excel LondonUK - United Business MediaLive's International Confex,will move from Earls Court toExcel London from 2012.UBM Live Portfolio DirectorJonny Sullens told CMWExcel's facilities, including thenew International ConferenceCentre, will help Confexexpand its global visitor baseand hosted buyer programme. "We've done this to growthe show. There are areas in the current show, such asthe international area, whichI'm keen to expand, andcomplementary markets thatwould sit well alongsideConfex," Sullens said. "Excelgives us the flexibility to bolton other significantly-sizedproducts, which wasn't therewith Earls Court." Confex2011 took place 1-3 Marchwith Sullens noting only "aslight drop" in attendanceand exhibitor numbersbroadly holding up.PUERTO RICO- The PuertoRico Convention Bureau hasextended its 'Not A Boondoggle'marketing campaign, with newmessages aimed at debunkingthe perception that it is not aserious meetings destination.The new campaign featurestwo planners who have hostedhigh-level, serious businessmeetings in Puerto Rico."There continues to be amindset that offshore, sunnydestinations don't measure up asa serious meetings location, andthat's just not the case," saysRamón Sánchez, Executive Vice-President and COO at thePuerto Rico Convention Bureau. Puerto Rico will host the 2012ICCA Congress.