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Having recently celebrated its fifteenth anniversary of delivering outstanding events for the global meetings marketplace, the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) is now looking ahead to Spring 2013 and the opening of its exciting new space.CEO, Hans Rissmann OBE, announces the development of the venue's expanded facility. "Our fifteen year track record of success is based on the technologically superior events space that we have created for Edinburgh and more importantly on our customer focus and unrivalled dedication. We are delighted to be taking major steps forward in the construction programme of the EICC's expansion which will enhance Edinburgh's offering as a world-class destination for global events. International customers around the world are excited about bringing their delegates to an expanded EICC." Outstanding facilitiesThe EICC's exciting new expansion will open for business in Spring 2013, adding a 2,000 SQM multi purpose hall to the venue. This unique hall, with futuristic moving floor technology, can be transformed at the touch of a button into several different configurations. Event Organisers will have the ability to choose from flat exhibition flooring through to tiered banqueting, raked-style auditorium and arena set-ups. This new events space will extend and complement the EICC's existing world-class facilities which have been experienced by conference delegates from around the globe. Take the EICC's Pentland Suite - a stunning revolving raked auditorium that transforms from a space of 1,200 seats into three fully serviced suites in less than four minutes. It's an engineering solution as elegant as it is simple and offers Event Organisers the greatest flexibility. Or the EICC's Cromdale Hall, which has all of the ingredients for a spectacular banquet for up to 850 guests or can be used as a dedicated exhibition area. A winning combinationThe EICC's exceptional facilities,together with the expert team ofprofessionals, is at the heart of itssuccess. The dynamic client services team has been entrusted with some of the world's most prestigious gatherings such as the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting. In the past fifteen years the EICC team has welcomed almost one million delegates through its doors and generated around £300 million in economic impact for the city of Edinburgh. Edinburgh International Conference Centre; developing for the futureFor event enquiriesEdinburgh International Conference CentreThe ExchangeEdinburgh EH3 8EEt: +44 (0)131 300 3333e: by Five Square

April 2011Conference+Meetings World www.c-mw.net7NEWSAEG submits proposal forLA Convention CentreUSA - Venue developer AEGhas submitted its proposal for a conventioncenter/football stadiumrenovation in Los Angeles.The privately-financedUS$1bn plan includes a new$220m multipurpose eventcentre at the West Hall of theLos Angeles ConventionCenter, and a new hall toreplace the exhibition andmeeting space currentlycontained in the West Hall.If approved, the new centrewould accommodate NFLAmerican football events,exhibitions and conventions,concerts and otherentertainment.The event centre will bemodeled after the Staplescentre and is designed toprovide roughly 26,500sqm ofspace for convention andexhibition events.AEG made its initial pitch tothe Los Angeles City Council inJanuary, prompting the LACC tolaunch a formal working group.NEW ZEALAND - NewZealand meetings industrytradeshow, Meetings 2011, isto be held in Rotorua due tothe recent earthquakedestruction in its usualdestination, Christchurch.It will be the first time thenorth island town will host thebusiness tourism expo, due to be held in the RotoruaEnergy Events Centre, 22-23June 2011."We pride ourselves onbeing a stand-out destinationand the perfect hosts, butsadly this year we cannotdeliver on that," saysChristchurch and CanterburyConvention Bureau ManagerLeonie Ashford. "Our focusneeds to be on rebuilding ourcity and our industry."Show Organiser Conventionsand Incentives New Zealand'sChief Executive Alan Trottersaid: "Christchurch is a vitalcog in our industry and it is inall our interests that it getsback on its feet as quickly aspossible and re-opens forbusiness. We'll be doing allwe can to support the city."Rotorua steps in toChristchurchMeetings 2011 breachPhiladelphia spreads outUSA - The newly expandedPennsylvania ConventionCenter now offersorganisers 65,000sqm ofevents space, 20,000sqmmore than prior to the two-year expansion.Reconstruction costUS$786m and officialsexpect to take $2bn overthe next decade as a resultof increased business.AIBTM qualifyingfirst 1,000 buyersUSA - Reed TravelExhibitions is qualifying thefirst 1,000 hosted buyerapplications for its inauguralAIBTM show in Baltimore.The organiser is expecting2,000 buyers to attend theJune event.AIBTM HostedBuyer Manager ElisabethShipman predicts 700exhibitors will attend one-to-one meetings with thebuyers.Tarsus reports robust revenuesWORLD - Internationalmedia and events groupTarsus has reportedrevenues of £43.6m(US$71m), three per centup on comparable biennialyear 2008. Profit after taxwas £4.3m compared to£4.9m in 2009. The groupreported strongperformances in themedical, Middle East andemerging market sectors.Abu Dhabi reportsrise in hotel guestsUAE - The UK remains thenumber one internationalmarket for Abu Dhabihoteliers. They report a 5%rise in figures for January2011 over 2010. The AbuDhabi Tourism Board says153,874 guests checked inin the first month of 2011. News in brief...Winnipeg Convention Centereyes residual infrastructureCANADA- The WinnipegConvention Center is hoping itcan benefit from CAN$189m(US$191m) of unspentinfrastructure funding left inOttawa's tripartite BuildingCanada Fund pot.The funding was originallytargeted for transportimprovements, in particularthe bus rapid transit lineconnecting Winnipeg's MainStreet to the University ofManitoba's Fort Garrycampus.Tripartite funding requires allthree levels of government tosupport any specificinfrastructure project. If anyone of the partners says No, iteffectively functions as a vetoand that's what the cityauthorities did with thetransport project.Expansion of the WinnipegConvention Centre is one ofseveral other big infrastructureprojects now being advancedby lobbies keen for a slice ofthe funding pie leftovers.ITALY - Exmedia, organiser ofItalian meetings tradeshow BTC,has signed a three-yearagreement with nationalassociation Federcongressi. Announcing the deal at theassociation's annualconference, FedercongressiChairman Paolo Zona andExmedia CEO Paolo Audinosaid they hoped to pursue fourobjectives:Raise awareness amongpolitical bodies and companiesof the economic, cultural andprofessional value of the sectorBTC and Federcongressisign three-year dealPromote the economic andprofessional growth of thebusinesses operating in itMake the Italian market moreinternationalStimulate and support industrystudies and research anddevelop the sector's role.Under the new agreement,BTC will manage and update theItalian conference market surveyOsservatorio CongressualeItaliano, recently acquired byFedercongressi from the RiminiConvention Bureau andpublisher Ediman.