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Apr 09, 2012
The Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre has announced the official opening of MAX Atria, a US$44 million purpose-built MICE venue managed by Singex Venues Pte Ltd. Designed with sustainability in mind, the venue will reportedly consume 30% less energy each year compared to a conventionally designed building of the same size. The new 12,700 square meters convention wing offers complimentary Wi-Fi access and is located at the site of Singapore EXPO. Featuring 32 column-free rooms with a garden courtyard and rooftop space, MAX Atria is capable to hold over 3,500 delegates and is… more
Apr 09, 2012
UBM plc announced the launch of Ecobuild India in 2013. The event will be held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC) in Mumbai April 16-18.. Ecobuild India 2013 will be organised by UBM’s two subsidiaries, UBM Build Environment and UBM India. UBM Build Environment is a specialist media division of UBM for the construction, property, architecture and interiors markets. UBM currently has Ecobuild events in U.K. and China. The U.K. event claims to be the world’s largest exhibition dedicated to the future of sustainable building design, construction and the built environment. The… more
Apr 08, 2012
With more and more smartphones and other devices on the showfloor that require additional Wi-Fi and mobile bandwith, convention and meeting venues’  existing networks are being tasked with keeping up with the demand. To address this issue, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events released its White Paper, “Wi-Fi and Mobile Challenges in the Exhibitions and Events Industry”, in response to bandwith concerns expressed by various segments of the industry. The IAEE Wi-Fi and Mobile Bandwidth Task Force was created to work on this effort. "The… more
Apr 07, 2012
Charles Ahlers has spent 40 years in the convention and visitors bureau business, most recently serving as president at the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, but he’s now decided to move on at the end of this year. “I have been fortunate to be able to realize many accomplishments during my four decade career in this industry,” Ahlers said. He added, “I have worked for five distinct destination marketing organizations, and it seems fitting at this time to finish my visitor industry career on a high note. This Anaheim Resort community and all of… more
Apr 04, 2012
While it can’t be easy being a consumer show representing a distressed industry, the Progressive International Motorcycle Show Tour proved that a creative reinvention strategy can go a long way in maintaining and building attendance. Owned by Advanstar Communications, the 17-week event for motorcycle enthusiasts, which converges annually in 12 cities November to March, recently concluded its 2011/2012 tour, boasting an overall attendance of nearly 500,000 people, according to show officials. Last year, the show drew approximately 470,000 attendees, and for the past two years, has… more
Apr 03, 2012
Patricia Farias-Barlow has been selected as the International Association of Exhibitions and Events’ 2012 "Legend of the Industry" for this year's IAEE Krakoff Leadership Institute to be held May30-June 1 at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C., as part of IAEE's Mid-Year Meeting. The Krakoff Leadership Institute provides professional development for a group of industry professionals who were selected by the Krakoff Leadership Institute Committee as the industry's future leaders based on their application and extensive review. "Being selected as this year… more
Apr 03, 2012
Aviation Week’s MRO Americas 2012 Conference has resumed one day after more than a dozen tornadoes struck the Dallas/Fort Worth region and disrupted the event's showfloor that was set to open for  5,000 attendees at the Dallas Convention Center "I was impressed with the professionalism and the communication from the staff at the DCC," said Lydia F. Janow from the MRO Americas 2012 Conference. She added, "The evacuation went smoothly, and staff was with me through the duration of the storms keeping me abreast of updates." Center security ushered all of the… more
Apr 02, 2012
One big meetings and events supplier bought another, with St. Louis-based Maritz Travel acquiring Twinsburg, Ohio-based Experient. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Maritz Travel is a global leader in providing full-service meeting, event and incentive travel programs to corporate clients, and Experient is a provider of meeting and event services to associations, tradeshows, corporations and the U.S. government. “As a result of this deal, Maritz Travel will lead the industry in four key areas – corporate, association, tradeshow and strategic meetings management. Coming… more
Apr 02, 2012
The Professional Convention Management Association has unveiled the speaker lineup for its June Education Conference, and it features a cast of new thinkers, specifically selected to challenge participants with new approaches towardsstrategic leadership and innovation, according to PCMA officials. The PCMA Education Conference is a smaller, more intimate gathering of senior industry professionals - designed for idea generation, solution sharing and networking with peers and key industry decision makers. The conference, on tap June 10-13 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, in San… more
Apr 02, 2012
The Daejeon International Marketing Enterprise of Daejeon, South Korea, is the first destination marketing organization in Asia to successfully achieve the honor of accreditation from the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP). DMAP is an industry-wide accreditation program developed by Destination Marketing Association International to recognize DMOs that meet or exceed industry standards, has accredited 138 DMOs on three continents. "Congratulations to DIME for successfully achieving DMAP accreditation and joining 137 additional DMOs in demonstrating a commitment to… more