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NEWSFLASH October 2015

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October 2015
Publishers Note

Dear Reader!

Are you preparing for IMEX America? Then you shouldn’t miss our coverage on the many updates making it more attractive than ever. But ITB Asia is also up on our doorsteps and promises to be most interesting too!

But some are also coming to you – if you’re in Europe… NYC & Company just finished its Road show while the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre started its 3rd Roadshow yesterday in Europe? And – in Macau the Global Tourism Economy Forum will be held from 12-14 October.

Looking further into the future, may we lead your attention to

PCMA’s Convening Leaders Conference in Vancouver, Canada from 10-13 January 2016
HB Meetings Morocco, from 14-15 January 2016 in Marrakech
HB CONVENE 2016 from 10-11 February 2016 in Vilnius, Lithuania
HB PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2016 in Chiang Rai, Thailand from 17-19 February 2016.
HB MICE East Africa Forum & Expo 2016 from 9-11 June 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Event applications are open, Hosted Buyer Events are marked with HB. And if you’re looking for an overview of MICE industry trade shows and events, take a look on our calendar – we’re currently adding 2016 events to facilitate your planning.

In Asia, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre announced a major investment in its digital AV equipment. Singapore is continuing to further develop its top position among the Asian meeting and convention cities – see both updates in this edition.

Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, UK opens a new event space plus an extension of the hotel to provide 400 additional rooms to organizers.

The world PCO Alliance welcomes two new members - The Conference Company -- New Zealand and Turismo & Convenciones – Mexico into its network.

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Martina Warter
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In This Edition

Left Column

IMEX America: Let's Get Creative -- Interactive Sessions And New Play Room

Canada: Vancouver To Host Industry's Top Meeting For Meeting Planners

Lithuania: CONVENE Hosted Buyer Programme Opens

Macau: Upcoming Global Tourism Economy Forum - Macau 2015

Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Invests RM1.8 million In AV Digital Upgrades

Oman: Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre Unveils Business Events Solutions To Prospective European Clients

Singapore: Singapore Remains Asia's Top Meeting and Convention City For 2014

Right Column

Thailand, Chiang Rai: PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2016

Morocco, Marrakech: First Meetings Morocco Show to take place on 14-15 January 2016

UK, Manchester: Victoria Warehouse Opens New Event Space As Part of Expansion Plans

USA, New York: NYC & Company Embarks On Largest Ever Pan-European Mice Road Show

DMCs: Two New Members Join The World PCO Alliance

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IMEX America: Let's Get Creative -- Interactive Sessions And New Play Room

Creativity and engagement are set to top the agenda at IMEX America this year. A new Play Room and dedicated education sessions from both meeting and entertainment professionals are set to provide a fresh look at meeting planning.

The new Play Room, powered by Play With A Purpose, will be held throughout IMEX America, 13 -- 15 October in Las Vegas, offering attendees a creative, interactive, hands on "play space".

With 'quirkshops' during Smart Monday on 12 October and on the Inspiration Hub throughout the show, the Play Room will showcase a variety of tools and techniques, providing planners with immediately useable ideas to implement in meetings. Quirkshops will cover room design, technology, networking tools and teambuilding ideas, enabling planners to create more engaging, creative meetings. Planners can work with others to get to grips with human whiteboarding, gamification, humour power and zen tangles among others.

The Inspiration Hub, home to all show floor education during IMEX, has a dedicated creative learning track with impactful sessions designed to boost engagement and create a memorable delegate experience.

Human connection -- a lost art in a noisy world will be delivered by award winning magician and MPI Keynote Tim David on 13 October. Through his work, Tim has learned what makes people tick and will share many tips in this motivational presentation uncovering the key to effective and persuasive communication and fostering connections.

Award winning film director Josh Tickell makes movies geared toward the 80 million people between the ages of 18-35. According to Inc. Magazine, he is "America's #1 Strategist" for connecting with the Millennial Generation (also known as Generation Y). His MPI Keynote Managing and marketing to the future of Generation Y on 14 October is set to explore this further, explaining how to tailor sustainability policies, communication, HR and customer service to meet the needs of the attendees of the future.

Patrick Henry, former Nashville songwriter, performer and MPI keynote says: "If you can't create an emotional connection with your're going to lose them". His keynote address on 15 October, Becoming 'Remember-able', shares real life stories to show how to build an extraordinary customer experience, achieve personal and professional excellence and build loyalty among their team.

Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Group, comments: "In a rapidly evolving marketplace, it's essential to stay up to date with the latest trends and develop a fresh approach to planning and hosting meetings. Our new Play Room is an exciting new addition to IMEX America. When combined with our creative education sessions and the outstanding line up of MPI Keynotes, we hope to provide delegates with the latest business practices which they can take back and apply to their meetings."

Alongside the Creative Learning focused education sessions are nine other speciality tracks including Business Skills, Marketing & Communications, Risk Management & Compliance, Technology & Social Media, Trends & Research, Health & Wellbeing, Diversity, Sustainability and General Education.

The Inspiration Hub, home to all show floor education at IMEX America, is split into six areas with more than 180 education sessions - each catering to different learning styles. There are seminar rooms, a campfire area and a Hot Topic area providing the opportunity to debate the latest industry issues with peers. The Meet the Experts Clinic offers individual appointments with an industry expert and presentations at the Research Pod area showcase the latest industry research.

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Canada: Vancouver To Host Industry's Top Meeting For Meeting Planners

The Vancouver Convention Centre, Tourism Vancouver and the local hospitality community will welcome the Professional Convention Management Association's (PCMA) flagship education conference, Convening Leaders, from January 10 to 13, 2016.

Now open for registration, PCMA's 60th annual Convening Leaders conference will bring 4,000 industry-leading meeting planners and suppliers to the Vancouver Convention Centre for three days of unparalleled networking and education, showcasing the latest innovations in event technology, meeting design and business event strategy. In addition to contributing an estimated $6.2 million (4.2m Euro / 4.7m USD) in direct spending to the BC economy, the convention represents millions of dollars of potential future meetings business for Vancouver.

In order to generate excitement and stimulate registrations, the Vancouver Convention Centre, Tourism Vancouver and the PCMA Local Host Committee collaborated on a cheeky video. The playful video plays off Convening Leaders' theme of "Cultivating Creative Moments" by telling the story of PCMA's first site visit to Vancouver. The twist? The cast consists solely of children, playing on the creative and youthful energy of Vancouver and its meetings industry. | |

Lithuania: CONVENE Hosted Buyer Programme Opens

Registration for the much sought-after hosted buyer programme of CONVENE has now opened and demand for places on this flexible and comprehensive scheme are once again expected to exceed the places available.

CONVENE 2016, the fourth edition of the event, will provide buyers with complimentary return travel, transfers, hotel accommodation, a buyer only welcome reception and the gala networking event, full daytime and evening refreshments as well as the opportunity of applying for a place on one of a number of fam trips out into region's destinations. This flexibility gives the buyers time to experience and discover a wide range of returning and new exhibitors, the latest education and evening networking opportunities.

Event director Jolanta Beniuliene says: "CONVENE continues to present the best regional providers of meetings products and services to the international hosted buyer community. The event is tailored to hosted buyer choice-the buyers choose who they want to see and what time of the day they want to have their pre scheduled meetings. Our high quality educational programme adds an additional dimension to the extensive range of hosted buyer benefits on offer.”

Organised by the Vilnius Convention Bureau in association with Kennedy Integrated Solutions, the event features the countries of the Baltic Sea Region. 165+ hosted buyers from throughout Europe are expected to attend with an estimated 3750 pre-scheduled business appointments to be conducted. Buyers will meet some 80 exhibitors from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Russia. Building on the success of the three first editions, which have seen over 430 hosted buyers in attendance, CONVENE 2016 will present the very high quality hospitality of the Vilnius meetings industry community and all that this UNESCO World heritage destination has to offer.

CONVENE which is acknowledged as having a genuine style and a deserved reputation for excellent organisation, takes place on 10-11 February 2016 at Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre LITEXPO in Vilnius, Lithuania. Buyers along with exhibitors and visitors can register online now at

Hosted Buyer Invitation:
MICE East Africa Forum & Expo 2016
9-11 June 2016, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The first MICE industry trade show in East Africa will take place from June 6-9, 2016 at the Millenium Special Hall in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The three-day event will offer 150 hosted buyers the opportunity to meet with more than 100 of the region’s top suppliers.

Attending the MICE East Africa Forum & Expo will allow you to experience Addis Ababa’s MICE infrastructure and the cities top level suppliers and meet with the major Ethiopian tourism offices; the East and Central African country tourism organizations, airlines, hotels and resorts with suitable MICE facilities, local venue providers and vendors, professional conference and event organizers, destination management companies etc.

The Hosted buyer programme includes round trip air tickets to/from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,u p to 4 night hotel accommodation during the show, free admission to the exhibition hall, the East Africa Innovation Center, the event’s networking functions, food & beverage services of the event, ground transportation and a minimum of 25 valuable business appointments during the 3-day event.

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Macau: Upcoming Global Tourism Economy Forum - Macau 2015

The Global Tourism Economy Forum, an annual mega event for the tourism industry, will be held at the Venetian Macao from 12 to 14 October 2015 under the theme "Belt and Road Initiative: Unleashing the New Dynamics of Cultural Tourism". The Forum will continue its role as a platform for high-level international exchange and cooperation, once again gathering ministerial officials and tourism leaders from different destinations to contribute ideas for fostering global tourism and economic development.

Global Tourism Economy Forum - Macau 2015 is hosted by the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government in collaboration with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). A press conference was held at the Tourism Activities Centre in Macao on September 17, 2015, where the Chief of Office of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government, Lai Ieng Kit gave a remark, followed by an announcement of program highlights and speaker profiles by the Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of GTEF, Pansy Ho.

The Chief of Office of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government, Lai Ieng Kit, remarked, "The Global Tourism Economy Forum not only offers valuable perspectives and a key direction for the global tourism and related sectors to go forward, but also helps Macao to build the city into a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure. We will do our best to host the Forum and keep showing Macao's capacity of hosting mega international events as well as our destination's function as a platform for diverse cultural exchanges. The Macao SAR Government will actively support our Country's Belt and Road Initiative and grasp this golden opportunity for development…”

This GTEF edition has successfully lined up the Pacific Alliance countries - Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru - as the Featured Partner Countries, not only extending the Forum's cooperative network to Latin America, but also making a timely response to the latest trends of fostering Sino-Latin American economic and trade relations. Zhejiang Province, a key strategic province along the Maritime Silk Road, will also join the Forum as the Featured Province and showcase the cultural power of the Belt and Road through the prominent Poetry and Painting of Zhejiang exhibition.

The Forum will continue its collaboration with UNWTO to present the Face to Face, Ministers and Private Sector CEOs session again, gathering ministerial officials from the Pacific Alliance as well as Asian countries and regions to join in a direct dialogue with global business leaders. The Forum will also present three panel discussions on pressing global tourism issues in Understanding Chinese Consumers Behaviour and Chinese Overseas Investment (presented by Bank of America Merrill Lynch), Exploring the Full Dimension of Cultural Tourism -- Cultural Heritage and Creative Living Culture (presented by media partner), and Driving Cultural Awareness through Social Media (presented by Pacific Asia Travel Association & Connecting Travel).

Further, the Forum is committed to supporting strategy researches for tourism and economic development. The Global Tourism Economy Research Centre and UNWTO will present their second joint research project, UNWTO/GTERC Annual Report 2015 on Asia Tourism Trends. In addition, business matching and networking programs will be organized to provide Forum attendees with ample opportunities to discuss and forge new partnerships in tourism.

Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Invests RM1.8 million In AV Digital Upgrades

In line with continuous efforts to enhance the delegate and guest experience when attending events at the facility and to maintain their reputation as one of the most technologically-advanced venues in the country, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) has invested RM1.8 million (360 kEuro / 407 kUSD) on 190 new digital speakers and digital audio processors.

The Centre's AV Manager, Norbiha Ismail said: "The digital audio processors are specialised microprocessors that have been optimised for the fast operational needs of digital signal processing. With this, our clients are assured their audio requests will be smooth and accurate. In addition, digitalising will improve our monitoring and control mechanism and in turn, help increase productivity levels."

The 190 new digital speakers and digital audio processors are in the Plenary Theatre, Plenary Hall, Conference Halls 1, 2 and 3, Banquet Hall and Ballrooms 1 & 2. All audio processors in the Exhibition Halls have also transitioned to digital with the existing speakers maintained in analog format.

Oman: Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre Unveils Business Events Solutions To Prospective European Clients

The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) is finalising preparations for its third annual Roadshow in Europe starting 5th of October 2015. In collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, the European Roadshow is a series of exclusive client events presenting the compelling offer of the OCEC as a venue for conferences, congresses and exhibitions, and Oman as a destination, to key decision makers, thought leaders and professional associations across a variety of industries.

The carefully drafted itinerary will include Berlin, Brussels, Geneva and Milan, cities that host high numbers of industry associations. In Milan, the Roadshow will be able to take advantage of the Sultanate's impressive Milan Expo 2015 pavilion, designed to offer a taste of Oman's authentic charm and an introduction to its wide-ranging tourism and investment opportunities.

"During this year's Roadshow in Europe, we have included additional networking events and will be visiting new cities to enable us to develop new leads and build relationships with organisers and associations," said Trevor McCartney, OCEC General Manager. "Our aim is to share the remarkable proposition of the OCEC and our passion for this oasis of beauty, culture, integrity and business opportunities, the Sultanate of Oman."

Salim Al Mamari, Director General of Tourism Promotion at the Ministry of Tourism said, "The Roadshow in Europe is the ideal business platform to showcase the genuine warmth of Omani hospitality and what the Sultanate has to offer to delegates. We are working closely with the OCEC team during our visits to four major European business focal points in order to share the tremendous possibilities associated with Oman's vision for future development as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship."

The centrepiece of Oman's business event development programme, the OCEC is acknowledged as one of the world's most exciting emerging convention and exhibition destinations. With the opening of Phase One in early 2016, which will concentrate on exhibitions, banqueting functions, live events, corporate and government meetings, the OCEC will attract thousands of visitors in its first year of operation. Phase Two, the Convention Centre, will be ready for business in 2017 and will include a tiered, lyric-style 3,200 seat auditorium, another theatre which seats 450, 13 well-appointed meeting rooms, a VIP Pavilion and a Grand and Junior Ballroom which seat 1,360 and 600 in banquet-style respectively. Over the next seven years, the game-changing venue will host up to 446 different events, welcoming, on average, 600,000 visitors a year.

Singapore: Singapore Remains Asia's Top Meeting and Convention City For 2014

Singapore is once again Asia's top meeting and convention city, according to the Union of International Associations (UIA) and International Congress and Convention Association's (ICCA) 2014 global rankings released earlier this year. The city state also retained its spot as the UIA's top international meeting city for the eighth year running, and at the top of Asia Pacific cities in ICCA's rankings for the 13th consecutive year.

Said Ms Neeta Lachmandas, Assistant Chief Executive (Business Development), Singapore Tourism Board: "The accolade is not only a validation of the strength of Singapore's MICE industry, but also a reminder that Singapore needs to continuously up its game in light of the increased competition. While we are humbled that Singapore remains the Asian destination of choice for event owners, we will continue to enhance our vibrant MICE ecosystem further for a more remarkable experience for business visitors."

Singapore's Recent Event Bid Wins

Both rankings served to emphasise that event owners continue to regard Singapore as a top MICE destination. Further testament to the city state's attractiveness is the magnitude and prestige of events recently won.

These wins include the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Conference, which comes to Singapore in 2019, and the International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (IUPESM) World Congress for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering two years later in 2021.

Pinnacle events in their respective fields, the ICN conference and IUPESM World Congress are graced by industry thought leaders and top executives. Open interaction among attendees from different levels, areas of expertise and cultures helps promote knowledge-sharing, and improve the quality of information exchange.

Strong Line-Up Of 2015 Events

In 2015, there are also similarly-high profile events making their debuts either in Asia or Singapore. Examples are the World Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Forum, Sibos 2015, the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Asia Congress, and the recently concluded West Point All-Academies Asia Summit.

Returning to local shores after 12 years is the world's premier financial services event Sibos 2015, which will take place in October. Last here in 2003, the four-day annual business forum is tipped to attract about 7,000 delegates from all over the world, potentially making this the largest Sibos in the Asia Pacific region.

Said Mr Sven Bossu, Head of Sibos: "What made us come back to Singapore was its city infrastructure that has luxurious conference halls and leisure amenities near to one another, allowing us to enhance our event. For instance, the Gardens by the Bay is close to our event venue, Marina Bay Sands, allowing us to organise a 5km fun run and walk before the start of the day, with a view of the Singapore skyline. This gives delegates a chance to better know each other in an informal setting that may potentially lead to a business partnership."

MICE 2020

Aside from the strong pipeline of events in Singapore, a key initiative helping to drive the MICE industry forward is the MICE2020 mid-term roadmap, which is a part of Singapore's approach to Quality Tourism.

The brainchild of a year-long consultation and ideation with the MICE industry, MICE2020 is centred around three core ideas to help give Singapore the edge in an ever-changing global landscape -- offering Singapore as a destination with authentic local offerings and unique, experiential events; turning Singapore into a connected city with the digital capabilities to allow business visitors to do what they need to do seamlessly; and positioning Singapore as Asia's MICE resource capital that is home to skilled talent and knowledge.

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Download your copy of MICE:destination now!

MICE:destination - the electronic magazine for the MICE industry. Click here to download edition September 2015 here from our website.

In the September 2015 edition, you will find:

In:Focus Indian Ocean - a destination made in paradise
In:Focus Ethiopia and East Africa - Ready for a MICE Industry Trade Show
In:Case An Extraordinary Experience at Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
In:Show ITB Asia 2015 builds on Partnership with Global Business Travel Association
In:Country Finland - A Path to Success
In:Search IACC - Exploring Generational Preferences of Meeting Planners in Australia Asia Pacific

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Thailand, Chiang Rai: PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2016

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has announced that the PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2016 (AT&RTCM 2016) will be taking place in the historic northern city of Chiang Rai, Thailand from February 17-19, 2016 under the theme "Creating Experiences, Sharing Opportunities".

The PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2016 is a three-day niche event with both conference and travel mart components that bring together tourism professionals involved in adventure travel and responsible tourism to discuss creating new opportunities for promoting environmental protection and social sustainability within the industry. The event brings together the public and private sectors to address issues facing the adventure travel, responsible and sustainable tourism sectors.

"PATA is excited to have the opportunity to showcase the historic northern city of Chiang Rai, Thailand. The city has so much to offer today's travellers wishing to experience natural beauty, indigenous culture, and rich heritage," said PATA CEO Mario Hardy. "The choice of the destination reflects the growing importance of dispersing tourists to emerging destinations, an issue the Association has been actively promoting through such activities as the PATA CEO Challenge 2015. This event is the perfect opportunity for travel trade professionals to learn first-hand about this fast growing tourist destination."

Located in the Golden Triangle region close to the borders of Myanmar and Lao PDR, the former capital of the great Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Rai is a fascinating province filled with cultural and natural wonders. Located in northern Thailand, it is a land of outstanding natural beauty, where tourists can escape the crowds and visit remote hill tribes and spot exotic wildlife.

Chiang Rai now competes with Chiang Mai as a major tourist attraction and is fast becoming a popular escape for today's tourists. A traveller's paradise, endowed with abundant natural attractions and antiquities, attractions range from ruins of ancient settlements and Buddhist shrines to magnificent mountain scenery and hill tribe villages. For those interested in the pristine natural beauty of the countryside, travellers can take part in jungle trekking or mountain hiking. Visitors can also take the opportunity to immerse themselves in the indigenous culture, including those of a variety of different hill tribe communities.

Chiang Rai is also a centre for community development projects, helping rural villagers develop their attractions without adversely affecting their natural and cultural assets.

AT&RTCM 2016 offers a tremendous platform for sellers and buyers involved in the world of adventure travel and responsible tourism to secure effective business appointments through its well-proven system of pre-matched appointments. It is an excellent opportunity to create new experiences and share new opportunities with tourism professionals from around the world.

For more information or to register for the event as a seller, buyer, conference or media delegate, visit

Morocco, Marrakech: First Meetings Morocco Show to take place on 14-15 January 2016

Meetings Morocco® will be a meeting point between the Moroccan Meeting Industry offer and event organisers at both local and international levels!

The event will be in the form of professional B2B meetings with pre-programmed appointments to ensure an optimal use of delegates’ time. A relaxed meeting, one that will be welcoming and friendly, with networking as its watchword. Also on the program: presentation breakfasts, networking and business lunches, an evening event, and an educational site inspection programme for Hosted Buyers from abroad.

Meetings Morocco® will notably welcome the CRTs, hotels and hotel chains providing a MICE offer, conference centres, all types of event venues including the most exceptional, incoming agencies-DMC, event communication agencies, transport companies (air and rail), as well as official organisations and the various service providers who work in the events sector. The offer will be complete, qualified, and covers all Morocco's regions.

The event offers space for 100 to 105 international Hosted buyers. If you are evaluating a project in Morocco, don’t hesitate to apply for this hosted buyer programme! Click here to apply:

Conferences, Thematic Sessions and Networking

There will be a number of conferences and theme-based sessions during the two days which will focus on the topical subjects of the moment, in the presence of well-known representatives of the profession. During the show, the different networking areas, business lunches and evening events will give guests a wide range of opportunities to meet and discuss.

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UK, Manchester: Victoria Warehouse Opens New Event Space As Part of Expansion Plans

Victoria Warehouse in Manchester has announced the opening of its new The Bays area, as part of expansion project which will also see a new basement event space and an extension to the onsite hotel to provide 400 additional rooms. Ideal for conferences, awards dinners, networking events, weddings and private parties, The Bays area features two adjoining spaces.

Guests attending events in The Bays will arrive into Bay 1, the large 200-capacity pre-function room with an open plan kitchen and a large feature bar, before moving through two sets of double doors into the main event space, Bay 2.

Bay 2, which has capacity for 360 guests reception-style, 200 for a dinner and 310 in theatre-style seating, features a full AV package including screens and projectors, colour-changing down lighters on all the pillars, a PA system, and appropriate furniture. Described as a 'plug and play' space, the space is ideal for clients looking for a hassle-free event solution that can be adapted in whichever way is required.

James Cohen, owner of Victoria Warehouse, says: "We are pleased that phase one of our expansion project has been completed and that The Bays is now available for hire…. The next phase of our expansion will see the basement events space completed in late 2016 and the addition of 400 new bedrooms to our onsite hotel to be fully completed by 2017. Ultimately, we hope the expansion will make Victoria Warehouse a one stop shop for the events industry, with a range of event spaces on offer to suit different client needs and budgets."

All catering in The Bays will be provided by Smart Hospitality Manchester.

USA, New York: NYC & Company Embarks On Largest Ever Pan-European Mice Road Show

NYC & Company, New York City's official marketing, tourism and partnership organisation, today kicked off its largest ever pan-European MICE road show, visiting Manchester, London, Paris and Brussels. From 28th September to 2nd October 2015, members of the Convention Development team at NYC & Company showcased New York City's offerings as a MICE destination to influential European buyers, highlighting the City's world-class event venues, meeting spaces and incentive activities.

New York City’s MICE segment grew from 5.9 million delegates in 2013 to 6.1 million in 2014 and expected 6.3 million delegates in 2015. Jerry Cito, Senior Vice President of Convention Development at NYC & Company stated “The MICE sector is a vital contributor to New York City's tourism economy and continuing the growth out of key European markets is a top priority for us."

"Holding a meeting or event in New York City has the power to drive record attendance," added Paul Black, Senior Director of European MICE at NYC & Company. "There are constantly new developments to showcase across all five boroughs and we're delighted these European buyers are able to meet with representatives from New York City's MICE sector first-hand to learn more about what the City can offer delegate visitors."

NYC & Company's Convention Development team was joined by representatives from various hotels and hotel groups offering services to the MICE sector. To learn more about planning meetings in New York City, visit

DMCs: Two New Members Join The World PCO Alliance

The World PCO Alliance has announced the addition of two new members:

  • The Conference Company -- New Zealand
  • Turismo & Convenciones – Mexico

Kitty Wong, President of the World PCO Alliance, is very excited about the two new members and said on behalf of all the members: "I wish to extend my warmest welcome to our new members, David Tarrab from Mexico and Jan Tonkin from New Zealand, who will not only bring diversity and depth to our Alliance but also further strengthen our dynamic network."

The Conference Company was founded in 1990 by Jan Tonkin as a specialist organiser of international and national association conferences. Today the company works out of offices in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. It also has operations in Australia. The Conference Company's stated aim is "to create environments that empower our clients to tap into each other's energy and wisdom and propel forward thinking."

From Mexico, David Tarrab, General Director of Turismo & Convenciones commented: "…T&C is the market leader in Mexico for over 26 years, serving three different segments (corporate, associations and governmental events). During these years T&C has developed partnerships and certifications that have endorsed its processes, quality service and the highest quality standards. Today we celebrate being part of the most important network of PCOs around the world, in which T&C will relaunch an international strategy to strengthen and diversify their creative and technological services applied to conferences, conventions and exhibitions."

The World PCO Alliance was created to help associations organize meetings more efficiently and professionally throughout the globe. Representing the leading PCOs throughout the globe, this cohesive group aims to capitalize on the professional pool of the best-practice conference and event services and form an effective network. By sharing resources, knowledge, technology, training and best practices, the Alliance is the associations' one-stop solution for international meetings and conferences. All members of the Alliance are leaders in the meetings industry in their respective countries and regions, and command a dazzling record of having shaped the local meetings and events industry. The World PCO Alliance provides transparency in all we do, most importantly, in regard to the handling of client funds.


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