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March 23, 2015

MICE Industry Mourns Victims of Plane Crash; Eight Latin American Pros Among the Lost

On Thursday, a small plane crashed near Punta del Este in Uruguay, killing all on board including two pilots, and five staff from La Rural, the convention center in the Argentinian capital city of Buenos Aires, which IMR partner MeetPie noted is slated to host ICCA’s annual congress later this year.

In a statement, ICCA CEO Martin Sirk expressed his condolences and sadness "at the tragic deaths of executives and Board members from La Rural, the venue for this year’s ICCA Congress, our friend Carlos de Elias, owner of Congress Rental SA and President of Buenos Aires CVB, and other industry executives...We join our Argentinian ICCA colleagues in mourning this great loss, on behalf of the ICCA Board, staff and members all around the world, and will remember them when we meet together in Buenos Aires this November."

The casualties included:

Marcelo Zarco (48), Operations Director, La Rural
Horacio Peñaflor (48), Trade Show Services Manager, La Rural
Alfredo Dietrich (51), La Rural
Joanna Mc Cormack (41), La Rural
Gustavo Pera (57), La Rural
Carlos de Elías (55), Congress Rental SA and President of Buenos Aires CVB
Mario Barba (41), Connectis ICT Services SA
Marta Pires Vieira (40), Dorier Group LatAm

International Meetings Review extends its condolences to the friends and families of the victims.

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