Australia Launches New Initiatives to Attract International Events

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Australia Launches Federal Framework to Attract International Events  
The Australian Business Events sector, reportedly worth more than $13 billion per year to the nation’s economy, received a major boost last week when the Federal Government entered into a formal partnership to assist the industry during the bidding and event delivery process.
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VIDEO: How Meetings and Events Will Drive South Africa's Tourism Scene  
South Africa Tourism’s Chief Convention Bureau Officer Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo shared her insights on the value of meetings and events for an overall travel increase and economic boost. ‎
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VIDEO: How the Final EIBTM Broke Records  
As EIBTM rebrands into ibtm world, the show's Senior Exhibition Director Graeme Barnett shared his insights on the event, the changes and further initiatives for attendees.
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UK: Edinburgh Centre Posts Losses of More than £1 Million  
Trading losses of more than £1 million have been revealed at Edinburgh International Convention Centre for the year ending December 2013.
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South East Europe: Let’s Play A Game  
Put humour, experience and play into one equation and no events will ever be boring and ineffective.
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Australia: InterContinental to Open in Perth  
The InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a management agreement with UNIR Hotels which will see the opening of 240-room InterContinental hotel in the heart of the city in early 2017.
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Asia: FCM Starts up MICE Team in Singapore  
FCM Travel Solutions is keen to capture a piece of the MICE pie with the launch of the new FCm MICE team in Singapore.
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Middle East: IBTM Arabia's Dynamic Transformation  
With a new five-star venue, closed door event format and all-inclusive pricing structure, IBTM Arabia (formerly GIBTM) has a whole new look. meetme caught up with Lois Wilcox, Exhibition Manager, to find out more. How did the show revamp come about and why is it the right time to implement change?
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Sub-Saharan Africa: ICCA Elects Nina Freysen-Pretorius as President  
ICCA represents the main specialists in organizing, transporting and accommodating international meetings and events, and comprises almost 1,000 member companies and organizations in over 90 countries worldwide.
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Canada: Ontario Company Recognized for Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiences  
Planners looking for a uniquely Canadian experience for their group should check out Wilderness North, an exclusive collection of lodges and outpost cabins in Northern Ontario that has just been recognized as an Ontario Signature Experience (OSE).
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Americas: A Tribute to Tribute Bands—And Other Entertainment Tips  
Jaki Baskow, CEO and president of Baskow & Associates, offers advice on how to avoid unpleasant surprises when booking entertainment for groups.
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Americas: The Stalling of Strategic Meetings Management  
Shimon Avish, president of Shimon Avish Consulting, shares his insights on why strategic meetings management has not spread as widely as it could.
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Americas: The Next Generation of Meetings  
As the end of the year approaches, it's time once again to start musing on what will be trending for 2015.
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