PCMA: Five Speakers for Your Events in 2015

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January 19, 2015
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PCMA: Five Speakers for Your Events in 2015  
On the final day of PCMA's Convening Leaders conference in Chicago last week, five up-and-coming speakers showcased their talent to meeting professionals as part of the Association's Five Speakers to Watch series. The speakers—available for $5,000 to $15,000—each had 15 minutes to present their talks, and tackled a range of subjects that could apply to many kinds of events.
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UK: Travel Managers with Meetings Responsibility on the Rise  
​The number of business travel managers with responsibility for meetings management rose from 52 to 57 per cent in 2014, and those with a strategic meetings management programme in place increased from 27 per cent to more than a third.
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Portugal: Endutex Invests in Five New Hotels in Portugal and Brazil  
​Endutex is investing 34 million euros in the hotel sector in Portugal and Brazil. The investment includes the construction of five new Moov Hotels.
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South East Europe: Maximizing ROI  
​Trade show participation is coming under increasing scrutiny; marketing budgets are shrinking and directors are requiring maximum ROI. Therefore, it is really important that in accordance with the trade show Pareto Principle, you choose the right trade show that will deliver your business objectives.
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Asia: China Foreign Trade Centre, Reed Exhibitions Join Forces  
The China Foreign Trade Centre (Group) and Reed Exhibitions have signed a new strategic alliance agreement for a stronger exhibition events sector.
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Australia: ICC Sydney Development on Track  
A year after work began on the $1.1 billion International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), the project’s developers have confirmed that they are on target for the projected December 2016 opening date.
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Middle East: Teaming Up for Technology  
As technological advancements open up new possibilities for the convention sector, AIPC President Geoff Donaghy discussed the challenges of adapting in a united manner.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Top 15 Mega-Event Venues in Africa  
Although there are arguments both for and against mega events and their apparent return on investment, no one can refute the revenue they bring in when they are pulled off correctly.
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Canada: Iconic Railroad Hotel Under Renovation  
The Hotel Saskatchewan has a new affiliation with the Autograph Collection by Marriott, a group of independent luxury hotels worldwide that provide distinctive guest experiences.
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Americas: Put Managing Risk at the Top of the Business Events Agenda  
What’s happened during the past weeks in Europe and Africa calls for debating about managing risks and placing this topic at the top of the agenda for business meetings.
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Americas: Why Meetings Industry Advocacy is Our Duty  
Advocacy initiatives, specifically the Exhibitions Mean Business and Meetings Mean Business campaigns, were created to make legislators on Capitol Hill, mainstream media throughout the world, and average citizens aware of the importance of the exhibitions and events industry to national and local economies.
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Americas: Pharma Forum 2015—Education, Your Way  
Now in its 11th year, the Pharma Forum has become the place where life sciences meeting managers discuss topics that at any other planner conference would be, as one past participant put it, the “elephants in the room.”
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