St. Petersburg, South Africa Seek More Meetings and Events; SITE Meets in Dubai

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March 11, 2015
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St. Petersburg Seeks International Events as Russia's Politics Shift  
At Convene 2015, held recently in the Lithuanian capital city of Vilnius, Ekaterina Nedelina from ExpoForum put out a call for the MICE industry to put politics aside and encourage the international association community to bring their congresses to Russia.
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Meetings Africa 2015: Conventions Will Be Key to a Balanced Economy  
“Conventions are able to attract people who may ultimately invest in the country, and when they invest in the country, then the country can invest in other areas,” Thebe Ikalafeng, chairman and founder of Brand Africa, said during last month's conference. “What Africa needs is a lot of effort investing in the knowledge economy, attracting investment into Africa and delivering on our promises.”
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On Location at the SITE Executive Summit 2015 in Dubai (Part One)  
This annual gathering of the SITE community showcases and supports emerging incentive destinations.
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News
Coulter Companies Unite with MCI  
US-based Coulter Companies, which serves associations and other not-for-profits and corporations through its Coulter and Agency Coulter business units, has merged with the MCI Group, an international provider of strategic engagement and activation solutions.
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New CEIR Report Looks at Marketing Spend  
The study profiles the marketing channel spend of business-to-business exhibitors from small to large-sized organizations, across all exhibition industry sectors.
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GBTA Report: China's Economy Has Long-Term Positive Impact on Business Travel  
China’s central authorities have applied fiscal, banking and regulatory policies to ensure that both goals continue to be met while still avoiding rapid increases in inflation and overheating local government debt.
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Los Angeles to Boost Business, Leisure Appeal with Downtown Hotel Expansion  
L.A. Live/Staples owner AEG is planning a $500 million expansion of the J.W. Marriott/Ritz-Carlton hotel downtown that will add 755 rooms to the area's inventory. Combined, the new project (together with the existing JW Marriott L.A. LIVE and The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles) will have 1,756 rooms and over 200,000 square feet of function space, reportedly making it the second-largest hotel in California.
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PCMA Convene Survey Shows Strong Signs for MICE Industry  
This month, PCMA Convene magazine published the results of its 24th annual Meetings Market Survey, indicating that key indicators of the industry’s health — attendance, budgets, exhibitors, and revenues — are positive. Of the 500-plus association, independent, and corporate planners who completed the latest Meetings Market Survey in late 2014, nearly half reported an increase in attendance at their 2014 flagship event and 38 percent expected their attendance to grow in 2015.
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Dubai Will Host 2017 IAPCO Annual Meeting  
The annual event brings together approximately 100 international conference organizers from 40 countries, who collectively manage approximately 7,000 meetings per year with a combined annual economic impact of over $5 billion dollars.
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International Meetings News
Portugal: ICCA's Iberian Chapter to Meet in the Algarve  
The Algarve will receive ICCA's Iberian Chapter Congress, which meets annually on a rotational basis, in Portugal and Spain.
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UK: Green Light for Aberdeen's New £333M Conference Centre  
Councillors have approved the revised proposals for the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) development, which will include a conference centre and two hotels along with an energy centre and a biodegradable waste plant.
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South East Europe: How Do Istanbul and Prague Compare for Meetings and Events?  
A current comparison of the closest competitors on the 2013 ICCA scale according to the Kongres travelogue methodology – meetologues.
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Australia: Why Tourism Australia is Big on Business  
Tourism Australia managing director John O’Sullivan spoke with CIM about the importance of the business events sector to Australia’s overall tourism targets.
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Asia: Bohol Welcomes its Biggest Hotel and First Convention Centre  
Bohol's lack of bigger MICE facilities will ease up with the April opening of the province's reportedly biggest hotel and first-ever convention centre.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Tanzania is a Land of Natural Wonder  
The East African country is a fast becoming a global conference hot-spot, hosting more around six international meetings in the education and training, scientific instruments, business-services sectors this month alone.
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Middle East: New Radisson Blu Planned at Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center  
Carlson Rezidor is set to open a Radisson Blu hotel at Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center (RICEC), Saudi Arabia, in Q2 2017.
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Canada: WestJet Adding Flights to Summer 2015 Schedule  
The Calgary-based airline is adding nearly two dozen more flights between May 3 and October 24, increasing overall capacity between Vancouver and Toronto by more than 10 percent.
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Americas: U.S. Pharma Spend Transparency Trend Spreads to Europe  
Pharmaceutical companies that belong to the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), and provide any kind of benefit to healthcare professionals based in Europe, have begun collecting data about those Transfer(s) of Value (TOV) in order to adhere to the voluntary EFPIA Disclosure Code.
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Americas: Fully Packaged Corporate Events, Ready to Book Online  
Check out Kapow Events, a new site that streamlines the booking process and is gaining a foothold throughout the United States...
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Americas: Government Meetings Still in Freefall  
Corporate meetings have seen steady positive growth over the past year, but the government meetings segment continues to struggle, showing little sign of regaining its footing...
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