News

Apr 09, 2012
After an earthquake struck Japan last year, followed by a devastating tsunami and nuclear crisis, there were several events that were canceled. But, despite the adversity, the International Congress on Thrombosis and Haemostasis went forward with their event and, as a result, the organization recently was awarded the 2011 International Association of Professional Congress Organizers International Client Award. The statue was given March 9 to Yasuo Ikeda, chairman of the Japanese Organization Committee of the 23rd International Congress on Thrombosis and Haemostasis. Other participants in… more
Apr 09, 2012
With a change in ownership structure and the recession starting to finally recede, Hanley Wood has decided old is new again and brought back Peter Goldstone as CEO of the company. Goldstone, who previously was president of the company before he departed in 2010, will step into Frank Anton’s shoes, who will transition into a chairman role. Both changes will take place in early May.  "After spending over 20 great years with Hanley Wood in positions of increasing operational responsibility and following the successful completion of our recent balance sheet recapitalization, I… more
Apr 09, 2012
In an effort to secure more business events for the country and make it Asia’s events hub, the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) recently announced two key appointments to its corporate sales and industry services team. Tan Lay Teng joined the team as sales manager of corporate and incentive sales team and Jennifer Ong Jan-Ni as Industry Services Manager. Tan has an established background of twelve years in developing international business in the meetings, incentives, conventions and events industry. At MyCEB, she will lead her team to generate more sales leads and… more
Apr 09, 2012
The 16th edition of the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART), organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), saw a record 640 exhibitors from over 30 countries and regions attend the four-day event at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).   FILMART covers film, television, digital entertainment and music, and is one of 10 events in total that makes up the month-long Entertainment Expo Hong Kong. Country pavilions that took part at FILMART this year included France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore,… more
Apr 09, 2012
The Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre has announced the official opening of MAX Atria, a US$44 million purpose-built MICE venue managed by Singex Venues Pte Ltd. Designed with sustainability in mind, the venue will reportedly consume 30% less energy each year compared to a conventionally designed building of the same size. The new 12,700 square meters convention wing offers complimentary Wi-Fi access and is located at the site of Singapore EXPO. Featuring 32 column-free rooms with a garden courtyard and rooftop space, MAX Atria is capable to hold over 3,500 delegates and is… more
Apr 09, 2012
Diversified Events Hong Kong will partner with Hong Kong Education City to jointly organise the Hong Kong Learning and Teaching Expo for its 2012 edition. The previous editions of the Hong Kong Learning and Teaching Expo were held in July 2010 and June 2011. The 2012 event will run from Nov. 22-24 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Products and services exhibited at the show will include school infrastructure, learning management systems, learning and teaching services/solutions/resources, student assessment solutions & services, services/products catering for… more
Apr 09, 2012
UBM plc announced the launch of Ecobuild India in 2013. The event will be held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC) in Mumbai April 16-18.. Ecobuild India 2013 will be organised by UBM’s two subsidiaries, UBM Build Environment and UBM India. UBM Build Environment is a specialist media division of UBM for the construction, property, architecture and interiors markets. UBM currently has Ecobuild events in U.K. and China. The U.K. event claims to be the world’s largest exhibition dedicated to the future of sustainable building design, construction and the built environment. The… more
Apr 08, 2012
With more and more smartphones and other devices on the showfloor that require additional Wi-Fi and mobile bandwith, convention and meeting venues’  existing networks are being tasked with keeping up with the demand. To address this issue, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events released its White Paper, “Wi-Fi and Mobile Challenges in the Exhibitions and Events Industry”, in response to bandwith concerns expressed by various segments of the industry. The IAEE Wi-Fi and Mobile Bandwidth Task Force was created to work on this effort. "The… more
Apr 07, 2012
Charles Ahlers has spent 40 years in the convention and visitors bureau business, most recently serving as president at the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, but he’s now decided to move on at the end of this year. “I have been fortunate to be able to realize many accomplishments during my four decade career in this industry,” Ahlers said. He added, “I have worked for five distinct destination marketing organizations, and it seems fitting at this time to finish my visitor industry career on a high note. This Anaheim Resort community and all of… more
Apr 04, 2012
While it can’t be easy being a consumer show representing a distressed industry, the Progressive International Motorcycle Show Tour proved that a creative reinvention strategy can go a long way in maintaining and building attendance. Owned by Advanstar Communications, the 17-week event for motorcycle enthusiasts, which converges annually in 12 cities November to March, recently concluded its 2011/2012 tour, boasting an overall attendance of nearly 500,000 people, according to show officials. Last year, the show drew approximately 470,000 attendees, and for the past two years, has… more
Partner Voices
Overview: The award-winning Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) goes the extra mile to make every day extraordinary by offering customer service excellence and industry-leading partnerships. From their dedicated in-house Rigging team to their robust Exhibitor Services, The Center of Hospitality brings your imagination to life by helping you host unforgettable meetings and events. With more than 2 million square feet of exhibit space, world-class services and a dream destination, we are committed to making even the most ambitious conventions a reality. In October 2023, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners voted to approve allocating Tourist Development Tax funding for the $560 million Phase 5A completion of the OCCC. The Convention Way Grand Concourse project will include enhancements to the North-South Building, featuring an additional 60,000 square feet of meeting space, an 80,000- square-foot ballroom and new entry to the North-South Building along Convention Way. “We are thrilled to begin work on completing our North-South Building which will allow us to meet the growing needs of our clients,” said OCCC Executive Director Mark Tester. “As an economic driver for the community, this project will provide the Center with connectivity and meeting space to host more events and continue to infuse the local economy with new money and expanding business opportunities.” Amenities: The Center of Hospitality goes above and beyond by offering world-class customer service and industry-leading partnerships. From the largest convention center Wi-Fi network to custom LAN/WAN design, the Center takes pride in enhancing exhibitor and customer experience.  The OCCC is the exclusive provider of electricity (24-hour power at no additional cost), aerial rigging and lighting, water, natural gas and propane, compressed air, and cable TV services. Convenience The Center is at the epicenter of the destination, with an abundance of hotels, restaurants, and attractions within walking distance. Pedestrian bridges connect both buildings to more than 5,200 rooms and is within a 15-minute drive from the Orlando International Airport. The convenience of the location goes hand-in-hand with top notch service to help meet an event’s every need. Gold Key Members The OCCC’s Gold Key Members represent the best of the best when it comes to exceptional service and exclusive benefits for clients, exhibitors and guests. The Center’s Gold Key memberships with Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and Walt Disney World greatly enhance meeting planner and attendee experiences offering world-renowned venues, immersive experiences and creative resources for their events. OCCC Events: This fiscal year, the OCCC is projected to host 168 events, 1.7 million attendees, and $2.9 billion in economic impact.  The Center’s top five events during their 2022-2023 fiscal year included:  AAU Jr. National Volleyball Championships 2023 200,000 Attendees $257 Million in Economic Impact MEGACON 2023 160,000 Attendees $205 Million in Economic Impact Open Championship Series 2023 69,500 Attendees $89 Million in Economic Impact Sunshine Classic 2023 42,000 Attendees $54 Million in Economic Impact Premiere Orlando 2023 42,000 Attendees $108 Million in Economic Impact