Convention Centre News, April 2016

 

1.   Suzhou Jinji Lake International Convention Center in China opens

After three years of construction, the 40,000m2 Suzhou Jinji Lake International Convention Center has officially opened.  This is the third facility to be built as part of the larger Suzhou International Expo Center.

The convention centre offers 60 types of meeting and convention spaces, and a 8,000m2 pillarless banquet hall, the largest of its kind in Asia.

In addition, a four-star conference hotel directly connected to the Suzhou International Expo Centre, the 307-room Novotel Suzhou SIP, has also opened.

Source: TTG Asia

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2.   KLCC’s audiovisual systems get US$765 thousand upgrade

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) became the first facility in Malaysia to install the 6500 ANSI Lumens laser technology projector as part of a 3.1 million ringgit (US$765,000) investment to upgrade the audiovisual capabilities of all its 21 meeting rooms. The first phase was recently completed and the second phase covering 11 meeting rooms  will be completed by end-2016. The six new digital ceiling speakers in each room will facilitate clearer projection of voice and sound, while the installation of the 6500 ANSI Lumens laser technology projector produces outstanding and clear high-definition images.

KLCC had also recently undergone a 1.8 million ringgit upgrade with the installation of 190 new digital speakers and digital audio processors.

Source: TTG Asia

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3.   London’s Congress Centre to offer ‘wonky veg’ in fight against food waste

Approximately one third of the produce farmers currently grow ends up as food waste. One of the main reasons for this is due to products not meeting the exacting specifications set by large supermarket chains and being the wrong shape or size. The “wonky veg” l is still top quality premium produce, it just happens to be slightly bigger or smaller or slightly crooked, but the taste and quality remain the same.

Source: Meetpie

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4.   ICC Sydney to feed delegates’ performance

Delegates attending a conference at the brand new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) will be fed “fresh, healthy food to nourish the body and mind” in line with the centre’s new food philosophy, Feeding your Performance.

ICC has been working with nutritionists and regional suppliers in New South Wales to develop an “industry-first approach to cuisine”. Some of the hallmarks of ICC’s food will be balance, quality, freshness and taste.

Source: TTG Asia

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5.   What’s Trending Now in Conference Centers

  • Technology —WiFi is a requirement and the bandwidth is getting larger as meetings stream live and attendees have more than just a computer.
  • Premium food and beverage – Meeting attendees are looking for fresh, local, and sustainable.
  • Meeting room function and aesthetics – Meeting planners want a place their attendees can be in for eight hours a day for multiple days in a row without getting bored

Read Mary Ann Kenmotsu, CMP, CPCE’s interview with MeetingsNet

Source: MeetingsNet

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WHERE TO MEET GAININGEDGE IN APRIL 2016

MADISON, USA (24 MARCH – 5 APRIL)

– Gary Grimmer,  Strategy & Destination Marketing. Click here to make an appointment with Gary
– Paul Vallee, Americas & Destination Marketing. Click here to make an appointment with Paul

MACAU SAR (30 MARCH – 3 APRIL) 

– Mike Williams, Sales & Marketing. Click here to make an appointment with Mike

HONG KONG SAR (4-7 APRIL) 

– Mike Williams, Sales & Marketing. Click here to make an appointment with Mike

HONG KONG SAR (7-11 APRIL) 

– Rod Kamleshwaran, Convention Centre Development.  Click here to make an appointment with Rod

WASHINGTON DC, USA ( 5-9 APRIL)

– Gary Grimmer,  Strategy & Destination Marketing. Click here to make an appointment with Gary

MARSEILLE, FRANCE (10-14 APRIL)

– Gary Grimmer,  Strategy & Destination Marketing. Click here to make an appointment with Gary

FRANKFURT (16-21 APRIL)

– 16 – 18 April: Association Expert Seminar @ Radisson Blu Hotel (registration is required)
– 19 – 21 April: IMEX Show @ Hall 8, Messe Frankfurt
– 20 April: GainingLeads (Leads exchange session, prior registration is required and closed), location: Ratio 9.1, Messe Frankfurt
– 21 April: GainingConnections Forum “DMO Best Practices”, location: Ratio 9.1, Messe Frankfurt. For more information and to register click here

GainingEdge team in Frankfurt:
– Gary Grimmer,  Strategy & Destination Marketing
– Paul Vallee, Americas & Destination Marketing
– Jane Vong Holmes, Asia
– Milos Milovanovic, Europe & Developing Economies
– Molly Doheny, South Africa & Destination Marketing
– Delphine Benbassa-Fortuin, South Africa & Destination Marketing
– Jane Cunningham, BestCities Global Alliance Business Development

Click here to request an appointment with one of our team members in Frankfurt.

BELGRADE, SERBIA (23-29 APRIL)

– Gary Grimmer,  Strategy & Destination Marketing. Click here to make an appointment with Gary
– Milos Milovanovic, Europe & Developing Economies. Click here to make an appointment with Milos


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