Convention Centre News, July 2016

Your News Feed on 5 Stories From Around the World – July 2016


1.   Christchurch on the rebound

A new convention centre opening in late 2019 will make Christchurch one of New Zealand’s top business events hubs. “Pre-earthquakes Christchurch held 23 per cent of the multi-day convention market in New Zealand and conferences were pumping around NZ$100 million a year into the Canterbury economy. In recent years, Christchurch’s market share has recovered to 9 per cent,” said Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism chief executive Vic Allen. Construction will begin next year and finish in late 2019.

One of the aims of the project is to catalyse hotel development after three-quarters of the city’s hotel rooms were lost to the earthquakes.

Source: CIM Magazine

Source: The Press


2.   MCEC sets gold sustainability standard

Since joining the EarthCheck Certified program in 2007, MCEC has minimised energy consumption by 31.8 percent. Greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 36.7 percent for the same period, which is equivalent to taking 5355 cars off the road annually. Waste sent to landfill has also been reduced by approximately 103,000 litres or 859 wheelie bins.

Source: CIM Magazine


3.   Suntec Singapore unveils its technology investment

Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre has unveiled its new projection equipment and technology. The Panorama105, one of the two products that form the new Immersive AV Suite, is a wide-format projection screen spanning up to 105m by 5m and powered by high-end 20,000 lumen projectors.

The new products have been designed to deliver the ultimate event experience at an affordable price and also help organisers meet their sustainability requirements by providing an alternative to the use of physical backdrops and branding structures that are costly to build and often for one-time use.

Source: TTG Asia


4.   Las Vegas grows its Convention Centre District

The 24-story Monaco Tower at the Riviera Hotel and Casino has been demolished as phase one of  the Las Vegas Convention & Visitor Authority’s plan to expand the Las Vegas Convention Center District kicked off. The development is the largest for LVCVA since the Las Vegas Convention Center was originally built in the late 1950s. Phase two will add 600,000 square feet of new exhibit space, plus supporting meeting space and service facilities. Phase three will see the renovation of the existing Convention Center, including a 100,000-square-foot general session space and another 100,000 square feet of meeting space.

Source: International Meetings Review


5.   Scotland’s EICC enhances sustainability credentials

The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) has met the requirements set by the latest international sustainability standards by gaining the ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 accreditation. This achievement makes the EICC one of the first organisations in Europe to reach the new standard, which will replace historic international benchmarks when they are phased out in 2018.

In November 2015, the EICC and its hospitality and catering providers became one of the first Scottish businesses to sign up to the ‘Scottish Food and Drink Pledge’ by making a commitment to work with food and drink partners to ensure the use of authentic, sustainable Scottish produce.




Tokyo, JAPAN (1 – 5 July) 

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

SINGAPORE (4 – 5 July) 

– Rod Kamleshwaran & Cassy Xie, Convention Centre Advisory. Click here to make an appointment with Rod.

Kyoto, JAPAN (6 – 9 July)

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

Maine, Wisconsin, Minneapolis, USA (10 – 31 July) 

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

Wisconsin, USA (25 – 28 July) 

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


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