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 Australia Conferences & Incentives DMC Selects WMG for U.S. and Canadian Business Development
      Wednesday, September 10 @ 15:16:13 CDT
General News"Effective September 01, World Marketing Group (WMG) will provide business development and representation services in the United States and Canada for Australia Conference and Incentives (ACI), one of Australia's leading DMCs for the past fifteen years.

Building on its portfolio of both established as well as emerging and cutting edge international DMCs, WMG is proud to announce this new partnership with a globally recognized and respected international DMC in the Australian MICE market. The ACI team, under the leadership of Colette Baini, is known for its professional delivery of high-quality programs for its clients across Australia's major market centers. ACI's proven expertise in the meetings, incentives, and conference segments stands head to head with the best in Australia, providing clients a solid alternative, bringing fresh ideas and an energetic perspective to the planning process.

Jane E. Schuldt, CITE, CIS, Founder and President of World Marketing Group stated, "Adding Australia to our expanding portfolio of international DMCs fulfills part of our ongoing strategy of providing a full range of key destinations to our portfolio. Having ACI as our Australian partner continues to build out a portfolio addressing all key destination markets for our clients. We remain focused on our steady course to meet our clients' needs in major global centers by providing yet another high-quality DMC solution, for a destination that is well known to WMG as our experience in Australia began nearly 20 years ago."

According to Colette Baini, Director of ACI, "Australia is not only a perennial favorite, but once again, an increasingly popular destination for the North American market. As our major city centers continue to attract and build infrastructure to serve the MICE business, it became clear that aligning our company with WMG, a business development firm that mirrors our own values and is specialized in our target customer segment, was the right decision. Australia has long been a favorite of the North American outbound MICE market, and we see much opportunity for growth. Both of our companies are well established and trusted - two key elements in our decision to join forces. We believe WMG is extremely well positioned to launch our company in North America by aligning with their brand, delivering our message to target audiences, and by convincing their clients that there is a welcomed option to consider when selecting an Australian DMC. The WMG team provides an extraordinary understanding and perspective of the business strategy of the sponsors of incentive travel, further enhancing the end product we design, and thereby value for our clients."

World Marketing Group is a B2B operating company providing contract sales and marketing services in North America to international hospitality suppliers interested in building their brand and growing their business from the North American incentive, meeting, conference and special event/product launch markets. ACI will be exhibiting with WMG at IMEX - Americas, Las Vegas, October 14-16, 2014, Booth 3200."

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 Northstar Meetings Group Named Official Media Partner of MTE NYC 2014
      Wednesday, September 10 @ 15:14:45 CDT
General News"[NY, NY] The Meetings Technology Expo (MTE) and Northstar Meetings Group (NMG) have partnered to promote the upcoming MTE NYC 2014 conference and expo taking place at the Holiday Inn Midtown on Tuesday, October 28th. The newly forged relationship will expand MTE’s marketing reach by tapping into NMG’s extensive database of qualified meeting and event professionals through their popular meeting industry publications, websites and related events.

“Having previously worked with MeetingNews and Successful Meetings, I have first-hand experience with regard to the stringent measures NMG takes to qualify their respective readerships. For that reason I am excited to have NMG affiliated with MTE as bringing quality attendees to our shows has always been of paramount importance to our events”, said Paul Paone, MTE, founder and director.

“Northstar Meetings Group is proud to partner with the Meetings Technology Expo, recognizing this show as the premier technology event serving the meetings industry. The educational sessions and trade show present great business opportunities for both suppliers and meeting professionals”, said Bernie Schraer, Senior Vice President and Group Publisher of Northstar Meetings Group.

In addition to promoting the upcoming October 28th event, NMG will also have editorial personnel on hand during the conference as it continues its coverage of the meeting and event technology landscape.

MTE NYC takes place this October 28th in Midtown, Manhattan and is open to qualified meetings and event professionals. For more information, please visit:

MTE Contact: Fariz Meraxa, Marketing Director, 212-956-4720, "

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 Suntec Singapore Hosts Inaugural Healthcare Meetings Forum 2014 – The Future of Medical Meetings in Asia
      Wednesday, September 10 @ 15:12:09 CDT
General News"Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre (Suntec Singapore) partnered with Healthcare Venues and Zibrant, the award-winning global venue finding and event management agency, to host the inaugural Healthcare Meetings Forum 2014 – The Future of Medical Meetings in Asia. Nearly 100 delegates joined a host of prominent expert speakers from the healthcare and event management industries for a day of lively evidence-based discussions and information sharing on the regulations and intricacies of bringing medical meetings to Asia.

A first in Singapore, the Healthcare Meetings Forum covered important topics such as how regulations in Europe and the US are evolving and what this means for medical events in Asia. The implications of differing priorities and expectations of medical associations, healthcare professionals, the local regulator and corporate sponsorship managers when structuring medical conferences and the formats they should take were debated robustly.

Arun Madhok, CEO of Suntec Singapore was thoroughly pleased with the forum: “As an intrinsically Phrma Code compliant venue, Suntec Singapore has long played a leading role in attracting medical events to Singapore. With changing global regulations, we felt the time was right to bring key stakeholder groups together to share their experiences in creating impactful medical meetings”.

Richard Parker, Director of Healthcare Strategy at Zibrant said of the forum, “This inaugural forum in Asia was the logical next step given the demand for increasing awareness and understanding of regulatory codes in the US and Europe. We are pleased to partner with Suntec Singapore, who shared our appetite for promoting education, discussion and networking among all stakeholder groups.”

Taking full advantage of Suntec Singapore’s free venue-wide High-Speed WiFi, the forum partnered with mobile event app specialist SpotMe to create a truly interactive experience between speakers and delegates with live polling and messaging functions to elicit dynamic participation, opinion sharing and feedback from delegates in real time. The innovative platform also allowed delegates to interact with each other by browsing delegate profiles, booking meetings during (or after) the forum.

Mr Madhok elaborates, “We were keen to demonstrate how a technologically advanced venue such as ours can enhance the overall experience of delegates and encourage more active sharing between all participants. This is clearly the way forward for the meetings industry as a whole with real-time, user-generated content elevating the discussion and creating more meaningful connections between delegates, speakers and organisers”.

About Suntec Singapore
Suntec Singapore is a world-class venue located at the heart of Asia's most integrated meetings, conventions and exhibitions hub. With great versatility featuring 42,000 m² of flexible customisable space, free WiFi, digital signage, an excellent range of culinary choices and a dedicated team of service experts, this award-winning facility can cater to events from 10 to 10,000 persons. In addition, Suntec Singapore offers direct access to 5,200 hotel rooms, 1,000 retail outlets, 300 restaurants, 6 museums and Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay. Only 20 minutes from Changi International Airport, Suntec Singapore is conveniently located in the Central Business District and just minutes from the city's entertainment and cultural attractions."

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 Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre's Tenoncall Concept Captures the Small Meetings Market
      Wednesday, September 10 @ 15:10:20 CDT
General News"A meeting experience under natural lighting in its open central atrium with contemporary furnishing touches; consistent quality service and professional execution, as well as free-flow lifestyle cuisine and beverage service are amongst the hallmarks of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s TenOnCall.

KUALA LUMPUR - The first half of 2014 has seen the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) TenOnCall (TOC) record its highest number of events since the launch of the product in November 2008. The 713 events held between 1 January and 31 June 2014 was 59% of the total 1,216 (events) held in the whole of calendar 2013.

Angeline Lue, the Centre’s Director of Sales & Marketing, attributed TOC’s strong performance to growing market demand for innovative all-in-one packages, consistent quality service and professional execution, coupled with the all-day dining concept. “TOC has seen attendance numbers grow by some 168%, from 12,873 participants in its first full year of operation between 1 January and 31 December 2009 to 34,614 for the same period last year (2013).”

Located at the Centre’s Level 4, TOC comprises 10 flexible meeting spaces where a client can, literally, walk in, select their pre-set room configuration and execute a same-day meeting, be it for 15 or up to 150 persons. All TOC bookings also include use of audio-visual equipment and an AV technician on standby, complimentary WiFi access, built-in LCD signage at the entrance foyer plus free-flow lifestyle cuisine (including a working buffet lunch) and beverages throughout the meeting duration. Clients also have the option of full and half-day packages.

“Of course,” said Lue, “we also listen to what our clients want and continually enhance or adapt the product to meet different needs and requirements.”

Citing TenOnCall PLUS (TOC PLUS) as an example, Lue said through regular client focus groups, TenOnCall PLUS was introduced. “TOC PLUS extends the TOC benefits to three more function areas of varying sizes with the ‘PLUS’ being a unique space with natural lighting, own personal free-flow lifestyle cuisine and beverage service, and a dedicated private meeting room and an outdoor balcony as a designated smoking area.”

More recently, the Centre has introduced the TOC ‘Sundown Hour Packages’ to give clients the option of taking their meeting programme to a relaxing conclusion with a two-hour cocktail hour of free-flow beverages including sweet and refreshing Asian-influenced mocktails and cocktails, basic PA system and sound technician on standby for a minimum of 50 guests and above.

For all the latest information on TOC and updates from the Centre, visit"

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 Expansion of Tropicana Las Vegas Convention Facilities Slated for Completion March 2015
      Wednesday, September 03 @ 15:08:46 CDT
General News"LAS VEGAS – Tropicana Las Vegas - a DoubleTree by Hilton today announced a March 1, 2015, completion date for construction to expand the Tropicana Pavilion and increase the resort’s total meeting and convention facilities to 100,000 square feet. The expansion, which also includes enhancements to the existing pavilion area, will make the resort a leading property for convention business in Las Vegas.

For information on Tropicana Las Vegas meetings, visit

The new 26,000-square-foot Tropicana Pavilion area will offer up to 11 separate breakout rooms, some with up to 16-foot ceilings, and will feature new private restrooms as well as new escalators. The current Tropicana Pavilion will also be enhanced, including a decorative acoustic treatment for the walls. Once the addition is complete, the Tropicana Pavilion as a whole will provide 55,000 square feet of meeting space that will be able to accommodate larger groups that can be entirely self-contained in the space.

“We’re thrilled to offer our business customers additional space to accommodate their increasing group sizes,” stated Gavin Mealiffe, vice president of sales for Tropicana Las Vegas - a DoubleTree by Hilton. “The fact that the space is all new and can entirely self-contain groups will be an appealing feature for organizers of larger corporate meetings and events. It is also very convenient to the hotel’s Club Tower, allowing for easy access for group attendees.”

Tropicana Las Vegas - a DoubleTree by Hilton currently hosts a wide variety of functions such as conventions, corporate meetings, spectacular wedding receptions and more. Hilton HHonors meeting planners can also earn Hilton HHonors Event Planner Points for qualifying new bookings in the resort’s conference facilities.

To plan an event at Tropicana Las Vegas - a DoubleTree by Hilton, please call 888.810.8767 or visit

Tweet this: Bigger & better: @TropLV to expand convention facilities to 100,000SQ FT. by 3/1/15 #Vegas CC: @HiltonHHonors

About Tropicana Las Vegas - a DoubleTree by Hilton |
Prepare to be surprised. Tropicana Las Vegas - a DoubleTree by Hilton redefines the expectations of today’s global travelers with a recently completed $200 million transformation that provides a casually elegant experience on the Las Vegas Strip. With a unique South Beach vibe, the resort features all-new rooms, suites and luxury villas that evoke the sentiment of a breezy beach house or penthouse in Miami, a fresh redesign of the 50,000-square-foot casino, several award-winning restaurants, a new race and sports book, and Glow®, a Mandara Spa and fitness center. First-class entertainment includes headliners in the all-new Tropicana Theater, Laugh Factory comedy club and live music in the Tropicana Lounge."

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 New IMEX America Co-Located Events Tailored for Business School Lovers, Gen Y Planners & Golfers
      Wednesday, September 03 @ 15:06:50 CDT
General News"Annual Co-Lo Events to also Feature New Venues

Always looking to deliver fresh value each fall at IMEX America, this year’s show week (Smart Monday Oct. 13, Tradeshow Oct. 14 – 16) will build on the show’s reputation for delivering high quality, co-located events with the addition of several new partner events together with new locations for some annual favorites.

Gen Y Edu, new Business School and Golfing Delivering additional learning power to Gen Y show attendees, The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence will host a new SITE Young Leaders Conference (Oct. 12 and 13) focused on building the next generation of incentive travel leaders and is open to industry professionals under 35 years or with less than 5 years’ experience. The program complements the cross-discipline IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum (Oct. 15 and 16), which is open to students.

For those attendees who want to really “bring their game” and support meetings industry research, there’s a chance to participate in the new CEIR (The Center for Exhibition Industry Research) IMEX America Golf Classic at the Rio Secco Golf Club (Oct. 13). Adding further educational punch to Smart Monday, powered by MPI, will be programming from a range of partners including ISES, Site, GMIC and GBTA. MeetingCentric tours, certification programs, deep-dives and a track dedicated to association executives – Association Focus – complement the range of concurrent sessions and MPI’s signature morning keynote.

In addition, PCMA bring their Business School to IMEX America for the first time. This deep-dive afternoon with Dr Jerry Jellison of the University of Southern California, will be open to both senior level suppliers and buyers. Adding further choice to the sessions available for senior planners will be a new track delivered by SPIN (Senior Planners Industry Network) whose members have a minimum of 10 years’ planning experience. The track is open to all and runs throughout the show.

New Venues for Existing Favorites
In addition to the new offerings, a number of the popular, annual co-located events will also get new venues but deliver the same excitement and networking power. The Convention Industry Council’s Hall of Leaders Gala takes place at the The Mirage® Hotel and Casino (Sunday Oct. 12) this year, while SITE Nite North America -- which is expecting over 1000 guests -- will raise the roof on a new location at LIGHT Nightclub at the Mandalay Bay® Resort & Casino on Monday Oct. 13. The DMC Network and Ovation Global DMC Talent Search presents another opportunity for social networking but this year takes place on Tuesday Oct. 14 at the Bank NiteClub.

Rounding off the week’s hallmark evening events will be the MPI Foundation Rendezvous, which comes back in full force with an expected 1,500+ participants invited to party and network at Las Vegas’s hottest new nightclub, Drai’s at The Cromwell on Wednesday Oct. 15."

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 Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Expands Midwest Portfolio, Adding New Members In Chicago Area & Minneapolis
      Wednesday, September 03 @ 15:04:58 CDT
General News". . . Two Newest Loews Hotels Join ALHI: Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Loews Minneapolis Hotel

WASHINGTON, DC – The Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel has been added into Associated Luxury Hotels International’s exclusive Four- and Five-Diamond quality portfolio, along with Loews Minneapolis Hotel as its only Member in Minnesota. The ALHI Global Sales Organization now represents the two luxury hotels to the meetings marketplace, providing support, expertise, and professional sales service to business executives, meeting professionals, association executives, and incentive specialists interested in conducting meetings, conventions, or incentive programs at the hotels.

Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel, conveniently located a five-minute complimentary shuttle ride from Chicago O’Hare International Airport, offers 556 luxurious guest rooms and suites, and over 53,000 square feet of meeting space. Formerly known as the InterContinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel before its acquisition by Loews Hotels & Resorts in July 2014, the hotel is across the street from the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, and is adjacent to the newly opened Fashion Outlets of Chicago. Also, it is only a couple of blocks from the Rosemont Entertainment district, and just minutes from MB Financial Park and its vibrant mix of shopping and dining. The contemporary hotel features its own art gallery, the terrific live music venue The Montrose Room, three exceptional on-site restaurants (The Capital Grille, the Mediterranean-style Fresco 21, and McCormick & Schmick’s), the fashionable Ice Bar, an on-site fitness center, a full-service business center, and free Wi-Fi in guest rooms and all public spaces. The hotel’s stylish and versatile meeting space, which includes four grand ballrooms and nine private boardrooms, is fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology such as LCD and digital projectors and Wi-Fi. In addition, private meeting and dining spaces also are available in the restaurants.

Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel becomes ALHI’s seventh Member in Illinois, joining the newly-renovated Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park; the landmark, 792-room InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile; the new 400-room Loews Chicago Hotel, opening in early 2015 near Navy Pier; the elegant Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, providing stunning Lake Michigan views; the sophisticated, 316-room The Langham, Chicago; and the elegant, Five-Star The Peninsula Chicago. Loews Minneapolis Hotel, which is ALHI’s only Member hotel in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” features a prime location at the center of the business, theater, and entertainment districts in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Conveniently located directly across the street from the Target Center and connected via the Skyway to some of Minnesota’s Fortune 500 companies, the 251-room hotel was formerly known as Graves 601 Hotel Wyndham Grand before its acquisition by Loews Hotels & Resorts in July 2014. Known for its luxurious and chic facilities, the hotel features over 12,000 square feet of contemporary meeting and event space, which includes a spectacular ballroom with two glass-art walls. There are also additional meeting rooms, and 3,500 square feet of pre-function space. In addition, the hotel offers a recently-renovated full-service spa, two restaurants (Cask Cook House, and Cosmos), the sophisticated Relevé bar, and a fitness center. Area offerings include many beautiful lakes and parks, exceptional museums, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and acclaimed theaters. The hotel is just 20 minutes from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. In addition to their membership in ALHI’s worldwide portfolio, Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel and Loews Minneapolis Hotel become new additions to ALHI’s “City Solutions Collection” specialty segment, which now features 66 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels in distinctive metropolitan areas around the world which are excellent for meetings of all styles.

“Loews Hotels & Resorts are on the move. We are privileged to now serve the Loews Chicago O’Hare and Loews Minneapolis Hotel as very welcomed, and exceptional, additions to our ALHI global portfolio,” said ALHI CEO David Gabri. “The market’s demand for the Chicago area continues to grow, as Chicago is an extremely popular destination for meetings, conventions and programs. The Loews Chicago O’Hare’s prime location, outstanding meeting facilities, and value are very appealing to groups. Minneapolis is a thriving city, with so much to offer groups, including incredible and picturesque outdoor venues. The Loews Minneapolis Hotel is a true gem and a great acquisition in a fabulous city for Loews. We’re very proud to present these very fine hotels to the North American meetings marketplace.”

ALHI’s 160+ Member hotels and resorts include exceptional Four- and Five-Diamond quality meeting, convention, and incentive resorts on land and sea, incomparable city hotels, exclusive smaller hotels, golf resorts, historic & landmark properties, island destinations, resorts with spas, properties in international destinations, and hotels with world-class gaming and entertainment. With a worldwide portfolio of over 115,000 rooms and suites and 10 million square feet of meeting space, ALHI provides planners and their organizations experienced Global Sales services with diverse options among its outstanding worldwide member hotels and resorts which specialize in meetings and incentive programs. ALHI provides reliable one-call professional sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels, resorts, and venues for programs ranging from 10 to more than 6,500. There is no cost to planners’ organizations to utilize the ALHI GSO services, expertise, and account advocacy, as its Members’ dues fund the Global Sales Organization to best serve planners with local professionals.

For a list of ALHI’s portfolio, visit, and preview details of ALHI’s Membership, including useful information on the 12 defined “specialty segments” within the portfolio, which are designed to make it easy for planners to identify properties, destinations, venues, and/or ships that will best suit their programs’ objectives, unique desires and specific needs.

On the ALHI website, planners can quickly see details of the properties’ meeting, accommodation, recreational and dining offerings, as well as destination information and “Luxury on Sale” value opportunities. A photo gallery, meeting floor plans and specs, and a location map for each property are also easily available.

ALHI has 20 professionally-staffed Global Sales Offices to serve, with locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, Southern California (3), Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Washington (state). Go to to identify the “ALHI Team” sales professionals in your state/area.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI member properties, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “Global Sales Guide To Meeting Facilities” or the new ALHI app, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, or call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit "

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 Meet Puerto Rico With Strong Group Business Numbers for the Fall
      Wednesday, September 03 @ 15:03:38 CDT
General News"$ 14.3 million direct impact on the local economy

San Juan, PR - Puerto Rico was selected to host 49 events including, conferences, annual meetings and sports activities for this fall season. This represents an estimated 25,509 room nights and a total direct spending of $14.3 million into the local economy, Milton Segarra, president & CEO of Meet Puerto Rico (MPR-Puerto Rico Convention Bureau), announced today. MPR is a private organization responsible for attracting meetings, conventions, trade shows and incentive groups to Puerto Rico.

"One in four rooms occupied in hotels that can accommodate large-scale meetings belongs to the groups and conventions segment," said Segarra. Groups range from multinational companies, to medical, educational conferences and sporting events, among others.

Segarra said that for August there are 13 groups for a total of 2,718 room nights with an impact of $1.5 million in direct spending for the benefit of the tourism industry. As an example, he mentioned the Caribbean Golf Merchandise Show 2014, the Conference of the Association of Electoral Organizations of Central America and the Caribbean and the Latin America Federation Bonsai Championship.

During the month of September the Island will host 14 groups for an estimated total of 11,921 room nights and a direct expenditure of $6.6 million. One of the groups is a citywide using the Puerto Rico Convention Center and more than two hotels to accommodate participants. Is the USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forumwhich will generate an approximate of 4,000 room nights and over 1,500 participants.

Twenty two groups are scheduled for October with a total of 10,870 hotel nights and a contribution of $6.0 million. Groups include the American Society of Clinical Oncologist 2014 Annual Meeting and the USA Training Center Professional Showcase, a forum for where 360 quality baseball players to demonstrate their skills in front of Major League Baseball (MLB)and independent baseball scouts.

Meet Puerto Rico recently announced that it reached its annual goal by ensuring 409 groups and over 100,000 delegates who, in the next few years, will visit the island either for a meeting, conference, convention or incentive travel producing approximately $110 million to the local economy."

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 On Site Malta Selects WMG for U.S. and Canadian Business Development
      Wednesday, September 03 @ 15:01:52 CDT
General News"Effective September 01, World Marketing Group began providing North American representation and business development in the U.S. and Canada for On Site Malta (OSM).

Led by Paul Selis, its managing director, and supported by an experienced team of industry professionals, On Site Malta delivers high quality, competitively priced programs for its clients throughout Malta and its array of unique nearby islands and applies a team approach infused with dedication to excellence in program delivery. On Site Malta offers business expertise in the meetings, incentives, and conference business travel segments.

Jane E. Schuldt, CITE, CIS President of World Marketing Group stated, "We are thrilled with the addition of Malta to our portfolio of world class international DMCs. Always seeking destinations that work for clients already experienced in using the key first-tier European capital destinations, Malta emerged as a strategic addition to our portfolio of world class DMCs as a 'where next' destination. Our mission will be to answer the question "why not?!"

Paul Selis, Managing Director of On Site stands proudly behind his On Site Malta team. Living up to the challenge of "What does it take to be an OSMer?" is no small task. According to Paul, "Originality, Stamina and Motivation are what set us apart from our competition. Our insistence on offering multi-lingual staff, demonstrating spontaneity and passion for what we do, ensuring creativity and innovation are second nature to our design process, giving our all and having fun doing it, and then getting up and doing it all over again - with a smile - is at the core of our delivery promise."

Schuldt added, "For an example of On Site Malta's creative side and thought process, just look at their 'people' section on their website, and roll over the team images for an example of their creative flair. I don't think anyone would argue that keeping a strong sense of humor and having a bit of fun is an extremely important element in our business, and a great contributor to overall program success because of the close camaraderie it builds leading up to and throughout program delivery. Still, it's the professionalism of operations that always wins the day and the repeat client, an objective that is always front and center for On Site Malta."

World Marketing Group is a B2B sales and marketing company providing contract sales and marketing services in North America to international hospitality suppliers interested in building their brand and growing their business from the North American incentive, meeting, conference and custom group travel markets. On Site Malta will be exhibiting with WMG at IMEX - Americas, Las Vegas, October 14-16, 2014, Booth 3200."

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 ACC Liverpool Appoints U.S. Representative
      Wednesday, September 03 @ 15:01:20 CDT
General News" @accliverpool appoints man on the ground in States

ACC Liverpool has appointed a US market representative as part of its strategy to bring additional international and North American-based congresses to the UK city.

The venue, home to BT Convention Centre, Echo Arena and from next September Exhibition Centre Liverpool, will work closely with Peter J Berry, certified association executive (CAE) of Berry² & Associates, LLC.

Working alongside ACC Liverpool’s international team, his role will include targeting North American and global associations, with US-based members, which have the potential to hold their meetings in Liverpool.

Berry was founder and president of Association Resources (AR) for more than 30 years, an international association management firm based in Hartford, Connecticut. He grew the company to more than 60 staff, managed 20 associations and created a satellite office in Washington, D.C. Berry now provides consultancy services in the meetings and association management sectors.

He said: “ACC Liverpool is one of the success stories in the UK meetings industry and has an interesting international growth plan. I met the team at IMEX America in 2012 and was immediately struck by everyone’s enthusiasm to expand beyond UK and European-based events and in turn generate more economic impact into Liverpool.

“I feel I can support these exciting strategic plans through my experience in the American market. We have spent time co-ordinating specific targets and formalising our relationship and contract.

“I am looking forward to getting started and helping ACC Liverpool to realise its growth potential.”

Berry was also executive director for the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). He is currently a global taskforce member of the Professional Conference Management Association (PCMA).

Kerrin MacPhie, ACC Liverpool director of sales, said: “Peter shares our vision and recognises that Liverpool is a city that has flourished over the past decade and will continue to do so, particularly with the addition of Exhibition Centre Liverpool which will enable us to attract larger international congresses.

“His objective will be to identify associations which are looking to grow their European membership in addition to helping organisations explore new territory with confidence as he can advise on what Liverpool can offer and how we can support their events. He will be an extension to our international sales team and will use his wealth of experience to be our man on the ground in the American market, targeting outbound events.”

Forthcoming international congresses at ACC Liverpool include Arbonne UK Advantage Conference, EuroLabFocus 2014 and the European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO)."

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