Americas

Park MGM’s Ideation Studio creates new conference experience with Cisco

Park MGM and Cisco are partnering in Las Vegas to provide a new intuitive type of meeting experience at the hotel’s 650sqm Ideation Studio. A new member of elite meetings association IACC, Park MGM is the world’s first hotel to offer groups Cisco Webex™ Boards and Cisco Webex Teams, which offer a real and virtual meeting space for collaborating, video calling, whiteboarding and sharing notes, file...

New President & CEO appointed at Metro Toronto Convention Centre

  The Board of Directors of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Corporation (MTCC) has announced the appointment of General Manager Lorenz Hassenstein to the position of President & CEO. The move is part of succession planning as incumbent Barry Smith steps down on 1 February, 2019. Hassenstein joined as GM a year ago, and has more than 23 years of experience in general management, trade/...

PCMA sets economic progress and social prosperity as goals for first Leadership Summit

Civic and corporate leaders from four continents will gather January 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for a two-day forum on how business events can create diversified and sustainable opportunities for economic and social prosperity. The 6 and 7 January programme was created by Chicago-based PCMA to bring together a core international group of association CEOs, corporate leaders and municipal lea...

TV star and restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump opens new Vegas venue

Television star and restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump is to open her first Las Vegas venue in early 2019, partnering with Caesars Palace to create Vanderpump Cocktail Garden. The venue will be available for buyouts, accommodating meetings and events for up to 100 people. Bringing a taste of Los Angeles to Las Vegas, the cocktail garden will take a page from Vanderpump’s successful restaurants and...

Philadelphia hosts largest gathering of Irish travel professionals

Philadelphia was the first ever US host city for the 2018 Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) Annual Conference. Traditionally the conference has been held exclusively in Europe, but increased airlift from Europe to Philadelphia International Airport and the targeted international strategy of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (PHLCVB) Global Tourism team, helped the city get sel...

Unicorn Events expands Stateside with new office

UK Croydon-based Unicorn Events has opened an office in New York City and incorporated the company in the US. The creative events agency says it is reacting to increasing demand for US-based projects and to service its roster of US based clients. Focusing primarily in media and technology, Unicorn has two of its top five clients headquartered in the US. Unicorn founder and Managing Director, Hanna...

Personify acquires events management platform a2z

Texas-based Personify, Inc., a technology supplier for associations, has announced the acquisition of a2z, Inc., an events management and optimisation platform for event planners and organisers. “I am delighted to have a2z join the Personify family and provide our clients with a more integrated experience,” said Eric Thurston, President and CEO of Personify. “The combination of Personify and a2z e...

Québec City to host international conference on insects to feed the world

Québec City and Université Laval will host a major international conference in 2020 on using insects as food for both humans and animals. The 3rd International Insects to Feed the World Conference (IFW), will come to the Québec City Convention Centre 3-6 June and is expected to bring together 500 experts from around the world to discuss the status of research and the potential of insect protein fo...

Los Angeles Convention Center hires Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Finance

The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), owned by the City of Los Angeles and managed by AEG Facilities, has announced the appointment of Shaun Davis, CVP (pictured left) as the new Vice President of Operations and Ben Zarhoud, CPA (right) as the new Vice President of Finance. Shaun joins the LACC from Salt Lake City, Utah with over 20 years of operations management experience. He most recently s...

CWT’s Ekert named Vice-Chair of US Travel and Tourism Advisory Board

Kurt Ekert, President and CEO of global travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel, has been appointed Vice-Chair of the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. Established in 2003, the Board advises the Secretary of Commerce on key matters affecting US travel and tourism, and provides a forum for industry-related discussions. “I am honoured to ...

Caesars Entertainment extends partnership with Nobu Hotels

Robert De Niro, chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Caesars Entertainment CEO Mark Frissora were present for the fifth anniversary celebration of the Nobu Hotel, Caesars Palace. Frissora announced a decade-long extension of the partnership between Nobu Hotels and Caesars, while Horwell – the group that owns Nobu – announced plans for 20 additional hotels by 2020. Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace bills itself a...

The Los Angeles Convention Center launches strawless campaign for America Recycles Day

The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) announced a ban on all straws during a sustainability presentation at the National League of Cities (NLC) City Summit on November 9, 2018. The United States uses over 500 million plastic straws every day; most of which end up polluting oceans and killing marine life. The LACC, in partnership with in-house caterer Taste of LA by Levy Restaurants, will cease ...

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