2018 was a record-breaking year for congresses in Paris. The Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau published its annual study – «Congress Activity» – to decipher the characteristics and evolution of meetings sector, a strategic one for the French capital, which largely contributed to the positive attendance record of the destination in 2018.
Three global associations serving the International Meetings Industry will collaborate more closely in the future: UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry), ICCA (The International Congress and Convention Association), and AIPC (The International Association of Convention Centres) agreed to launch a Global Alliance.
The International Congress and Convention Association has published its country and city rankings by estimated total number of participants as part of its public abstract of the 2018 statistics report, offering an alternative perspective on the growth of the association meetings market.
Asia Pacific’s newest world-class convention centre Te Pae Christchurch is now 50% complete and on track for opening in October 2020. Te Pae will feature a 1,400 seat auditorium, over 3,000 square metres of exhibition space and 24 meeting rooms.
Amadeus signs a landmark hospitality distribution agreement with Booking.com to integrate its accommodation content into the Amadeus Travel Platform for the first time.
The release of the International Congress and Convention Association’s 2018 Country and City Rankings marks yet another successful year for the association meetings market. Paris, which previously held the top city spot in 2016, returns in 2018 to claim first place. The USA continues to top the country rankings.
Research study Drivers of Change in Hospitality explores the changes we can expect as guest insight, technology optimization and the ability to hyper-personalize take effect.
Amadeus announced that it has completed the acquisition of TravelClick. The transaction has now received all necessary regulatory approvals, including competition clearance in all relevant markets.