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PCMA, CEMA
announce strategic alliance to support, educate, grow audiences.

Abu Dhabi Convention & Exhibition Bureau
Signs Strategic Agreement with PCMA.
IMEX 12-14 May 2020
‘For 2020, we’re looking on the bright side of life’
says Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group.
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Technology and Innovation
to Headline Convene Professional Academy.
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Sarawak
Wins Most Business Events in Single Year, Makes History.
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International coach training
- a long-term effect of the World Championships in Halmstad.

ICC Sydney serves up its
2020 Menu Collection.
Expansion
Kenes Group strengthens its position
with two new offices: in Lisbon and Seville.
10,000 delegates
Scottish Event Campus
secures 2023 European hat-trick.
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BestCities announce new Managing Director
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Barcelona Regains Numbers

The Turisme de Barcelona (Barcelona Tourism Office) recently presented statistics for the 2010 professional meetings industry at the annual assembly of its Barcelona Convention Bureau (BCB). The assembly, which was attended by 200 professionals from the sector, concluded that 2010 was a fruitful year for meetings and incentives.

The year saw impressive numbers from the North American market, with it having grown by over 35% in 2010 from 2009. Additionally, North America represents 20% of the international market and the U.S. market is the second international market beyond the U.K.

Currently, the international market represents, in terms of delegates, 84.3% of business, while the local Spanish market share is 15.7%. In 2010, the city hosted 2,138 meetings, representing 616,833 delegates. The number of meetings held last year was up 15.1% over the 2009 figures. The increase drove the number of delegates who attended meetings in Barcelona 7.1% over the previous year's figures.