Conference & Meetings World Issue 102 - Page 6

News GLOBAL SNAPSHOT NORTH AMERICA Condoleeza Rice speaks at PCMA Condoleezza Rice, the first African-American woman to hold the post of US Secretary of State, will anchor the concluding session of 2020 PCMA Convening Leaders, which takes place 5-8 January 2020 in San Francisco, USA. Rice will share her expertise on global affairs and leadership with delegates at the Moscone Center. EUROPE UK’s venue Wi-Fi competition The UK’s Tourism Minister Rebecca Pow has launched a competition for conference centres across the country to apply for funding to improve broadband infrastructure, with the aim of hosting more international conferences at UK venues. The £250,000 funding will be awarded to venues across the UK to support the improvement of on-site broadband facilities and help them attract more international business events. Applications for funding will be open to event venues with conference facilities, including hotels and event centres that bid for – or plan to bid – for events which attract international delegates. AFRICA ASIA New DMO in Stellenbosch Making an impression in Thailand Wine and tourism industry stakeholders in Thailand hosted its largest convention from China – the Stellenbosch, South Africa, have been brought under International Dragon Award (IDA) Annual Congress – set one new destination marketing organisation, with the to generate US$20.7m in revenue for the country. The leadership of newly appointed General Manager Congress was held at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani. Jeanneret Momberg. The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau is also Momberg has 25 years’ experience with the local promoting its Exclusive MICE Lane Service at wine and tourism sector, and will be charged with Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. The aim, marketing Destination Stellenbosch as a leading the bureau says, is “to inspire a favourable first tourism and experience centre in the Western Cape. impression among VIP MICE travellers to Thailand”. 6 / CONFERENCE & MEETINGS WORLD / ISSUE 102