They all want more convention business, and they're all going after it in their own unique ways. Taiwan recently held a meetings industry marketing forum to help its folks market on an international level:
â€Taiwanâ€™s service sector in 2005 will account for 70 percent of the economy. The main question now is how to increase the pie? We feel that internationalizing our show industry can help grow our economy,â€ said Lu.
New West editor Emily Esterson has some interesting things to say about why, when it comes to conventions, Albuquerque so often gets bypassed. She acknowledged that it has safety problems, a dearth of hotels, and a not-so-hopping downtown, but:
The confluence of these three areas' marketing efforts hitting my desktop today just hit me as interesting. Cities and countries are really starting to scrap for meetings business. But will it mean better deals for planners? We shall see.