The Halifax Convention Centre announced today, Nov. 28, it will host its official opening ceremony on Dec. 15. “Opening our doors marks a significant milestone as we get ready to welcome thousands of new visitors and new opportunities to our city and province,” said Carrie Cussons, president and CEO of the Halifax Convention Centre. “We can’t wait to preview our new state-of-the-art facility with our community and partners before we begin hosting our first events.” The centre will host its first client event, the Canadian Junior Weightlifting Championships, on Jan. 20, 2018 followed by Brides 2018, the Halifax Business Awards and the National Franchise Show. Many of the national and international events booked for the new facility have been attracted in collaboration with Discover Halifax and other local industry partners. There are 90 events booked for the first year of operations in the new facility, bringing an estimated 75,000 delegates and more than $50 million in new money to the province. This includes almost three times the number of national and international events and 18,000 more visitors than previous years at the existing convention centre. A full list of 2018 events can be found at: halifaxconventioncentre.com/2018-events. “We are pleased to be bringing our 21st annual Professional Conference and Annual General Meetings to the Halifax Convention Centre in October,” said Jan Hux, chief science officer for Diabetes Canada. “Our event is the largest gathering of diabetes health-care professionals in Canada and we know they will enjoy this new facility and the city’s hospitality.” To mark the facility’s opening, the centre has planned a welcome weekend which is a series of community events, including facility tours, for the public Jan. 12-14. “Shaped by community input and world-class design, I’m very proud of what this facility represents,” said Joe Ramia, president of Argyle Developments, builder of the new centre. “I look forward to showcasing the space to our community and the thousands of new visitors that will come through the doors.” The Halifax Convention Centre is part of the Nova Centre, a one-million square-foot, mixed-used development including a hotel, financial towers, public plaza, retail space and parking. It is the largest integrated development project in the province’s history. The funding of the convention centre is shared between three levels of government, totaling $169.2 million.
AIMEX 2011 – Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition – attracted record trade visitor numbers of more than 17,000. This was an increase of over 40% on those for the previous event in 2007. The exhibition, which was held at Sydney Olympic Park from September 6-9, was the largest mining exhibition ever held in Australia, with more than 600 exhibitors across over 50,000 m2. Highlights have been widely reported on this website and can be found in the archives.According to Paul Baker, Exhibition Director with organiser Reed Mining Events, initial unaudited figures show that AIMEX 2011 attracted a total of 17,382 visits over the four days. “Just over 75% of our visitors – 12,188 – were from New South Wales, with substantial increases in visitors from interstate, which were up nearly 60%,” he said. “In particular, visitors from Queensland increased 33% to 1,164.”AIMEX also attracted significant numbers of international visitors, totalling 1,288 from 49 countries, a 40% increase on our 2007 numbers.”Baker attributed the substantial increase in visitor numbers to a number of factors. “Certainly the fact that the mining industry in Australia is booming, with massive ongoing investment over the next five to 10 years, contributed to a very strong show.“AIMEX provided an ideal venue for a large number of suppliers of mining equipment and services to get in front of a substantial mining industry audience that is keen to see the latest technology and industry developments first hand,” he said.“Feedback from the great majority of our exhibitors was that AIMEX 2011 delivered a high-quality audience that was there to engage with them, find out about new technology, organise quotes and even place orders. Reed Mining Events developed a marketing program designed to take advantage of a booming mining industry, positioning AIMEX so as to appeal to the widest possible audience within the industry,” said Baker.“This included marketing to the industry throughout Australia – not just within NSW – and also working with mining companies to encourage their ‘frontline’ workers, as well as senior mining management, to attend AIMEX.“Through our AIMEX Frontliner program – aimed at mine equipment operators, fitters, tradespeople, supervisors and pit managers – we attracted significant additional attendance from these key purchasing influencers.“Another element of AIMEX that worked very well was our theme days, particularly Women in Mining, and our Recruitment and Training day.AIMEX will return to Sydney in September 1-4, 2015.