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 October 03, 2013
Global Alliance Appoints Its First Chair

 The Global Alliance today announces the appointment of Ms Julie-May Ellingson, Chief Executive Officer of Durban International Convention Centre (ICC), as its new Chair.

Global Alliance is an international group of conference and exhibition centres that have joined forces to offer a seamless conference and event experience to international associations and event organisers whose events rotate around the world.

Global Alliance members include: The Durban International Convention Centre (South Africa); Adelaide Exhibition and Convention Centre (Australia); Centro Banamex (Mexico); Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool (United Kingdom); and Advantage BOSTON (United States of America).

Ms Ellingson will help to raise the profile of the alliance as a leading provider of high-quality convention centre services across multiple continents.

"Providing a detailed handover of a major international conference is a huge benefit to conference organisers, saving time and making for an altogether more professional start to their event. In addition to providing this seamless transition, Global Alliance members hold international venue accreditations and guarantee an international quality standard across their venues," says Ms Ellingson.

"This is an exciting time for Global Alliance as we further strengthen our offer to the MICE industry and I am honoured to be driving Global Alliance forward," adds Ms Ellingson.

Ms Ellingson joined the Durban ICC in 2011 having spent 10 years heading up the Strategic Projects Unit of eThekwini Municipality where she was responsible for all major infrastructural projects and all large scale national and international events hosted in the city of Durban. Over the past two years, Ms Ellingson has been fortunate to lead a dynamic ICC team in the delivery of over 800 events. These include: the prestigious 123rd Session of the International Olympic Organising Committee which was the first time the Olympic Committee had come to Africa; the United Nations Framework Climate Change Conference better known as COP17/CMP7, one of the largest conferences in the world with over 20,000 delegates; and the 5th BRICS Summit which saw some of the world's most powerful leaders being hosted in Durban.

Ms Ellingson is a Town and Regional Planner and Development Economist by profession and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Development Studies and Economics; and a Masters Degree in Town and Regional Planning from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Overall Ms Ellingson is recognised for her passion, hard work and commitment to getting things done. The Global Alliance is pleased to announce Ms Ellingson's appointment as Chair and look forward to taking the alliance from strength to strength.

Global Alliance will launch its new website and identity at an international breakfast event on 15th October 2013 at the IMEX America exhibition in Las Vegas. The event will take place at the Wynn Hotel 8 -- 9.30am.

Global Alliance website will be available from October 15, 2013

Global Alliance

Global Alliance is a group of world-class conference and exhibition centres collaborating to offer a seamless conference and event experience to international associations and event organisers. Comprising five venues on four continents, the Global Alliance members are united in their commitment to providing a quality service to clients whose events rotate around the world, facilitating a unique and comprehensive hand-over and inter-venue briefing process between clients and alliance members. The current Global Alliance members are: The Durban International Convention Centre (South Africa); Adelaide Convention Centre (Australia); Centro Banamex (Mexico); ACC Liverpool (United Kingdom); Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and Hynes Convention Center (United States of America).

Durban, South Africa -- The Durban International Convention Centre (Durban ICC) offers the largest flat floor, column-free multi-purpose event space in Africa. The complex incorporates the Durban ICC Arena and adjacent Exhibition Centre offering clients 33,000m² of flexible exhibition and meeting space. This five-star graded facility has been voted Africa's Leading Meetings and Conference Centre 11 times by the World Travel Awards and is ISO 9001, 14001, 22000 and HACCP certified. With raked seating for 5,532 delegates, plenary seating for 12,000 and up to 32 meeting rooms ranging in size from 43m² to 402m², the Durban ICC can accommodate large scale events of every type. The Durban ICC also provides banqueting for up to 5,000 guests and can accommodate up to 10,000 for concerts with full technical capacity for live broadcasts.

Adelaide, Australia -- Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) is an award-winning, multi-purpose conference and exhibition centre. The venue is currently undergoing an extensive expansion and refurbishment programme which has been designed to meet future delegate requirements and to take advantage of the spectacular views offered across the River Torrens. Once complete in 2017, the centre will boast a highly flexible, raked plenary hall that can seat up to 3,500 delegates, can be subdivided into four smaller theatres, or converted into a flat floor configuration. It also offers 15,000m2 of column-free, multi-purpose space, 24 serviced meeting rooms capable of subdivision or consolidation and a variety of networking and outdoor opportunities. The centre also has high capacity ICT capability, offers free Wi-Fi and provides webstreaming facilities in every venue.

Boston, Massachusetts, USA -- Advantage BOSTON incorporates the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) and the Hynes Convention Centre (Hynes). Advantage BOSTON represents citywide convention business in Boston. With almost 50,000m2 of exhibition space, a column-free ballroom of 4,000m2 and 82 high-tech meeting rooms, BCEC is well-equipped to accommodate large-scale events which have exhibit requirements and extensive educational programmes. The Hynes is located in the heart of Boston's historic Back Bay area, surrounded by great shopping, dining, attractions, public transportation and other amenities. It offers conference and event organisers a wide range of options, including a multi-purpose auditorium with built-in balcony and seating for over 4,000, 16,396m2 of exhibition space, 38 meeting rooms and a 2,373m2 ballroom featuring a vaulted ceiling and natural light. Both the BCEC and Hynes are Gold Certified by AIPC and provide state-of-the-art technology including free wireless Internet access throughout the facilities.

Mexico City, Mexico -- Centro Banamex is an iconic, world-class convention centre located in Mexico City. Part of the Las Americas Complex, the purpose-built convention centre provides easy access to a wide range of amenities in addition to offering a flexible range of rooms and spaces for meetings and events. Centro Banamex offers 185,000m2 of multi-purpose events space, with 25 convention rooms and 34,000 m2 of column-free exhibition halls that have hosted some of the most important international events and exhibitions from around the globe. Centro Banamex was also the first venue in America to be awarded the 'Earth Check' Silver Certification, demonstrating its commitment to the environment.

Liverpool, UK -- ACC Liverpool is a world-class European venue for large scale international events. Currently comprising BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena, ACC Liverpool is located on Liverpool's world famous Mersey waterfront, adjacent to the Grade 1 listed Albert Dock and UNESCO World heritage site at the heart of one of the most exciting cities in England. BT Convention Centre has a 1,350-seat auditorium, a 3,725sqm multi-purpose hall and 18 further meeting rooms. Total exhibition space, when combined with the 11,000 capacity Echo Arena, is in excess of 7,125 sqm. In 2014 ACC Liverpool will start on site with the construction of Exhibition Centre Liverpool and integrated Pullman hotel which will both be open for business in 2015. The facility will be capable of hosting large scale conferences, trade and consumer exhibitions, concerts and sports events on a national and international scale.

Global Alliance website will be available from October 15, 2013