by By Tom Isler | March 01, 2009


Where will the world be meeting in the next five, 10 or 20 years? Best to ask Gary Grimmer, whose eponymous consulting firm based in Melbourne, Australia, helps develop meetings industries in emerging markets all over the globe. Some recent clients:

Daejeon, South Korea, the country's science and technology hub. Update: The Daejeon Convention Center opened last July. Comment: "Already an established player within South Korea.Will increasingly become a player in the regional and international market in the next two to five years."

Malaysia, an oil, gas and electronics exporter and emerging medical-tech hotspot. Update: The Malaysian Con­vention & Exhibition Bureau debuted in Kuala Lumpur last December. Comment: "A serious MICE [meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions] contender with new convention center developments and improved air access. The MyCEB will help lift the country's profile and stature."

Muscat, Oman, a capital city on the Arabian Sea. Update: A new convention center will open within the next three or four years. Comment: "To become an established player in MICE will take between five and 10 years. The focus initially will be regional MICE events; the international market will take longer to establish."

Belgrade, Serbia, a revitalized city with old European charm. Update: opened a CVB in 2007. Comment: "Will benefit from the expansion of the EU and the emergence of growth economies in Eastern Europe."