June 22, 2005

The Amsterdam-based International Congress and Convention Association ranked Vancouver, British Columbia, as North America's top destination for international associations in 2004. That ranking was based on the 31 international association meetings held in the city last year. "This establishes Vancouver's appeal among meeting planners and delegates from around the world," said Rick Antonson, president/CEO of Tourism Vancouver.

Sales of promotional products in 2004 increased 6 percent (to $17.3 billion) over 2003 sales, according to the Promotional Products Association International's 2004 Estimate of Promotional Products Distributor Sales survey. The study of 15,000 promotional product distributors was conducted by researchers at Louisiana State University and Glenrich Business Studies. The top promotional products in 2004 were wearables, including clothing, hats and footwear (30 percent); writing instruments (11 percent); calendars (7 percent), and drinkware (6 percent).

Sian Moynihan, CMP, has been named executive vice president of the Professional Convention Management Association, effective Aug. 15. New PCMA president and CEO Deborah Sexton created the position for Moynihan, whom she worked with for seven years at the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, where Sexton was president and Moynihan currently is vice president of bureau services.