The Halifax Convention Centre is celebrating its one-year anniversary since its first client event was hosted on Jan. 20, 2018. “We are proud to have served as the backdrop for many important conversations and celebrations for our community, and with our clients and delegates,” said Carrie Cussons, president and CEO of the Halifax Convention Centre. “Our team and community welcomed guests from around the world with true East Coast hospitality and showed them what Nova Scotia has to offer. It was a stellar first year of operations and the pace of bookings for 2019 and beyond continues to be strong.” Since opening in Dec. 2017, the Halifax Convention Centre has hosted over 140 events and over 90,000 guests, including 44 national and international conventions. These events have generated an estimated $60 million in new money for the province. The centre worked with local organizations and partners to create a full Nova Scotia experience for their clients and guests. This included a partnership with Tourism Nova Scotia to feature a Visitor Information Centre and a Taste of Nova Scotia pop-up booth available for national and international conventions. The in-house culinary team also worked closely with local suppliers to feature their ingredients throughout the menu. “It has been an outstanding first year of operation for the new Halifax Convention Centre and its partners,” said Business Minister Geoff MacLellan. “Having a vibrant, modern convention centre is helping us welcome more visitors, drive economic growth and attract investment, for the benefit of all Nova Scotians.” “The Halifax Convention Centre is welcoming the world to the heart of our vibrant downtown – showcasing the food, drink, entertainment and legendary hospitality that turns delegates into return visitors to our growing city,” said Mayor Mike Savage. Major events the centre will host in 2019 include the National Metropolis Conference on Immigration (750 delegates), Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (800 delegates) and the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians national conference (800 delegates). For the full calendar of events, visit http://www.HalifaxConventionCentre.com/Events .
Morocco’s national junior athletics team won the 7th edition of the Arab Junior Athletics Championships, held in Tunisia from July 4- 7 at the Radès athletics stadium.Tunisia hosted the Arab Junior Athletics Championship in2015 and 2017, making this years’ championship the third in five years at the Rades Stadium.The Moroccan Royal Athletics Federation competed in 8 matches, while 10 male and 8 female runners represented Morocco in various sports. The Moroccan athletes won 23 medals, 10 gold, 8 silver, and 5 bronze.Mehdi Sefrani won the 800 meter male race, Nouhaila Rabii won the 800 meter race in the female category, while Imane Mekrazi won the 400 meter female race.The Moroccan team competed against approximately 350 athletes representing 13 countries: Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Oman, Kuwait, Egypt, Qatar, Algeria, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, Libya and the UAE.