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TM Forum to announce Nice return
23 May 2012
It’s been raining in Nice this week, but CEO confirms that Management World will return to the Riviera in 2013
The Management World conference and exhibition is definitely moving back to Nice in 2013, the TM Forum will announce on Wednesday.
Martin Creaner, president and CEO of the TM Forum, confirmed to Global Telecoms Business that the industry organisation will move back to the French Riviera in 2013 after the city of Nice has completed a costly refurbishment of the Acropolis centre, its former home.
The TM Forum had been lobbying the city to modernise the conference centre for years, but little was done until the organisation, which represents 800 companies in the business, announced the 2011 move to the Conference Centre Dublin with only a few months’ notice.
The move has been unpopular with some members, Creaner confirmed to Global Telecoms Business. The 2011 event was cursed with bad weather, though Management World 2012 has enjoyed warm sunshine — in a week when the south of France has been wet, with thunder forecast.
Attendance is expected to be around 3,000 in 2012, about the same as last year — but way down on the TM Forum’s forecasts when it first planned the move to Dublin. In April 2011 — just before the first Dublin conference — TM Forum executive Nik Willetts told GTB that the organisation expected 3,500 that year and 4,000 in 2012.
The city of Nice is expected to support the TM Forum’s move back to the south of France with a package of incentives to encourage attendance by telecoms executives in 2013. GTB
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