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Airport World to be media partner for SMART Airports & Regions Conference and Exhibition

Airport World is pleased to announce that it will be a media partner for the SMART Airports & Regions Conference and Exhibition in Canada this June.

Hosted by Tourism Richmond and Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR), SMART Airports & Regions 2016 will be held in Richmond, British Columbia, from June 13-15.

Just like last year’s show in Atlanta – the first SMART Airports & Regions event to be held in North America – in excess of 500 delegates are expected to be in attendance as innovation and insight into airport centric development is once again top of the agenda.

Indeed, a host of airport and industry leaders will share their experiences of best practice on a range of issues that will include air transport being the catalyst for the global economy; master planning and capital development projects; sustainable growth; and evolving airport business models.
The impact aviation has on economic growth and regional development is central to the whole event.

Confirmed speakers to date include Craig Richmond, president and CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority; Andrew O’Brian, CEO, Quito International Airport; Kim Day, CEO of Denver International Airport; Miguel Southwell, aviation general manager, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; Rajeev Jain, CEO of Mumbai International Airport; and Rosemary Vassiliadis, director of aviation at Las Vegas–McCarran International Airport.

Among the many highlights of last year’s SMART Airports & Regions Conference and Exhibition in Atlanta was an aviation leaders panel chaired by CNN news anchor and chief business correspondent, Christine Romans; in which Philadelphia International Airport CEO, Mark Gale, stated that he believed the current US legislation for funding and promoting airport development needed an overhaul as it “shackled” many gateways.
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Others included a dedicated session on master planning, in which Lambert-St Louis International Airport’s director, Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, explained how the airport has had to reset its goals and ambitions to match today’s status as the 31st biggest US airport compared to the eighth busiest back in 1999; and an airport design panel where Alliance’s Eric Peterson revealed how his firm often based its designs on key words or images identified by clients or various stakeholders during the planning process.

Visit http://saandr.com/ to discover more about SMART Airports & Regions Conference and Exhibition 2016.

We look forward to seeing you in Richmond BC this summer.

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