‘The Economist’ Editor Zanny Minton-Beddoes to Keynote Annual Conference

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Zanny Minton-Beddoes will address airport representatives from around the word at 2012 ACI-NA/World Conference and Exhibition in Calgary.

ACI-NA/World Conference & Exhibition
Zanny’s extensive global experience on the most pressing financial issues affecting world commerce will help airports more effectively plan for their futures.

Zanny Minton-Beddoes, economics editor for The Economist and former International Monetary Fund (IMF) economist, will be the keynote speaker Sept.10 at the 2012 Airports Council International – North America/World Conference and Exhibition in Calgary. Minton-Beddoes, an expert on economic policy and issues surrounding globalization, will provide airport officials from around the world unique insight into the global economy, how we got here and what can be expected going forward for global air transportation.

“We know that airports in North America and around the world are affected by global events, whether it is an economic crisis, political turmoil or security concerns. Zanny’s extensive global experience on the most pressing financial issues affecting world commerce will help airports more effectively plan for their futures,” said ACI-NA President Greg Principato.

“The strength or weakness of the global economy has a direct correlation to activity at our worlds’ airports. Having someone of Zanny’s experience and reputation as our keynote speaker in Calgary will certainly give all our members insights into what is on the horizon,” said ACI World Director General Angela Gittens.

The ACI-NA/World Conference and Exhibition will be held Sept. 9-12 at the BMO Centre at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta Canada. In addition to airport officials from North America, attendees are expected from each of ACI’s regions: ACI Africa, ACI Asia-Pacific, ACI Europe and ACI Latin America. Additionally senior officials from airlines, governments and industry suppliers will attend.

Preconference seminars featuring in-depth information on operations, information technology, legal issues and environmental challenges will also be held Sept. 8 - 9.

In addition to the educational sessions, delegates can visit over 100 exhibitors in the conference Exhibition Hall at the BMO Centre.

Note to Media:
Minton-Beddoes will be available briefly for interviews with the media after her keynote address on Sept. 10.

Reporters who wish to attend may contact ACI-NA’s Morgan Dye at mdye(at)aci-na(dot)org to request press credentials. Advanced registration is strongly recommended. A valid ID is required. Press credentials can be picked up on site at the ACI-NA registration tables in the BMO Centre.

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Airports Council International - North America represents local, regional and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America. More than 350 aviation-related businesses are also members of the association, which is the largest of the five worldwide regions of Airports Council International.

Airports Council International, the only worldwide association of airports, has 580 member airport authorities, which operate over 1,650 airports in 179 countries. ACI’s mission is to promote professional excellence in airport management and operations, and this mandate is carried out through the organization’s multiple training opportunities, as well as the customer service benchmarking program, a wide range of conferences, industry statistical products and best practice publications.

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