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Meetings nhow

Ramy Salameh goes to Milan and Berlin to check out funky lifestyle hotel brand, nhow. NH Hotel Group’s lifestyle brand ‘nhow’ has rapid expansion plans, with properties opening in Marseille, Santiago de Chile, London, Amsterdam, Lima and Frankfurt over the next four years. CMW went to nhow Milan & Berlin to experience the concept and…

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Edmonton: Building a more sustainable future across Canada

Barb Stuhl-Smith (pictured), the business development account manager at Edmonton Tourism, explores how Edmonton is building a more sustainable future by fostering alternative energy innovation across Canada. With over 2,300 hours of sun per year, solar energy as a renewable resource is swiftly becoming more common in the capital of Alberta – Edmonton aka Canada’s sunniest city. Emerging at an…

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Making a point on wellbeing in M&E

Sarah Mayo, (pictured top) co-founder of newly launched POINT3 Wellbeing (a UK company that supports people and businesses with health and wellbeing programmes) speaks to CMW and sheds some light on health and wellbeing within the international business events sector. Stress management and positive mental health are increasingly on the agenda of companies that recognise the urgent need to combat the…

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Essential measurements

International Association of Conference Centres’ CEO Mark Cooper discusses some essential elements for measuring the meeting experience. Food and wellness-based trends can be fleeting by nature; however we’re seeing an unprecedented increase and they may be here to stay. In IACC’s recent Meeting Room of the Future report we found that 57% of venue operators said “experience creation”…

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Montréal: Making room for robotics

Generating CAD$1.8m (US$137.5m) in tourism revenue for Montréal and Québec, the Palais des congrès de Montréal Convention & Exhibition Centre is set to host the international final of the World Robot Olympiad (WRO), 13-15 November 2020. Organised by Zone01, the event will draw 2,000 participants to Montréal. This international competition attracts students between the ages of seven and 25 from…

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Face to face with the entrepreneurial spirit

Having charted Reggie Aggarwal’s remarkable entrepreneurial career – we now dig a little deeper. The founder and CEO of Cvent talks to Sarah-Claire Picton about digital transformation and more. According to a February 2018 report, entitled Economic Significance of Meetings to the US Economy, from Oxford Economics, every dollar spent on face-to-face meetings and events generates…

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Innovating IMEX

Creativity and experiences were at the centre of content at the latest edition of IMEX in Frankfurt. From new events at EduMonday to the spectacular and sensational Learning Labs and Live Zone, there were major initiatives and experiences throughout the 2018 IMEX Frankfurt show, extending the borders of the industry into new areas. In addition, new…

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Partnering up with AI

Georgios Kipouros (pictured), co-founder and event director of AI Business & The AI Summit global exhibition series, discusses AI and its role in helping the business events industry reach new heights. In 1965, Gordon Moore observed “how overall processing power for computers will double every two years,” predicting that “this trend will continue into the foreseeable future”….

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In pictures: Visit USA Independence Ball

CMW attended the Visit USA Independence Ball held at London Hilton Bankside, 5 July. The event kicked off with a Welcome Reception, followed by a formal dinner at the Las Vegas table – and, as they do every year, Visit USA organised a Charity Raffle in aid of “Just a Drop”. For more information about Las Vegas, read the feature published in CMW’s issue…

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Essentially speaking…

etouches, a cloud event management software company, brings a visual component to CMW’s new event tech section. The featured infographic includes data collected from a 2016 etouches global survey of 239 event planners. Taking you through the before, during and after of an event, etouches reveals key points in an event’s lifecycle and the steps to…

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The Flanders effect

Ramy Salameh says Flanders’ recent hosting of the Associations World Congress will have impressed these influential meeting planners who experienced the region’s ease of access and depth of heritage first-hand. The new Flanders Meeting & Convention Centre Antwerp (FMCCA) played host to the Associations World Congress (AWC) in March, with some 500 association professionals stepping through…

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A taste of Tangier

Stephanie Ackland’s Morocco MICE tour takes us to Tangier The North African city of Tangier is enjoying a resurgence. Situated at the northern tip of Morocco and Africa, it lies 20 miles (32.1km) from Spain and is raising its business profile and MICE offering. Tangier is a melting pot of cultures, but with a firm…

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Talking ’bout digitalisation

CMW embraces digital transformation, and gives room to event tech’s growing presence within the global events industry. Proceeds from global tech IPOs amounted to US$25.1bn in 2017, with 168% growth from 2016 (PwC, Global Technology IPO Review). The present-day digital dialogue is anchored in transformation and growth; and, as our event tech section reveals, advancements…

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