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Nourishing business

CMW welcomes IACC CEO Mark Cooper who kicks off the first in a series of columns from the international venue association. There is plenty of nourishment in this inaugural article. Food and wellness-based trends throughout the globe can be fleeting by nature; however we’re seeing an unprecedented increase in them and they may be here…

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Driving innovation in the digital economy

London Technology Week (LTW) returns this June to showcase the UK capital as a global tech powerhouse, Sarah-Claire Picton reports London, Europe’s ‘technology capital’, becomes a nucleus of digital innovation as London Tech Week enters its fifth edition, 11-17 June. Co-founded by promotional agency London & Partners in 2014, LTW is London’s largest crowd-sourced festival…

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Meet Montréal: City of neuroscience

Michel Bourdon, vice-president, Sales and Convention services at Tourisme Montréal branches off from biology and unpacks the nuances of neuroscience resonating in the city of Montréal, Canada. A vibrant and multifaceted metropolis, Montréal beckons visitors with its Old-World architecture, lush outdoor spaces, hipster cafés and shops and a feisty sense of carpe diem. Aesthetic appeal…

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Thabethe’s targets

South Africa’s deputy minister of tourism, Elizabeth Thabethe, tells CMW about a big new ZAR110m bidding fund, a delegate boosting initiative and other new business event strategies. What is the biggest challenge today for South Africa in marketing itself as an international conference and events destination? The major challenge is probably financial constraints. South African Tourism is…

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Cvent partners with big brands

Event technology specialists Cvent has announced several notable organisations have chosen its Event and Hospitality Cloud platforms to run their meetings and events, and increase their revenue. These organisations join more than 25,000 Cvent customers based in over 100 countries. Cvent’s Event Cloud More than 80% of the Fortune 100 use Cvent to manage their…

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Future Meeting Room

Ramy Salameh reports on how Germany is thinking ahead with its Future Meeting Space project. Three million meetings, conventions and events take place every year in Germany, attracting 380m participants, making it second only to the US for international association conferences. Germany’s latest Meeting & Event Barometer, 2016/2017, showed that the number of international visitors…

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Fancy a festivalisation refresh?

Antony Reeve-Crook explores ‘festivalisation’ and the business of making the main event. The ultimate incarnation of an event, either industry or consumer, is the festival, and not just by virtue of their size. Festivals take a community and deliver an identity through shared experience. Whether industry specific such as the Cannes Film Festival, or more…

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Focus and flexibility

AIPC president Aloysius Arlando says flexibility is key to taking advantage of opportunities in the year ahead. Was 2017 a good year for the 186 AIPC members? In most performance terms, 2017 was in fact a very good year as a continuation of a growth pattern, since the global financial crisis in 2008, at a rate…

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South Africa signals room to grow

South Africa’s business events industry catapults into a new era of growth and synergy, writes Sarah-Claire Picton. In the eve of a new era, South Africa ranks among the top ten long-haul destinations for hosting international and regional meetings and conferences. Thirsty to understand more about the country’s meetings industry push, CMW traverses the African…

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Exposition Universelle

CMW attended the historic opening of Paris’ new convention centre, the largest conference centre in Europe. Despite a spate of tragic terror incidents in recent years, Paris is looking towards a dynamic future, with the 2024 Olympic Games on the horizon, and events including the Art Paris Art Fair 2018 billed to be bigger than…

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Into the deep

Martin Fullard chats to UK-based agency Deeper Blue’s Laurence Croneen about the agency’s beginnings and its international expansion. Founding directors Laurence Croneen and Jeremy Garbett set up UK-based agency Deeper Blue in the wake of the financial crash in 2008, after realising that a shift in global economics required a shift in attitudes towards events….

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