Standing secure together

Good security demands a joint effort, says Geoff Donaghy After a year like we’ve just experienced, it’s hard to think of major public events like conventions and exhibitions without also thinking about security. On the one hand, these are activities that depend for their success on attracting large numbers of people who may be more…


Bear Grylls Survival Academy

Emily King used her inner survival instincts for a Bear Grylls corporate teambuilding day Throughout corporations worldwide the suggestion to go ‘teambuilding’ can be met with sighs of dread by some staff. Companies rightly want more from their away days. They want their staff to be tested by activities they would never normally have the…


ICCA Forum attracts 180 to Sofitel Downtown Dubai

The recent International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Middle East International Meetings Forum attracted 180 regional and global meeting experts, as well as association meeting planners. The new event marked the start of an annual education programme leading up to the 2018 ICCA Congress in Dubai. Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau, hosted the two-day…


Fuel for economic growth

John Keenan looks at the relationship between economic growth, knowledge transfer and energy conferences in some of the oil and gas hotspots The oil and gas sector is arguably the most crucial influence on any nation’s economy. Event organisers in this field are attentive to the short-term shock waves generated by political machinations but they keep…


6,000 Rotarians Walk for Peace in Seoul

6,000 Rotarians from 160 countries, many dressed in the traditional dress of their home countries, gathered in Seoul’s City Hall Plaza on the early morning of 28 May to kick off the 2016 Rotary International Seoul Convention’s 3K Walk for Peace. The walk brought participants to Gwanghwamun Square before returning to Seoul Plaza in a…

3. MCEC Exhibition Bays retractable seating

In pictures: EEAA welcomes MCEC expansion

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has praised the unveiling of designs for the expansion of exhibition facilities at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). EEAA chief executive Joyce DiMascio said the unveiling marks another important milestone in the ‘much-needed’ expanded facilities in Melbourne. “The association welcomes the unveiling of design work…


Taking it to the top

FreemanXP is an enabler for organisers to satisfy the needs of their audience. Now it has produced a new report to shed some light on what those needs might be. Event experience agency FreemanXP creates content and conference programmes for events including the giant printing show Drupa in Germany; no small fry.  In order to rationalise the…

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