Martin Fullard

Cvent acquires Social Tables

Cvent has announced that it has acquired Social Tables, an event diagramming, seating, and collaboration platform. More than 5,000 organisations and hospitality brands, including Under Armour, Live Nation, Hyatt, The Venetian, ClubCorp, and Forbes, have utilised Social Tables to help them develop and plan nearly 4.5m events. Cvent acquired Social Tables to help event planners and venues better col...

IBTM announces new exhibition director for IBTM World

IBTM, part of global exhibition organiser Reed Travel Exhibitions, has announced that it has appointed David Thompson as exhibition director for IBTM World. Thompson has spent the last 14 years in the industry producing award-winning events for the likes of Haymarket Exhibitions, BBC, Informa, Daily Mail Group and Clarion Events. He brings with him an international perspective having organised exh...

London hotel growth predicted to outpace rest of Europe

London’s MICE offering has received a further boost with the news that a significant number of new hotels and venues are set to open in the capital over the next few years, says London & Partners. According to findings from a new report monitoring hotel capacity across European cities, London is set to add 11,600 rooms to its hotel market by 2020, providing meeting and event planners with an e...

Destination focus: meet in Torquay

CMW‘s Martin Fullard takes a trip to the English Riviera, and explores the area’s offering for meetings. Torquay is a classic example of British seaside town, and can be reached by train from London Paddington in little over three hours. The Grand Hotel has been a fixture on Torquay skyline since 1881, and offers fantastic views out over Torbay. The ground floor public areas blend mode...

ExCeL London acting CEO disappointed with Elizabeth Line delay

ExCeL London acting CEO Jeremy Rees has expressed his disappointment about the delay to the opening of the new Elizabeth Line (previously known as Crossrail). The new line will stop at Custom House station, which is next to the East London venue’s main entrance and is expected to improve connections from West and Central London. Read more: Elizabeth Line delayed until 2019. In a statement to...

London’s Crossrail opening delayed until 2019

London’s new transport link, the Elizabeth line (also known as Crossrail), has been delayed, with operations through central London commencing in autumn 2019. Crossrail Ltd says the revised schedule is needed to complete the final infrastructure and extensive testing required to ensure the Elizabeth line opens as a safe and reliable railway. Several high profile events venues across the capi...

SEC plans to expand in $196m project amid record growth

The Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow, has applied for planning permission to build a new conference facility and extend its exhibition space as part of an expansion plan, which the BBCreports is worth up to £150m ($US196m). The news comes after the venue posted a record year; turnover increased by 1% to £29.1m (US$38m), EBITDA increased by 11% to £3.8m (US$5m) and operating profit increased by...

CWT appoints new VP and chief technology transformation officer

Global travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), has appointed Rachel O’Brien as its new VP and chief technology transformation officer. “Rachel is known for transforming organisations in a pragmatic way to drive business success,” said Andrew Jordan, CWT’S EVP and chief technology officer. “She will be instrumental in our digital transformation by supporting our processes and provi...

Carlson Wagonlit Travel shows significant progress in latest Annual Responsible Business Report

Global digital travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has published its latest Annual Responsible Business Report, showing significant progress towards its 2020 objectives. This latest report has reached the UN Global Compact Advanced Level, recognising the success of CWT’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme. “I am very proud the UN Global Compact has honoured our commitmen...

Barnett to depart Reed Exhibitions

Following an internal restructure, it has been confirmed that senior exhibitions director of the IBTM Events portfolio, Graeme Barnett, will leave the company at the end of May after 22 years with Reed Exhibitions. “I leave with a sense of excitement for the future and a sense of pride in the past,” said Barnett. “I am looking forward to reconnecting with the many colleagues that I have enjoyed th...

CloserStill breathes new life into PharmagoraPlus 33rd year

PharmagoraPlus 2018, the largest annual gathering dedicated to the Francophone pharmacy ecosystem, was the most successful running of the event to date, despite heavy national train and air strikes. An unprecedented 13,000 pharmaceutical professionals visited the show in Paris, 7-8 April. An Air France strike closed air routes on Day 1 while Day 2 was affected by rail strikes, with 80% of trains a...

Mash TV presents Global Event Summit 2018

The commission model was the big talking point at CMW’s sister title Conference News’ first Global Events Summit, which took place in Chamonix, 18-21 April. Senior level representatives from leading agencies First, BCD Meetings & Events, WRG Creative, The Turner Agency, Inntel, Meet and Potato, and Carlson Wagonlit Travel discussed in detail their views and shared experiences. Read the f...