Paul Colston

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VisitScotland ‘Legends’ campaign wins ICCA Best Marketing Award

VisitScotland Business Events has won the ICCA Best Marketing Award 2018 for its first-ever digital campaign ‘Scotland. Where ideas become legend’. The win was announced at the Closing Ceremony of the 57th ICCA World in Dubai, 14 November. The two-year digital campaign was launched last November and Rory Archibald, Business Development Manager at VisitScotland Business Events, who made the present...

In pictures: the 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) helds its 57th Congress in Dubai 10-14 November. A new President, Interim CEO and 10 awards to leading women in the sector were highlights, as well as four days of content-driven sessions and keynotes. The social highlight was the gala evening in the desert.

ICCA celebrates women’s contributions to business events

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) highlighted the contributions of women to the meetings industry at its 57th Congress in Dubai, with 10 women from across the association’s global community honoured with an Inspirational ICCA Women award. The award was presented by outgoing ICCA President Nina Freysen-Pretorius, the second female ICCA President, who asked colleagues in t...

Meetings Mean Business Canada leads by example

The Meetings Mean Business (MMB) Canada 2018 Chair, Heidi Welker, has offered delegates at the 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai insights into the MMB industry lobby group’s founding in the US. It also discussed the licensing benefits the Canadian business events industry realised in its efforts to be recognised as an important contributor to the economy. Presenting at the ICCA Congress session, 12 Nove...

New global Competitive Index launched by GainingEdge

A new index which ranks cities in terms of their competitive strength for attracting international conventions was launched at the ICCA Annual Congress this week in Dubai. GainingEdge CEO, Gary Grimmer said his company’s Competitive Index would help destinations gain insights into how much convention business they should expect to host on an annual basis. “ICCA statistics provide a great source of...

James Rees elected new ICCA President

ExCeL London’s Executive Director James Rees was elected the new President of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) at the General Assembly during the association’s 57th Congress in Dubai, 11 November. He was first elected to the ICCA Board in 2012 and became Vice-President in 2017. In a powerful speech to delegates, Rees said: “I will use ICCA’s strengths to drive inn...

IMEX America pushed forward to September 2019

On the back of the biggest ever IMEX America in 2018, organisers are keen to remind their community that next year’s edition is being brought forward. They stress they have managed to secure the same venue, at Sands Expo in Las Vegas. In 2019 the show will hit the strip, 10–12 September, and again be preceded by Smart Monday, powered by Meeting Professionals International, on 9 September. IMEX CEO...

Organisers claim rise in first-stage appointments for IBTM World 

Organisers of IBTM World, Reed Travel Exhibitions, have announced that first-stage appointments for exhibitors are up 7% against last year, with over 3,500 more business meetings booked than at the equivalent stage in 2017. The meetings have been facilitated using an appointment system which pairs exhibitor and buyer preferences to ensure that meetings are arranged between people with whom there i...

ADNEC now a Hive for creative conferencing in Abu Dhabi

A new meeting space concept has been launched in Abu Dhabi by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) in what management says is in direct response to the rapidly changing demands of event organisers and business events visitors. The multi-functional space will go live by the end of the year and aims to combine functionality with aesthetic appeal. Unlike traditional meeting rooms, The H...

Julia Phillips takes the reins at Crescendo

UK event agency Crescendo has promoted board member Julia Phillips from her position of Operational Director to Managing Director. With a client list that includes Farrow & Ball, White Stuff and Burger King, Crescendo also encompasses Fruitful, a dedicated team events business that Phillips founded before joining forces with Crescendo four years ago. “Having been on the board since I joined an...

SingEx Venues wins management contract extension at Singapore EXPO for 10 more years

SingEx Venues, the management company operating Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre and its convention wing, MAX Atria, since 1999, has won the tender to continue operating the venue for up to 10 years, starting from January 2019. Singapore EXPO is Singapore’s largest MICE venue. SingEx Venues’ tender bid stressed the company’s experience and expertise and its intimate knowledge of tod...

Arinex takes cue from conference and shares value of its own staff diversity

Australian events management company Arinex managed the International Metropolis Conference 2018 in Sydney, which closed 2 November, having brought together world leaders and experts to discuss the benefits of migration, diversity and integration. Metropolis 2018 welcomed 800 participants from 38 countries, for five days of conference and social programmes. It heard from more than 200 speakers, in...