Sarah Picton

Digital tools: A question of control

Mykyta Fastovets (pictured), CTO at ExpoPlatform says careful planning is key to building a loyal digital audience for your event. In a recent blog post on the impact of online technology on the exhibition industry, strategic consultancy AMR International explored the issue of how digital tools can potentially take control of the event away from the organiser. We feel that the effect that digital ...

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 an additional $1.60...

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 activities around legacy focussed minds on the in...

Sarawak is ‘Redefining Global Tribes’ Down Under

Sarawak, Malaysia, went ‘Down Under’ to gather over 500 senior managers at the recently held Associations Forum National Conference 2018 (AFNC 2018) at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Queensland, Australia. Led by the Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB), representatives of Sarawak bore the award-winning Redefining Global Tribes anthem to foster global community ties for ...

IBTM Americas reveals 2018 Knowledge Programme

IBTM has announced details of its Knowledge Programme for its first-ever IBTM Americas event in Mexico City, 5–6 September 2018. As the newest event in IBTM’s global MICE portfolio, IBTM Americas’ Knowledge Program is aimed at event planners and buyers looking to stay ahead of trends and learn about the industry’s hot topics in the emerging South, Central and North American meetings and even...

IAPCO pledge to rid industry of single-use plastic by 2050

As part of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) 50th Anniversary legacy, the association has launched their ‘Not Just a Drop in the Ocean’ CSR campaign, with the aim to rid the meetings industry of single-use plastic by 2050 – the year more plastic will be in the sea than fish (World Economic Forum report). IAPCO will be doing this with the help of the campaign...

Korea’s eSang Networks to run India’s largest CC for 20 years

A consortium led by Korea’s largest tradeshow/convention venue, KINTEX (www.kintex.com) has won a bid to operate the India International Convention and Exhibition Center (IICC) in New Delhi for 20 years, paving the way for Korean CC operators into overseas markets. The company said on 23 July that its consortium with E-Sang networks – one of Korea’s leading exhibition organisers – was ...

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”. Moore’s Law, the ...

ICC Sydney pioneers plastic bottle waste reduction in M&E

In an on-going commitment to reduce its ecological footprint, International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) in Australia has announced, 23 July, more than a million plastic water bottles have been saved through its partnership with Sydney Water. By promoting the use of Sydney’s tap water at events and using co-branded, reusable glass bottles in all meeting rooms, the initiative has significa...

In pictures: Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2018

During the recent Gala Dinner of the Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2018, 11-14 July, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (KLCC) 52-strong culinary team served up a Malaysian gastronomic experience to over 750 top international chefs hailing from over 100 countries. Chairman of the Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2018, Andy Cuthbert, stated: “This is being called ‘the best congress ever’ for World...

Malaysia on a plate

During the recent Gala Dinner of the Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2018, 11-14 July, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre of KLCC) 52-strong culinary team served up a Malaysian gastronomic experience to over 750 top international chefs hailing from over 100 countries. Led by executive chef, Hisham Bin Jaafar and taking inspiration from Malaysia’s culinary and multi-cultural heritage, ...

Sarawak is ‘redefining global tribes’ by driving digital transformation in M&E

Under Sarawak’s destination campaign, ‘Redefining Global Tribes’ and driving digital transformation within the business events sector, the Malaysian state will play host to the inaugural business events Tribal Meet aka TriBE 2018 in Kuching on 24 August 2018. TriBE 2018, an initiative by the Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB), will gather over 200 business event professionals, comprising ...