Articles by Sarah Picton


Church House Westminster plays host to VisitBritain’s MeetGB showcase

A gala dinner at Church House Westminster, London, concluded Day 1 of VisitBritain’s two-day MeetGB showcase, 19-20 April. Guests enjoyed live show entertainment and a three-course dinner followed by a live DJ and dancing. Kerrin MacPhie, VisitBritain head of business events, said: “VisitBritain’s MeetGB event has brought 100 international meeting and event planners to the UK to experience the…


Wharf Hotels appoints Axis Travel Marketing as GSA for UK and Europe 

Hong Kong’s hotel management company Wharf Hotels has appointed Axis Travel Marketing as its new global sales agency (GSA) for UK and Europe, 1 April. Formerly known as Marco Polo Hotels Management Limited, Wharf Hotels – a wholly owned subsidiary of The Wharf (Holdings) Limited – operates across Asia under the Niccolo Hotels and Marco Polo Hotels brands. The Hong Kong headquartered…


In agreement with ‘game-changing’ tech

Event management software solutions provider etouches and Meeting Planners Unite have partnered to provide independent planners with what they claim is ‘game-changing’ tech that supports the full event lifecycle. etouches developed a complete, end-to-end meetings sourcing and management solution for third-party and independent planners. The platform combines sourcing, booking and negotiating technology with business analytics and…


MeetGB showcase in London draws 100 buyers

With around 6,700 meetings set to take place over the two days, national tourism organisation, VisitBritain, is showcasing a selection of the UK’s business events industry at MeetGB, held at the Hilton London Bankside in London, 19-20 April. CMW attended the launch of the two-day industry showcase which sees 100 global buyers from France, Germany, North America…


Farnborough International’s new £30m venue baby getting ready to take flight

Selected media attended a special viewing of the UK’s Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre’s brand-new Hall 1, a 20,000sqm, £30m (US$42.97m) venue facility, 17 April. The programme included a site tour; followed by lunch and presentations from venue director Michael Watton and group marketing director, Andrew Pearcey. The ‘industrial chic’ interior incorporates 10 flexible…


Costa Rica unveils sustainable convention centre

The 15,600sqm Costa Rica Convention Centre (CRCC) has opened for business as Costa Rica’s first purpose-built convention centre. Located just 10km from capital San José, and less than 10km from Juan Santamaría International Airport, the sustainable centre, the authorities hope, will further position Costa Rica as a key player in the international business events industry. With an investment…


ICC Jerusalem hosts Holocaust tribute concert

Following Holocaust Remembrance Day 27 January, the International Convention Center (ICC) in Jerusalem hosted a tribute concert on 15 April. The concert was led by world known Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, plus musicians from JNF UK (Britain’s oldest Israel charity), Bikurim Performing Arts School and Yerucham Conservatory. “As the State of Israel prepares to celebrate its 70th anniversary,…


US actors’ union calls for end to hotel room auditions

A leading US actors’ union, Sag-Aftra, has called for an end to holding auditions in private hotel rooms due to the danger of harassment and exploitation. To help protect members from potential harassment and exploitation, Sag-Aftra released on 12 April a Guideline calling for an end to the practice of holding professional meetings in private hotel rooms or residences. A BBC report on 13…

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