Articles by Sarah Picton


Scotland makes a Midlands’ MICE pitstop

VisitScotland Business Events, as part of its Scotland on Tour initiative, took eight of its venue partners to the Midlands, UK from 12-13 June. The group visited 42 agents from seven MICE agencies in Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham, including arrangeMY, Finest Meetings, Conference Care, Bright Sky Events, Absolute Corporate Events, BCD Meetings & Events Zibrant and…


A$200m expansion keeps MCEC at the forefront of event tech

Ahead of the unveiling of its A$200m (US$149m) expansion space next month, the purpose-built Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has been investing in new technologies, leveraging the venue’s initial approach to integrating AV and ICT technologies. The expansion will feature 4k laser projectors, LED based theatrical lighting equipment and fully integrated rigging infrastructure, creating…


Saxton Speakers Bureau appoints Anne Jamieson as CEO

Australia’s leading speakers’ bureau, Saxton Speakers Bureau, announced on 14 June the appointment of Anne Jamieson (pictured) as CEO. Jamieson will commence in the newly formed role in August 2018. Managing director Winston Broadbent said: “[She is] known for her collaborative leadership style, service excellence and delivering revenues to organisations”. Jamieson brings over 30 years in venues,…


Sarawak’s ICSA to grant up to US$2,500

Sarawak in Malaysia is looking to award grants of up to MYR10,000 (US$2,500) to fund travel, accommodation, association membership and convention registration fees to successful applicants under the International Convention Scholarship Award (ICSA). Initiated by Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB), this instalment of ICSA has issued grants to over 40 business events ambassadors since its inception…


German event planners association, VDVO, aims for international growth

With the appointment of its international relations officer, the German event planners association – VDVO (Verband der Veranstaltungsorganisatoren e.V.) – has announced it is aiming for growth beyond national borders. Following the recent uptake of members and partners from overseas, this new position was created to foster international expansion. Irina Graf, the founder of The…


ITA Group honoured for excellence in employee ownership communication

Iowa, US-based ITA Group has been selected by the ESOP association as the winner of the 2018 Annual Award for Communications Excellence (AACE) in the “Video, 250+ Employees” category, 11 June 2018. ITA Group creates and manages incentives, events and recognition programmes. Sponsored annually by the association, the AACE awards recognise the communications and educational…

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