Stuart Wood

CWT release AnswerIQ, an AI-powered travel reporting tool

Carlson Wagonlit Travel, the global travel management company, has launched CWT AnswerIQ, a next-generation data insight, reporting and visualisation tool that works like a personalised search engine. AnswerIQ is CWT’s latest AI-powered business intelligence tool. By using an internet-style search with drill-down capabilities on top of CWT’s data lake, AnswerIQ allows clients to access all the dat...

Singapore hosts key ASEAN political summit

The heads of state from the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are currently gathered in Singapore for the 33rd ASEAN summit. The summit runs from 11-15 November, and will see influential leaders from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam in attendance. The collective population of these countri...

Why 2019 will be a breakthrough year for meetings & events

Demand for meetings & events will grow between 5-10% in 2019, and the average size of meetings will rise in nearly every region, according to a new survey by CWT Meetings & Events. CWT M&E is a division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, and its 2019 Meetings & Events Future Trends report offers cost projections and a run-down on regional differences, as well as ranking the top M&E de...

What does the future hold for IMEX?

Fresh from a new edition of IMEX America in Las Vegas, managing director Carina Bauer looks to the company’s future growth. IMEX America has grown considerably since its first edition. What have been the key landmarks? When we launched in 2011, it was uncharted territory. Buyers in North America have responded well to the format, particularly the appointment system. We moved into a larger ha...

British Airways launch partnership with ExCel London

British Airways and ExCeL London have launched a year-long collaboration that will grant BA exclusive airline partner status. The partnership will give British Airways the opportunity to use advertising space in and around ExCeL, as well as an opportunity to offer deals and discounts to visitors, exhibitors and delegates attending exhibitions and conferences, from the both the UK and overseas. The...

Cape Town’s CTICC wins a series of new events in Africa

The Cape Town International Conference Centre has been awarded 15 international conferences in the last six months, many of which will be hosted on the African continent for the first time. Among the conferences won are the Association of International Schools in Africa Conference 2019, the HIV Research for Prevention Conference, the World Self Medication Industry 2020, and the Asian Racing Confer...

Asia expands its presence at IBTM World

IBTM World has revealed a 23% increase in space taken by exhibitors from the Asia Pacific region ahead of its 2018 event, which will take place from 27-29 November 2018 at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona. The growth is a result of several new exhibitors taking stands this year, as well as some long-term exhibitors taking larger spaces. Amongst the new exhibitors from Asia Pacific were Macao Trade and I...

Lamb appointed head of sales and service at UK’s ExecSpace

Kristin Lamb, formerly head of public sector, has been promoted internally to head of sales and service for ExecSpace, one of the UK’s leading venue finding agencies. In her new role, Lamb will have overall responsibility for the service provided by the sales team, and she will continue to build strong relationships with clients and deliver exceptional service. Lamb will also be responsible for ma...

UK’s International Confex launches Smart Venue Summit

UK-based event industry exhibition International Confex has announced the launch of the Smart Venue Summit, a networking and knowledge-sharing event set to take place on the eve of the show on 25 February 2018, 2pm-7pm. The new event will look at the changing venue landscape as new technology and innovations increasingly become a vital part of their infrastructure and offering to organisers, exhib...

Vancouver ranked among North America’s top meetings destinations

Vancouver has been ranked one of North America’s top meeting and convention destinations, according to the 2018 Watkins Report Meeting and Convention Planners Survey. The biennial report is based on a survey of nearly 1,000 meeting and convention organisers in North America, evaluating the 40 most popular convention destinations in the US and Canada. The Watkins Report covers topics concerning cit...

Carlson Wagonlit Travel appoints new treasurer

Carlson Wagonlit Travel, the global travel management company, has appointed Courtney Mattson as its new treasurer. Mattson will be based in CWT’s headquarters in Minneapolis, reporting to Brad Hall, CWT’s chief financial officer, and will serve as a member of CWT’s Finance Leadership Team. “Courtney’s experience in a wide range of financial and treasury matters adds further strength and depth to ...

Caesars to open Jimmy Kimmel Comedy Club ahead of new meetings venue

Caesars Entertainment has announced it will be partnering with comedian Jimmy Kimmel to open Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club, which will be connected via skybridge to the upcoming meetings venue Caesars Forum. Caesars Forum is a $375m development which will expand Caesars meetings offering in Las Vegas, and is scheduled to be completed by 2020. The new comedy club will offer a unique form of entertainm...