Stuart Wood

Messe Frankfurt centralises its sales operations

Messe Frankfurt has announced it will be centralising sales operations for its Locations business field, and has appointed Silke Calder to head the sales department. Locations encompasses all trade fairs, congresses/conferences and other events that are held as guest events at the company’s Frankfurt base. Every year, Messe Frankfurt hosts over 260 such events. Johann Thoma, vice president of Gues...

Scientists grounded for conference following US government shutdown

The partial shutdown of the US government has continued to affect airport services, which is now having a knock-on impact on conferences and events across the country. The 233rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society was supposed to play host to a Boeing 747 outfitted with a massive telescope – the world’s largest airborne observatory. But the plane was not able to make the journey following...

Computational design conference comes to Penang in 2019

Penang, Malaysia has won a bid to host the upcoming International Congress and Conferences on Computational Design and Engineering (I3CDE) 2019. The event will take place from 7-10 July at ParkRoyal Penang Resort, the first time the Korean-owned congress has taken place outside its home country. The event is organised by the Society for Computational Design and Engineering from Korea, and will att...

Vancouver signs agreement with Airbnb

Before the New Year Tourism Vancouver announced a new type of agreement for Canada with Airbnb to promote the city to travellers on the accommodation platform. The agreement will see Airbnb leverage its global reach through digital channels such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as well as its magazine Airbnbmag, to boost Vancouver’s reputation as a premier destination. Additionally, Airbnb...

RBH celebrates graduates from Pyramid talent programme

Pyramid, a talent development programme run by RBH, has celebrated the graduation of nine promising future hotel managers. The year-long programme had its graduation ceremony at Crowne Plaza London Dockland, in front of senior members of RBH management, and colleagues who mentored them throughout the year. Over the course of the programme, the candidates took part in a range of masterclasses, lear...

DBpixelhouse expands into the US

Digital and tech supplier DBpixelhouse has expanded its operations into the USA. The company will be working with several North American agencies and brands during early 2019, helping them to engage with delegates through the creative integration of digital content. The move follows DBpixelhouse’s successful presence at EventTech in Las Vegas last November. The company also announced the appointme...

Are you making the most of social media?

A new report by Aventri and Little Bird Told Media is aiming to provide insight into how the events industry makes use of social media. Among the key findings was the fact that 96% of survey respondents said they used social media for marketing, but only 38% said they used it for crisis management. 87% used it for customer engagement, 77% for news, 65% for live streaming/video, and 42% for gamific...

2019 – the year of gamification?

Having devised cutting-edge events for blue chip companies such as Nationwide Building Society, Vodafone and IBM for over two decades, leading creative agency UKSV has its finger firmly on the pulse of the business events universe. Here’s what they have to say about gamification, a trend which is set to explode in 2019.   If you haven’t already been involved with ‘gamification’, then get read...

Industry leaders gather for ICC Wales’ Taste of Christmas

Secretary of State for Wales, the Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP, joined top level meetings and events professionals for ICC Wales’ ‘Taste of Christmas’ event at the prestigious Lancaster House in London. The evening delivered festive cocktails, canapes, and updates from Welsh government and the venue’s senior management team on the progress of Wales’ first international convention centre. It was compered ...

A bright future for business events in Latin America

Latin America is rapidly emerging as a vibrant player on the business events scene and one that is grasping all the many opportunities for growth. David Hidalgo, Show Director, IBTM Americas, looks forward to the future of business events in the region and reveals his passion for turning LATAM into a driving force in the business events sector   What’s hot in business events at the moment? Gr...

ACC Liverpool celebrates decade of events at Abbey Road

The UK’s ACC Liverpool celebrated its 10th birthday year at its annual Showcase in London. The venue invited guests to the iconic Abbey Road Studios to mark the milestone anniversary. Around 100 attendees in the association, corporate and exhibition sectors, along with agency representatives and entertainment and sport promoters, attended the event from a variety of organisations such as the...

Brisbane to host leading environmental science conference

The world’s most respected freshwater scientists will be heading to the river city of Brisbane to attend the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) Annual Meeting in 2021. The Brisbane conference will be the very first time the American-based SFS has held its annual meeting outside of North America. Australia’s reputation in water management and strong freshwater science community were behind the hi...