Stuart Wood

Amsterdam’s Hotel Okura receives leading hotel award

The Hotel Okura in Amsterdam has received the 2018 Netherlands’ Leading Business Hotel Award at the World Travel Awards. The awards are voted on by travel and tourism officials as well as business and leisure travel consumers worldwide. They are aimed at stimulating innovation and creativity within the hospitality industry and encouraging hotels all over the world to improve the quality of their s...

Accor introduces Meetings at Novotel

AccorHotels, the international group offering 4,300 hotels, resorts and residences worldwide, has launched a new Meetings at Novotel concept. It will be introduced at Novotel London City South later this year before expansion across the Novotel network. The concept includes a range of spaces designed to accommodate a variety of requirements. Meet is the name given to a new type of space featuring ...

Quebec City Convention Centre to welcome 8,000 guests this summer

The Quebec City Convention Centre in Canada is expected to host 8,000 delegates to the city during a busy summer period for conventions. There are nine national and international conferences scheduled throughout July and August, which are expected to bring in CAD$12m (US$9.13m) to the city’s economy. Upcoming events include: the 2018 Canadian Number Theory Association Conference, the International...

Animated ‘fly-throughs’ set to put wind beneath sales wings at Hilton London Metropole

UK-based technical production company Metro Broadcast has launched a series of animated ‘fly-throughs’ for the Hilton London Metropole. The displays take viewers on a journey through the building, and are part of an attempt to support international sales at the venue. The animations are created from the perspective of the delegate as he or she walks from one conference area to the next, and are in...

Adelaide sets sights on the future of medicine at key conference

Adelaide, Australia has been named as the host city for the 2024 World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering. The event, which is held once every three years, is one of the largest international gatherings of medical physicists, biomedical engineers and specialists from related fields. The 2024 event will see 2,500 delegates from 89 countries converge on Adelaide, 12-18 October. T...

Radisson Blu Antwerp undergoes €9m renovation

The Radisson Blu in Antwerp has recently finished work on an extensive programme of refurbishment, with total investment reaching over €9m (US$10,5m). The project began in early 2017, and has now concluded with completely new bedrooms, two new restaurants, enhanced meetings and events offerings and an upgraded leisure centre. General manager Jacqueline Struik commented: “We’re delighted to be able...

Pacifico Yokohama is Japan’s top MICE tourism facility, says JNTO stats

Pacifico Yokohama has been ranked as the top MICE tourism facility in Japan for the year 2016, according to statistics published by the Japan National Tourism Association (JNTO). The facility was number one for number of conferences held, number of attendees, and number of overseas attendees. The facility featured almost twice as many attendees and participants as the second place finishers Osaka ...

Dubai Association Centre growth brings more associations to the emirate

The Dubai Association Centre (DAC) has this week released its registration figures for the first half of 2018, showing a 38% increase in the number of registered associations since the start of the year. The DAC is a part of Dubai’s chamber of commerce, and was established to bring a greater number of international associations to the city. The DAC now has a total of 58 licensed associations, 16 o...

New research suggests business travellers feel safer at airports than train stations

New research by global travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel suggests that business travellers feel safer travelling via plane than by train, bus, taxi, or on foot. In a survey of 2008 regular business travellers across four continents and 17 countries, they found that only 31% of people said they were concerned about travelling via plane. This is compared with 50% who said they were c...

Istrian Tourist Board and FC Bayern Munich announce strategic partnership

The Istrian Tourist board has announced a new partnership with FC Bayern Munich, one of the most famous football clubs in the world. The collaboration represents one of the most substantial and significant marketing projects in tourism – strategically positioning Istria as a premium destination for holidaymakers. The three-year partnership agreement was signed and presented by the director of the ...

American Express GBT appoint new regional vice-president and general manager

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has appointed Julien Kauffmann as its new vice-president and general manager for France, Benelux and Southern Europe. Kauffmann assumes the role on 2 July and will be based in the Paris office. American Express GBT is a joint venture not wholly owned by American Express Company, which equips companies with tools, services and expertise needed to keep t...

MCI puts sustainability first in annual report

Events agency MCI has released its 2017 annual sustainability report, which highlights the important role that environmentally friendly and inclusive policies play in their business. CEO Sebastien Tondeur opened the report by saying: “What started as a small Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme has blossomed to become a core pillar of the MCI culture and brand. Sustainability is now par...