Expert Opinion


Training for the tribe

IACC CEO Mark Cooper says professional development is our industry’s beating heart. A vision to deliver innovative and exceptional meeting experiences must rely almost entirely on the abilities of our people. Retaining and growing talent is a critical component of success for IACC’s members – it’s one of their greatest challenges, so a leading priority for us…


The key to Barcelona’s conference success

CCIB general manager Marc Rodriguez says the key to Barcelona’s conference success is collaboration between the public and private sectors. In 2017, Barcelona headed the world ranks of the cities that host the most international congresses and conventions, according to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). This important statistic, reflecting joint efforts and dedication,…

Prague Ambassador Awards Evening 2018_Julius Špičák

How to win international congress bids

A global reputation and an ability to handle long-term, complex activity are the critical factors for scientists when considering a destination’s candidacy for hosting an international congress, according to leading Czech conference ambassador, professor Julius Špičák. Professor Špičák was instrumental in bringing the International Congress of World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) to Prague in 2020. The…


Safety in numbers

CMW turns attention to innovation in the field of event tech security, exploring topics like GDPR and facial recognition. Geoff Revill (pictured), Krowdthink’s MD and CEO, shines light on GDPR in event tech security. The GDPR has caused great concern in the events industry, especially in event technology. When an event organiser utilises a 3rd party…


At the heart of it…

Paul Martin, director of sales for EMEA at event management platform EventsAIR, explores what he feels is at the heart of event success: social media. All event planners understand that one of the primary keys to event success is attendee engagement, however there are a number of ways to achieve this and choosing the right approach for your…


Edmonton: Building a more sustainable future across Canada

Barb Stuhl-Smith (pictured), the business development account manager at Edmonton Tourism, explores how Edmonton is building a more sustainable future by fostering alternative energy innovation across Canada. With over 2,300 hours of sun per year, solar energy as a renewable resource is swiftly becoming more common in the capital of Alberta – Edmonton aka Canada’s sunniest city. Emerging at an…

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