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The big venue daddy

CMW asks ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy about the big new baby coming on stream in the harbour and much more besides Can you bring us up to date on the ICC Sydney project and opening? After three years of pre-opening marketing, an extensive recruitment and training programme, and a three-month intensive operational readiness period of…

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Meeting space: the future

The Future Meeting Space programme is a multi-year research effort undertaken by the German Convention Bureau (GCB), European Association of Event Centres (EVCC), and the Fraunhofer Institute of Industrial Engineering (IAO). It is designed to provide planners and suppliers with insights and hands-on tools to make their meetings more futuristic, and to stay ahead of…

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Germany’s Gateway

With Hamburg’s Congress Centre (CCH) closing for a major two-year €197m (US$206m) renovation project set to make it Germany’s biggest convention centre by 2019, the city is not breaking its conference stride and has plenty else to offer international planners. This exciting city on the Elbe is opening up on many other meeting fronts, providing…

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Dreaming Big at the Madrid Marriott

To celebrate its relaunch after its extensive refurbishment, the Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel & Conference Center rolled out the red carpet in November, hosting a lavish party with a cinematic theme, including gala dinner for 700 people. Graced by an all-star cast from some of Hollywood’s most iconic films including Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Pirates of…

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ICC Sydney’s paradigm shift

he big story in Sydney at the end of 2016 was the official opening of the new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney). It seems the market can’t wait and management reports 400 events are already booked in. The centre has been built on a 10GB optical fibre backbone and has the ability to hold…

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‘We haven’t played our cards yet’: Brexit

James Heappey, MP, and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for UK Events identifies three big Brexit-related issues for the UK events industry. Originally published in CMW‘s sister title EN. Speaking at a Meetings Industry Association EU roundtable discussion (sponsored by EN’s sister title Conference News) at Church House in London last night (11 October), Heappey recognised…

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Gaggletag in focus

Imagine you could find all the photos taken at your event…well now you can, says Gaggletag founder Gideon Summerfield. (originally published in CMW sister title EN) It’s a question many event organisers have pondered: how can I make full use of the hundreds, or even thousands, of people using social media at my event? Gideon…

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In the White City: Lisbon profile

It’s attractive, it’s cosmopolitan, it’s friendly, it’s well connected in terms of flights, it represents value for money, and it’s growing in popularity – what’s not to like about Lisbon as a MICE destination? These attributes have not gone unnoticed by the industry: in 2014 Portugal’s capital hosted 109 congresses and conventions and was ranked…

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