Features

Brazil reaching for its Olympic legacy

Vinicius Lummertz, Brazil’s state minister for tourism, talks to Ramy Salameh about brand Brazil, its recent sporting event legacy, the future of the MICE sector and the nation’s continued destination appeal. [hr gap=”30″]   Brazil’s use of events (FIFA World Cup/Summer Olympics) has been the single most important way to re-position the destination’s profile internationally...

Destination focus: meet in Torquay

CMW‘s Martin Fullard takes a trip to the English Riviera, and explores the area’s offering for meetings. [hr gap=”30″] Torquay is a classic example of British seaside town, and can be reached by train from London Paddington in little over three hours. The Grand Hotel has been a fixture on Torquay skyline since 1881, and offers fantastic views out over Torbay. The ground flo...

SHINee happy people – Korea’s new wave

Paul Colston attends the Korean MICE Expo (KME) 2018, and finds a new ‘Hallyu’ wave of enthusiasm for hosting international conferences. He also discovers a wealth of attractions for organisers keen to sample the ancient and modern delights of this Asian meetings powerhouse destination. [hr gap=”30″] The PyeongChang Winter Olympics is the most recent global event to offer a springboard...

Face to face with the entrepreneurial spirit

Having charted Reggie Aggarwal’s remarkable entrepreneurial career – we now dig a little deeper. The founder and CEO of Cvent talks to Sarah-Claire Picton about digital transformation and more. According to a February 2018 report, entitled Economic Significance of Meetings to the US Economy, from Oxford Economics, every dollar spent on face-to-face meetings and events generates an additional $1.60...

Innovating IMEX

Creativity and experiences were at the centre of content at the latest edition of IMEX in Frankfurt. From new events at EduMonday to the spectacular and sensational Learning Labs and Live Zone, there were major initiatives and experiences throughout the 2018 IMEX Frankfurt show, extending the borders of the industry into new areas. In addition, new activities around legacy focussed minds on the in...

Winding down or revving up?

The collapse of the FMI expo left a variety of resurgent conference and meeting events in its wake. When the US-based Food Marketing Institute (FMI) retired its large Chicago event, FMI Connect, in late 2016 due to a decline in visitor numbers, a decision that fatefully coincided with the closure of the National Cable Television Show, the trade press poured doubt on the efficacy of live business e...

Partnering up with AI

Georgios Kipouros (pictured), co-founder and event director of AI Business & The AI Summit global exhibition series, discusses AI and its role in helping the business events industry reach new heights. In 1965, Gordon Moore observed “how overall processing power for computers will double every two years,” predicting that “this trend will continue into the foreseeable future”. Moore’s Law, the ...

Mazagan making waves

Simon George travels to Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort on Morocco’s Atlantic coast and realises that you can never be too well connected. Pitch and punt In the 1989 film Field of Dreams, James Earl Jones’s character advises humble Iowa corn farmer Ray Kinsella (played by Kevin Costner) that to realise his baseball dreams, which involve creating a baseball pitch, he should “Build it and they will ...

Meetings nhow

Ramy Salameh goes to Milan and Berlin to check out funky lifestyle hotel brand, nhow. NH Hotel Group’s lifestyle brand ‘nhow’ has rapid expansion plans, with properties opening in Marseille, Santiago de Chile, London, Amsterdam, Lima and Frankfurt over the next four years. CMW went to nhow Milan & Berlin to experience the concept and see why the brand is proving popular for planners. “Disrupti...

Las Vegas: Times they are a-changin’

Simon George immerses himself in the glitz of Las Vegas and says change is a gamble probably worth taking for the city’s MICE industry. The self-proclaimed ‘entertainment’ (and some would add ‘events’) capital of the world is in a state of constant flux. As Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) acknowledges, key to the city’s success is the ability to reinvent itself. Change is the o...

Essentially speaking…

etouches, a cloud event management software company, brings a visual component to CMW’s new event tech section. The featured infographic includes data collected from a 2016 etouches global survey of 239 event planners. Taking you through the before, during and after of an event, etouches reveals key points in an event’s lifecycle and the steps to its success. A 2018 etouches survey of over 150 eve...

The Flanders effect

Ramy Salameh says Flanders’ recent hosting of the Associations World Congress will have impressed these influential meeting planners who experienced the region’s ease of access and depth of heritage first-hand. The new Flanders Meeting & Convention Centre Antwerp (FMCCA) played host to the Associations World Congress (AWC) in March, with some 500 association professionals stepping through the ...