Europe

UK’s Liverpool Arena to rebrand as M&S Bank Arena in 2019

M&S Bank has announced that it will become the official naming partner of the UK’s Liverpool Arena, which will be renamed the M&S Bank Arena early in 2019. The Liverpool Echo, the city’s daily newspaper, will continue its 10-year partnership with the arena as a key business partner. Sue Fox, CEO of M&S Bank, said: “M&S Bank has been based in the North West since the business ...

VisitBritain partners Eurostar and Virgin Trains to give business events a boost

VisitBritain has announced a new partnership with Eurostar and Virgin Trains, which will offer a united travel service for the MICE industry, helping to boost international business events in the UK. The partnership was announced at IBTM World, and will give international event planners the freedom to book multi-stop journeys from mainland Europe to British destinations. It will increase connectiv...

Smaller session sizes are ‘a good thing for modern events’

New research from Meeting Professionals International (MPI)’s Fall 2018 Outlook Report suggests that individual sessions at conferences will reduce throughout 2019. MPI is the largest worldwide association for the meetings and events industry, including over 60,000 members across 90 chapters in 19 countries. UK-based Lime Venue Portfolio has been quick to endorse the trends as ‘a good thing for mo...

Epic fails brought centre stage for ‘Eventful Cities’ 2019 conference in Edinburgh

The European Cities Marketing Meeting in Edinburgh, 13-16 February, 2019 is set to tackle both the successes and failures of large urban events. The Eventful Cities conference programme will bring event owners and selected international showcases to provide attendees with insights and inspiration they need to cultivate the event scene in their city. Organisers ECM point out there is always a chanc...

Malta Tourism Authority Appoints New MICE Manager

The Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) has added to its UK team with the appointment of Lindsey Thorpe as the MTA’s new UK & Ireland MICE Manager.  Lindsey will be managing all opportunities within the MICE sector for the tourist board. With a strong background in the MICE market, she joins after nearly four years as MICE account director at a London based agency.  Lindsey previously managed a team...

Estonia set to ‘Go Wild’ at IBTM

The Estonian Convention Bureau and Visit Estonia will be rolling out their new marketing concept for the country, ‘Go Wild, Choose Estonia!’ at the IBTM World trade fair in Barcelona, 27-29 November. The campaign is designed to highlight the novelty of Estonia as a meetings destination as well as the many nature-related experiences available there. For many Europeans, the small Baltic state is mos...

ICC Wales praised by economy secretary ahead of completion

The ICC Wales has moved one step closer to completion, with the last struts of steel set to be slotted into place this week. The venue will accommodate 5,000 delegates within a 26,000sqm area when complete, making it the largest centre of its kind in Wales and South West England. It will open next summer, with the UK Space Agency Conference taking place there from 9-11 July. The £84million develop...

The Hague to be MPI’s 2019 European testing ground

‘We are not here to play the game. We are here to change it’ is the strapline for the next edition of Meeting Professionals International’s (MPI) European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC19). The conference, to be held in The Hague, 9-12 February, promises a revolutionary design, with a four-day programme focussed on how meeting and event professionals can change the way they meet, experienc...

Prague gears up to host UIA Associations Round Table in 2020

The Prague Convention Bureau has announced that the Czech capital will host the Union of International Associations’ (UIA) Round Table, 12-13 November, 2020. The venue will be the Vienna House Diplomat Prague. Prague’s bid was won in competition with four other offers. The UIA Round Tables are organised annually by the Union of International Associations, the research institute and documentation c...

UK’s The O2 appoints new Vice President & general manager

The United Kingdom’s The O2 has announced the appointment of Steve Sayer (pictured left) as vice president and general manager, and Danielle Kennedy-Clark (pictured mid) as deputy general manager. Currently in the roles of commercial director and operations director (respectively), their promotions follow the recent appointment of John Langford (formerly VP & GM, The O2) to chief operati...

Centaur to dispose of The Meetings Show

Centaur Media plc has said it is seeking a buyer for The Meetings Show in the UK, as the company looks to “explore divestment possibilities”. Centaur has appointed Livingstone Partners and Cavendish Corporate Finance as advisers to assist with a wider divestment programme of many of its ‘live’ assets, which it has said will accelerate simplification of its business structure to improve...

Scotland’s SEC submits planning application for £150-200m ‘global event campus’

The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) has applied for planning permission in principle (PPIP) for a major expansion of its facilities, with a vision to create a unique global event campus. The £150-£200m project focuses on developing the west end of the campus and includes a dedicated entrance, additional highly flexible meeting, exhibition and networking spaces, and panoramic views of the city and Rive...