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Gothenburg readies a sustainable welcome for Associations World Congress 2019

On 7–9 April 2019, Sweden’s second city, Gothenburg, will welcome the Associations World Congress & Expo (AWC). It will be a first visit to Scandinavia for the AWC, which will be held in the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre (SECC). “We are very excited to launch a new and progressive programme for the next congress and to have the opportunity to share an amazing venue and city with our...

Geo-data specialist selects ATPI to manage its corporate travel

Global geo-data specialists Fugro has signed a new agreement for travel management services with international agency ATPI Group. The deal follows a bid process involving several Travel Management Companies (TMCs) over a 12-month period. Fugro said it awarded the contract to ATPI based on its worldwide marine and energy sector expertise, specialist tools and processes, and a well-balanced service ...

BECA targets federal MPs in fresh advocacy campaign for business events

Members of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) launched a pre-election campaign at Parliament House in Canberra last week, calling on MPs to unequivocally support policy and funding of the sector. A delegation of business events industry leaders met with 12 key MPs and their advisors, from all sides of politics, with a united message about the need for a strong policy for business even...

TV star and restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump opens new Vegas venue

Television star and restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump is to open her first Las Vegas venue in early 2019, partnering with Caesars Palace to create Vanderpump Cocktail Garden. The venue will be available for buyouts, accommodating meetings and events for up to 100 people. Bringing a taste of Los Angeles to Las Vegas, the cocktail garden will take a page from Vanderpump’s successful restaurants and...

Luxembourg becomes first nation to make all public transport free

Luxembourg has become the first nation which will make all public transportation free, after a new environmental initiative was announced by prime minister Xavier Bettel. Luxembourg City, the capital, suffers from extremely bad traffic congestion, as a large number of commuters enter the city – which has a tiny population of 110,000 – from outside via car. Many come from neighbouring countri...

Medical events deliver RM38.7 million from Malaysia’s KLCC in 2018

It was a strong year for medical conferences at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) in 2018, with seven high-profile events attracting over 7,300 participants and delivering RM38.7 million in economic impact to Malaysia. These included theCongress of the World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) 2018; World Congress of World Society of Intravenous Anaesthesia Onlus-Target Control...

Airbnb’s business travel trends for 2019

Airbnb has released a new report detailing business travel trends which have been on the rise in 2018, and are set to continue in 2019. One notable change that occurred in 2018 was the rise in travel to destinations in Latin America and Africa. While hubs such as London, Paris and New York remain prominent, a number of cities such as Mar Del Plata in Argentina, Guaruja in Brazil and Aguascalientes...

Glasgow to host symposium on ALS/MND

Glasgow is getting ready to welcome over 1,300 of the world’s top researchers and clinicians working in the field of motor neurone disease to this year’s International Symposium on ALS/MND. The Symposium is organised by MND Association and this year is hosted by MND Scotland. It will take place from 7-9 December 2018, and hopes to put Scotland on the map as a world leader in Motor Neurone Disease ...

ITE Group places $1m Bett investment

Global event organiser ITE Group, organiser of the UK’s leading edtech event, Bett, has announced it is to lead a $1m investment in Learnit. Learnit is a new event for the global learning ecosystem that will take place the same week as Bett. Learnit will be held, 24-25 January 2019, at the QEII Centre in London, and organisers hope to attract 1,000 attendees. Anil Aggarwal, co-founder and Chairman...

Abu Dhabi’s four big conference wins

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) and Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, a division of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) have won joint bids to host four leading international conferences in the Emirate. All four of the conferences will be held in the Middle East region for the first time and include the World Congress of Nephrology, the Annual Conference of ...

Malaysia inducts new ‘Kesatrias’ to boost business events

Three new conference ambassadors have been inducted under the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau’s (MyCEB) Kesatria Malaysia Programme. The appointments were announced during the 7th Kesatria Gala Dinner at Shangri-La, Kuala Lumpur, 6 December. Known as ‘Kesatrias’, these conference ambassadors play a vital role in spreading the word of Malaysia’s potential as an Asian business events hub...

Philadelphia hosts largest gathering of Irish travel professionals

Philadelphia was the first ever US host city for the 2018 Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) Annual Conference. Traditionally the conference has been held exclusively in Europe, but increased airlift from Europe to Philadelphia International Airport and the targeted international strategy of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (PHLCVB) Global Tourism team, helped the city get sel...