Informa to review part of conference business on back of revenue drop – although overall earnings grow 11%

International events organiser Informa has launched a review of five of its conference businesses on the back of a 4.1% organic revenue decline. The company said the revenue dip followed restructuring in its conference businesses in Scandinavia, the Netherlands and Russia. The performance of the Knowledge & Networking division in 2016 was impacted by weakness…


Korea expands its Convention Support Programme

The Korea MICE Bureau (KMB) has stepped up its efforts to make hosting international meetings in South Korea more competitive by expanding its Korea Convention Support Programme. Organisers applying through the programme using the KMB’s online Request for Proposal system during March will also be eligible for additional benefits, the bureau said. The range of…


Kenes Group expands presence in Asia Pacific region

Kenes Group, a Professional Conference Organizer (PCO) and Association Management Company (AMC), has announced four new offices in the Asia Pacific region. The new offices come from signed agreements with representative companies joining Kenes Group. The partner companies will extend the services of the company locally, adding their expertise in the local languages and cultures….


Lausanne Tourism & Convention Bureau event promotes international scientific excellence

Lausanne Tourism & Convention Bureau hosted executives from global industry associations on 2 March to showcase the destination as a centre of excellence for international science conferences. The event took place at the Royal Institution in London, a scientific education organisation founded in 1799. Speakers included eminent Swiss scientists from the ISREC Foundation (Swiss Institute…


Staging Connections: 15 years and counting with SKYCITY

Staging Connections has announced it has extended its 15-year partnership with SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre, which sees it continue as the venue’s dedicated in-house AV supplier. Tim Morgan, general manager for strategic partnerships at Staging Connections, said: “For 15 years Staging Connections has worked closely with the SKYCITY team on exciting projects including Microsoft Ignite,…


etouches acquires onsite data-driven technology Loopd

Connecticut-based global provider of cloud event management software etouches has acquired Loopd, an enterprise SaaS start-up. Loopd specialises in data-driven technology and offers innovative wearable and experiential devices. etouches says the acquisition further positions it as a full enterprise solution. Loopd’s subscription-based platform offers event planners and marketers the intelligence to help them build more…

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