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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 ...

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...

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...

Ascential in line for high-growth from acquisitions

B2B events and information group Ascential announced, in a trading update 4 December, that it is trading in line with market expectations. The company said full-year revenue was expected above consensus driven by recent ‘high growth’ acquisitions. Following the completion of its two editions in the second half, the Money20/20 congress is expected to grow by 37% for the full year with the US editio...

ABPCO releases sustainability roadmap for the events industry

The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) has released a report and roadmap for the creation of a more sustainable events industry. Using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, ABPCO identified a desire for the industry to do more in the areas of responsible production and consumption, quality education and partnerships, and reducing workplace inequalities. T...

Business travellers turn away from direct booking channels in 2018

New research from SAP Concur and GBTA shows that the trend for business travellers to book flights and accommodation directly from suppliers has reversed. The number of European business travellers who booked flights directly with their preferred airline fell from 79% in 2017 to 68% in 2018. During the same period, the number booking hotel accommodation directly dropped from 83% in 2017 to 70%. Pi...

Breaking: Marriott hit by hack that could affect 500 million users

The Marriott chain of hotels has been hit by a hack that could affect half a billion users, it has been revealed. The company says its database of customer information, used to book rooms at its Starwood properties, has been accessed by unauthorised users for the last four years. The information on the database included people’s credit card information. Marriott says the hackers may have stolen th...

MPI launches European Road Show

Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the world’s largest meeting and event industry association, has launched its European Road Show, with its first stop in Barcelona at IBTM World. As part of the Road Show, MPI leadership will travel throughout Europe to meet with industry leaders and influencers to share industry trends, research, tips and the value of MPI member networking and educational...

IBTM World announces winners of 2018 Tech Watch Awards

IBTM World has announced Zenus and Fielddrive as joint winners of its Tech Watch Award and Kubifyas the new ‘Tech Watch People’s Choice Award’ winner during the event at Fira Barcelona. A panel of industry experts judged Zenus and Fielddrive as the overall IBTM World Tech Watch Award winners from a shortlist of nine finalists, for their pioneering and impactful work in bringing facial recognition ...

MICE Veterans Endean and Juergens join SITE

The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) has added two MICE industry veterans to its management team. Tahira Endean (pictured left) has been named Head of Events starting immediately, and Jennifer Juergens (pictured right)will assume the role of Director, Industry & Media Relations on January 1, 2019. Endean brings 360 degree event management experience to SITE, having worked as a PC...

IBTM World announces DCT Abu Dhabi as Premier Partner for 2019

Organisers of the IBTM trade show brand have announced that the Department of Culture & Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) will be its Premier Partner for IBTM World 2019. The deal marks the first time in IBTM World’s 31-year history that it has taken on a Premier Partner. DCT Abu Dhabi will use the agreement to gain access to a highly engaged global audience of meetings professionals. ...

Trends Watch report unveiled on opening day of IBTM World

IBTM’s traditional World Trends Watch report was unveiled at the Barcelona show, 27 November. The general overview again paints a picture of a changing world but one with myriad exciting opportunities for the meetings and events world to seize. The report did bring in a new chapter this year dedicated to tech trends, which explored the new industries likely to converge with technology. The report ...