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RoomIt by CWT signs partnership with SiteMinder

RoomIt by CWT, the hotel distribution division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, and SiteMinder, the hotel guest acquisition platform, have signed a strategic partnership that will see a global integration of their services. The companies will provide hotels with additional access to RoomIt travellers under Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s corporate travel programmes umbrella. “RoomIt is committed to connectin...

New publication:  Business Events, by Dr Rob Davidson

Business Events, a new book by Dr Rob Davidson, managing director of MICE Knowledge and professor of MICE Management in four European universities, was launched at IBTM World in Barcelona. The 450-page book brings together for the first time a complete analysis of all the principal sectors of the business events industry: corporate meetings, incentive travel, association conferences, political eve...

Are you making the most of social media?

A new report by Aventri and Little Bird Told Media is aiming to provide insight into how the events industry makes use of social media. Among the key findings was the fact that 96% of survey respondents said they used social media for marketing, but only 38% said they used it for crisis management. 87% used it for customer engagement, 77% for news, 65% for live streaming/video, and 42% for gamific...

New event director to spearhead TAG expansion in LA

Travel and event management company TAG, has announced the expansion of its Events division to Los Angeles and the promotion of Bethany Chamberlain as Event Director. Chamberlain will move to LA in January 2019 and will work closely with the agency’s existing team in New York. The agency, founded in 1988 and formerly known as The Appointment Group, also has offices in the UK, Singapore and Austral...

Vienna the standout in European hotel market, says STR research

Vienna’s hoteliers have been cheered by a swathe of big events in November driving occupancy and rates. In fact, most of Europe’s hotel industry reported positive results in the three key performance metrics during November 2018, according to fresh data from STR. Occupancy rates in Europe rose over the year to November 2018 1.7% to 71.8% and the average daily rate (ADR) was up 4% to €105.84....

Blippar goes bust

UK augmented reality start-up Blippar has gone into administration. Investors failed to agree on emergency funding for a much hyped company that had claimed it would be ‘bigger than the internet’. The company was founded in 2011 by Ambarish Mitra and Omar Tayeb. Their technology allowed users to scan objects with their smartphones to generate animations. Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Na...

IAPCO appoints new CEO

The International Association of PCOs (IAPCO) has announced the appointment of Martin Boyle (pictured) as its new CEO. The appointment will become effective 1 April 2019. Boyle goes to IAPCO with a wealth of experience across a number of countries in the events and meetings industry. He has launched start-ups in Canada, driven sales at an international convention centre, worked with international ...

CWT says Predictive Analytics can save 10% on client spend

Global travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel has introduced Predictive Analytics capabilities, designed to improve the accuracy of forecasts and provide better visibility over key travel metrics and give clients new opportunities to control travel spend. CWT Solutions Group, CWT’s consulting division, says it has built an advanced data model that sifts through large historic travel dat...

Food and medicine feature big in eventful December start for ADNEC

The Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has been hosting four major events in early December at its ADNEC centre in the Emirati capital. The 13th International Society of Hemodialysis Congress closed on 8 December, having showcased the latest technologies in the field of hemodialysis and nephrology, in addition to advancements in research and clinical practices. Under the patronage of H...

PCMA sets economic progress and social prosperity as goals for first Leadership Summit

Civic and corporate leaders from four continents will gather January 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for a two-day forum on how business events can create diversified and sustainable opportunities for economic and social prosperity. The 6 and 7 January programme was created by Chicago-based PCMA to bring together a core international group of association CEOs, corporate leaders and municipal lea...

IMEX expects to see more asset leveraging

2018 has been the year when interest in live events, experiential activities, women in leadership, mental wellbeing and robots skyrocketed. In 2019, IMEX Group expects all these trends to continue; but what other trends does the international exhibition organiser see on the horizon? According to IMEX, there’s one unifying storyline that can help us all make sense of 2019 before it arrives: how to ...

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 ...