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Susan Kirby to present Evolve keynote in Brisbane

Events industry association Meetings and Events Australia has announced that Susan Kirby, CEO of Ireland’s National St Patrick’s Festival, will be an international keynote presenter at Evolve 2019. Evolve 2019 is the event industry’s largest conference Down Under and will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, 31 March to 2 April. “We are delighted to have Susan as one of the ...

Events Industry Council searches for new CEO

The CEO of the Events Industry Council (EIC), Karen Kotowski, has resigned her post, the association has announced. She has led the 30-plus member EIC for 10 years. Chair of the EIC’s Board of Directors Tina Wehmeir, said a search for a new CEO has begun. “We plan to identify a new CEO who brings a global perspective and background to help in further broadening the reach of our organisations and c...

Committing to quality

IACC CEO Mark Cooper identifies some of the unexpected benefits of quality standards.   You’d think answering the question, ‘Why are quality standards important?’ would be simple and straightforward – of course they are important. And, on a basic level, this is perfectly correct, but to truly understand the benefits to conference and meetings venues requires a deeper understanding of th...

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 ...

All-inclusive incentives are on the rise

In the first of a regular series of articles, CEO of SITE Didier Scalliet tells CMW about a new study from the association, which shows incentive travel is in rude health.   At IMEX America (16-18 October) we launched the latest research into the State of the Incentive Travel Nation. Partnering with Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) and Financial & Insurance Conference Professionals (FI...

What does the future hold for IMEX?

Fresh from a new edition of IMEX America in Las Vegas, managing director Carina Bauer looks to the company’s future growth. IMEX America has grown considerably since its first edition. What have been the key landmarks? When we launched in 2011, it was uncharted territory. Buyers in North America have responded well to the format, particularly the appointment system. We moved into a larger ha...

Slido high on Deloitte Technology Fast 50 CE list

Audience interaction specialist Slido has been recognised as the fourth fastest growing tech company in Central Europe by Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Central Europe 2018. The programme, part of the Deloitte global Fast 500 programme, is now in its 19th year. Slido was also ranked as the fastest growing technology company in Slovakia over the assessed period. Slido CEO Peter Komornik says: “Our gro...

IMEX CEO Carina Bauer honoured at Spirit of Hospitality Awards

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, has been presented with the Leadership Award in Collaboration by the Timothy S.Y. Lam Foundation (TSYLF) at the annual Spirit of Hospitality Rockin’ Celebration Awards. The presentation was made by Julius Solaris (pictured with Bauer), Editor of Event Manager Blog, at the Awards Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas on the eve of IMEX America 2018. Cari...

Incentive Solutions names new CEO and brings technology to the fore

Atlanta, Georgia-based incentive management company, Incentive Solutions, has named Mark Herbert (pictured) as its new chief executive officer, effective immediately. Herbert succeeds Steve Damerow, who has led the company as CEO since the company’s founding in 1994. Herbert also holds the post of company president and was previously COO. Before his career at Incentive Solutions, Herbert was vice-...

Las Vegas CVA appoints Steve Hill as its new CEO

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) board of directors has selected Steve Hill as its next chief executive officer. Hill will move into the new role on September 1, and will be the ninth CEO of LVCVA following the retirement of Rossi Ralenkotter. Hill commented: “I am honoured the board of directors selected me as CEO of the LVCVA. The Authority is an integral part of the South...

ICCA presidential message says board ‘unanimous’ in agreeing CEO’s swift departure

ICCA president Nina Freysen-Pretorius (pictured) has issued the following statement (13 July), which attempts to shed more light on the sudden ousting of the organisation’s CEO Martin Sirk on 27 June. Dear ICCA Members, Partners and Industry Friends, On Wednesday 27 June 2018, we announced that Martin Sirk would be leaving ICCA at the end of July. Martin has provided a great service over the span ...

Adelaide’s healthy approach to familiarisation

The Adelaide Convention Bureau in South Australia, has been promoting the city’s appeal as one of the world’s best Health Sciences and Medical conferencing destinations with its 4th annual Biomed Showcase. This year’s event coincided with the opening of the newest building within Adelaide’s Biomed city, the University of South Australia’s Cancer Research Institute. It sits adjacent the Adelaide Un...