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Event Horizon: Sustainability is not a fad

“A region in spacetime beyond which events cannot affect an outside observer.” Event Horizon is a column by CMW’s Stuart Wood, taking a look at the events industry from a newcomer’s perspective. In this third instalment, he locks horns with Veganuary, and wonders if sustainability is getting trend-ified.   2019 has arrived, and with the advent of the new year comes the time for many of ...

Mining Indaba celebrates London Stock Exchange market opening ceremony

Mark Shashoua, CEO of Mining Indaba owners ITE Group plc, ceremonially opened trading on the London Stock Exchange, 11 January. The event, attended by partners including the World Gold Council, Memery Crystal, ICMM, The World Platinum Investment Council, Brunswick and Thor Exploration, celebrated the upcoming 25th edition of the largest mining investment event in the world. Mark Shashoua, CEO of I...

Switzerland Tourism’s London chief heading Down Under

Livio Goetz, the current Head of the Switzerland Convention and Incentive Bureau (SCIB) in London, is heading for Sydney to take up the post of new Market Manager Australia/New Zealand for Switzerland Tourism (ST). Goetz will assume his new position in July. Although the Australia, New Zealand and Oceania Region is small for Switzerland Tourism, it is nevertheless a key market with major potential...

Unicorn Events expands Stateside with new office

UK Croydon-based Unicorn Events has opened an office in New York City and incorporated the company in the US. The creative events agency says it is reacting to increasing demand for US-based projects and to service its roster of US based clients. Focusing primarily in media and technology, Unicorn has two of its top five clients headquartered in the US. Unicorn founder and Managing Director, Hanna...

UK’s Setsquare draws up acquisitions at the double

Surrey-based Setsquare Staging, one of the UK’s leading event construction businesses, has acquired Buckinghamshire-based Enigma Visual Solutions print and interior design specialists and Hampshire-based GTMS event and print production company. Both acquisitions are part of a strategic development that has helped transform Setsquare into a £20m (US$25.48m). Creative Director and founder of Setsqua...

Korea on the ball with early London festive celebration

Over 100 event professionals, Korean DMCs, hotels, airlines and media representatives joined the London office of the Korea Tourism Organisation and their appointed representatives, Moulden Marketing on 22 November, for a traditional end of year party – Korean style, at the Croc Bowling Alley in the Ham Yard Hotel, London. The KTO team reminded guests of their latest initiative: Korea Unique Venue...

UK’s The O2 appoints new Vice President & general manager

The United Kingdom’s The O2 has announced the appointment of Steve Sayer (pictured left) as vice president and general manager, and Danielle Kennedy-Clark (pictured mid) as deputy general manager. Currently in the roles of commercial director and operations director (respectively), their promotions follow the recent appointment of John Langford (formerly VP & GM, The O2) to chief operati...

UK’s International Confex launches Smart Venue Summit

UK-based event industry exhibition International Confex has announced the launch of the Smart Venue Summit, a networking and knowledge-sharing event set to take place on the eve of the show on 25 February 2018, 2pm-7pm. The new event will look at the changing venue landscape as new technology and innovations increasingly become a vital part of their infrastructure and offering to organisers, exhib...

PCMA gets disruptive with Knowledge Exchanges

Global industry association PCMA is placing disruptive technologies at the heart of its two upcoming European Knowledge Exchange events in November. The events in London and Barcelona will feature industry leaders discussing how the business events industry can leverage disruptive technologies and create event experiences that drive economic and social progress. The ‘Brand Purpose & Experience...

London hotel growth predicted to outpace rest of Europe

London’s MICE offering has received a further boost with the news that a significant number of new hotels and venues are set to open in the capital over the next few years, says London & Partners. According to findings from a new report monitoring hotel capacity across European cities, London is set to add 11,600 rooms to its hotel market by 2020, providing meeting and event planners with an e...

London ranked #1 for EMEA events in new Carlson Wagonlit survey

CWT Meetings & Events, a division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, has unveiled its predictions for the top ten cities in Europe, Middle East & Africa for 2019 events. The ranking is based on proprietary and industry data in CWT’s 2019 Meetings & Events Future Trends report, to be published later this week. It features each city’s 2018/17 positions in brackets: London, UK (1/1) Moscow, Russ...

London top in EMEA tech cluster rankings

London has topped a new ranking for Europe’s leading technology clusters, with Madrid, Dublin, Budapest and Paris occupying the next four places in the report compiled by real estate advisor CBRE. CBRE analysed the scale, growth potential and concentration of companies in each of the top cities in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA). CBRE’s head of research, Kevin McCauley, said: “It ...

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