technology

Drone shows the new black?

Drone shows, for long a future industry trend, are becoming more popular as event organisers look for new ways to amaze their customers, explains Janis Kuze, Sales Director at SPH Engineering.   Impressive drone displays have already been seen at the Olympics, the Super Bowl, Coachella festival, Cirque du Soleil performances and many other landmark events, both corporate and private. But how ...

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 ...

myCWT app allows users to book flights in 60 seconds

Carlson Wagonlit Travel has expanded its mobile air booking offering in 20 key markets around the world, allowing travellers the option to book flights directly on the myCWT app. The service was originally piloted in 2017, and launched commercially in Q2 2018. It is now being rolled out to markets including the US, Germany, France, UK, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Poland and more. Amir Kir...

IBTM Trends Watch highlights importance of tech

An early preview of IBTM’s annual IBTM Trends Watch report has revealed that, despite ongoing economic and geopolitical instability, the future of the meetings and events industry looks bright, thanks in part to the relentless march of technological innovation. Indeed, a new section has been added to the report this year, focusing on global technological innovation and its impact on the events ind...

‘New work’ at IMEX Frankfurt

IMEX, the worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events, returns to Frankfurt from 21–23 May 2019, with exhibitors and planners set to meet with over 3,500 suppliers from every sector of the global meetings and events industry. IMEX’s pre-show education day, EduMonday, will take place on 20 May and includes She Means Business – a conference celebrating the role of women in t...

Explore Hilton Bankside’s new multi-sensory meeting room

The UK’s Hilton London Bankside has partnered with Bombas & Parr to create a unique multi-sensory meeting room inside its hotel, under the name The Agora. From flooding the room with scented air at the push of a button to specially curated objects designed to increase productivity, mood-improving lighting installations and refreshments designed to recharge physiologically, every detail i...

Linkedin launches new platform Linkedin Events

Career network site Linkedin has announced the launch of Linkedin Events, a new feature which will allow users to join and create professional events, invite connections and have conversations. Linkedin says it recognises the importance of face-to-face meetings in building professional relationships, and its new platform is intended to tap into that. The network conducted research which showed 80%...

Valentine’s Day to kick off new relationship for Lippman Connects with ITN/Aventri

ITN, an Aventri company, has entered into an agreement with Lippman Connects to provide a range of registration services for major events. In 2019, Lippman Connects will rely on the Aventri eReg platform for nine events, starting with Exhibit Sales Roundtable (ESR), 14 February, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Under the agreement, Aventri will provide registration services from fulfillment of email prom...

CWT release AnswerIQ, an AI-powered travel reporting tool

Carlson Wagonlit Travel, the global travel management company, has launched CWT AnswerIQ, a next-generation data insight, reporting and visualisation tool that works like a personalised search engine. AnswerIQ is CWT’s latest AI-powered business intelligence tool. By using an internet-style search with drill-down capabilities on top of CWT’s data lake, AnswerIQ allows clients to access all the dat...

Why 2019 will be a breakthrough year for meetings & events

Demand for meetings & events will grow between 5-10% in 2019, and the average size of meetings will rise in nearly every region, according to a new survey by CWT Meetings & Events. CWT M&E is a division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, and its 2019 Meetings & Events Future Trends report offers cost projections and a run-down on regional differences, as well as ranking the top M&E de...

Overcoming the digital divide in events

Caroline McGuckian, COO at Meshh, offers event organisers some tips for getting the upper hand on their digital cousins. [hr gap=”30″] In the race to create a great experience, event organisers can find themselves at a distinct disadvantage to their digital cousins. Whereas the latter can use vast quantities of granular data to optimise their websites and evaluate commercial value, the...

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...