Day: May 21, 2018

Nourishing business

CMW welcomes IACC CEO Mark Cooper who kicks off the first in a series of columns from the international venue association. There is plenty of nourishment in this inaugural article. Food and wellness-based trends throughout the globe can be fleeting by nature; however we’re seeing an unprecedented increase in them and they may be here to stay. In recent months I have delivered live educational even...

Driving innovation in the digital economy

London Technology Week (LTW) returns this June to showcase the UK capital as a global tech powerhouse, Sarah-Claire Picton reports London, Europe’s ‘technology capital’, becomes a nucleus of digital innovation as London Tech Week enters its fifth edition, 11-17 June. Co-founded by promotional agency London & Partners in 2014, LTW is London’s largest crowd-sourced festival of tech featuring liv...

Malta ranked No.1 destination on European Rainbow Index

For the third year running Malta has again been ranked as the number one travel destination on the European Rainbow Index. With a rating of 91.04%, Malta has scored the highest ranking on the index measuring countries’ laws and policies affecting the LGBTQ community as well as their general lifestyles. It is the third year running that Malta has topped the European ranking for the ILGA-Europe orga...

Gold Coast to reap benefit of Games Legacy

The Gold Coast has already benefited from Australia’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, GC2018, with an additional planed 24,400 delegates coming to the city in the aftermath of the Games. Some 680,000 visitors and 6,600 athletes from 70 countries attended GC2018, 4-15 April 2018. A broader benefit to business events has come through the injection of new development and infrastructure enhancing exist...

New Tel Aviv CVB start-up reaches out with tech

Israel’s second city and finance and technology capital has announced a new convention bureau will lead an initiative to attract international congresses and tech-related meetings to the city. The ‘non-stop city’ has witnessed a rise of 40% in tourism numbers over the past year and, with the highest concentration per capita of tech startups in the world, Tel Aviv is a world leading tech hub with m...

Conference hurricane hit leads academic drop

The last minute cancellation of an academic conference due to an approaching hurricane in 2012 caused a sizeable decline in collaboration and research, a study from the University of Kent in England has claimed. The research highlighted how industry conferences are key for building networks, sharing knowledge and helping form new ideas and innovations that will not occur if conferences do not take...

MCEC’s $200m expansion to host Malaria World Congress

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) A$200m (US$150m) expansion site is a few weeks away from opening, the venue’s chief executive said at an update press conference during the IMEX trade show last week (16 May). The new space will cement MCEC ’s position as the largest convention and exhibition space in Australia, with an increased total size of over 70,000sqm. The 20,000-squar...

CINZ MEETINGS 2018 reports high response rate from hosted buyers

Over 20 buyers from Asia are set to attend New Zealand’s largest business tourism trade exhibition, CINZ MEETINGS, which returns to Auckland, 30-31 May. Organised by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand, CINZ MEETINGS connects leading domestic, Australian and international buyers with New Zealand’s key regions, meeting facilities, accommodation, off-site venues and activities. Tourism New Zealan...

CloserStill breathes new life into PharmagoraPlus 33rd year

PharmagoraPlus 2018, the largest annual gathering dedicated to the Francophone pharmacy ecosystem, was the most successful running of the event to date, despite heavy national train and air strikes. An unprecedented 13,000 pharmaceutical professionals visited the show in Paris, 7-8 April. An Air France strike closed air routes on Day 1 while Day 2 was affected by rail strikes, with 80% of trains a...