Cameron Roberts

No quarantine needed for fully vaccinated travellers to England from amber list countries from 2 August

The UK Government announced that fully vaccinated travellers to England from an amber list country will no longer need to isolate. The new guidance will come into force on 2 August, 2021. The new guidance is expected to have the widest application to travellers from the EU or US. Though isolation will no longer be mandatory, those entering the country will still be required to take a Covid-19 test...

NFTs in the digital age of events

Cameron Roberts explores how NFTs can be used to benefit events The events industry is emerging from an era of digital only events to return to the live setting. But there is no escaping that the online world is now tied to events businesses, and ground-breaking technology will shape the future of events. This symmetry between the digital and physical world is echoed in the use of a non-fungible t...

Cvent merger on the cards, reports WSJ

Cvent has reportedly agreed a merger with a ‘special-purpose’ acquisition company in a deal that would take the event technology company public. According to the Wall Street Journal, Cvent is slated to merge with Dragoneer Growth Opportunities Corp. II in a transaction that values the private-equity-owned company at more than $5 billion including debt. Cvent, founded by Reggie Aggarwal (pictured) ...

Crowd Connected partners with Konduko for active and passive tracking solutions

Event technology suppliers, Crowd Connected and Konduko have agreed a strategic partnership, designed to help exhibition organisers adopt attendee tracking and data capture solutions. Both Konduko and Crowd Connected deliver real-time and post-show insight from attendee tracking, but in different ways. Switzerland-based Konduko provides a contactless attendee engagement via QR- or NFC-engaged ‘sma...

Hopin launches free plan – an interview with Anthony Kennada

The pandemic has been a turbulent time for many events businesses, however virtual platforms have thrived in this time of great change. One such platform is Hopin, which has grown rapidly over the last 15 months. Now one of the major players in the digital space, the company has launched a free plan for its events solution. To find out what digital events look like once we return to live, as well ...

What can the MICE industry learn from the pandemic?

An inside look into the new MICE White Paper, co-developed by Singapore Tourism Board, PCMA and UFI. The pandemic has been a tough time for the events industry, but there are opportunities and learnings to be had in the coming months. While many businesses are focussing on returning to 2019 levels, a group comprised of The Singapore Tourism Board (STB), PCMA and UFI have come together to advise on...

Hubilo makes six senior management appointments

Hubilo, the virtual and hybrid events platform, has announced six senior appointments, continuing a recruitment drive that has seen its headcount increase by 270 employees in just 12 months. The key senior hires include: Cathy Song Novelli, SVP, marketing and communications; Anita Menon, SVP, culture and talent; Abhishek Jain, VP, finance; Sudip Mitra, SVP, engineering; Greg Volm SVP, sales; Shail...

IBTM Wired day two concludes digital experiences are key

IBTM’s virtual event, IBTM Wired, closed out its second day discussing the importance of digital platforms to the next stage of the events industry’s recovery. Speakers on day two (29 June) of the event included: Abi Cannons, global innovation success manager, Reed Exhibitions; Tess Vismale, CMP, DES, chief event executioner, event technologist, isocialx; Rachel Stephan, founder, Snoball Events; a...

ICCA partners up to enhance event experience

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has established a research partnership with event industry research specialists Explori. The partnership aims to provide ICCA members, of which there are over 1,100, with educational content and market intelligence reports. Senthil Gopinath, CEO, ICCA, said: “We are always striving to deliver engaging events that truly meet the needs and...

Digital powerful – face-to-face valuable

Workers expect to make 25% more revenue when able to communicate with clients face-to-face, according to research from global hospitality group Accor. The research also indicated that face-to-face meetings were preferred over virtual, with 30% of respondents finding it difficult to gauge body language and nonverbal cues during virtual meetings. The teething problems with online meetings also obstr...

ECR goes virtual in Vienna with investment in creativity

The European Congress of Radiology 2021 was a case study of how to embrace virtual event innovation in Vienna. CMW talks to two of the key drivers of the project. The European Congress of Radiology (ECR) is one of Europe’s largest congress events and the second biggest medical imaging meeting worldwide. It is usually held annually in Vienna, but in 2021 it was a virtual-only event (3-7 March). Org...

IBTM Wired wraps day one

Day one of Reed Exhibitions’ IBTM Wired event wrapped on 28 June, 2021, with the closing notes focussing on AI, industry trends in Asia Pacific and the future of the events industry. Speakers on day one of the event included: Dr Ayesha Khanna, co-founder and CEO of ADDO AI; Alistair Turner, managing director of Eight PR and Marketing; Oscar Cerezales, global executive VP of MCI Asia Pacific; and M...

  • 1
  • 2