Conference & Meetings World

Conference & Meetings World is published for the international conference and meetings industry. It tackles the issues facing organisers of international events. The editorial is independent, fresh and news driven, with a global reach.

Re-opening for business – differently

By AIPC CEO Sven Bossu and board member Julianan López Bermúdex, CEO Grupo Heroica. “Paris good to go from September” (p.39, CMW Issue 107). That headline brought smiles to many faces, sparking hope that other local authorities would follow and allow to re-open for business events. Situations are of course very different, region to region, but overall authorities are convinced of the importance of...

Seven lessons from the pandemic

SITE Global CEO Didier Scaillet on the impact of Covid-19 on the incentives business  The first week of August marked six months since the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Covid-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. At that time, humanity had fewer than 100 cases in China and no deaths. A lifetime ago, it now seems. But these strange times have also brought valuable lesson...

Host Special Events at Special Venues – Four of the Most Attractive Unique Venues in Busan

The MICE industry is a promising industry that is leading the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. As the MICE industry continues to grow each year, events packed with fresh ideas and witty concepts flood the industry, gaining much attention. Keeping in line with changing event characteristics and trends, even event attendees are increasingly expecting special experiences at locations that are...

The SIC of it

Martin Fullard suggests insufficient provision, and use, of SIC codes has cost us dearly. Back in July I wrote a piece entitled ‘Why has the events industry been left behind’, and it seemed to resonate. The thrust was that the events industry is not correctly administrated by Companies House, and in short, many businesses that operate in the UK’s world of events are assigned elsewhere. The result ...

Platforms for change

The Conference Director’s Michelle Fanus gives an overview of some of the virtual event software platforms on offer. With the lockdown ban on live events, virtual events have been a God-send – saving the bacon of many organisers over the past few months. However, now that many are moving out of survival mode, how can virtual events really drive value and what should planners be looking for w...

The time is coming for real digital alternatives

Jonathan Dufton says virtual events are not the answer and asks, what is? These past months have seen the first virtual editions of the world’s largest tradeshow, the Canton Fair, and one of the largest technology conferences, Web Summit’s ‘Collision from Home’. While it is an achievement that, in little over three months, both these events, along with many others impacted by Covid-19, have develo...

Munich keeps event business running

CMW investigates how the Locations of Messe München are opening up safely again for its guest events.   As Germany is able to host major events and tradeshow again in selected destinations, we look at how the Locations Messe München have been preparing for event action again and how their venues and showgrounds have integrated their rebooted offer to dovetail with a holistic, city-wide approa...

Cannes

Cannes is the premier business tourism city in France, after Paris. Thanks to the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes is strengthening its attractiveness and reassuring its international clients by engaging in an optimum health approach. Building on a proactive policy of quality and sustainable development at the heart of its operations, the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, the first E...

Pulling through together

A look at how Hamburg CVB has been supporting its members through the Covid crisis. With restrictions in Hamburg now eased – the German northern port city is able to host meetings and events for up to 1,000 people (outdoors) – and venues, hotels and event spaces are now open for business. Hamburg State’s event regulations (due to be reviewed 31 October) are as follows: • Indoor events with fixed s...

Vienna reviving

Christian Woronka, marketing director Vienna Convention Bureau, explains how the city has been readying for reopening. During good times, Vienna‘s MICE industry generates an added value of around €1bn for Austria and about 10% of all overnight stays. Cancellation of meetings and events has meant the city is currently losing a monthly added value of about €80m, and about €22m in tax revenues. There...

The Sweet Busan Nightlife, Perfect for Business Travelers

Workaholic During the Day, Romantic Traveler at Night The atmosphere of an unfamiliar city can make your heart race, even if you’re just travelling to a new place because of a business trip. South Korea is the land of Samsung, BTS, Kim Yuna, and Bibimbap, and sitting at its southeast end is the metropolis of Busan. If the city of Busan is new to you and you don’t have time to search the internet t...

Ottawa’s innovative life sciences ecosystem: a backdrop to global business events

World-class R&D, leadership in cardiology, oncology and MedTech helps attract international business events organisers keen on tapping into Canadian ingenuity to attract and engage audiences to their global events. Canada’s capital has emerged as a thriving centre of discovery, development and commercialisation in the country’s expansive life sciences ecosystem. A key innovation hub with...