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Five tips to find the best venue for your event

By Peter Jack, Founder and Director of Australia-based EMG Events Agency Before getting into the rhythm of planning an event and choosing a venue, it is important to first understand the objectives and expectations. Researching and sourcing venues takes time, patience and a clear brief.   Location, location, location To kick-start venue research, you need to ask yourself (or your client) key ...

Sense and sustainability in Copenhagen

Simon George heads to Copenhagen, and finds that the city’s new Tourism for Good strategy is a winning one.   Sustainability is a balancing act – we must meet the needs of the present without compromising the future, as the United Nations opined in the World Commission’s Report on Environment and Development back in 1987. Fast forward 30 years and the aspiration is even more pertinent g...

Mythbusting the speaker scene

Steve Markman sifts the myths from the truths when it comes to choosing the right keynote speaker.   Today’s marketplace is comprised of thousands of speakers who are potentially available as a keynote or featured speaker for your association or corporate events. But, how do you know if you are making the right choice before you commit to a speaker and perhaps paying a very large fee? Here ar...

Airbnb a hotel help rather than a hindrance?

Helder Pereira, CEO of the UK’s leading independent hotel management company, RBH doubts whether Airbnb really is a threat to hotels.   Airbnb has grown substantially in recent years and now commands an estimated 22% of the market – making it larger than any individual global hotel group, and begging the question: what exactly is the impact of Airbnb on the hotel industry? Airbnb is both disr...

All-inclusive incentives are on the rise

In the first of a regular series of articles, CEO of SITE Didier Scalliet tells CMW about a new study from the association, which shows incentive travel is in rude health.   At IMEX America (16-18 October) we launched the latest research into the State of the Incentive Travel Nation. Partnering with Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) and Financial & Insurance Conference Professionals (FI...

Sun, sugar, spice and all things MICE in Mauritius

Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean, has all the ingredients for memorable events, especially incentives. With direct daily flights being added regularly, accessibility has never been easier, reports Simon Farnfield. [hr gap=”30″] Luxury hotel group Sun Resorts has been helping organisers create memories for their guests for 40 years. It has created a portfolio of four hotel prope...

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...

Maritim’s Mystic Mark on event trends for 2019

This year has seen a number of new and unique trends impact the marketplace. Maritim Hotels’ Director of International Sales, Mark Spivey, looks ahead to likely meeting and event trends for 2019.  [hr gap=”30″] Assisting the apprentice: All too often graduates enter the workforce with only theoretical knowledge of the industry and a lack of hands-on experience. Next year the industry w...

Leave mush-room in your calendar for Europe’s biggest plant nutrition conference

Europe’s biggest scientific conference on plant-based nutrition is coming to the UK for the very first time. VegMed will be held at King’s College London on 12 and 13 October 2019. It will be the sixth edition of VegMed, and the first outside of Germany. The event will be organised by the ProVeg UK, an international food awareness organisation that aim to tackle world issues through the knowledge ...

BCD Meetings & Events releases ‘The Green White Paper’ sustainability report

BCD Meetings & Events (BCD M&E) has unveiled its latest report, ‘The Green White Paper’, which explores how sustainability affects and plays a part in the meetings, travel and events industry. The report draws on quantitative and qualitative research from more than 350 corporate and event professionals. This is a key example of their continued investment in the industry and their ethical a...

TV host Karamo Brown to join PCMA Convening Leaders 2019

Cultural expert, television host of Queer Eye and activist Karamo Brown will speak at PCMA Convening Leaders 2019, which is taking place from 6-9 January 2019 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The event features 9 key themes to inspire attendees on industry issues, such as diversity, inclusion, event strategy and innovation, many of which Brown will speak abou...

Casablanca – open to the world

Stephanie Ackland tracks some of the fast changes helping turn Casablanca into a conference hub. [hr gap=”30″] Like many cities in Morocco, change in Casablanca is happening fast, with a booming business hub, new hotels, business parks, multi-use marina, public venues. The economic heart of Morocco clearly has ambitious plans. For business, congresses and events, Casablanca has many in...