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What can the UK learn from other countries?

The International Viewpoint: what can the UK learn as countries begin to open up for international business? As part of Hire Space’s digital event series, Conference & Meetings World and Exhibition World editor Paul Colston was joined by two representatives who share insights into the current situation in both Germany and China. What the guidance is for the events sectors locally, how it...

You can take the boy out of the Stone Age…

Duncan Custerson – International Confex Event Director comments on Virtual and Hybrid Events as Mash Media announces its support for EVOLVE – The virtual event for event planners. Covid-19 has undoubtedly expedited the speed of evolution to virtual and hybrid events. There is an arguably, naïve fear from some organisers that virtual is a threat to physical events, but the simple fact is; we as hum...

Blackstone’s Q1 profit rises but coronavirus weighs

NEC owner Blackstone Group, the world’s largest manager of alternative assets such as private equity and real estate, reported a 4% rise in first-quarter distributable earnings on Thursday, driven by a surge in management fees, even as its funds took a hit in the coronavirus-induced downturn. Blackstone, whose shares were up 5.3% at US$48.78 in early afternoon, posted a 16% rise in managemen...

Facebook enters video conference platform market

Facebook has introduced a new video conference tool and expanded its live streaming features in an update rolled out 24 April. The video conference tool, Messenger Rooms, will enable as many as 50 people to participate in a call, the company said in a statement. It will display a tiled layout of participant videos, up to 16 on desktop and 8 on mobile, resembling the design offered by competitor Zo...

Here comes Colombia

CMW’s Ramy Salameh talks to Gilberto Salcedo Ribero, Vice-President of Tourism for national tourism board, ProColombia. Latin American meetings show Fiexpo is set to begin in June, starting a three-year tenancy in Colombia. With the country’s overall popularity as a tourism destination growing year-on-year, I asked ProColombia’s Vice-President of Tourism, Gilberto Salcedo Ribero, about the country...

New Samsung launch demonstrates broadcast grade livestream

Samsung tells CMW how it leveraged the new Galaxy S20 to livestream for its first Unpacked of the decade. In a world-first, global electronics brand Samsung used its own Galaxy S20 mobile devices to livestream an entire launch. Seoul-based marketing agency Cheil Worldwide brought the Galaxy Unpacked launch to San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, 11 February, where the brand unveiled its Galaxy S20...

Bushfires to coronavirus: An Australian perspective on the challenges of 2020

By Penny Lion, Executive General Manager Events at Tourism Australia It has been a challenging start to the year for the Australian business events industry, first with the bushfires and now with the coronavirus pandemic unfolding around the world. It’s at times like these, especially, that national tourism organisations, like the team at Tourism Australia, are here to support our industry and, in...

Dealing with the now and preparing for the future

ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy says we must keep one eye on the future, and make sure we're ready for the end of the COVID-19 crisis.

Coping with the Covid-19 challenge

Jason Megson, Managing Director VP at George P. Johnson (GPJ) Experience Marketing UK, on how his business is adapting to the coronavirus crisis.

Prague – a quiet revolution

Thirty years on from the Velvet Revolution, Simon George visits Prague to find a quiet MICE revolution a work in progress.

Do you know where you’re going to?

Mash Media MD Julian Agostini underlines the power of exhibitions to deliver inspiration and says there will be plenty of that on show at ExCeL London this week with the arrival of International Confex 2020.

Going places?

Mash Media MD Julian Agostini calls time on those that are ‘tight’ with their events time.