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SITE’s chief marketing officer Pádraic Gilligan on why it’s good to be an incentive travel professional in 2021.   Like all incentive travel professionals, I’m looking forward to better times in 2021. Realistically, it cannot get any worse as the pandemic, has thoroughly devastated the incentive travel industry.  This was graphically illustrated by the Incentive Travel Industry Index (ITII) w...

EVENTalytics: the event analytics tool to clearly measure success

Post virtual or hybrid event data has traditionally been indigestible or difficult to understand or use in any meaningful way. Not now, thanks to Showcase’s event-specific software EVENTalytics, which works alongside their online platform to provide data that is easy to read and accessible. Ben Collings, Showcase’s founder and managing director comments: “Event data and statistics are nothing new,...

What key issues are your businesses facing today? Take the Atout France and VisitParisRegion survey

It has been a difficult 12 months, with Covid-19 blighting and impacting our daily lives. Spring brings new thinking and new approaches, and CMW and Conference News are proud to be partnering with Atout France, The France Convention Bureau, in collaboration with VisitParisRegion / Paris Region Tourist Board to help launch their new Pulse survey. The survey is designed to determine the key issues f...

London polishes up its hotels and event venues as it gears up for return to business

London & Partners have provided an update on the new hotels entering the city’s market, and highlights some of the venues which have used the downtime to refurbish: London’s MICE industry is getting ready to reopen, with several new hotels due to enter the market and many existing venues confirming refurbishments. The events industry is worth £23bn (US$32bn) to London’s economy, and is t...

Ten trends for meetings in 2021

Global hospitality company benchmark provides CMW with its top ten trends impacting meetings in 2021.

A helping Hannuwa

Look to nature for regenerative event management, says Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, who highlights here some of the findings from the Regenerative Revolution report, co-created by IMEX.   We partnered with Guy Bigwood, managing director, Global Destination Sustainability Movement, to create the Regenerative Revolution report in order to encourage a frank and fearless conversation abou...

New York governor gives go-ahead for stadium and arena re-openings at 10% capacity

From 23 February stadiums and arenas in New York state will be able to re-open for reduced-capacity shows. New York governor Andrew Cuomo said venues with a capacity of 10,000 or more can re-open to accommodate events with audience sizes limited to 10% of the usual maximum. Other Covid mitigation measures include the requirement that all event attendees submit a negative PCR test result within 72 ...

How to build an inclusive and interactive digital conference

Evan Gappelberg looks at some best practices for building an inclusive and interactive global conference.   The Covid-19 pandemic changed the event landscape drastically, forcing conferences and meetings to digitalise for the health and safety of attendees. While born out of necessity, this trend will likely continue beyond 2020 as we see the cost and logistical benefits that virtual events o...

UK call to action: #Eventprofs urged to join email campaign

Event professionals from all across the UK are being urged to join in a mass email send on Tuesday 17 November. In an attempt to put more pressure on the UK Government to allow events to run safely under its own Covid-secure guidance once the national lockdown comes to an end, the entire UK events industry is asked to send the below template to several national news programmes between 7.30-9am GMT...

A guide to virtual events: lights, camera, action 

Sofie Sinoo shares some important factors to get right when hosting digital events. There are various moving parts that need to be considered when organising an event, particularly in a Covid-19 world where digital events have boomed. Virtual events are here to stay – research agency Gartner expects that by 2024 only a quarter of all business events will take place offline, compared to 60% in 2019...

The three Rs for destination marketing: Research, Relevance & Relationships

By Sarah Fleming. Virtual and hybrid meetings have been a creative way to keep the meetings industry alive this year, and there seems no doubt that ‘hybrid’ is here to stay – so hotels, venues and destination marketing organisations will need to find ways to influence the ratio of virtual versus in-person participants at meetings to increase the latter in the future. Although we can all agree that...

CVB shares its Copenhagen Legacy Lab processes

While it has received much attention, there is little knowledge of how to work strategically and systematically with congress legacy. Hoping to change this, Copenhagen CVB has been sharing insights from its Copenhagen Legacy Lab initiative with the ICCA community and the wider global meetings industry. Congresses of the future need to have a long-lasting, positive impact at heart, not solely as a ...