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People, planet & profit in Oslo

Oslo’s decision to address its infrastructure issues has been the catalyst for its growing MICE confidence. Simon George reports.

Making dietary requirements easy to digest

CEO of global conference venue association IACC Mark Cooper whets the appetite for a new standard in managing dietary requirements.

‘All-in Edmonton’: Global Centre for Excellence in AI and Machine Learning

Barb Stuhl-Smith (pictured), business development account manager at Edmonton Tourism, explores Edmonton’s artificial intelligence and machine learning industry and it’s rising position as a globally recognised hub.   As one of the youngest and fastest growing major cities in Canada, Edmonton, Alberta’s capital, is home to makers and risk takers who are ready to bring their ideas to life. Our...

The benefits of booking an arena venue

Arenas are home to Australia’s iconic sporting events, world-class performances and shared moments powerful enough to inspire thousands. To many, arenas are the place to go to see your favourite band or sporting team play. However, increasingly arenas are becoming the ‘hidden gem’ of the business events world – offering flexibility and capability to enhance and elevate an event. Alison Tovey, even...

Innovate, ideate, execute

Greg O’Dell, President and CEO of the USA’s Events DC, explains why embracing a disruptive leadership mindset is necessary for success.   We know that audience demands are always changing. With new developments and emerging technologies, convention leaders know that they must constantly pay attention in order to keep up. As the President and CEO of Events DC, the official Convention and...

You can take a horse to water…

Jonathan Bradshaw highlights the human factor and raises the future possibility of attendee training in this guest blog.   It was April 2005 when the thought first hit me. I was in Hall 8 of Messe Frankfurt, walking down one of the aisles of IMEX – the international trade show I was working for at the time. It was 3pm and the noise was incredible; everywhere I looked people were interac...

Rotterdam: the ‘living lab’ producing new conference chemistry

Ramy Salameh reports on how Rotterdam is harnessing its port city zest to reinvent its events proposition.   Rotterdam is home to the world’s first floating farm, with 40 cows, a farmer and robots soon to be collecting manure and feeding cattle; while the city’s innovation district garners and aligns start-ups, incubators and accelerators with institutions and businesses. All of this activity...

Living the life (science) in Ottawa

By Lesley Mackay, Vice-President Meetings and Major Events, Ottawa Tourism.   Twenty-five major conferences devoted to life sciences will be held in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, between 2019 and 2022.  Their delegates will feel right at home and in good company: Ottawa has emerged as a true leader in life sciences, with close to 4,000 people employed and 140 companies active in the sector – plus...

Why the audience always comes first

Agency guru and author Simon Maier puts the audience at the eye of the creative storm.   It was a wet and windy day in London and my umbrella had just turned inside out as I arrived to deliver a keynote address at a conference on mindset change, the subject of my latest book. There was also a session on the mindset of international businesses and their attitude towards events. This focused on...

How facial recognition can benefit your event

Pim Schoonderwoerd (pictured) and Paul Hassink of RAI Amsterdam discuss facial recognition, an emerging piece of technology with exciting applications for events and conferences.   As an organiser, you are always looking for ways to improve the visitor experience. Facial recognition is a technique that offers great opportunities to enhance the reception of event visitors. We recently conducte...

Measuring the value of events

What value does an event have? Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director for Reed Travel Exhibition’s Middle East, Arabian Travel Market & IBTM Arabia, looks at the measurement options available and gives examples of how to use them. How do you measure something where the concept of success is difficult to pin down, and there are so many potential outcomes? For some, it’s enough to know huge benefi...

Fever pitch on Brexit

James Heappey MP, chair of the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for Events, tells CMW about the UK event industry’s Brexit concerns.   The Brexit debate has reached fever pitch, and I’m not sure that anyone is really enjoying it beyond those few politicians and journalists for whom this defines their politics. My constituents tell me that they’re sick of it. Many of them oppose the deal tha...