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Time to change impressions

Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) President Leigh Harry says an improving economy is no time for apathy. With some improvement evident in the global economy, the meetings industry is again demonstrating its resiliency and adaptability. But it may actually be the most dangerous of times for industry advocacy. There is a natural tendency to respond to the first bits of positive news with a sigh...

How do we attract young people to our ageing industry?

Could apprenticeships help inject new blood into the exhibition industry? asks Andrew Manby, director of exhibition and conference services provider, Joe Manby. It’s a challenging time for all of us in the conference industry with slow growth predicted for the next two years at least. As those in charge of the purse strings show no sign of loosening them any time soon, one of the effects has...

The Royal Wedding – Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London

Normally bank holidays are relatively modest affairs but now The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre is back to normal after the most frenetic and exciting public holiday in years.   For some staff, the extra bank holiday and Royal Wedding were bonuses, but our event management team and technical staff worked flat out throughout the weekend to bring one of the largest, most complex exer...

Get Smart

So it’s all about working smarter! Seems a bit like a statement of the bleeding obvious…but knowing something to be true and actually doing anything about it are entirely different concepts, as we all know.  To explain. We picked up a copy of Future Watch’s 2011 The Year Events Get Smart at International Confex in March and it makes interesting reading. Actually it made con...

The sustainability top ten for events

Sam Wilson, director of EcoEvents has come up with a sustainability top ten for events. In further weeks, WIlson will look at each in more depth. 1 Start at the beginning: Consider environmental, social and economic issues from the very beginning of the event brief by finding out if there are any specific requirements. Most organisers have a corporate policy they would like you to support and may ...

Monaco’s Royal Rewards

As London gears up for a spring time Royal wedding, the principality of Monaco will be preparing for their own Royal extravanganza when the civil marriage ceremony of H.S.H Prince Albert II and Miss Charlene Wittstock takes place on 1-2 July, the focal point to Monaco’s ‘Year of Romance 2011’. Summer-long cultural exhibitions, al fresco concerts and all the pageantry befitting th...

Best Restaurant in the World

I’ve just been to the best restaurant in the world, and I don’t mean my favourite Bradford curry house, or the original Harry Ramsden’s chippy. True, they have their place, but good though they are, they are not the Best Restaurant in the World; this accolade, awarded by Restaurant magazine, belongs to a restaurant called NOMA, in Copenhagen harbour.  My daughter Sally is a ...

Ten things speakers dislike about event planners

This is not a career suicide note. It has been compiled following a challenge from two leading members of MPI (Meeting Professionals International) – Paul Cook (Former UK President) and Anthony Hyde (Immediate Past UK President). The latter has agreed to write Ten things that event planners dislike about speakers. Of course, we all love each other really. But just occasionally, things go awr...

Packages do not add value

Paul Ashton, Sales Manager at Harrogate International Centre, UK considers the place of Day Delegate Rates in a world focused on service and added value. In many situations packages are a great idea. They are used by marketing and sales teams to create an appearance of value and simplification, drawing together a range of products that are closely linked. However, such packages are not always a se...

Reply to top apps for exhibitions feature

I read with interest your feature on new technology. As a specialist technology supplier for the live events sector we have seen many progressive applications wow delegates and equally as many frustrate, aggravate and actually have a very negative affect on visitors.  Today’s event market is being driven by handheld devices; whether it is a simple text message reminder or a more ro...

Pyramid schemes

Magazines are typically self-serving when it comes to their coverage of international, broad appeal news stories. Let’s use the current protests in the Middle East as an example: a magazine in the energy sector will lead with speculation as to how the crisis will ‘unsettle’ and ‘push the price of a barrel of oil to an all-time high’. Motoring magazines will talk about...

It is all in the palm of your hand

I read with interest CMW’s recent piece on top apps for conventions and tradeshows. Inevitably more and more organisations are going to be looking away from the traditional floor plan and conference brochure to capitalising on hand held devices and maximising technology. I would love to see SpotMe become android or iPhone enabled as I believe this is one of the strongest tools for networking...