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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...

Mr January says: 2011 an exciting year for the event industry

Nothing can be more promising than to start the New Year with great predictions for growth and development within the event industry. The month of January is always an exciting one as we begin to set new goals and think about the forthcoming twelve months. January 2011 was particularly positive as it included the launch of MPI’s annual FutureWatch report. The report provides insight to the t...

Good Morning Paris offers R&R for the savvy business traveller

In 2009, Paris hosted 932 congresses, drawing an average of 757 participants, across 201 sites. As a regular business traveller to Paris, I am always on the look out for the most cost efficient places to stay without languishing out on the Périphérique, so it was with some delight that I found Good Morning Paris (GMP). GMP is a very French turn on the traditional B&B concept and ...

Thailand’s meetings and incentives homework

The International Congress and Convention Association’s (ICCA) CEO Martin Sirk shares his thoughts on the city of Pattaya in Thailand as an events destination, following Vikki Carley’s feature on the area this month. The 2007 ICCA Congress held at the Pattaya Exhibition and Conference Hall (PEACH) and Royal Cliff Beach Resort was one of the most successful events in our history, and fu...

Korea strikes gold in sports tourism

This year will be another important year for Korea’s sports tourism portfolio. The World Taekwondo Championships will be held in May, the IAAF World Athletics Championships in August and another F1 race will return to the new track at Yeongam in October. Added to which, Pyeongchang, will find out if it will host the 2018 Winter Olympics, when the decision is made in July. A busy sports touri...

Think. Feel. Meet.

The thinking meeting planner’s consultant, Jon Bradshaw, continues his work on the meetings mindset. Shut your eyes for a moment and imagine the next conference you’re due to attend or organise and without too much thinking answer the following question: What is the most important aspect of the event? Transport? Venue? F&B? Education? Keynote speaker? I put it to you that the most ...

Generation game on

Richard John examines and rewires some challenging issues. If you’re over a certain age, you’ll regard the following issue as a challenge. But if you want to understand how conferences need to be designed to meet the needs of the next generation, pay attention. You see, this internet thing, which has had such an impact on so many areas of our lives, has also been having a go at one oth...

Making the quantum leap together

AIPC President Edgar Hirt says meetings technologies provide both opportunities and challenges. For as long as modern meetings and conventions have existed, there has been debate about whether or not face-to-face meetings would be eliminated by evolving communications technology. On the one hand, critics pointed to the savings in cost and travel that could be achieved by having participants on eit...

On your mettle for New Year

In my own household in London our Christmas and New Year decorations stay up for longer than most, as we celebrate both the traditional UK calendar of festivals and then the Slavic Christian Orthodox dates that stretch into the ‘Old, New Year’ of 13/14 January (according to the Julian calendar). No doubt many Chinese will be gearing up for their New Year on 3 February, the Year of the ...

Agents for change

As I sit in our London office contemplating a big pre-Olympic year for our capital, tourism board Visit London has had to fight for its very existence, with the Mayor of London Boris Johnson having to appeal direct to government for its funding to continue. In the run up to Britain’s big Olympic year, the main champion for promoting business visits to the UK capital, Visit London, has been l...