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NEC Group expands relationship with Anna Valley

The NEC Group, UK has announced a contract expansion with audio-visual and entertainment technology company Anna Valley as part of the group’s Preferred Supplier Programme. Under the multi-year agreement, Anna Valley’s on-site team will continue to be responsible for maintaining audio-visual equipment installed at the Birmingham NEC and will also collaborate with organisers to deliver events at th...

ICC Belfast becomes first Green Meetings certified venue on the island of Ireland

The International Convention Centre (ICC) Belfast, Northern Ireland, together with its sister entertainment venue Waterfront Hall, has become the first meetings and events venue on the island of Ireland to receive the Green Meetings Silver Award. The Green Meetings accreditation, launched by Green Tourism in 2021, was designed specifically for meetings and events venues. It measures venues’ s...

UK Chancellor announces £1bn support package for hospitality businesses

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced, 21 December, a £1bn (US$1.32bn) support package to help businesses hit by the rise in Covid-19 cases, including the hospitality sector.  The package, which includes additional help for the hospitality and leisure sectors, includes one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises for businesses in England. Sunak said the government would also help ce...

Inaugural IBTM Wired results reveal 3,200 meetings took place at hybrid event

Reed Exhibitions (RX) has announced the results of its inaugural IBTM Wired event, which took place online from 28 June – 1 July with the aim of uniting hosted buyers and suppliers for four days of meetings, networking and tailored education sessions.  Organisers confirmed that over 290 hosted buyers from 65 countries attended the online event, with a further 100 physical attendees in Singap...

BestCities Global Alliance announces dates for 2021 Global Forum

BestCities Global Alliance has called on international association executives to sign up for its Global Forum in Madrid, taking place, 2-5 December 2021. The event, which brings together industry thought leaders, international associations and partner destinations, will be the first in-person meeting since the Global Forum, Copenhagen in 2019. Scheduled after Reed’s meetings industry show IB...

DRPG and Biites agree global partnership

Global creative communications agency DRPG has announced a partnership with Denmark-based branded programming distributor, Biites ApS. The partnership has been set up to help both companies distribute strategic, branded content, measure usage and audience behaviour, analyse data and “make informed recommendations” on the creation of future strategic content. Biites is headquartered in Copenhagen a...

Identity to follow up G7 work by helping UK Government to deliver COP26 in Glasgow

Events agency Identity has been chosen to work with the UK Government to deliver the 26th session of the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Scotland this November. Following a competitive tender process, UK-based Identity will deliver the 12-day event at Glasgow’s SEC Centre on behalf of the UK Government. The news follows Identity’s delivery of the G7 Summit in Cornwall ...

BTA reveals £3.18bn loss to UK GDP this week

The Business Travel Association (BTA), the authoritative voice of business travel in the UK, has, 18 June, revealed the UK has lost £3.18bn (US$4.39bn) in GDP in the week due to the decline of business travel trips following Covid-19. Data shows that in the second week of June 2021, business travel trips from the UK dropped by -67.72% from 2019 pre-pandemic levels – with a reduction of 366,018 bus...

IBTM Wired reveals first details of hosted buyers and exhibitors

First details of exhibitors signed up for Reed IBTM World’s upcoming IBTM Wired digital event show a list of international convention bureaus, hotel groups and cities, as well as hosted buyer representation from global corporations, associations and agencies. IBTM Wired takes place 28 June-1 July and will provide meetings industry professionals from across the world with one-to-one business ...

Four experts to discuss future of events industry at IBTM Wired

Reed Exhibitions’ new upcoming online event, IBTM Wired, will see four event professionals discuss what they think the next few years has in store for the industry. Taking place, 28 June-1 July, IBTM Wired will cover issues including hybrid, and personalisation, with each day focused on a specific region. Day one will focus on the Asia Pacific region, while day two will move on to the Americas. Da...

UK Government unveils Tourism Recovery Plan, with business events on the agenda

The UK Government has unveiled its new Tourism Recovery Plan to help the sector build back better from the pandemic, which includes benefits for the business events industry, such as investment in the sector around the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. A review into how the UK’s Destination Management Offices are run is also underway and this could yield further benefit to the business tra...

London Concours returns in Covid-safe format

Luxury car showcase event The London Concours opened its doors on 8 June to 3,500 attendees at the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) headquarters in London, following its successful 1,800-capacity Covid-safe event last year. Presented by Montres Breguet and organised by Thorough Events, the Covid-safe event showcased some 100 luxury vehicles across 11 classes in the City of London sunshine on HAC...

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