Louisa Daley

London wins bid to host 2023 Ecocity World Summit

London, UK has won a bid to host the biennial 2023 Ecocity World Summit, a global conference on sustainable cities. The hybrid physical-virtual summit will take place, 6-8 June 2023, at the Barbican Centre. It will convene representatives from communities across the city from schoolchildren, academia and professionals, to investors, trade associations and political leaders, to share new thinking a...

North of England calls for support to restore international visitor markets

Following the relaxation of travel rules for inbound international visitors, leaders from across the North of England’s visitor economy have written to the UK Government requesting support to restore the region’s international visitor markets and the investment opportunities that depend on direct flight connectivity. The letter, addressed to Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP and Se...

UK travel update: pre-departure Covid tests dropped

PM Boris Johnson announced, 5 January, that travellers arriving in England will no longer have to take pre-departure Covid tests from 4am on 7 January. He also announced that travellers arriving in the UK will not have to isolate until they receive a negative PCR test. Instead, travellers are asked to take a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) on day two after their arrival. However, if the result is positive...

ICC Wales secures £2.1m in Autumn bookings

Following a record-breaking summer for new enquiries and confirmed business, International Convention Centre Wales (ICC Wales) reports securing a further £2.1m (US$2.78m) in new business during September, October and November 2021. Since September’s reopening, when business events were permitted to return in Wales, the venue received 222 new enquiries worth a potential £18.5m. It also confirmed 53...

UK’s International Confex announces two new content streams

The UK’s International Confex has announced two new content streams for next year’s event: The Corporate Event Forum and the Sustainability Programme. The next edition of International Confex will take place at ExCeL London, 8-9 March 2022. Liz Agostini, portfolio director, International Confex, said: “Mitigating the negative environmental and social impact at our events is now a very ...

Hosts Global to open first UK office

Hosts Global is opening its first UK sales office in collaboration with Representation Plus, targeting the leisure and MICE market in 2022. Hosts Global was formed in 1958 and expanded its reach in 2011, and now represents over 250 destinations worldwide through its member DMCs (destination management companies) across Europe, North America, the Caribbean and Central America, in 28 countries. Thro...

Northern Ireland Ambassador Circle to target international business events

A new initiative, the Ambassador Circle, has been launched to target and grow the number of international business events hosted in Northern Ireland and promote Northern Ireland as a business and events destination. The Ambassador Circle aims to bring together business and academic leaders in advanced manufacturing, technology, life and health sciences, food and drink and financial, professional a...

MCI hires new UK creative director

Global engagement and marketing agency, MCI, has appointed Mark Aldridge as its new creative director in the UK. Aldridge brings a range of expertise in events, advertising, marketing, theatre, film, television and experience design. His extensive agency experience includes WRG, INVNT, Imagination, Jack Morton and Wolff Olins. Client-wise, Aldridge has led on live, digital and advertising content ...

WONCA and the Dublin conference factory confirmed for 2024

The World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA) congress will be held at The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) in September 2024. The congress is expected to welcome over 2,500 delegates from the fields of general practice, generating over €4m towards the local economy. The theme of WONCA 2024 is ‘The Changing Nature of Family Medicine – Cultivating the Future’. Off-site visits to GP practices a...

VisitBritain/VisitEngland appoints new head of business events

VisitBritain/VisitEngland has appointed Paul Black as head of business events. Black, who had previously been head of business events at London & Partners, is an experienced destination sales and marketing professional having worked with leading tourism organisations and convention bureaus from all over the world. He takes on the role previously filled by Kerrin MacPhie, who left to become chi...

P&J Live welcomes back events with two conferences and business wins

P&J Live has welcomed back in-person events, with the venue having been given approval to hold indoor events with a capacity over 2,000 by Aberdeen City Council. Floating Offshore Wind, organised by RenewableUK and Scottish Renewables, was the first in-person and hybrid event at the venue. Running over two days, the conference attracted 200 delegates per day on 15 and 16 September. The team at...

American Express Global Business Travel acquires Egencia from Expedia Group

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), the business partner for managed travel, has completed the acquisition of Egencia, a digital travel management platform. As part of the transaction, Expedia Group has become a shareholder in GBT. Expedia has also entered into a long-term agreement to provide accommodations supply to GBT. GBT aims to accelerate investment in the Egencia brand, its peop...

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