Martin Fullard

Marketing budgets drop for first time in seven years

Marketing budgets have reduced 0.5%, according to the latest Bellweather survey, released 17 October.

Venue and date confirmed for MeetGB event

VisitBritain has confirmed its annual meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions event, MeetGB, will take place at Celtic Manor Resort and the neighbouring ICC Wales.

ExCeL London appoints general counsel

ExCeL London has announced the appointment of Caroline Grange in the new role of general counsel. The role has been newly created, with a venue spokesperson saying it will allow ExCeL “to manage more legal and contractual work in-house.” Grange trained with Osborne Clarke, before joining DLA Piper, a top 10 Global firm, where she worked as a senior associate in the corporate team. In 2015, she mov...

Open Russia with Three Cultures

Russia’s National Convention Bureau continues to up the pace in its efforts to open the biggest country in the world to the global meetings market. CMW Managing Editor Paul Colston was invited to join the latest inbound media tour, ‘Open Russia with Three Cultures’ in early October. A busy programme showcased some shining examples of Moscow, Tatar and Bashkir culture and as well as their conferenc...

Post-Brexit immigration reforms could “severely destabilise” the tourism industry

The UK Government’s proposed post-Brexit immigration reforms have the potential to “severely destabilise” the tourism industry in the country, putting at risk an industry that contributes £145bn (7.2% of UK GDP) to the economy, of which business tourism is a large part. One of the key findings concluded by the research, which was conducted by trade association UKinbound, Canterbury Christ Church U...

PITE 2019 returns for a second year

Malaysia’s Penang International Travel Exchange (PITE), a programme owned by Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB), opened on 9 October at the Setia SPICE Convention Centre. In addition to the two-day B2B sessions and half-day forums at Setia SPICE Convention Centre there will be gala events held across various Penang attractions. PITE this year, say organisers Penang-based Professional...

New UK venue confirms management contractor

ASM Global will be the venue management provider for the new £260m Gateshead Quays in the conurbation of NewcastleGateshead, UK. The contractor was formed after a merger between SMG Europe and AEG Facilities in October 2019 and will manage daily operations of the 12,500-capacity arena, conference and exhibition centre when it opens in 2023. The company has signed a long-term agreement with Ask:PAT...

Venue and date confirmed for MeetGB event

VisitBritain has confirmed its annual meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions event, MeetGB, will take place at Celtic Manor Resort and the neighbouring ICC Wales, both located in Newport, Wales. MeetGB runs 22-24 April 2020 and is set to host up to 90 international buyers from Europe and North America who will meet and do business with 80 industry suppliers from venues, hotels, destinat...

Inflatable structures suppliers expands into Benelux region

Evolution Dome has confirmed it will expand into the Benelux region after entering into a partnership with Airaun Inflatables. Evolution Dome, which supplies temporary inflatable event structures and solutions, has added Rotterdam-based Airaun Inflatables to its distributor network. Airaun’s background is in custom-made promotional gits and inflatables but claims to have seen increased demand from...

Northstar Travel Group acquires Buying Business Travel

Northstar Travel Group has confirmed its acquisition of Buying Business Travel from Panacea Media, based in London, further expanding its presence in the UK and European corporate travel market.

Thomson Reuters confirms FCBI acquisition

Thomson Reuters has announced that it has acquired FC Business Intelligence (FCBI).

CH&CO launches new events platform

CH&CO has launched a new venue and events solution called ‘eve’, stylised with a lowercase ‘e’.