Martin Fullard

SEC sees 38% growth in corporate sales

Following the announcement of a record year for the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), the venue has today released further figures on what has also been a record year for corporate events at the venue. The SEC recently announced that, aside from the year of the Commonwealth Games in 2014, it has enjoyed the most successful year in the history of the business, with conferences posting a record year with...

ILEA announces new regional vice president

Jane Hague, head of business development, conferences and events, at ExCeL London has been selected as the new regional vice president EMEA for the International Live Events Association (ILEA). This role sees Hague return to a leadership role within the association, following her tenure as president of the UK Chapter in 2012. The role of RVP EMEA oversees a number of international chapters includi...

UK city aims to attract 40% more conference business

Marketing Manchester, the CVB for the UK’s largest Northern city, has launched its five-year strategy which targets 40% growth, adding £345m to the city’s existing business tourism value of £862m (according to figures taken from 2017). The strategy, which was launched to Marketing Manchester members at Manchester Central, 13 June, is based on four pillars: attracting more conferences to the ...

Vegas venue Caesars Forum tops out

Caesars Entertainment Corporation has reached an important milestone, topping off its new state-of-the-art 51,000sqm conference facility, Caesars Forum. More than 450 construction workers as well as meetings and conventions customers joined Caesars Entertainment executives for the moment of placing the final steel beam atop the structure. The US$375m conference centre will carry a LEED silver-rati...

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company gets VAT waiver

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) as announced that it has obtained FTA License for waiver from Value Added Tax (VAT) for all international companies and organisations participating in or holding shows and conferences at its venues across the UAE with effect from 1 June, 2019. The VAT waiver covers exhibitions and conferences held over a period not exceeding seven days. The waiver als...

A busy June for Palacongressi di Rimini

Brands and major TV productions are descending on this summer Palacongressi di Rimini, with June set to be a busy month. Events including seminars, congresses, medical-scientific events, training courses, lined up by the Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) Event & Conference division, for an estimated total of 33,000 visitors and 15,000 participants. The highlight, with the presence of 21,000 visit...

Mexican city bidding for World Congress of Dermatology

The most relevant Mexican associations in the field of dermatology are bidding to host the 25th World Congress of Dermatology (WCD) in 2023. The voting will take place during the General Assembly of the ILDS on 12 June as part of the 24th World Congress of Dermatology in Milan, Italy. The congress is the most important event of the international dermatology community and each edition gathers more ...

World Travel Awards announces winner of Leading Business Hotel category

Hotel Okura Amsterdam has been voted the Leading Business Hotel in the Netherlands for 2019 by the World Travel Awards organisation for the second year in a row. Michiel Roelfsema, general manager, expressed pride in the win, saying: “To win the best business hotel award two years in a row confirms our belief that continuous renewal pays off. The digital transformation and other investments we are...

Business travel stimulates creativity and productivity

Research by CWT, a B2B travel management platform, shows that six in 10 travellers feel more creative and productive when traveling for business. Millennial travellers are more likely to say that they are more creative and productive when traveling for business. Those in the Americas lead the way (77% feeling more creative and productive), followed closely by those in Asia Pacific (75% feeling mor...

Nuremberg Messe joins corporate embassy to Poland as market expands

Bavarian Commerce Minister Hubert Aiwanger has been leading a delegation of companies from his region to Poland. Nuremberg Messe CEO Dr Roland Fleck was part of the delegation and noted that attendance by Polish exhibitors and visitors at his venue’s shows had doubled in recent times. Poland has developed more dynamically than any other economy in the European Union, the Bavarian Minister told his...

Cvent acquires DoubleDutch

Meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider Cvent has announced that it has acquired event management software provider DoubleDutch, based in San Francisco. The acquisition of DoubleDutch highlights Cvent’s investment in the mobile technology space and will complement and grow the company’s signature mobile event app and onsite solution capabilities. Mobile event apps are an integral par...

Hilton unveils new Spanish property, complete with 2,255sqm events space

Hilton has unveiled its newest property in Malaga, Spain. The Higueron Hotel Malaga, Curio Collection by Hilton, has 177 guest rooms, Malaga’s only sustainable Michelin-starred restaurant and views of the Mediterranean Sea. “Malaga is one of Europe’s most popular destinations, with 12.5m tourists flocking to its sunny shores last year,” said Simon Vincent, President, EMEA, Hilton. “With €1 in ever...