Martin Fullard

Festivals Edinburgh announced as ECM event sponsor

Festivals Edinburgh has been unveiled as the headline sponsor of the European Cities Marketing (ECM) Spring Meeting, which is to be held in the Scottish capital in February 2019. Edinburgh was announced as the host of the Spring Meeting in June 2018, following Marketing Edinburgh’s efforts to bring the prestigious event to the Capital. The spring event will see around 175 senior destination leader...

New publication:  Business Events, by Dr Rob Davidson

Business Events, a new book by Dr Rob Davidson, managing director of MICE Knowledge and professor of MICE Management in four European universities, was launched at IBTM World in Barcelona. The 450-page book brings together for the first time a complete analysis of all the principal sectors of the business events industry: corporate meetings, incentive travel, association conferences, political eve...

IMEX expects to see more asset leveraging

2018 has been the year when interest in live events, experiential activities, women in leadership, mental wellbeing and robots skyrocketed. In 2019, IMEX Group expects all these trends to continue; but what other trends does the international exhibition organiser see on the horizon? According to IMEX, there’s one unifying storyline that can help us all make sense of 2019 before it arrives: how to ...

IBTM World announces winners of 2018 Tech Watch Awards

IBTM World has announced Zenus and Fielddrive as joint winners of its Tech Watch Award and Kubifyas the new ‘Tech Watch People’s Choice Award’ winner during the event at Fira Barcelona. A panel of industry experts judged Zenus and Fielddrive as the overall IBTM World Tech Watch Award winners from a shortlist of nine finalists, for their pioneering and impactful work in bringing facial recognition ...

Cvent acquires Social Tables

Cvent has announced that it has acquired Social Tables, an event diagramming, seating, and collaboration platform. More than 5,000 organisations and hospitality brands, including Under Armour, Live Nation, Hyatt, The Venetian, ClubCorp, and Forbes, have utilised Social Tables to help them develop and plan nearly 4.5m events. Cvent acquired Social Tables to help event planners and venues better col...

IBTM announces new exhibition director for IBTM World

IBTM, part of global exhibition organiser Reed Travel Exhibitions, has announced that it has appointed David Thompson as exhibition director for IBTM World. Thompson has spent the last 14 years in the industry producing award-winning events for the likes of Haymarket Exhibitions, BBC, Informa, Daily Mail Group and Clarion Events. He brings with him an international perspective having organised exh...

London hotel growth predicted to outpace rest of Europe

London’s MICE offering has received a further boost with the news that a significant number of new hotels and venues are set to open in the capital over the next few years, says London & Partners. According to findings from a new report monitoring hotel capacity across European cities, London is set to add 11,600 rooms to its hotel market by 2020, providing meeting and event planners with an e...

Destination focus: meet in Torquay

CMW‘s Martin Fullard takes a trip to the English Riviera, and explores the area’s offering for meetings. [hr gap=”30″] Torquay is a classic example of British seaside town, and can be reached by train from London Paddington in little over three hours. The Grand Hotel has been a fixture on Torquay skyline since 1881, and offers fantastic views out over Torbay. The ground flo...

ExCeL London acting CEO disappointed with Elizabeth Line delay

ExCeL London acting CEO Jeremy Rees has expressed his disappointment about the delay to the opening of the new Elizabeth Line (previously known as Crossrail). The new line will stop at Custom House station, which is next to the East London venue’s main entrance and is expected to improve connections from West and Central London. Read more: Elizabeth Line delayed until 2019. In a statement to...

London’s Crossrail opening delayed until 2019

London’s new transport link, the Elizabeth line (also known as Crossrail), has been delayed, with operations through central London commencing in autumn 2019. Crossrail Ltd says the revised schedule is needed to complete the final infrastructure and extensive testing required to ensure the Elizabeth line opens as a safe and reliable railway. Several high profile events venues across the capi...

SEC plans to expand in $196m project amid record growth

The Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow, has applied for planning permission to build a new conference facility and extend its exhibition space as part of an expansion plan, which the BBCreports is worth up to £150m ($US196m). The news comes after the venue posted a record year; turnover increased by 1% to £29.1m (US$38m), EBITDA increased by 11% to £3.8m (US$5m) and operating profit increased by...

CWT appoints new VP and chief technology transformation officer

Global travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), has appointed Rachel O’Brien as its new VP and chief technology transformation officer. “Rachel is known for transforming organisations in a pragmatic way to drive business success,” said Andrew Jordan, CWT’S EVP and chief technology officer. “She will be instrumental in our digital transformation by supporting our processes and provi...