Martin Fullard

IBTM World 2019 closes after 74,000 meetings held

IBTM World 2019 closed 21 November with over 74,000 pre-scheduled business meetings having taken place and a 3% increase in the number of visitors attending the three-day event compared with 2018. Sixty-four percent of Hosted Buyers participated in IBTM World for the first time this year and 51% of them were completely new to the entire IBTM portfolio. Over 2,600 exhibitors from 150 countries atte...

IBTM Americas extends partnership with Global MICE Collaborative

IBTM Americas has announced a new three-year partnership with Global MICE Collaborative (GMC), running to 2022. In 2020, the GMC and IBTM Americas will activate the first phase of the partnership – a special research initiative: ‘LATAM opportunities for the North American MICE Market and North American opportunities for the LATAM MICE Market’. This will act as a springboard to showcase the r...

IBTM World commits to Barcelona

IBTM has signed a new three-year contract with Barcelona Convention Bureau and Fira de Barcelona that will see its flagship IBTM World event take place in the city until 2022. IBTM World’s event director, David Thompson, said: “We look forward to continuing to evolve IBTM World to ensure it remains at the forefront of the industry when it comes to delivering the best opportunities to do business, ...

UK tourism association calls for visa-free access post-Brexit

Travel association UKinbound has launched its manifesto for the UK’s inbound tourism industry, calling on the incoming Government to carry on visa free access for EU visitors and ongoing protection for EU workers, as well as an extension of the December 2020 transition period. The document focuses on four key areas: talent, trade, taxation, transport and transition. Inbound tourism brings in £23bn...

UK’s Manchester Central launches table service app

Manchester Central has announced a partnership with a mobile app called Preoday. The app provides a digital ordering service, allowing guests at the venue to request table drinks and refreshments without the need for queuing at the bar.

Oil & Gas conference acquired by CRU Group

CRU Group has confirmed the acquisition of, Inc., a US-based conference, training, and consulting field services provider in petroleum refining.

The Business of Events London postponed

The Business of Events, which was scheduled to take place 6-7 November in London, has been postponed due to the forthcoming UK general election.

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...