Martin Fullard

Meeting in the French Alps of Megeve

CMW, in collaboration with Atout France (the French CVB), led a contingent of agencies to Megève in the French Alps for a taste of cheese, wine and sledging down a mountain in the dark. Martin Fullard reports.   Familiarisation trips can be quite par for the course, but ones that involve skiing always have an extra edge. Of course, there is no shortage of ski resorts which offer delegates the...

Diversity and equality the focus at IMEX

Ahead of International Women’s Day, 8 March, IMEX Frankfurt (21-23 May 2019) has released details of the wide range of experiences, education and experts enabling planners to discover the latest best practice in business, as well as developments in diversity and inclusion. A session taking place on EduMonday, a dedicated afternoon of education taking place the day before the 2019 Frankfurt show op...

BCD Meetings & Events hails “unprecedented” growth

BCD Meetings & Events (BCD M&E) has completed a three-year strategic plan resulting in what it claims is “unprecedented” growth for the company—141% increase in total sales, 117% in employees, 218% increase in its global footprint and a suite of expanded products and services—now servicing clients in more than 50+ countries. “In 2016 we launched our first strategic growth plan with the cle...

New Asian and Latin American membership for JMIC

The Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS) and the Association of Convention Centres of the Caribbean and Latin America (ACCCLATAM), are the latest industry organisations to join with global colleagues as members of the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC). The two associations, along with the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) make for a ...

Travel buyers see new technology as a ‘fad’

Travel buyers are yet to be convinced by next generation technology, according to research conducted by the Business Travel Show. Approximately one fifth of the 134 European buyers polled believe that by 2022, bots, Blockchain and alternative realities (AR, VR, MR, XR) will ‘significantly improve booking, saving time and money’, but more than half claim it will have minimal to no impact on the ind...

AAE publishes progressive programme for Associations World Congress

Organisers of the Associations World Congress, the Association of Association Executives (AAE) has today published the complete progressive Programme of educational content and prominent keynote speakers. The event will take place 7-9 April 2019 at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden. You can download the programme here: https://sforce.co/2EbQVj5. AAE has arranged tw...

Will Young confirmed as Day 1 Confex keynote

Singer and songwriter Will Young has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at International Confex, which takes place 26-27 February at Olympia London. CMW sister title Conference News recently had the opportunity to interview the Evergreen singer about mental health, which can be read here. The news comes days after former director of communications to Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell, was confirmed a...

Edinburgh’s Disgrace: City’s global promotion in jeopardy as Europe’s top destination marketeers descend on the Capital

Leaders from one of Europe’s most prestigious gatherings of Destination Marketing Management Organisations (DMMOs) have voiced their disbelief at the ‘short-sighted’ and ‘embarrassing’ consequences for Edinburgh, if proposed council budget cuts go ahead next week, which would likely see the end of Marketing Edinburgh. More than 200 leading international experts and event owners from over 80 Europe...

FUTR Group sells ‘significant’ stake

MP International, part of the Pico Group, today announced the acquisition of ‘a significant stake’ in FUTR Group (formerly Millennial 20/20), the global trends, innovation and summit business. The move comes after three-years of growth for FUTR Group. FUTR will continue to be led by the co-founders Rupa Ganatra and Simon Berger. FUTR Group is a global platform covering the future trend...

New Las Vegas partnership announced to drive business growth

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) have announced a partnership with the Las Vegas Metro Chamber that marks the next major step in demonstrating to the world that ‘Vegas Means Business’.  During the February 12 LVCVA Board of Directors meeting, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement was signed that designates the Las Vegas M...

IAPCO heads to Basel

The International Association of Professional Congress Organizers (IAPCO) will be hosting a conference at the Congress Center Ba­sel for 130 delegates, 14-17 February. The non-profit organisation aims to raise the standards of service in the congress industry. And this is also the motto for its annual meeting, which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary when it is staged in Basel. “Since our co...

Comexposium appoints new Chief Strategy Officer and new Director of M&A

Comexposium has announced that Severine Dubarry-Bardon will become the Chief Strategy Officer for the Group. Currently, she is Chief Development Officer for Comexposium. Driss Tazi, will becomes Director of Mergers & Acquisitions for the Group, succeeding Severine, as she steps into her new strategy role. In both new roles, Severine and Driss will work closely with Renaud Hamaide, President of...