Martin Fullard

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...

Amex M&E expands tech partnership

American Express Meetings & Events, a division of American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), has announced it has expanded its attendee engagement portfolio via new partnerships with leading mobile event tool, Attendify, and the world’s first event marketing automation platform, Splash. With these new partners, American Express Meetings & Events clients now have a more robust suite of ...

Edinburgh’s academic leaders condemn proposed Convention Bureau budget cuts by City Council

More than 75 of Edinburgh’s most respected academics and researchers have united in their condemnation of the proposed 2019/20 budget cuts to Marketing Edinburgh, as drafted by the City of Edinburgh Council last month. It follows a call by UKinbound CEO Joss Croft to rethink the plans. Speaking in support of Convention Edinburgh, the business tourism arm of Marketing Edinburgh, leaders from across...

Conventa: in pictures

Conventa, the trade show for meetings, events and incentive travel, for the 11th year in a row gathered the representatives of the meetings industry of New Europe and event organizers from around the world. From the 23rd to the 24th of January, Slovenia’s capital was transformed into the hub of the New Europe’s meetings industry. Conventa, this year welcomed 132 exhibitors from 15 coun...

London and Paris partner for combined incentive experience

The official convention bureaux for London and Paris have announced a new partnership which they claim will see the two cities working together for the first time to deliver a “unique two-in-one incentive trip”. The agreement is aimed at inspiring North American incentive buyers to book a 2-in-1 trip for their clients. The itineraries have been curated to showcase how easy it is to enjoy both citi...

UK Conference and Meeting Survey 2019: take part now

Conference and meeting venues in the UK are being urged to take part in the 2019 ‘UK Conference and Meeting Survey’ (UKCAMS), which is being launched today, 4 February, principally sponsored by VisitBritain. The UKCAMS 2019 report is scheduled for publication in June. TAKE THE SURVEY HERE This vital research into the UK’s conference and meetings sector, now in its 26th consecutive year, has a spec...