Martin Fullard

Kenes Group keen to work in Latin America

Kenes Group, a Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) and Association Management Company (AMC), has announced a new strategic move towards a regional development of their operation in Latin America. With medical and scientific congresses on the rise in the region, and many of Kenes’ international clients looking to Latin America for their periodic conferences, Kenes Group has announced it will gr...

75% of people place value on business travel wellbeing

A survey by IMEX confirms that wellbeing during business travel remains a high priority for many meeting professionals. Over three quarters of the 1,200 asked confirmed the importance of wellbeing during business travel, with 79.5% of hosted buyers, 78% of visitors and 83% of exhibitors all stating that this was important to them. As a result of the finding, a series of wellbeing initiatives will ...

New Morocco convention and exhibition centre funding approved

Morocco this week approved an allocation of MAD14bn ($1.43bn) for the construction of a convention and exhibition centre in the west-coast city Agadir, reports Morocco World News. Souss Massa’s Regional Investment Center (CRI) director, Khalil Nazih, said that the investment of CRI recorded an 8% increase during the first half of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. Nazih was reported as sayi...

Who is the new chair of the GBTA Europe Meetings Committee?

Inntel’s managing director, Douglas O’Neill, has accepted a recent invitation to Chair the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Europe Meetings Committee, which he has served on as an ordinary member for the last two years. GBTA Europe works with buyers and suppliers from across Europe and helps to promote and develop the business travel industry through networking, research, education and ad...

Israel to host International Forum of Travel and Tourism Advocates

The 27th Conference of the International Forum of Travel Tourism Advocates (IFTTA) will take place from the 2-5 November 2016 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The conference is set for lawyers across the globe to discuss the changes on international travel and tourism laws. This year’s conference will focus on the recent developments in travel and tourism both on international and local levels. This includes ...

FCM Travel Solutions bags European award

FCM Travel Solutions has been awarded the accolade of Europe’s Leading Travel Management Company at the World Travel Awards 2016, for the seventh consecutive year. Announced at a prestigious ceremony held at Sardinia’s Forte Village Resort in Italy last night, the World Travel Awards serves to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism in...

ILEA UK unveils new president

Event entrepreneur and presenter of The Guestlist Podcast, Jason Allan Scott, will take over the Presidency of ILEA UK Chapter following the tenure of Alistair Turner next summer (2017). The announcement follows the chapter’s successful AGM and completes the current board. Scott will support Turner and the Board in its mission to grow the footprint of the association and continue to lead the indus...

GES bring in new technology engagement architect

GES, a full service supplier to the live events industry, has appointed Matt Coyne as technology engagement architect for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region with immediate effect. In his new role, Coyne is charged with promoting and developing the company’s extensive technology portfolio whilst bringing together the powerful data assets to deliver greater insight into visitor and exh...

Swiss cities win a host of medical congresses

Switzerland Convention and Incentive Bureau (SCIB) on Thursday announced that a number of Swiss destinations have confirmed multiple medical congress contract wins in 2017 and beyond. Lausanne is set to host six medical congresses, including the 2017 European Meeting on Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ESC EuroGUCH). The two-day event will see 200 specialists from across Europe converge in Lausanne...

Grass Roots bloom after global firm Blackhawk takes over

Global company Grass Roots Group, an employee and customer engagement solutions company with a well-established meetings and events division, has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Blackhawk Network Holdings, a leading prepaid and payments global company based in California. The acquisition, which is set to cost NY Stock Exchange-listed Blackhawk approximately £90m (US$118m), is expected ...

PATA forges new partnership with Africa Travel Association

A Memorandum of Understanding between the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the Africa Travel Association (ATA), a division of the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), is set to strengthen the tourism links between the continent of Africa and the Asia Pacific region. The two organisations have agreed to cooperate in a number of areas including market intelligence and proprietary research; c...

Neomania at ICCA CEC Summer Meeting

Are we threatened by “neomania”? How to adopt marketing strategies to a constantly changing world? Can artificial intelligence be controlled? Which values shall we consider when organising future congresses or conventions? These were some of the subjects discussed during this year’s ICCA CEC Summer Meeting which took place on the 18-20 August 2016 in Moscow, Russia. The key topic of th...