Martin Fullard

Sandton sees 7,000 room nights booked in weeks

Sandton Convention Centre’s reputation as a leading venue for international business was strengthened further

Germany’s Paul Horn Hall on track for 2018 opening

The construction of Hall 10 at Paul Horn Hall, on the grounds of Messe Stuttgart, Germany, is making good progress despite recent poor weather, and is on course to open in early 2018. Once completed, the new hall will increase the total exhibition area of Messe Stuttgart 105,200sqm to 120,000sqm – roughly the size of 17 football pitches. The Paul Horn Hall differs from other hall buildings, featur...

Vista delivers 1,500-delegate conference to world-leading retailer

Creative communications consultancy and event specialists Vista have delivered Walmart’s International Associates Conference in Arkansas, USA to 1,500 delegates. The award-winning agency was appointed in October 2015 to deliver the event for the world-leading retailer with more than 6,300 stores globally. They were asked to create an experience that would engage Walmart employees through a strong ...

World Water Works Conference gets new owners

Events agency Easyfairs has acquired the World Water Works Conference and Exhibition from ESC International. The event is a leading platform for global issues related to hydraulic engineering. The next edition will be staged between 29-30 May, 2017 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. World Water Works attracted more than 300 delegates and 50 exhibiting sponsors to its last edition, from relevant sector...

Valletta Council slams plans for Mediterranean Conference Centre makeover

The local council of Valletta, Malta, has criticised plans to install a rooftop viewing platform and panoramic lifts at the Mediterranean Conference Centre (MCC). The council raised concerns about the effect of the proposal on the heritage of the Grade 1-scheduled building, originally the Sacra Infermeria of the Knights of St John. Further complaints were made about the impact of noise and polluti...

San Diego Convention Center appoints new vice president

The San Diego Convention Center Corporation (SDCCC) has appointed Karen Totaro as the facility’s new senior vice president and general manager. Totaro joins SDCCC after serving as the General Manager for the Atlantic City Convention Center. “In our industry, the SDCCC has always been recognised as a venue at the forefront, so I am simply thrilled to be able to join such a strong team a...

Malaysia booked as host for World Library and Information Congress

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has announced that Malaysia will host to the 84th IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in 2018. IFLA made the announcement at the 82nd WLIC, which is being held in the city of Columbus, Ohio in the United States of America. The Malaysian delegation was present to receive the great news on the announcement ma...

Are you a genius? Get your entry in for ibtm world’s technology award

Reed Travel Exhibition’s ibtm world, which takes place in Barcelona from 29 November – 1 December 2016, is inviting technology companies to enter this year’s Technology and Innovation Watch Award in partnership with EventMB. The award seeks innovators and talented entrepreneurs with original ideas to showcase the future, with winners getting a valuable opportunity to showcase their technology at t...

Weak pound encouraging foreign investors to check out UK hotel opportunities

By Chris Day, global MD Christie & Co It has been more than a month since the EU referendum, and although many overseas investors intend to wait and see until better understanding of Britain’s future after Brexit and further renegotiations are settled, many investors view this as a rare opportunity and seek any bargain given by a weakened British pound. Among these investors, Chinese and Hong ...

Aberdeen impresses as global meeting destination

Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC), in Scotland, has been hosting two groups of visitors from across the globe as part of the venue’s contribution to an international showcase designed to show the city and region’s potential as an events destination. The AECC, along with VisitAberdeenshire, hosted organisers for two separate visits over the past week, part of a series of familiarisat...

Las Vegas’ Riviera Hotel, which appeared in James Bond film, is demolished

The last remaining tower of the iconic Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas has been demolished to make way for the expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The iconic property, which boasted more than 2,000 rooms, closed in 2015 after over 60 years. It featured in numerous TV shows, musicals and films, including 007 blockbuster Diamonds are Forever, starring Sean Connery, and the original O...

Meetings will only get bigger in Al Ain

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) on Sunday announced the commencement of the second phase expansion of its Al Ain Convention Centre (AACC). AACC will increase in area by 8% resulting in an extra 14,000 sq m of space. The construction and refurbishment is expected to take 150 days and is scheduled to open in early 2017. The expansion will deliver new facilities for conferences, which ...