Michael Jones

Hubilo and Constellar aim to light up APAC region

Hubilo has entered into a partnership agreement with Constellar Venues, a subsidiary of Constellar Holdings (formerly SingEx-Sphere Holdings), aimed to elevate hybrid event experiences in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. The partnership says it intends to leverage Constellar’s partner networks in the APAC region, insight-generation capabilities, and market knowledge. Hubilo’s virtual and hybrid eve...

Tallinn announced as European Green Capital 2023

The Estonia capital Tallinn was announced, 9 September, as the European Green Capital 2023 at an event in Finland. Tallinn follows in the footsteps of previous winners including Stockholm, Hamburg, Oslo, and Lisbon. The Estonian Convention Bureau (Estonian CVB) said Tallinn’s vision to deliver actions that support the UN Sustainable Development Goals, along with its strong climate-neutral roadmap ...

Melbourne’s CEC paying it forward during vaccination drive

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has been running a ‘pay it forward’ campaign at its Shed Café. While people are lining up for their vaccinations at the venue, the Shed Café is offering a great opportunity to pay it forward. Visitors to the vaccination centre can shout a nurse a coffee and include a heart-warming message of support. Since March, MCEC has been home to o...

EIC opens submissions for annual Global Recognition Awards

The Events Industry Council (EIC) has opened submissions for its annual Global Recognition Awards. The awards celebrate and honour exemplary achievements and focus on leadership at all levels and areas of focus within the global business events industry. This year’s categories are: Hall of Leaders, recognising lifetime achievement for those that have had a legacy impact on the global business even...

ICCA and BestCities honour Incredible Impacts

The Incredible Impacts Programme, a joint initiative by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and BestCities Global Alliance, an international network of convention destinations, has honoured three associations who have left lasting legacies of social change. They are: The European AIDS Clinical Society, a non-profit which promotes excellence in standards of care, research a...

Conventa Week

The last week of August marked by the return of south-east Europe meetings industry trade show Conventa and the Conventa Crossover conference. Organisers had moved Conventa 2021 back from January to August and both events were half the size of the pre-crisis period and shaped up as hybrid events. Nevertheless, organisers report 77 exhibitors, 113 international and 33 Slovenian hosted buyers conduc...

IBTM World reveals first details of its Barcelona plans

Organisers of IBTM World, a global event for the MICE industry, have revealed the first details for the show, due to take place in-person at Fira Barcelona, 30 November-2 December 2021. Under the theme of ‘New Business, New Tech, New World’, IBTM World Barcelona will focus on quality one-to-one business meetings, inspiring educational content and rewarding networking opportunities to help attendee...

International Confex shows a lead back for industry

The UK meetings and events industry came out to International Confex, 1-2 September at ExCeL London, offering a creative display and demonstration of the industry’s resilience. Five theatres on the show floor delivered packed education sessions and friends, old and new, got busy networking and re-acquainting themselves with innovation and new products.

International Confex: Why protect your intangible asset?

During last week’s International Confex 21 in London, the show’s Brand Experience Theatre hosted a discussion under the title ‘Why protect your intangible asset?’. The debate was led by Mark Ford, director of Whitespace XPO and WE Create at Whitespace Group, and explored how for most businesses the most intangible asset is a positive brand identity. Ford suggested that intangible asset...

CWT awarded Platinum EcoVadis status for a second consecutive year

Travel management platform CWT has been awarded Platinum status by EcoVadis, an independent corporate social responsibility (CSR) rating agency. This is the fifth consecutive year CWT has been rated in the top category for its responsible business practices and the agency remains in the top 1% of over 75,000 companies rated worldwide. EcoVadis’ ratings evaluate companies against 21 CSR criteria, g...

Captain C introduced to the security beat at Hong Kong CEC

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (HML) has announced, 9 September, the completion of the installation of 5G infrastructure to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), as well as smart robot, ‘Captain C’. The HKCEC now boosts 100% 5G coverage spanning event spaces, restaurants to backstage areas. In addition to accommodating a large number o...

SportAccord launches host city application process for its world and regional summits

SportAccord has launched the host city application processes for future editions of its SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit from 2023 and the Regional SportAccord from 2022. Cities interested in hosting the SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit have been invited to submit a Bid City Application Form. The next edition of the event will take place, 15-20 May 2022 in Ekaterinburg, R...