Michael Jones

Hopin splashes cash on fifth acquisition of past year

Event tech provider, Hopin, has continued its acquisition drive with the announcement of its acquisition of Attendify, the fifth company it has purchased this past year.  Since the beginning of 2020, Hopin has acquired StreamYard, Streamable, jamm, and Boomset, as well as raising more than USD$565m in Series A-C funding.  Attendify provides tools designed to help event managers deepen audience eng...

Zartico-PredictHQ partnership to boost visibility of events’ impact on local communities

Zartico, creators of what it claims is the world’s only Destination Operating System, and PredictHQ, a demand intelligence company, have entered into a strategic partnership to provide clients with the ability to derive meaningful insights from their local events, festivals, concerts, sporting venues and parades. The pairing of PredictHQ’s intelligent event data with Zartico’s operating system all...

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts to partner ITB China for a third time

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has again become the Official Partner Hotel of ITB China 2021. The event is set to take place as a physical event in Shanghai, 24–26 November 2021, with a virtual extension, 8 November-31 December 2021.  With 8,900 hotels and 21 brands across nearly 95 countries, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts becomes the official partner hotel of ITB China for a third year in a row and ...

Promotions in line in Washington as Events DC repositions

Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the US capital, announced, 8 July, a repositioning of several members of its leadership team. The promotions, announced by president and CEO, Greg O’Dell, come as the city reopens without restrictions for in-person meetings and live special events.  Samuel Thomas, senior vice-president, and general manager of the Walter E. Washington Conv...

Duncan Wardle announced as Evolve 2021 opening keynote speaker

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has announced that Duncan Wardle, founder of iD8 and innov8 and former head of innovation and creativity at Disney, will deliver the opening keynote address at the association’s big event, Evolve 2021 on 8 September.  Evolve is the largest annual national conference for the Australian events industry. Wardle will offer insights on how, if you want to be differ...

EIC appoints new director for certification and education

On 6 July, the Events Industry Council (EIC), a global voice on the business events industry, announced the appointment of Augustine (Gus) Chijioke as director of certification and education.  Chijoke’s remit for the EIC includes directing the CMP and CMP-HC credentialing programme, ensuring the examination programme adheres to the highest test development and administration standards and continui...

Tourism Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland launch Industry Market Access Programme 2021

As part of the Northern Ireland’s Tourism Recovery Action Plan, Tourism Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland are together launching initiatives aimed at supporting the tourism industry by increasing international visitor numbers. In alignment with the international Green Button marketing campaign, these initiatives are part of a broader plan that is intended to provide a kick-start the Northern Ir...

Liverpool becomes first UK city to join Hybrid Cities Alliance

The Liverpool Convention Bureau has signed up to become the first city in the UK to join the Hybrid Cities Alliance. The city on the Mersey joins the likes of Geneva, Sydney and Seoul. The Alliance brings together more than 20 cities from around the world to work together on ‘multi-city hub’ events; where attendees can meet face-to-face in hubs located in different cities or countries, all connect...

Pandemic continues to erode strength of premium passports

As we question whether a return to pre-pandemic levels of international travel is possible and how it can be achieved, global meeting planners would do well to study the latest results and research from the Henley Passport Index a ranking of world passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. The results show that, while there is cause for optimis...

WTTC report reveals Covid-19’s dramatic impact on Travel & Tourism around the world

Asia-Pacific was the region hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic according to the new annual Economic Trends Report from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The report reveals the full dramatic impact of travel restrictions designed to curb Covid-19 on the global economy, individual regions, and its job losses worldwide. Asia-Pacific was the worst performing region, with the sector’s co...

Florence to host International FOSS4G Conference 2022

The 16th annual congress of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), the non-profit organisation that supports and promotes the collaborative development of free and open source geographic technologies and open geospatial data, will be held in Florence at the Palazzo dei Congressi, Palazzo degli Affari and the University of Florence, 22-27 August 2022. The FOSS4G annual conference will addre...

Harrah’s Cherokee to complete $250m expansion

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, North Carolina, USA, is set to complete its four-year expansion project this autumn. The $250m development, which broke ground in June 2018, includes a new 725-room hotel tower, 83,000-square-foot (7,710sqm) of convention space, new food and beverage offerings and more. “We are thrilled to see this project come to completion and to be able to offer our ...