Michael Jones

Barcelona’s BforPlanet congress to promote implementation of UN SDGs

On 7-8 July the BforPlanet congress, organised by Fira de Barcelona in collaboration with Barcelona City Council, will bring together experts, institutions and companies from all over the world to debate the best ways of working towards sustainability. Organisers see the main challenge being to promote the full implementation of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within t...

Glisser launches Hybrid Events Ignited

Glisser, a virtual and hybrid event platform, has announced the launch of Hybrid Events Ignited, designed to educate and inform in-house corporate event planners on how to run their own hybrid events. The event will take place in London, New York City and online on 13 July 2021. Across seven sessions, Hybrid Events Ignited will cover: The challenges of event design; Supplier requirements; Software...

Adopting a post-pandemic shift to a citizen-centred approach

Many parts of the business events industry need to embrace the citizen-centred approach now adopted by many destinations in the wake of the pandemic. That’s according to Professor Greg Clark CBE who delivered a thought-leadership session at the Virtual Advocacy Discussion hosted recently by the IMEX Group. Adopting the citizen-first concept Cities across the world, Professor Clark explained, are n...

Host City Americas aims to ‘bring back joy’

Under the conference theme of ‘Investing in Events’, speakers at the inaugural Host City Americas digital conference voiced great optimism about the future of the events industry, offering ideas and solutions to the challenges of the pandemic, digitalisation and sustainability. Host City is the event and media brand that connects the owners, hosts and organisers of major events. A global audience,...

Austria relaxes event restrictions

From 1 July 2021 almost all event restrictions are lifted across Austria. The vaccination programme and falling infection rates across the country have paved the way for a full return to in-person events. These relaxations, coupled with the Vienna Meeting Fund 2021-2023’s contribution of €4m in aid of national and international event organisers hosting meetings in the city, reflect a sustained eff...

Accor research points to 25% revenue hike within the sector

Research from international hospitality group, Accor, reveals workers expect to make 25% more in revenue with the return of face-to-face interaction. As many await a decision regarding the easing of Covid regulations, Accor has revealed that sector professionals anticipate they will make an average of 23% more deals a year when they are able to speak to their contacts face-to-face, rather than usi...