Michael Jones

AIPC awards Shaw Centre with its World’s Best Convention Centre APEX accolade

The Shaw Centre, in Ottawa has been awarded the International Association of Conference Centres’ (AIPC) APEX award for ‘World’s Best Convention Centre’. The award is granted every two years in recognition of the highest rating on client surveys received by a convention centre. An independent ‘blind’ evaluation process carried out by Ipsos international market research company, an...

Estonian CVB hails international sport as destination conference calendar filler

The Estonia Convention Bureau (Estonian CVB) has said international sporting title events hosted in Estonia have been bringing in tens of thousands of visitors from abroad, with participants, press and spectators filling hotel rooms that would have otherwise been left vacant. The capital Tallinn alone has around 80 international sports events marked on the calendar for 2021 including the Men’s Eur...

Proof of vaccination to be required for entry to IMEX America in Vegas in November

The IMEX Group has published, 7 September, its full Covid-safety plans and entry requirements for the 10th edition of its IMEX America show in November at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. The organisers have confirmed participants must provide proof of full vaccination against Covid-19 to gain entry to the show. IMEX will be using the CLEAR Health Pass app for all North American attendees. The CLEAR app o...

Lviv crystalising its congress present and future

The Lviv Convention Bureau (LCB) has made a series of announcements regarding events that have taken, and will take, place within the western Ukrainian city. Firstly, LCB announced in 2025 more than 700 scientists from different countries will come to Lviv for the International Crystallographic Congress. Secondly, Lviv, 22-24 August, welcomed international experts from Wilhelm Bernahard’s sc...

MCEC in tune with Australian music industry

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has announced, 7 September, that it is supporting the Australian Recording Industry Association’s ‘Our Soundtrack Our Stories’ campaign by playing Australian music across the venue. Our Soundtrack Our Stories is intended as an open invitation from Australia’s music community to the rest of Australia to discover, champion, share, and consume more lo...

Messukeskus announces social distancing restrictions waived

The Regional State Administrative Agency of Southern Finland stated, 3 September, that the obligation to divide audiences into blocks and the two-metre safety distance obligation can be waived at public events in the Uusimaa region as well. In Finland, fairs have already been organised in Turku, Oulu and Tampere. Several public and professional events are being prepared for October-November 2021. ...

Public Health Palliative Care International chooses Bruges for September 2022 conference

The international Public Health Palliative Care International (PHPCI) conference will be held in the new Bruges Meeting & Convention Centre (BMCC), 20-23 September 2022. This conference will focus on the dialogue between the scientific world and the general public about the democratisation of palliative care and end of life care. Alderman for Social Affairs, Pablo Annys, said: “High-quality ca...

BEIA requests clarity from New Zealand government for event industry’s future

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) suggests the move to a more restricted Level 2 for regions outside of Auckland will make additional support crucial for the country’s business events industry. Under Level 2 from 8 September, gatherings outside of Auckland will need to be under 50 persons in a defined space, down from 100 in previous guidelines. Mask-wearing will be mandatory and all ...

MyCEB says ‘Let’s Meet Now’ to its business events industry

The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) has introduced, 6 September, another new component under the Meet in Malaysia campaign, ‘Let’s Meet Now’. This additional support package aims to complement the primary objective of the Meet In Malaysia campaign of stimulating the economy of the domestic business events industry. Targeting one-day meetings from local markets, the ‘Let’s Meet ...

TCEB announces three-pronged international MICE strategy

Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has outlined a three-pronged strategy for 2022. It focuses on developing more cities and organisations for international MICE, upgrading skills and standards, and the pursuit of prominent hosting opportunities. According to Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya (pictured), president of TCEB, the organisation’s 2022 strategy will focus on three pillars. T...

Wonderful Copenhagen looks forward to ESTRO’s 2022 visit

Wonderful Copenhagen, Copenhagen’s official tourism organisation, have stated that a two-stringed engagement project, a strong national host group, and an attractive host city were the three determining factors for The European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO), a European oncology society, choosing the city for its annual meeting in 2022 themed ‘Learning from every patient’...

The power of data

International Confex’s Let’s Do London Theatre’s final session, 2 September, was a discussion on ‘The Power of Data’. The panel analysed how data will play a role in helping event venues and bookings build for the future. Speakers included Lily Lubowitz, group sales manager at CH&CO Venues; Peter Heath, owner and founder of Venue Performance; Luis Desouza, CEO of NFS Technology Group; Le...