Michael Jones

73 Media-Sift partnership brings AccountingWEB Live Summit

73 Media, a UK-based events company, has announced it will be working in partnership with Sift, a digital publisher and agency, to produce the AccountingWEB Live Summit, a new, multi-day event debuting in San Diego, 9-12 May 2022. AccountingWEB Live Summit US is aimed to bring accounting professionals and the accounting technology sector together grow their business. Tom Dunkerley, CEO of Sift, sa...

TCEB outlines three-year roadmap for Thailand’s conventions industry

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has unveiled a three-year roadmap for the country’s conventions industry. Covering 2021–2023, the roadmap outlines action plans to attract more conventions to Thailand with the intention of elevating the country’s international profile. The roadmap comprises three key strategies: To upgrade the Thailand’s conventions ecosystem through active lead ge...

CWT announces appointment of new CFO

Business travel management agency CWT has announced the appointment of Bill Courtney (pictured) as executive vice-president and CFO. Acting CFO, Courtney Mattson, will return to her former role as global treasurer and deputy CFO. Both appointments are effective, 1 September 2021. Michelle McKinney Frymire, CWT’s CEO, said “It is with tremendous delight that we welcome Bill to the CWT team as we lo...

Pandemic pushes back Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre opening plans

Due to the latest Covid-19 disruption, Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is now aiming to hold its first events in the lead up to Christmas. The new building was on track to hold its first events in October but will now be delayed as many of the specialists necessary to complete the facility are unable to travel down from the North Island. John Bridgman, chief executive of Ōtākaro Limited, sai...

Edinburgh’s ICC welcomes the return of in-person conferences and events

The UK-based Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) will see the return of in-person conferences for the first time since the pandemic next week, with the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine’s fifth annual conference, BSLM2021, taking place at the venue between 2-4 September. The EICC has been Edinburgh’s primary vaccination centre since February and was also one of the Edinburgh Festi...

Berlin pilot events show high level of confidence city is safe for in-person events

Germany’s capital city hosted three pilot events, 15-23 June, with up to 500 attendees. The events were: Capital Congress Medicine and Health 2021 (15–17 June), Greentech Festival (16–18 June), and Industry Day (21–23 June). The results of the participant surveys conducted after the events are now available and show 93.2% of the attendees felt they were ‘very well’ or ‘well’ protected from a coron...

MyCEB continues to heal pandemic wounds with AWCA conference win

Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) has announced that the Asian Wound Care Association (AWCA) & Third Global Wound Conference 2021 is on its way to Malaysia. The conference will be held at Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, 15-17 October 2021. MyCEB anticipates the event will bring approximately 500 local and international delegates for the conference, with an estimated RM5.26m...

Hopin announces appointment of Wei Gao as first COO

Hopin, an events management platform, has announced, 26 August, that Wei Gao has been appointed as the company’s first COO. Previously, Wei Gao was worldwide vice-president of product, technology and supply chain for Amazon Grocery and technical advisor to Jeff Bezos. At Hopin, Wei Gao will lead operations and oversee the rapid growth and innovation of Hopin’s shared experiences platform. With the...

BCD Travel survey finds travellers looking for control, ease and simplicity

Business travellers are looking for control, ease and simplicity, according to a recent survey of 738 business travellers worldwide by travel management company, BCD Travel, conducted, 6-20 July. While virtual meetings and remote work are here to stay, business travel and face-to-face meetings remain extremely important. 76% of survey respondents said business travel helps them perform their work ...

Amsterdam welcomes return of in-person business events

Mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema, and deputy mayor, Victor Everhardt, kicked off the return of business events to the city at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, 26 August. The mayor and deputy mayor were joined by Paul Riemens, RAI CEO, and Tracey Davies, president of Money 20/20, a key event hosted at the venue for the payments fintech and financial services industry, as they officially opened...

Copenhagen’s sustainability takes it to the top of the Safe Cities Index

The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU), has released its fourth edition of the Safe Cities Index (SCI), which ranks 60 cities worldwide across five continents. It measures the nature of urban safety, with 76 indicators organised along five pillars: personal, health, infrastructure, digital, and, new this year, environmental security. In each of the last three iterations, Tokyo, Singapore, and O...

WTM Africa announces finalists for the ‘Reigniting Africa’ award

World Travel Market Africa (WTM Africa) has announced the six finalists in the new ‘Reigniting Africa’ award category for its WTM Africa Travel & Tourism Awards. The final winner will be announced, 27 September. Megan Oberholzer, portfolio director of travel, tourism and creative industries at Reed Exhibitions, said: “The judges were highly impressed by the quality of the submissions received ...