Michael Jones

GAISF launches host city selection process for world multi-sport events

The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), an umbrella organisation for international sports federations, has launched the host city selection process for future editions of various world multi-sport events, including the World Urban Games, World Combat Games and World Mind Games. The world multi-sport events bring the best of sport to host cities, driving global exposure ...

Aventri and Brandlive produce new events production partnership

Aventri, an event management software company, and live video solutions platform, Brandlive, have announced, 24 August, a partnership between the two companies. The partnership combines Aventri’s virtual and hybrid event platform with Brandlive’s patent-pending video production software, Greenroom. Greenroom is intended to give event organisers a complete virtual video production studio in the clo...

ICCA statistics ‘reinvented’

It is no surprise that the annual ICCA destination rankings have changed in format, quite radically, due of course to the effects of Covid. All comparisons with previous years are pretty much redundant and the association went for the option of ‘reinventing’ its avidly awaited report on the international meetings market to show just how its members and associations had coped with the unprecedented...

Abu Dhabi introduces updates to E-learning programme

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) is marking the first anniversary of its Abu Dhabi Specialists E-learning Programme by introducing new modules and markets for the training scheme. The programme, launched as part of DCT Abu Dhabi’s response to Covid-19, saw all forms of physical promotional offers, workshops and training courses shifted onto virtual platforms. The e...

VOK DAMS gives 3G welcome to German revision of Covid-19 regulations

International communications agency VOK DAMS has welcomed the positive developments for events and live marketing in Germany, where revised and less stringent Covid-19 protection regulations of the federal states were put in place. North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Württemberg saw the 3G rule replace the infection rate level setup. Events are possible without participant limit, as long as all parti...

Dates and location revealed for 2022’s Nordic MICE Summit

Denmark-based Congress Consulting Management Group (CCMG), an international organiser, has announced the Nordic MICE Summit 2022 will take place face-to-face, 31 March-2 April 2022 at Hotel Ottilia, in Carlsberg City district, which is Copenhagen’s new urban and cultural district. The Summit is an annual Nordic Summit for European Hotels, hotel chains, venues, CVB’s, DMC’s and airlines meeting up,...

UK’s BVEP to launch Shape of Events Report

The Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP), the umbrella body and advocacy group representing the UK events sector, is to launch its Shape of Events Report. The report, which is sponsored by brand communications agency Davies Tanner, will be published in early September and has been produced to support both BVEP partner organisations and the wider event industry in the UK. It promises insig...

Mack doubles up to lead on Business Events, as Australia puts emphasis on domestic programmes

The new head of Business Events Australia (BEA), Robin Mack (pictured), has said the focus is on newer domestic programmes due to the pandemic. Mack has been in the role for less than two months, taking over from previous head, Penny Lion, following the company’s recent pandemic-related reorganisation. This new role combines his past responsibilities as Tourism Australia’s executive general manage...

African travel and tourism sector set for debut hybrid summit in September

The Department of Tourism and South African Tourism have announced, 20 August, they will host the first ever Africa’s Travel and Tourism Summit (ATTS). It is set to take place in a hybrid format, 19-21 September 2021, coinciding with Tourism Month in South Africa.  ATTS aims to attract African community delegates, African tourism ministers, industry associations, Tourism Boards, DMOs as well...

VenulQ brings To Hybrid and Beyond to North America

Events software provider, VenuIQ, announced, 19 August, a North American follow up to its UK virtual event, ‘To Hybrid and Beyond’, taking place 26 August at 11am ET. The event will discuss developments and challenges from the past year and aim to highlight how the North American event industry’s post-pandemic landscape could take shape with the uncertainty of the Delta Covid variant. VenuIQ’s pan...

CMW speaks to Vaibhav Jain

Michael Jones talks with Vaibhav Jain, CEO and Founder of Hubilo, about his career, Hubilo, and the future of the events industry.   What do you think is the next major adaptation in the global event tech industry?  There are three aspects to events now and how virtual events are evolving. There is content, which the organisers bring in through speakers, etc. The second is the community, where all...

Research from Tourism Australia suggests optimism over industry’s future

Tourism Australia has released the Business Events Consumer Demand Project (CDP), 19 August, which indicates that despite the ongoing challenges of Covid-19, association and incentive decision makers are optimistic about the industry’s future. The CDP research surveyed 163 decision makers from the association sector and 354 from the incentive sector in 11 of Australia’s key markets aimed to better...