Michael Jones

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...

Québec City prepares to open US$53.9m sports events complex

Québec City, the second best city for hosting sports events in Canada according to the Global Sport Impact Index (GSI Canada), will open a brand-new sports complex in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood, 28-29 August 2021. The complex, named Centre de glaces Intact Assurance, aims to attract high-calibre sports events and competitions to the city. Construction work began in fall 2018 for this $53.9m. The...

Sarawak ‘honourably mentioned’ at the Los Angeles Film Awards

Sarawak has announced, 18 August, that the state has received an award at the Los Angeles Film Awards (LAFA) under the ‘Honourable Mention for Commercials’ category for its business events short film titled ‘Sarawak – New Normal in Business Events’. This is the first international film award for the Malaysian business events industry produced by Business Events Sarawak (BESarawak), a non-pro...

Trademark win for American Express GBT with tech patents

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has been awarded two technology patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office. One patent (US Patent 11,068,939) was granted for a neural network for optimising the display of hotels on a user interface. This technology uses artificial intelligence (AI) to process individual and company travel histories to make tailored hotel recommendations to travell...

Northern Ireland relaxes quarantine restrictions and welcomes back conferences

It was announced that, effective 16 August, individuals in Northern Ireland who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to quarantine for 10 days if someone they have been in contact with tests positive for Covid-19. Instead of quarantining, they must take a PCR test on days two and eight of what would have been their 10-day quarantine period. The Northern Ireland government re-emphasised the imp...

ICC Sydney says G’day to new director of HR

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has announced, 17 August, the promotion of Luke Fleming to the role of director of human resources. Previously in the role of senior manager of Human Resources Shared Services, Fleming has stepped up to steer the Human Resources department, which is responsible for the permanent and casual workforce at ICC Sydney. Fleming is also a diversity and ...

BECA requests targeted support for Australian events industry

Representatives of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) met, 16 August, online with the Hon Dan Tehan MP, minister for trade, tourism and investment to request targeted support for businesses reliant upon income from business events. Geoff Donaghy (pictured), BECA deputy chair and CEO of ICC Sydney, stated: “Survival of the complete visitor and events supply chain is our number one prio...

Melbourne CEC launches new digital events platform

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has announced, 17 August, the launch of a digital events platform intended to allow customers to deliver connected virtual and hybrid events live, online and on demand. The new platform is focused on encouraging collaboration, no matter where attendees are in the world. This includes multi-speaker presentations, keynotes, workshops, virtual breakou...

MEA announces deferral of Evolve to 2022

Industry association Meetings and Events Australia (MEA), announced, 16 August, it would be deferring its annual Evolve conference to 2022. MEA claims the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic necessitated decisive leadership and action on its part and said the primary factor in the decision had been the uncertainty around border restrictions across the country and the limitations that pos...

UAE launches Global Media Congress for 2022

The UAE has announced, 15 August, the launch of the first edition of the Global Media Congress (the Congress), to be held in Abu Dhabi from 15-17 November 2022. It will be organised by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) in a strategic partnership with the Emirates News Agency (WAM). H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, deputy prime minister and minister of presidential affairs ...

Associations to gather in Geneva in September for GIAF

The organisers of the international knowledge sharing event, Geneva International Association Forum (GIAF), ASSOCIATIONWORLD and Congrex Switzerland have announced that GIAF 2021 is now planned as an in-person live event, 16-17 September at the InterContinental Geneva. GIAF aims to bring together the Geneva-based and international/European associations and non-profit organisations to provide knowl...