Oliver Thomas

Thought leadership hub for business events, ACF, born in Slovakia

Audite, Cogitare, Facite (ACF), an association based in Bratislava, Slovakia, has created the Thought Leadership Hub for the European business events industry. The hub aims to advise and support public entities, private organisations, and destinations using business events as a powerful tool for economic growth. The idea of creating a platform for business events industry development came with the...

BEIA welcomes National’s plan to support event insurance

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has welcomed the New Zealand National Party’s ‘Back to Business’ plan, which would see the government fund the premium for events industry insurance cover. Lisa Hopkins, the chief executive of BEIA, said that the Government rejected an industry-led proposal to support the NZ$1.5m (US$1.1m) premium cost, either directly or through the Regional Ev...

ATEC calls for clarity over the re-opening of international borders

Australia’s export tourism industry is awaiting the announcement of the exact date for the reopening of international borders. With the announcement that New South Wales (NSW) will no longer require quarantine for overseas arrivals from November, there are now calls from the tourism industry for a date to work towards. Peter Shelley (pictured), managing director of the Australia Tourism Export Cou...

IMEX America strives for a sustainable future

Sustainability is set to be a central focus for IMEX America, 9-11 November, in Las Vegas, US. The event will host an ‘EIC People and Planet Village’ as a dedicated hub for interactive education and conversation about sustainability. The Village will feature a shared educational campfire area with sessions dedicated to regeneration, nature+, and diversity. Carina Bauer (pictured), CEO ...

PCMA conference puts Switzerland back on the map

The SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland has been hosting a conference, 17-19 October, bringing together 300 event professionals. The annual summit, organised by the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), brings together it’s members to exchange ideas, network and discuss the future of business event management. The conference is one of the first face-to-face intern...

TTS develops Covid-19 test tracking software

Total Testing Solutions (TTS), a medical diagnostic testing service located in Los Angeles, US, has debuted a new technology, LINK, which aims to create safer travel and events in the post-pandemic world. LINK is an end-to-end software solution designed for businesses, hospitality groups, and venues to track test results and vaccination records for employees and guests. The system hopes to help bu...

Hybrid+ offers sustainable solution for meetings and events industry

Göteborg & Co, the tourism and convention bureau of the Swedish city Gothenburg, has created Hybrid+, a tool that aims to improve digital meeting experiences. The new tool assists meeting organisers reach out to a broader spectrum of participants through hybrid formats. Henrik Svensson, project manager for hybrid experiences at Göteborg & Co, said: “In the future, most physical meetings an...

Ball rolling for the construction of the Sao Paulo Arena

GL events, Live Nation and Oak View Group have entered into negotiations to build and operate a 20,000-seat arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The investment will be assured in its entirety by Live Nation and Oak View Group, with work set to start in the second half of 2022 for an inauguration scheduled in 2024. The ‘Sao Paulo Arena’ has been designed to respect the principles of responsible construction...

Sector welcomes New South Wales decision to lift international quarantine restrictions

In Australia, the New South Wales (NSW) state government has announced the lifting of quarantine for international travellers from 1 November. This announcement has been widely welcomed throughout the travel and MICE industry, which has been affected by tight border restrictions since the start of the pandemic 19 months ago. Peter Shelley (pictured), managing director of the Australian Tourism Exp...

IAPCO global strategic task force publishes Covid-19 factsheet of national guidelines for industry

The International Association of Professional Conference Organisers (IAPCO) has launched a Covid-19 factsheet of national guidelines from different countries in a new publication from its Strategic global task force. In June 2020, IAPCO assembled a small group of national PCO associations from around the globe into a strategic task force. The objective was to facilitate the communication and disse...

Harrah’s Cherokee tower and convention centre opening completes $330m expansion project

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, North Carolina, USA, and invited dignitaries have officially opened the resort’s fourth hotel tower, the Cherokee, and the 83,000sq.ft. Cherokee Convention Center. The opening ceremony signifies the completion of Harrah’s Cherokee’s $330m expansion project, which has brought more than 450 jobs to the community. Brooks Robinson, regional senior vice-president and ge...

Marina Bay Sands launches the Virtual Meeting Place

Marina Bay Sands (MBS) has unveiled a new Virtual Meeting Place, which allows event organisers to customise a virtual venue to replicate a real-life space. MBS claims to be the first venue in the MICE industry to launch such a platform globally, as it aims to effectively connect online and offline audiences. Networking, content delivery and the creation of a global marketplace to promote services ...

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