Oliver Thomas

Australian Tourism Export Council welcomes chance to work with new government

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has welcomed the opportunity to work closely with new prime minister Anthony Albanese, 21 May, the victorious Labor candidate in the Australian federal election. Peter Shelley (pictured), managing director of ATEC, stated: “There is much to be done in helping Australia’s export tourism industry to get back to its full success and we are looking forward ...

Greek PCO association appoints president at annual conference

The Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organisers and Destination Events Specialists (HAPCO & DES) has appointed Sissi Lignou (pictured) as the president of its Board of Directors (BoD). The announcement was made at the recent 11th Panhellenic Conference of HAPCO & DES, entitled Reconnect to Accelerate, held at the Divani Caravel Hotel in Athens, Greece. The General Assembly of ...

Crowdsol launches event technology platform

The event technology platform, Crowdsol has launched a virtual event platform for the global events community. Tülin Sipahiler (pictured), founder and managing director of Crowdsol, commented: “Having experience at the coalface, delivering global trade shows, conferences, and summits, has enabled us to build a solution that we know will save our clients time and easily create valuable experiences ...

‘No road is too long with good company’

Oliver Thomas, CMW international reporter, takes a look at the technological innovation and expanding MICE sectors that are driving forward ambitious growth in Thailand. Click here to read the feature in the CMW May/June 2022 Magazine.  As global markets emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic and return to international events at their own pace, each are taking personalised paths towards their vision o...

RendezVerse launches into the metaverse at m&i Europe

Metaverse platform for the events and hotel sector, RendezVerse has launched at the m&i Europe Spring forum in Seville, Spain, showcasing its platform with over 300 demo trips while launching its initial product, the RV360. Founded in October 2021, RendezVerse comes from the team behind Worldwide Events and m&i. The event launch marks the first time RendezVerse will be shared with a public...

In pictures – 8th Travel Trade Athens 2022

The 8th Travel Trade Athens 2022, 9-10 May, saw more than 160 Greek and international representatives hold meetings and learn about what the Greek capital has to offer the global MICE community. More than 60 representatives of foreign companies in the tourism and events industry came to Athens for the two-day event, connecting Athens to key markets in Europe, the UK, US, and the Middle East. The e...

FCM reaches new heights with New South Wales contract

Travel management company, FCM has retained New South Wales Government travel management contract following a tender process with the Australian state. The business, which is the Flight Centre Travel Group’s global corporate travel management brand, has been awarded a three-year contract plus two additional one-year options having first won the account six years ago. Melissa Elf, general man...

World PCO Alliance confirms academic partnership with Morressier

A leadership organisation for meetings management, the World PCO Alliance, has confirmed an agreement with Morressier, a global scientific platform for conferences. Based in Europe and the US, Morressier offers solutions that help academic organisations increase their impact before, during, and after conferences. Comprised of peer review workflows, conference hubs and research libraries, Morressie...

Submissions open for Events Industry Council’s Global Awards

The Events Industry Council (EIC), a global voice of the business events industry on advocacy, research, professional recognition, and standards, has announced submissions have opened for its annual Global Awards. The awards, in partnership with Cvent, celebrates and honours achievements focusing on leadership at all levels within the global business events industry. This year’s categories are: Ha...

Business leaders to meet in Belfast for All-Ireland Sustainability Summit

Business leaders and officials from across the Island of Ireland will be gathering at the ICC Belfast, 9 June, for the first All-Ireland Sustainability Summit. The event aims to raise the profile of the wider sustainability agenda and help companies create positive change within their own organisations. Danielle McCormick, owner and lead consultant at Triterra, co-organiser of the Summit, commente...

Athenian MICE adventures

CMW international reporter, Oliver Thomas, and international director, Mercedes Alonso, attended the 8th Travel Trade Athens event, 9-10 May, hosted by the City of Athens and This is Athens. The two-day event brought together suppliers, buyers and media to experience what Athens has to offer the international MICE community. On the first day, buyers and supplies had a packed day of B2B meetings at...

Abu Dhabi sees strength in partnerships

The Abu Dhabi Convention & Exhibition Bureau (ADCEB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Etihad Airways to bolster its support for MICE groups travelling to the emirate. The strategic partnership with Etihad Airways will enable ADCEB to offer flights and discounts to eligible MICE groups as part of its Advantage Abu Dhabi programme. The initiative provides financial assistance,...