Olivia Powell

Palacongressi di Rimini wins European College of Sports Science congress

The 29th congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS) has been officially awarded to the Palacongressi di Rimini. The congress is scheduled to take place 3-5 July 2024. Interest in hosting the congress was initially expressed by Professor Claudio Stefanelli, director of the Faculty of Sciences for the Quality of Life at the University of Bologna, Rimini Campus, and ambassador of the Ev...

Gothenburg wins IAPCO excellence award

The Swedish city of Gothenburg was awarded the IAPCO Driving Excellence Award during its Annual Members’ day on 19 November 2020. The award, nominated by IAPCO member Kenes Group, recognises “a supplier that has gone above and beyond in their service, commitment and delivery of a successful meeting”. Ori Lahav, IAPCO president, said: “It became apparent when we started working wi...

Covid-19 vaccine news creates increase in meeting bookings

etc.venues, London and US-based venue operator, is reporting a “noticeable” increase in bookings for meetings and events for both its UK and New York venues following the news of the imminent availability of a Covid-19 vaccine. Adam Simpson, director of marketing and US sales for etc.venues, said: “The organisers of several major events provisionally booked for Q2 and Q3 2021 confirmed...

Tourist hotspots most resilient following pandemic, research reveals

The latest edition of the ECM-ForwardKeys Quarterly Barometer, published jointly by ForwardKeys, a travel analytics company, and non-profit organisation, European Cities Marketing, has revealed that Europe’s most resilient destinations following the Covid-19 pandemic are leisure hotspots. As of 27 October 2020, total inbound flight bookings for the EU and the UK, for the fourth quarter of 2020, we...

New name for CINZ

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ), has been renamed as Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) to “reflect its own distinct role within tourism and events”. BEIA represents 460 members across New Zealand who work within the meetings, incentives, conferences and conventions, and exhibitions sector. The new brand was announced, 18 November, at the association’s Annual Genera...

Australia opens A$50m grant programme for events, as PM speaks in support of sector’s critical role in recovery

Following the Australian government’s announcement of a AU$50m (US$36m) Business Events Grants Programme in September, Phase one of the scheme has now commenced with Phase two to follow in mid-December. As a first phase, Austrade has opened an Expression of Interest (EOI) process to business event owners to establish a schedule of approved business events. The Business Events Council of Aust...

Gothenburg again named Lonely Planet’s Best Sustainable City Stay

Publisher Lonely Planet, 17 November, published its popular annual Best in Travel list featuring winners in three different categories for 2021: sustainability, diversity and community. The Best in Travel list named Gothenburg as the world’s Best Sustainable City Stay. Lonely Planet said: “Gothenburg has held the top ranking in the Global Destinations Sustainability Index since 2016 and its progre...

Scotland’s Host City 2020 reveals Strategic Partners for online event

Scotland-based event Host City 2020 – which takes place this year online – has announced its six Strategic Partners for this year’s event, underpinning the two principal Supporting Partners previously announced: EventScotland and Glasgow Life. The Global Esports Federation (GEF) and the Association of International Convention Centres (AIPC) join as Strategic Partners for the firs...

AIM Group International and Conference Compass announce strategic partnership

Milan-based event management company AIM Group and Conference Compass, a company specialising in mobile apps for medical-scientific societies, have signed a strategic partnership agreement.  Annalisa Ponchia, director of customer experience and international business development for AIM Group, said: “With digital events and communication effectiveness becoming more and more important in our market...

US travel demand to rebound strongly in H2 2021, but full RevPAR recovery likely only in 2024

Benchmarking and analytics agency STR’s upgraded final 2020 US hotel forecast was released during the recent online NYU Hospitality Conference and found leisure demand stronger than anticipated. Despite the slight upgrade, the forecast for 2021 remains functionally unchanged and full recovery in revenue per available room (RevPAR) has been deemed ‘unlikely’ until 2024. Amanda Hit...

New Cvent research shows what European event planners will be demanding of venues in 2021

Over half (58%) of event planners across the UK and Europe are struggling to reschedule in-person events in 2021 because of “insufficient health and safety protocols at venues”. The data comes from Cvent’s 2020 Planner Sentiment and Sourcing Report: Europe Edition, which also shows that planners now expect venues to provide a clean, sanitised environment, offer daily temperature checks...

ICC Sydney gets the green light to expand capacity

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has  received clearance from the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Health to host up to 2,400 patrons for seated ticketed events in its Aware Super Theatre. ICC Sydney will immediately increase the theatre’s seated capacity to welcome back larger events, the first of which will be Carols in the Domain. In line with current NSW Government regula...