Olivia Powell

HSMAI Europe Curate puts issues of discrimination and diversity centre stage at online conference

Hospitality, events and travel professionals across the UK and Europe have been invited to take part in two research projects ahead of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International’s HSMAI Europe Curate online conference, which will be taking place 3-4 November this year. The research focuses on both discrimination and diversity in the industry as well as the future of events...

Glasgow partners with EarthCheck to benchmark city’s environmental and social performance

Glasgow has announced that it has partnered with EarthCheck, a business advisory group specialising in sustainability and destination management, to assist the city to “benchmark its environmental and social performance and to deliver higher standards of health and hygiene in a Covid-19 recovery environment”. The EarthCheck Sustainable Destinations programme helps communities to measur...

Melbourne’s scientific sector to put two new, big conferences under the microscope

Victoria’s scientific community will take centre stage at two international business events, following Melbourne’s selection as host city for the International Mass Spectrometry Conference 2024 and International Symposium on Lepton and Photon Interactions 2023. The host city expects the two events to deliver a collective economic contribution to the state of AU$13.2m (US$9.3m), 6,650 room ni...

Zoom to launch ticketed events platform OnZoom across US

US-based video communications company Zoom has announced that it will be launching OnZoom, an events platform and marketplace able to hold ticketed online experiences. The new platform is launching in beta with live events for fitness, music and more. Events can host up to 1,000 attendees, and the number of attendees allowed at each event is dependent on the host’s Zoom subscription level. While t...

Scale up, not back: rethinking event technology in the Covid age

Eric Holmen, chief revenue officer at Splash, on how event technology can enhance online events. In a year when everything about how we connect with people has changed, conference organisers and marketers are being forced to rethink their approach to events. No, this isn’t one of those ‘events are dead’ or ‘Covid killed the conference’ articles. Events are too central...

Asia Pacific Regional Hub selects keynote speaker for ICCA Congress 2020

The Asia Pacific Regional Hub for the 59th International Convention and Congress Association (ICCA) Congress 2020 has selected Alena Murang, a Sarawak-born musician and creative artist as the keynote speaker. Her keynote session, ‘Sarawak Tribal Wisdom’ aims to “inspire the delegates to learn and garner tribal values and see where it can be applied to the business world of today”. The ...

80% of event planners support hybrid events, Cvent Australia planner report reveals

The Australia Edition of the Cvent Planner Sourcing Report 2020 has revealed that nearly 80% of event planners support a future of hybrid events, with 40% saying they are an ideal transition back to in-person, and 38% saying they are a viable permanent option to increase attendance. This year’s report compiles data and survey responses that were collected in August 2020 from event planners across ...

BestCities Global Forum 2020 goes virtual

The BestCities Global Alliance has announced that the 2020 edition of its BestCities Global Forum will be taking place online, 17-19 November. The event will be based around ‘Transforming’ associations and destinations to future-proof models, engaging with your audience and community building, and measuring impact by exploring the latest legacy projects within the industry. The alliance is collabo...

Penguins produces first live Honda Motor Europe event since start of pandemic

Penguins, a creative event agency part of the wider group DRPG, recently produced the first Honda Motor Europe live event since the start of the pandemic in March. Held at the Honda Academy in Frankfurt, the three-day Electric Vision Driving Event was the third event Penguins have produced there and the first live event since the start of the pandemic in March. As part of DRPG, Penguins were able ...

Las Vegas to host major series of NCAA events through to 2026

The US National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has announced that it has selected Las Vegas to be the host site for nine preliminary rounds and finals of predetermined championships in Divisions I, II and III to be held for the 2022-23 through 2025-26 academic years. Steve Hill, CEO and president of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), said: “We’re thrilled with the NCA...

Restrata at the wicket in UAE providing a biosecure environment for India’s relocated 2020 IPL

British technology firm Restrata has announced that it is providing the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) a biosecure environment for the recently relocated Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, which is taking place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) until 8 November. The biosecure environment aims to keep IPL players and staff safe during the competition period, and to reduce and manage th...

94% of UK businesses plan to run an online event within the next 12 months

Survey results released by speaker bureau Speakers Corner reveal that 94% of UK businesses plan to run an online event within the next 12 months. In addition, 79% of organisations have already organised an online event since UK lockdown began in March 2020 in an attempt to slow the spread of Covid-19. Moreover, 78% of respondents rate the performance of online events they have already hosted as a ...