Paul Colston

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CityDNA puts sustainability and regeneration at the heart of destination strategy

Forty-three students graduated from the 36th edition of the CityDNA Summer School, hosted in Turin on 27-31 August, 2022. It was the first in-person edition since the pandemic. The graduate students came from Europe and South Africa. Since 1987, the aim of the CityDNA Summer School (formerly known as EFCT Summer School and then ECM Summer School) is to provide insights into the structure and funct...

Global space congress blasts off for Sydney in 2025

Sydney, Australia, has been selected by the General Assembly vote of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), as the host city for the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in 2025. The IAF’s assembly voted on the decision at at its Paris meeting, 22 September. The annual IAF Congress covers the latest space information and developments in academia and industry. Founded in 1951, the ...

UK’s mia welcomes government introduction of energy price cap

The UK’s Meetings Industry Association (mia) has given a qualified welcome to the UK government’s announcement that businesses’ energy bills will receive a six month price cap, “The package of support will provide much-need reassurance to those operating within the business meetings and events sector, however for a limited time only,” said Kerrin MacPhie, chief executive of...

Italy at Hand 2022 and heading for Campania

Convention Bureau Italia and ENIT, the Italian National Tourist Board, have revealed their locations for the return of Italy at Hand 2022 – Campania. Slots are still available for European buyers wishing to apply to the hosted buyer programme, which runs 16-18 November. The Campania 2022 event will mark the fourth edition of Italy at Hand. Again, there will be three days of networking, business an...

Zartico secures $20m to develop data analytics and version 3.0 for tourism industry

US, Utah-based data intelligence start-up Zartico, which provides analytics and visualisations to help destination tourism organisations make data-driven decisions, reports it has secured $20m in Series A funding to develop its business. Clients currently include Visit North Carolina, Travel Alaska, and the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau. The new funding was led by Arthur Ventures, a...

IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific 2022 double bill puts hybrid and education to the fore

The 30th edition of the IT&CMA and 25th edition of the CTW Asia-Pacific, Asia Pacific’s only double-bill event in MICE and corporate travel, has been staged successfully in Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, 20-22 September. Strategic destination partner TCEB and official airline THAI Airways International were major supporters of this year’s shows. The 2022 editions featured a multitu...

Thailand triple: TCEB confirms power and energy conference wins for three years in three cities

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), in collaboration with IEEE Power and Energy Society (Thailand) has secured three international power and energy conferences. They are to be held in three Thai MICE cities over the course of three years. The conferences are: IEEE PES APPEEC 2023 in Chiang Mai; IEEE ISC2 2024 in Pattaya and IEEE PES GTD Asia 2025 in Bangkok. The three conferences are...

PortAventura Business & Events appoints new director

PortAventura Business & Events has announced Malin Nilsson (pictured) as the division’s new director. With 22 years of experience in senior positions at national and international companies within the MICE sector, Nilsson comes to PortAventura Business & Events with a brief of boost the innovation and success of its convention centre. Nilsson has held management and leadership positi...

Te Pae CCC reaches milestone, plus big issues on the agenda for NZ business events conference

New Zealand’s Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has reached a significant milestone, hosting 100 events in the four and a half months since its first conference in May. The 100th event was the Take Charge Christchurch Expo hosted by the Christchurch City Council, 17-18 September. The free public expo featured more than 50 electric battery vehicles and attracted close to 9,000 visitors. T...

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral attended by hundreds of world leading figures and watched by hundreds of millions more

Hundreds of global leaders gathered in London, 19 September, to mark the life and work of Queen Elizabeth II, as Britain honoured its late monarch with a state funeral watched by hundreds of millions around the world. Tens of thousands of members of the British public also gathered in London along the route of the funeral cortege to pay their last respects to the late Queen who died last week at t...

Darwin welcomes back international business events

The Darwin Convention Centre in Australia is set to welcome back international business events to its venue this month with the IFCO2022 International Foster Care Conference scheduled for 23-25 September. Over 600 delegates are expected to attend with 84% of registered attendees travelling to Darwin from overseas and interstate. Jo Derrick, vice-president for IFCO said “We are delighted to be back...

VOK DAMS creates launch event for agricultural machinery giant Fendt

Fendt, the high-tech brand in the AGCO Group, appointed event management agency VOK DAMS for the recent launch event for their new tractor series – the #NextGen700. The result was a digital B2C experience in five languages and a hybrid press event in eight languages, with the aim of bringing the new Fendt series closer to its international target group in an informative, personal and entertaining ...