Paul Colston

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Big ideas lined up for 2019 PCMA EduCon in L.A.

‘Street scientist’ Sara Ross, and songwriters John Ondrasik and Ciaran Gribbin are to speak at global industry association PCMA’s 2019 EdCon, in Los Angeles in June. Organisers promise the conference will deliver personalised education content with actionable outcomes, networking opportunities and fresh approaches to solving industry issues as they continue to engage leaders from both within and o...

Spain’s first outdoor skydiving simulator opens in Malaga

Spain’s first outdoor skydiving simulator opens in Malaga province on the 1 May 2019, and its management expects it to provide an interesting option for companies looking for fun and exciting activities as part of a conference or event in Andalucia. The equipment was used by Tom Cruise to prepare for his skydiving stunts on Mission Impossible: Fallout, before being brought over to Spain. A skydivi...

NYC most expensive location in the world for business travel

New York ranks as the world’s top city for business travel costs, according to new data from global mobility specialist, ECA International (ECA). A trip to the Big Apple costs US$799 a day on average, according to the new report, which gives average daily rates for 2018-19 for 400 locations in 195 countries. Each report itemises costs for the following expenses for flexibility when calculating all...

Kuala Lumpur to host World Federation of Hemophilia 2020 World Congress

As well as supporting the 30th World Hemophilia Day (WHD, 17 April) Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) has announced it has been selected to host the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) 2020 World Congress. KLCC supported WHD by hosting a blood donation drive and highlighting the importance of the work WFH and national associations, including the Hemophilia Society of Malaysia (HSM), are doing...

Philadelphia’s convention story tells of new record numbers

Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) has reported the city hosted 18 citywide conventions – the most in a decade – in 2018. The figures were announced as the bureau presented its key findings on the hospitality industry at its Annual Report Business Meeting. The 18 conventions brought 1.3m overnight visitors to Philadelphia. “Philadelphia is now viewed as a top destination for meet...

New Thailand campaign Down Under could bring 4,000 business events travellers

Over 4,000 business event travellers will potentially attend an event in Thailand within the next four years as a result of Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau’s (TCEB) recent roadshow held in Sydney and Melbourne. TCEB made its claim on the back of its new campaign which provides site visit support for meeting and incentive organisers of events with upwards of 80 guests and more flexibility...

RoomIt by CWTÒ appoints new VP of Finance and CFO

RoomIt by CWTÒ, the hotel distribution division of travel platform CWT has appointed James Colquhoun (pictured) VP of Finance and CFO. “James’ leadership and experience will help us in our journey towards being the global leader in hotels for business travellers,” said David Falter, President of RoomIt by CWTÒ. “We are delighted to welcome him to the RoomIt team.” Colquhoun, hails from the UK and ...

ADNEC delivers US$929m economic impact in 2018

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has announced the value of its direct and indirect impact on the Abu Dhabi economy in 2018 was AED3.41bn (US$929m), taking the total value of its contribution to the local economy since its inception in 2005 to AED32bn. ADNEC’s strong 2018 results followed a 14% growth in the number of events hosted by Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and Al Ain C...

ThinkOttawa launches to champion event bids in the Canadian capital

Three of Ottawa’s pillar economic development organisations – Ottawa Tourism, Shaw Centre, and Invest Ottawa – are working together, under a new programme, to bring more conferences and events to Canada’s capital by supporting local industry leaders in their international conference bids. The programme, ThinkOttawa, will provide complimentary support to local industry, academic, government, and no...

MyCEB goes on the road and offers new deal to China

The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) embarks, 15 April, on its 9th China Roadshow, which opens in Beijing and will see the bureau and 29 industry partners travelling to four cities, including Shanghai, Chengdu and, for the first time, Shenzhen. In its efforts to woo one of Malaysia’s biggest market, the delegation is armed with a new programme for corporate and incentive groups....

Events Industry Council announces new Chief Executive Officer

The Events Industry Council (EIC) has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer after a global executive search process, which considered 50 qualified potential candidates from around the world. Candidates were considered by an EIC board appointed search committee chaired by Carina Bauer, CEO, IMEX Group, which eventually chose Amy Calvert, who currently serves as Senior Vice-Pres...

IACC takes a ‘radical’ turn in Toronto

The 38th edition of the IACC Americas Connect conference came to a close 11 April at Vantage Venues and The Globe and Mail Centre, Toronto, having gathered 230 delegates over the two days. The International Association of Conference Centres’ Americas chapter also welcomed 20 meeting planners from the US, Canada, Europe and Australia for the conference – themed ‘Radical Innovation – Change Ev...