Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World. Write Paul an E-mail

Etihad Airways signs partnership with MCI

Etihad Destination & Leisure Management and MCI Middle East have announced a partnership designed to offer travel management services and special rate MICE packages for programmes serviced by MCI in Abu Dhabi throughout 2021 and 2022. Etihad Airways becomes the official airline for MCI’s groups coming into Abu Dhabi where the airline can support internationally through their connectivity.  Thi...

Arinex brings Australia’s business events sector back with biggest event of 2020

Australia’s business events sector came together to attend ‘The Turn of Events, Bringing Business Events Back’ in a nationwide hub and spoke format on 16 September. The collaboration aimed at kickstarting the business event sector in Australia and organiser Arinex’s CEO, Nicole Walker said she was proud to bring together 25 organisations to showcase business event readiness. Live and virtual event...

Austria Center Vienna to trial 15-minute test for large-scale events with help of 3,000 students

Three thousand students from the Vienna University of Economics and Business will be tested for coronavirus as part of a pilot project to see if rapid testing at the Austria Center Vienna is possible. The idea is to take a swab just before an event starts and get the results back within 15 minutes. Researchers say that if the testing proves successful it will be a venue first. Students beginning t...

Bangalore-based virtual events platform Airmeet raises $12m for expansion

Bangalore-based Airmeet, virtual event platform developer, has announced it has raised US$12m in Series A funding for international expansion. New investor Sequoia Capital India led the round joined by Redpoint Ventures, with participation from returning investors Accel India, Venture Highway and Global Founders Capital (GFC). Airmeet has grown rapidly since it was founded in 2019 and, by July 202...

PCMA announces new European business director

Following an extensive global search, PCMA president and CEO Sherrif Karamat, CAE announced, 16 September, the hiring of Jaime Bennett (pictured) as the association’s new business director, EMEA. She takes up the post on 21 September. “PCMA can and must support business events stakeholders in EMEA as they come to grips with the challenges of post-pandemic recovery”, said Karamat. “Jaime is an ackn...

GL events moves fast to preserve liquidity as H1 revenues fall sharply

International event organiser and venue company GL events has released its (H1) approved financial statements, which show a big drop in revenues and a company strategy focused on preserving liquidity. Chairman and CEO Olivier Ginon (pictured), announcing the results approved by the GL events’ Board of Directors on 15 September 2020, said: “After a record performance in 2019, the Group entere...

Dubai issues new guidelines for hosting business events safely

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing has issued official guidelines on how business events can take place safely as the city prepares to resume its calendar of conferences and exhibitions. With locally organised meetings taking place from 15 September and international meetings returning to the city from 1 October, the guidelines focus on protecting the health and safety of all par...

Sarawak banking on corporate meetings and #TRIBESPIRIT for multiplier effect

Sarawak’s minister of tourism, arts and culture Datuk Karim Rahman Hamzah, has said the impact of business events on the state’s economy was RM1.6bn (US390m) since 2006. The minister was releasing new statistics at the Business Events Tribal Meet @ Sibu event. The industry gathering, organised by Business Events Sarawak (BESarawak), also highlighted the development of the corporate meetings and in...

FIEXPO Latin America postpones 2020 live show to 2021

Organisers of FIEXPO 2020, which had postponed the traditional June show this year until the end of November in Colombia, have now taken the decision to postpone again, until June 2021. “As professionals passionate about what we do and fully convinced of the importance of our industry to all countries economically, culturally and in terms of human development, until now we had tried to hold the FI...

World Travel Market London to go digital-only in November 2020

The World Travel Market (WTM) and Travel Forward shows are going digital only this year, and will take place on 9-11 November as ‘WTM Virtual’. The live shows organised by Reed Travel Exhibitions had been set to take place at ExCeL London 2-4 November 2020. However, organisers say the continuing travel restrictions, imposition of quarantine requirements and local lockdowns across Europe has meant ...

VFS Global launches Covid-19 PCR and antibody test appointment service in Europe

Visa specialist agency VFS Global, has launched a Covid-19 PCR and antibody test appointment booking service in the UK, Austria, France, Switzerland and The Netherlands. It is a new service offered in partnership with private medical clinics across Europe. As borders reopen there have been calls in many countries for reliable pre-departure Covid-19 testing solutions as a means of reassuring travel...

Malaysia runs first major business event during Covid-19 Recovery Movement Control Order

The Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) successfully hosted the country’s first major business event during the Covid-19 Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). The one-day event gathered 4,500 people and took place in a highly-controlled environment with stringent safety and security protocols in place, proving that a big event can run safely in a highly-controlled environm...