Paul Colston

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Birmingham appoints DRPG as official promotional event services provider for Commonwealth Games 2022

DRPG, a global creative communications group based in the West Midlands, UK, has been appointed as the official promotional event services provider for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. DRPG will support promotional events in the run-up to the Games and the agency has already worked together with Birmingham 2022 organising committee on the design and launch of the mascot, Perry, and on a spo...

Singapore’s Constellar announces job losses due to impact of Covid

Constellar Holdings, the recent rebrand of SingEx-Sphere Holdings, has announced 21 job losses as it “rightsizes” due to prolonged impact of Covid-19. The redundancies affect 12% of all employees in the Singapore headquarters and come just days before new group CEO Jean-François Quentin takes up his new post. Events in Singapore have been largely suspended during the pandemic and were ...

Cvent’s SPAC deal with Dragoneer values company at $5.3bn

Global event management software and technology provider Cvent is returning to the public markets with a Special Merger Acquisition Company (SPAC) deal announced 23 July. Cvent’s SPAC merger is with Dragoneer Growth Opportunities Corp. II (NASDAQ:DGNS) and values the company at USD$5.3bn. Cvent, founded in 1999, expects to use $801m of the capital raised by the transaction to accelerate innovation...

Milan CVB promotes the positive with a new double negative communications campaign

Milan has launched a new international communication campaign designed to show the best the northern Italian city has to offer. Milano&Partners and YesMilano, the official promotion agency and official brand, respectively, established by the City’s Municipality and the Chamber of Commerce of Milano, Monza, Brianza and Lodi, are launching the campaign to promote the city as a top European meeti...

ANTOR celebrates its 70th anniversary and welcomes new Board

The Association of National Tourist Offices (ANTOR), a UK-based association, celebrated its 70th anniversary on 18 July 2021. ANTOR was founded in 1951 by 10 destinations, and today membership totals nearly 60 destinations. ANTOR says it aims to increase membership to 70 destinations during its 70th anniversary year.   New opportunities and benefits for 2021/22 include reviewing ANTOR’s Brand DNA ...

How to immerse in the experience to move past virtual fatigue

By Shaun Whatling, vice-president, business growth, Pico+ discusses designing virtual events around human needs   The ongoing shift to virtual in life, work and business has not been entirely free of hiccups. Many businesses who have moved from annual in-person events to more frequent online events are facing a challenge: virtual fatigue. The actual problem lies not in the medium, but in a failure...

Brisbane to host 2032 Olympics and Paralympics

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) welcomed the IOC decision, 21 July, to award the 2032 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to Brisbane, Australia, with a statement saying: “Our wonderful city is set to host Australia’s third Summer Olympic Games following the decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Tokyo giving the green light to the Brisbane bid. “The decision is a...

Christian group challenges WA ban on political meetings not in line with Labor government or ‘vast majority’

Western Australia’s (WA) government has come under fire over its policy of denying the right for opposition political and religious groups to make meetings bookings in state-funded venues. The Perth Theatre Trust (PTT), a management organisation that runs Western Australian state-funded venues, had refused to take bookings from the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL), a Canberra-based and religion-fo...

Fully vaccinated travellers to Qatar no longer need to quarantine on arrival

Qatar has reopened its borders to international travellers who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with vaccines approved by the Qatar Ministry of Public Health. Qualifying travellers to the country no longer need to quarantine. All visitors – vaccinated or non-vaccinated – will be required to undertake a PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure. International visitors must register and...

Marriott International and PCMA collaborate to offer Digital Event Strategist certification

Marriott International and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) have announced a collaboration to provide the Asia Pacific region’s business events community access to PCMA’s Digital Event Strategist (DES) certification course. Meeting professionals will have the opportunity to be certified upon booking at participating Marriott Bonvoy Events across Asia Pacific. Digital and h...

The theatre of hygiene

Sanitation practices must be robust and visible to regain confidence in large scale events, says Jarek Salek   The return to large-scale public events is imminent and much awaited, but organisers must be aware that a more hygiene-conscious mentality is likely to continue beyond the end of the pandemic. Rebuilding public confidence in events with big crowds, in close contact, will require hygiene m...

Beijing’s North Star Convention Group brings in GL events as strategic investor

Chinese industrial conglomerate North Star Company Limited has made a public announcement it has a new set of strategic investors, including GL events, as it strengthens the capital base of its convention and exhibition subsidiary. The Hong-Kong registered North Star Company has brought in the four investors to its ‘Beijing North Star Convention Group Co., Limited’, a wholly-owned subsidiary, by w...