Paul Colston

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Industry welcomes Qantas expansion of services

Australia’s tourism industry has welcomed national flag carrier Qantas’s announcement that it is to speed up its timetable for the resumption of flights to a number of international markets over the next three months. “This is another strong sign that Australia is on the path to reopening, giving hope to thousands of tourism businesses who have been left without an income since March 2020,” ATEC m...

Boosting remote engagement at integrated events

By Gregory Crandall, senior vice-president, at global brand activation specialists Pico’s Global Activation Team offers some insights from work with Coca-Cola, Midea and the recent Olympics:   The MICE industry is already on the path of integrated events which seek to equalise the experience between their online and offline audiences. Increasingly, it means that engaging an online audience wi...

SITE & SITE Foundation turn over a new Chapter in-person in Paris

Convening from the US, Canada, Egypt, Turkey, Ireland and Poland, and with others joining virtually, the international boards of directors and trustees of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) and SITE Foundation concluded three days of in-person meetings in Paris on 21 October. The event was hosted by Accor at the Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel and The Molitor Paris M Gallery. These were ...

Malta’s MCC: Where heritage meets technology

In the first in a new series looking at unique examples of venue architecture around the world, Paul Colston visits Malta and the striking Mediterranean Conference Centre, a building first built as a hospital nearly 500 years ago: Malta has many imposing buildings, but the former Sacra Infermeria hospital built by the Knights of St John is one of the most striking. Today, its architectural heir is...

International MICE boost as US confirms it is to open to vaccinated travellers from 8 November

The White House assistant press secretary Kevin Munoz has confirmed the United States’ new travel policy that requires vaccination for foreign national travellers to the US will begin on 8 November. The date applies to both international air travel and land travel and is part of a policy guided by public health, he said. Under the new rules announced by the White House, vaccinated people who have ...

IMEX, MMGY Hills Balfour and MMGY Travel Intelligence Europe to undertake new industry survey

Global integrated marketing company MMGY Hills Balfour and MMGY Travel Intelligence Europe are collaborating with the IMEX Group on a new 2021/22 survey titled ‘A Portrait of European Meetings and Convention Travel: Perspectives from travellers and planning professionals’. the survey is designed to investigate beyond existing parameters, examining not only meeting planner sentiment but also the in...

EFEA to restart a new chapter in January 2022 in St Petersburg

The 11th Europe+Asia Event Forum (EFEA) returns to St Petersburg, 19-21 January 2022, with the key conference theme being ‘Restarting. A new chapter.’ Since 2012 EFEA has brought together leaders of the event community, experts of business and incentive tourism at the start of the year. Organiser R&C Market Research Company will again coordinate the forum, working under the patronage of the Ch...

Osaka puts emphasis on its WaO factor with new tools for planners

With Expo 2020 Dubai underway, Osaka is seizing the opportunity to step further into the spotlight as the city’s own Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai moves onto the event horizon. Osaka’s aim is to become Japan’s number one MICE destination and that aspiration is backed up by the Osaka Convention and Tourism Buerau’s (OCTB) creation and release of a new MICE promotional video showcasing Osaka’s vibrant app...

Berlin’s Awakening Beauties, Series 3, Episode 8

Download link for episode 8.  In this episode Mark Felstead talks to Stuart Barnes, who has over 15 years event experience in Berlin and a great supporter of the city and all it has to offer for major events. Stuart originally from Perth, Australia, arrived in Berlin, via a stint in the Connaught Rooms in London, and explains how he is creating new business around the enabling that new technology ...

Hubilo set to accelerate development with new £92m tranche of funding from private equity partners

Fast-growing global virtual events platform Hubilo has announced that in a funding round led by Alkeon Capital and including Lightspeed Venture Partners and Balderton Capital, it has raised £92m ($125.35m) in Series B funding. This investment demonstrates the growing attractiveness of the event technology sector and brings Hubilo’s total funding to £113m in less than 18 months. The investment, one...

Krakow to host the 61st ICCA Congress 2022

The Polish city of Krakow has been chosen to host the 61st ICCA Congress in 2022, in the final analysis, ahead of Athens and Bangkok. The Congress will be hosted at the ICE Congress Centre, 13-16 November. “Krakow clearly demonstrates commitment to two of ICCA’s core values: working together and embracing innovation. For this reason, the city was an obvious choice for next year’s congress. 2022 IC...

No firm start date, but US authorises entry for travellers with Covid-19 vaccines approved by FDA/WHO

Foreign travellers to the USA vaccinated against Covid-19 with a vaccine approved by the US Food and Drug Administration or World Health Organisation will be permitted to enter the country in November. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made the announcement but failed to give a firm start date. The FDA has authorised three Covid-19 vaccines for use during the pandemic: Moderna, ...