Paul Colston

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Lifeline for major events in NSW; Queensland lifts international border restrictions

Australia’s New South Wales government has announced an Events Saver Fund for NSW Major Events. The new AUD$43m fund will cover major events over a 12-month period up to 31 December 2022 that are “cancelled or significantly disrupted” by Covid-19 public health orders. It is designed to enable event planners to make informed decisions around the support available as well as confidence to plan...

2021 ICCA Destination Performance Index – rankings reinvented

In its annual statistical report last year, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) made a conscious decision not to include a destination ranking, saying it wanted “to ensure proper representation of what happened that year among the ICCA community”. However, as the pandemic is nearing its second year, the association says the global community has revived and reinvented itsel...

Events Industry Council elects new Board for 2022

The Events Industry Council (EIC) has elected  its 2022 Board of Directors, with Cathy Breden, executive vice-president and COO at the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)  and CEO of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) transitioning to chair. Breden will support EIC’s CEO, Amy Calvert (pictured) and EIC’s standing committees and taskforces in  creating new res...

GainingEdge partners with Beijing North Star Convention and Exhibition Investment Co to market CNCC-II

Beijing North Star Convention and Exhibition Investment Co., Ltd., the investor and developer of the China National Convention Centre (Phase Two) complex project, (CNCC-II), has agreed a strategic co-operation deal with international specialist consultancy GainingEdge. GainingEdge will be responsible for the pre-opening operation and marketing of the convention centre up until 2025. CNCC-II is loc...

Destination DC tells Convening Leaders it is ‘optimistic about recovery’

Destination DC (DDC), the official destination marketing organisation for Washington, DC, has provided an update on the citywide outlook for 2022 and the organisation’s strategies to attract meetings and conventions to Washington, DC.  The DMO delivered a presentation at PCMA Convening Leaders in Las Vegas (CL22 runs at Caesars Forum until 12 January and  has attracted 2,500 in-person attendees). ...

Monaco publishes Responsible Tourism initiative

The Monaco Government Tourist & Convention Authority has presented a new White Paper on Responsible Tourism in Monaco. It was a project begun in 2020 and the document draws on analyses of surveys, comparative studies and discussion workshops, while aiming to offer a better understanding of tourism in Monaco. The new document identifies Monaco’s strengths and weaknesses to help prepare for the ...

Meetings Africa 2022 ready for physical February return in Johannesburg

Registration for the 16th instalment of Meetings Africa is officially open. South African Tourism (SAT) has said it intends to stage the trade show in a physical format (28 February-2 March) after an absence in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “The Covid-19 pandemic has taken its toll on the global business events industry, however, as the business events industry on the African continent, we re...

Five lessons in event-tech partnerships to take us into 2022

By Christopher Bo Shields, co-founder of hybrid events platform, Totem   As we look forward to the year ahead, I suspect many events organisers are likely to be feeling some trepidation about the surprises and ‘learning experiences’ to come. No wonder. From international events such as Cannes Lions and Glastonbury to major conferences, internal comms events held by global multinationals, righ...

Conventa announces move to summer hybrid format again

Organisers of Southeast Europe MICE trade show Conventa have announced a move to summer dates, 24-25 August 2022, with the event returning to hybrid format. Organisers say the Ljubljana-based show has followed a detailed protocol to comply with ever-changing epidemiological circumstances and had set 10 January 2022 as the cut off date for deciding whether or not to carry out the event in the winte...

Israel to lift travel ban, cancelling its ‘red’ country Covid list

In a move that is likely to ease travel to and from Israel, the country is set to cancel its ‘red’ list of countries with high Covid infection rates and will move these countries to its orange and green lists dependent on their status. As before, inbound travellers are required to present a negative Covid test in order to board a flight (either PCR taken less than 72 hours prior the hour of depart...

Australia’s enduring allure for incentives

CMW hears from The Asembl Group’s CEO Gavin Farley on whom the Tourism Australia Dreamtime incentives programme made a big impression and he shares here some of the ideas gained that he intends putting forward to European clients in the new post-Covid era:   Prior to the pandemic, fresh from an incentive in Sydney and a submersion into the possibilities of Perth, thanks to Tourism Australia s...

Change of dates announced for IMEX in Frankfurt’s 20th anniversary edition

The IMEX Group confirmed, 6 January, that it has secured new dates for IMEX in Frankfurt 2022. Organisers say they now intend to run the trade show Tuesday 31 May – Thursday 02 June and to give the global meetings, incentive travel and events industry an additional five weeks to prepare. The official IMEX statement said: “The increase in omicron cases across Europe and around the world, together w...