Paul Colston

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Global event organiser Euromoney confirms private equity buyout approach

Information provider and event organiser Euromoney had confirmed it has received a £1.6bn ($1.96bn) buyout proposal from private equity firms Luxembourg-based Astorg Asset Management Sarl and British firm Epiris. The company is FTSE 250-listed and London City analysts have flagged a possible cash offer of £14.61 per share. Euromoney stressed in a note to shareholders: “There can be no certainty th...

15th FIEXPO leaves a big in-person and sustainable footprint in Panama

Organisers have released final figures on the results of the 15th edition of FIEXPO Latin America, the region’s leading meetings industry trade fair, which returned in person in Panama City 13-16 June. The show gathered over 2,500 participants, including exhibitors, visitors and industry professionals. The new Panama Convention Center, situated near the entrance to the Panama Canal, was hosting fo...

Vienna’s Lebenskunst earns it The Economist’s title of World’s Most Liveable City 2022

Vienna has been named as the world’s most liveable city for 2022, according to a report published in the UK’s Economist. The Austrian capital held the top position in 2018 and 2019, based on the survey of 173 cities carried out by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The report said: “Stability and good infrastructure are the city’s main charms for its inhabitants, supported by good healthcare and ple...

Recognition Professionals International joins the Incentive Marketing Association

The Recognition Professionals International RPI has joined the Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) as a Strategic Industry Group (SIG). the move builds on the organisations’ close collaboration following the signing of an affiliation agreement in March 2021. “This is an exciting time for both RPI and IMA. Since our missions, goals, and focus are well aligned, we felt both organisations would be ...

New Vienna Meeting Fund for 2022-2024 opens 1 July

In May 2021, the City of Vienna and the Vienna Convention Bureau at the Vienna Tourist Board contributed €4m to the Vienna Meeting Fund 2021-2023, helping the city’s meetings industry to restart post-Covid. More than 500 applications have been submitted since the Fund opened and, already, 392 congresses and corporate meetings scheduled to take place in Vienna until 2023 have received the full or a...

UAE president announces COP28 summit to be hosted at Dubai Expo City

The 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28) will be hosted at Dubai Expo City. The conference will be held under the directive of president His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, The Dubai venue brought the world together in the UAE for six months for Expo 2020 and COP28 will share similar objectives. COP28 will focus on key pillars, including the implementat...

CWT appoints new chief human resources officer

Travel management platform CWT has announced the appointment of Laura Watterson (pictured) as chief human resources officer, with effect from 5 July 2022. Watterson will report to Patrick Andersen, CWT’s president and chief executive officer, and be a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team. She takes over from Catherine Maguire-Vielle, who is stepping down and leaving the company to pur...

Discover Green Bay launches new website designed by Simpleview

Global provider of CRM, CMS, and marketing solutions for destinations, Arizona-based Simpleview has announced the launch of its new design for Wisconsin, USA, Visit Green Bay’s website. The project is a collaboration with DMO Discover Green Bay and uses the Simpleview CMS content management system designed specifically for the travel industry. The new website, www.greenbay.com/, launched in May 20...

Indian MICE industry deliberates and celebrates at Conference Expo & Awards

Over 140 key stakeholders from India’s MICE industry took part in the 4th edition of the MICE Conference Expo & Awards, held 18 June in New Delhi’s Le Meridien hotel. The event presented power panel discussion on key topics affecting the industry. There were representatives from corporates, associations and the MICE Club (an initiative by Mice Affairs Media Group). The H.E. Dr Janice Dar...

Kenes Group reveals new CEO and adds to leadership team

Israel-based global association and conference management specialist, Kenes Group has named Ori Lahav (pictured) its new chief executive officer (CEO). The appointment is part of a restructuring of the group’s management team. Lahav is only the third CEO in the history of Kenes Group. The last CEO change was made in 1999 when Dan Rivlin took the role from his father and founder, Gideon Rivlin. Dan...

Rail strikes set to deliver £500m blow to Britain’s travel and hospitality sectors

A series of national rail strikes, starting 21 June, are set to derail Britain’s post-Covid recovery and cost the travel and hospitality sectors, over £500m (US$611m) at least. Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UK Hospitality, has said tourism and leisure businesses would take a “big hit”. She added: “This week’s strikes are so devastating because… we were starting to get back on our feet, s...

Awards and celebrations for Australian and NZ business events industry

New Zealand’s business events industry celebrated a successful MEETINGS 2022, which drew to a close on 16 June, when 650 Australian and New Zealand event professionals gathered for the show’s gala dinner at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre. Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) chief executive, Lisa Hopkins said the MEETINGS 2022 gala event, entitled Flourish, reflected the mood of optimis...