Paul Colston

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Cologne Tourist Board to convert to DMO and chart new strategy

The tourism business in Cologne was hard hit in 2020 with a 62.3% drop in visit arrivals reported in 2020. The State Statistical Office of North Rhine-Westphalia, also registered 2.56m overnight stays in the cathedral city in 2020, representing a 62% annual decrease. “The downturn in tourism has been drastic, and its effects on the entire sector have been extreme. Nonetheless, things could have tu...

Tourism Industry Association of Canada welcomes new president & CEO

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) has announced the appointment of Beth Potter as its new president and CEO. She starts in the role March 15, 2021. Most recently Potter served as the president and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario. She is a recognised leader with more than 30 years of experience in the not-for-profit and tourism industries and has worked with a var...

New health and wellbeing advisor appointed at Melbourne CEC

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has appointed a health and wellbeing advisor. Tina Blythman (pictured) will take on the role with a brief to achieve the highest standards and performance in employee mental health and wellbeing by providing a healthy and safe working environment throughout the Centre. Blythman will lead large-scale and targeted health and wellbeing projects and su...

Brisbane CEC in business with 22,000 visitors in first two weeks of February as live events roll out

As one of the first Australian convention centres to reopen in 2020 following the Covid-19 lockdown, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) is reporting a strong comeback and hosting an increasing numbers of events into 2021. The Centre finished the 2020 year having welcomed 60,000 guests attending 165 events following its re-opening in August. Since the beginning of February 2021, the...

Marriott International appoints new CEO and president

Marriott International’s Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Anthony Capuano (pictured left) as chief executive officer effective immediately. He was previously group president, global development, design and operations services. The Board also announced that Stephanie Linnartz, previously group president, consumer operations, technology and emerging businesses, has been appointed ...

Accor and Microsoft ALL CONNECTING on launch of hybrid meeting concept

Global hotel and hospitality group Accor has announced it is collaborating with Microsoft on the of launch ALL CONNECT, a hybrid meetings concept supported by Microsoft Teams. Currently over half (55%) of Accor hotels with meeting rooms are providing hybrid meetings solutions to their clients. Launching in April 2021, the new ALL CONNECT concept will signify a resetting of the Accor hybrid meeting...

WA businesses urged to apply for federal funding to support local business events

The opening of applications for the Australian federal government’s AUD$50m Business Events Grants Programme has prompted the Western Australian business events leaders to encourage organisers and planners to apply for support. Twenty Western Australian business events have made it onto the approved schedule of business events, which are eligible for the programme that is offering between AUD$10,0...

IATA expects to launch digital Covid travel pass within weeks

The International Air Transport Association is expecting to release an app within weeks that verifies whether a passenger has had Covid-19 tests or vaccines required to enter a country. IATA said the main priority is to get people travelling again safely and believes its Travel Pass could be a global standardised solution. “To reopen borders without quarantines means governments need accurate info...

KUDO’s expansion in APAC region continues with new partners in Hong Kong and Indonesia

New York-based multilingual online meetings platform provider KUDO Inc, has announced two new partnerships in the APAC region, with Hong Kong-based event talent provider Expro Services and Indonesia-based CMM. “We are very excited about our two newest partners CMM and Expro Services. These new collaborations come at a crucial time in KUDO’s global expansion,” said Fardad Zabetian, CEO and co-found...

Belfast to host MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Europe conference for three years

MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Europe conference will be hosted in Belfast for the next three years, highlighting the city’s position as a rapidly growing tech hub. Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Review magazine hosts an annual conference in Europe to explore recent advances in the world of tech and has chosen the Northern Ireland capital, Belfast as host for the ne...

GainingEdge gets into GEAR to fill the research gap

Global convention industry consulting firm, GainingEdge, has launched a new research unit, GainingEdge Analysis & Research (GEAR). GEAR will focus on issues of destination competitiveness, new forms of market intelligence and insights into the dynamics of the global meetings industry. GainingEdge CEO, Jon Sivertson (pictured), said the vision for GEAR is to fill a research gap in relation to b...

Singapore launches meetings facility ‘bubble’ Connect@Changi at SingEXPO

Temasek Holdings, owner of Singapore EXPO, has announced the launch of the first phase of Connect@Changi, a pilot short-stay facility designed to support safe meetings between international business travellers and Singapore residents. The new international venue is located at the Singapore EXPO grounds near Changi Airport. The ‘bubble’ facility allows clients to attend meetings with local contacts...