Paul Colston

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Florence awards its ambassadors for keeping the city 20% ahead of the competition

The fourth edition of the Florence Ambassador Awards, held 15 October in the Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio, has recognised some of the dedicated to people in the academic and professional world who have worked to win major conferences and events for the city. The awards are promoted by the city’s tourism, fairs and congresses department, led by Cecilia Del Re, in collaboration with the...

Cvent CEO urges industry to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit

Delivering the keynote speech at Cvent CONNECT Europe in London, 15 October, CEO Reggie Aggarwal reflected on 20 years in business, from near bankruptcy to becoming a global event and hospitality technology leader. He also offered key lessons to business professionals to drive success when he addressed the 1,300 delegate event and hospitality professionals. Aggarwal urged attendees, and the MICE i...

Melbourne wins bid to host world’s leading eye health professionals in 2021

Melbourne has won its international bid to host 2,000 international eye health professionals at the World Congress of Optometry 2021 (WCO 2021). To be held in September 2021, the three-day Congress will also see leading manufacturers and equipment suppliers converge at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) to share in the latest technological and patient care advances. The bid, sec...

Two killed in Hard Rock Hotel collapse in New Orleans

Two construction workers have died and up to 30 other people injured when an under construction Hard Rock Hotel collapsed in New Orleans, USA, on 12 October.

Psychologist and Paralympian join CINZ Conference speaker line-up

Four more speakers have been announced for the 43rd Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) annual conference, to be held in Queenstown later this month.

RoomIt by CWT signs new strategic global partnerships

RoomIt by CWT, the global hotel distribution division of CWT, has announced a slew of new strategic partnerships with global hotel guest acquisition platforms, including SiteMinder, Vertical Booking, RateGain and RateTiger by eRevMax. Commenting on RoomIt’s growing channel manager programme, Shannon Hyland, Senior Vice-President of Global Supply at RoomIt by CWT, said: “Hotels want to ensure their...

Fewer visitors, but bigger spend, Australian Tourism Export Council survey reports

Australia’s inbound tourism figures reveal a growth in high spending visitors, despite an overall dip in visitor numbers. Tourists delivered another $2bn to the Australian economy over the past 12 months, according to new figures revealed by the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC). ATEC Managing Director Peter Shelley (pictured) says the huge growth in visitor numbers seen in previous years i...

Cvent to connect on ‘hidden diversity’ with insights on creating inclusive events

UK diversity experts including newly-appointed BBC Director of Creative Diversity June Sarpong (pictured), MBE; Carys Miller, Campaign Manager, The Valuable 500 and James Gould, UK Head of Events at Zurich Insurance are to participate in a panel at Cvent CONNECT Europe, 16 October. They will be offering insights into what ‘hidden diversity’ in the workplace means and what changes the events indust...

AIME 2020 Knowledge Exchange theme announced

Organisers of Australia’s Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), to be held in Melbourne 17–19 February 2020, have announced the theme for the tradeshow’s 2020 Knowledge Exchange will be inspiring communities to connect through authentic learning experiences and human-centred interactions. While not exactly tripping of the tongue, the theme is part of a plan to evolve the show’s progra...

Penang International Travel Exchange 2019 returns for a second year

Malaysia’s Penang International Travel Exchange (PITE), a programme owned by Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB), opened on 9 October at the Setia SPICE Convention Centre. In addition to the two-day B2B sessions and half-day forums at Setia SPICE Convention Centre there will be gala events held across various Penang attractions. PITE this year, say organisers Penang-based Professional...

Northstar Travel Group acquires CAT Media

US-based Northstar Travel Group has announced the acquisition of, East Grinstead-based (UK) information and events business CAT Media. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The news comes a day after Northstar Travel Group announced it had acquired Buying Business Travel from Panacea Media based in London. CAT Media is publisher of bi-monthly magazine Meetings & Incentive Travel (M&IT) and...

Canberra hosts 1,600 delegates for international orthopaedic conference

Australia’s peak professional organisation for orthopaedic surgery, the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA), is hosting its 79th Annual Scientific Meeting (AOA ASM 2019), at the National Convention Centre Canberra. The international conference kicked off with 1,140 delegates from 31 countries, on 6 October and continues until 10 October. Canberra will also host four sub-specialty group meetin...