Paul Colston

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Social distancing technology trial first for Canberra

The National Convention Centre Canberra (NCCC) has claimed an Australian meetings industry first, by hosting an in-person social distancing technology trial using a smart e-badge developed by the team at Harry The Hirer. The smart e-badge consists of a small disc attached to an event lanyard and alerts users through discrete vibration when social distancing is less than 1.5m. It then resets once d...

Conventa Crossover to go hybrid in August

Conventa Crossover, a conference and festival of events and live marketing, a spin off from the main Conventa MICE tradeshow for the South East Europa region, is to go hybrid this summer, the organiser says. The event drew 150 international attendees in 2019 and runs for its fifth edition 27-28 August in Ljubljana, Slovenia. “Due to the unpredictability of the current situation, we had to stay agi...

Australia braces after first of many quarters of expected poor export tourism figures

As parts of Melbourne are again put into lockdown due to a flare up of coronavirus cases, the latest International Visitor Survey (IVS) results, published 8 July by the Australian Tourism Export Council, look set to be the first of a long series of grim quarterly readings and reveal the desperate prospects of Australia’s export tourism industry. “The March quarter IVS show the last gasps of ...

Malaysian destinations start to allow meetings for up to 250

Malaysia has started to relax its restrictions on the holding of events, with the city of Putrajaya allowing meetings, conferences, seminars, courses and training workshops to operate as of 1 July, with the proviso that attendances do not exceed 250 people. Organisers must follow the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), including observing social distancing and attendees wearing face masks. Senior...

Vancouver CC put to the test again as apprentice exams resume

Canada’s Industry Training Authority (ITA) and the Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC) are set to again stage exams for skilled trades professionals in British Columbia (BC). The news provides a welcome fillip for the local economy. Six hundred skilled trades apprentices are expected to take exams in the centre over the course of the summer now that the examination process is able to resume, having ...

AIME 2021 moves forward to March Down Under

With continuing uncertainty around international travel due to Covid-19, organisers of the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), have bought a little extra time for their annual show and moved the 2021 edition forward a month into March (15-17). The event will still take place at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre and will incorporate a virtual format. The AIME team is promi...

Hyve cancels Autumn Fair 2020 at NEC, Birmingham

International exhibition organiser Hyve Group has announced the cancellation of its UK Autumn Fair, a decision it said “reflecting conversations between the organisers and the community”. The new dates for the live event’s return to the NEC Birmingham are 5-8 Sept 2021. Autumn Fair is a key UK and international marketplace for the home and gift retail industry. Hyve also announced its intention to...

Keeping the flame of inspiration alight: Berlin’s Sleeping Beauties, Episode 8

  In this episode AXICA’s Mark Felstead leads us to discover how Berlin’s hotel scene has been trying to cope with the corona crisis and we hear about some of the innovative ideas the city’s hotel managers have been dreaming up to raise both revenues and the spirits of their staff. Amid all the community spirit on show, we should remember there have been many heart rendering stories of lifelo...

Thousands of Czechs party on Prague’s Charles Bridge

A 500-metre-long table on Charles Bridge in Prague was the focus of celebrations on 1 July, as thousands of Czechs partied without any social-distancing measures. They were taking part in an event organised to ‘symbolically’ say farewell to the coronavirus. The event, involving music and food brought from home, was held despite a background of continued warnings from the World Health Organisation ...

MCM London Comic Con cancelled

The October 2020 edition of MCM London Comic Con has been cancelled, according to a statement released by organisers. The statement said the “tough decision” had been taken “after many discussions”. “It has become clear that due to the restrictions and guidelines put in place due to Covid-19, we would not be able to deliver the high quality experience you expect and deserve,” the statement ran. “W...

New global collaboration to drive joint messaging for the meetings industry

The Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC), together with industry tradeshows AIME, IBTM, IMEX and Meetings Africa, have announced a two-part webinar showcasing the industry speaking with one voice. Input from industry leaders and commentators is being used to complete an Industry Manifesto delivering joint messaging for our sector. A joint statement issued by JMIC notes that the Covid-19 pandemic...

Aventri raises new capital and predicts meetings will return ‘at record levels’ in 2021

US-based event management software company Aventri has raised further investment from private equity investors. The company has announced it has closed a strategic growth equity round with current private equity investors HGGC and Level Equity. Aventri says the capital will fund future strategic growth initiatives, including investments in core product development, expansion of its virtual and hyb...