Paul Colston

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Asia Pacific’s first post-Covid international travel conference and tradeshow opens in Singapore

TravelRevive, which opened at Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore 25 November, is the first international travel tradeshow to take place physically in Asia Pacific since Covid-19, Paul Colston reports from Singapore. Close to 1,000 local and international attendees are expected on site over two days to exchange ideas, bridge knowledge gaps, and reimagine the future of travel. Powered b...

AG Group – Ready for the meeting renaissance in Italy

AG Group is an Italy-based group providing a comprehensive range of in-house services, including as a DMC, tour operator and event management provider, hotel consulting. Key business units providing a gateway into the Italian meetings  travel and hospitality market include: AG Hotels – 4 and 5 star hotels in the centre of Rome and Florence. AG Boutique Journey, a DMC, tour operator, event ma...

On first looking into…Incentive Travel Industry Index Edition 2020

By Pádraic Gilligan, chief marketing officer, SITE   It’s certainly a stretch to attempt a solid connection between that sublime poet of the Romantic era, John Keats, and a modern day survey of incentive travel, but here goes regardless! Keats’ stunning sonnet ‘On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer’ tries to capture the poet’s astonished reaction to the poetry of Homer, (not the character fro...

Destination focus: Cannes

Bold moves in the South of France have proven that rigorous health measures breed confidence for events.   Cannes positions itself as the premier business tourism city in France, after Paris, and the city’s leading venue, Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, is clearly leading in the effort to reassure conference clients to return with a vigorous approach to health security. The Palais des F...

Chinese president pledges to open up ‘super-sized’ economy and slams ‘protectionism’

As China sets the pace in bringing tradefairs back to our show floors, the country’s president Xi Jinping has said his country is keen to sign free trade pacts with more countries. His message follows the recent signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) 15-country free trade deal (the largest ever signed in the world) with Southeast Asia states and Japan, Australian, New Ze...

Hybrid alchemy in Dubai as region’s largest gold convention set to gather in Armani Burj Khalifa

The gulf region’s largest gold convention will go ahead as a hybrid event in Dubai on 23 November. Host venue is Armani Burj Khalifa, which will welcome gold industry companies, mine representatives, refiners, traders, and government officials and regulators from across the world. The event is organised by IBMC International who claim that Global Gold Convention 2020 is the first ‘hybrid’ industry...

Fifteen Asia-Pacific countries sign free trade deal that covers 28% of global trade

As Asia-Pacific leads the way to reopening for multi-country business events, the leaders of 15 countries in the region have signed one of the biggest free trade deals in history, The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The free trade pact was signed on 14 November and covers 2.2 billion people and 30% of the world’s economic output. Signatories to the deal were China, Australia, J...

Green Army: From lofty ambition to lived dream at Croke Park

Dublin’s Croke Park Meetings and Events team has launched  From Lofty Ambition to Lived Dream: Our Sustainability Story, an eBook detailing the story of how one of Europe’s largest stadiums, fully embraced sustainability. As home and headquarters of the GAA (Gaelic Athletics Association), Croke Park is primarily a sports stadium with a match day capacity of 82,300. However, it also acts as a multi...

IBTM Asia Pacific reinvents its future to June 2021 in Singapore

IBTM, part of Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE), has said it has listened to its stakeholders and has rescheduled IBTM Asia Pacific, which will now take place from 8–9 June 2021 in Singapore, at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The show had previously been set for a 13-14 April 2021 date at the same venue. The organiser said dates have been moved to allow time for travel restrictions t...

Australian CVB Association’s Forward Calendar illustrates need for investment support

The Covid pandemic is artificially inflating the business events pipeline and long-term investment is critical, says the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB), which has released its latest Forward Calendar. While a calendar of 373 confirmed wins represents a strong list of international business events for Australia’s future, 35% have been postponed into 2021 and beyond. Unprecedent...

Singapore and Hong Kong to open Air Travel Bubble

Singapore and Hong Kong will open an Air Travel Bubble (ATB) on 22 November. The new scheme will start with one flight a day into each city with 200 passengers each way, increasing to two flights a day from 7 December. Announcing the news on 11 November, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said travellers would have to take the ATB dedicated flights, but will have no restrictions on t...

Nordic MICE Summit 2020 moved to November 2021

Denmark-based Congress Consulting Management Group (CCMG), organiser of The Nordic MICE Summit 2021, has announced it is moving the event from March to the end of next year’s calendar, 4-6 November. The Nordic MICE Summit 2021 will be hosted at a new venue, too, the Hotel Ottilia in Carlsberg City District, a new urban and cultural district between Frederiksberg, Valby and Vesterbro. Carlsberg cit...