Paul Colston

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Berlin’s Awakening Beauties Series 3

Berlin’s Awakening Beauties Series 3 – Going sustainable with three Berliners, a wedding and a baby… With Analena Baerbrock from Germany’s Alliance 90/The Greens leading many of the polls for the country’s upcoming September elections, it is an excellent time for our host Mark Felstead to talk to two of the Berlin’s leading exponents in sustainability for events. Enter Alex Beck, s...

Berlin’s Awakening Beauties, Series 3 Episode 1

– Going sustainable with three Berliners, a wedding and a baby… With Analena Baerbrock from Germany’s Alliance 90/The Greens leading many of the polls for the country’s upcoming September elections, it is an excellent time for our host Mark Felstead to talk to two of the Berlin’s leading exponents in sustainability for events. Enter Alex Beck, sustainability manager from the AXICA venue in Berlin ...

UK’s first live meditech event of 2021 to open in Liverpool on 17 May

European Health-Tech Innovation Week, will run as a major live event in Liverpool, 17-21 May. The ACC Liverpool will be the venue, before the series of live and virtual events moves on to Berlin, Paris, Barcelona and Stockholm. Organiser GIANT Health said it chose Liverpool to launch its landmark event because of the thriving regional medical technology industry in the North West of England. Barry...

Bruges’ BMCC tops out

A May Milestone has been hit in the construction of the Bruges Meeting and Convention Centre (BMCC), where construction of the top floor is well underway at the Beursplein site. The contours of the building are already clearly visible, and a tree was recently placed atop the new building to celebrate the topping out. The venue management reports structural works are now complete and the focus is n...

Nanjing CIMICEC conference hears MICE industry recovery rate in the region reached 67% in 2020

The China International MICE Conference (CIMICEC) attracted 500 domestic and international industry leaders to the eastern city of Nanjing, 15 April. The conference was hosted at the Nanjing International Expo Convention Center and discussion centred on the theme of ‘MICE makes for better cities’, both in an economic and social sense. The conference opening ceremony was attended by Jin Weidong, pr...

500 eventprofs expected in person, in Melbourne, for July’s MEA’s Evolve 2021

Australia’s conference for event professionals, Evolve, will take place in Melbourne, 1 July,  Melbourne supported by major partners, Melbourne Convention Bureau, Accor and EventsAIR. The conference theme this year is ‘Building Confidence through Best Practice’ and content has been developed, organisers said, from feedback taken from an industry survey conducted by MEA in December 2020. Now in its...

UK’s A-Livex announces leading line up of speakers and content

A-Livex, an innovative new hybrid event format, ready to rally event buyers and suppliers at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London on 20 May, has announced a leading line up of speakers for its three conference sessions. Set in a Covid-secure environment, the not-for-profit event will demonstrate the sector’s ingenuity and tenacity in these trying times, because all the exhibitor’ booths’ will be the ...

Spain’s state of emergency to end 9 May as industry readies for in-person FITUR

The Spanish government has announced the ending of the country’s six month state of emergency on 9 May. It will herald the anticipated relaxation of restrictions, although some uncertainty remains on how the various regions will respond and where the powers lie to lift restrictions on meetings and movement. Regional authorities, which have a high degree of autonomy in Spain, will still be ab...

Penang keeps its events vision on 2030, as CVB reports 156 events held in 2020

Despite the halt on international travel and limitations for business events, the Malaysian state of Penang recorded a total of 156 events with 19,283 participants and 48,963 room nights in 2020. The figures were announced by the Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) at a short ceremony followed by an Iftar dinner event The Wembley hotel. The PCEB 2020 Business Events Penang Annual Revi...

New German EventBarometer shows ‘Changeable’ for an industry in transition

The German National Tourist Board (GNTB), the European Association of Event Centres (EVVC) and the German Convention Bureau (GCB) have presented the results of their new Meeting & EventBarometer 2020/2021. The 2020 data for the meetings, congress and events market in Germany confirms how the sector is changing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and reveals that the industry is in a transitio...

Australia’s accommodation sector associations move closer to merger

A unified, single voice for the accommodation sector in Australia moved a step closer this week with the proposed merger of the Australian Hotels Association/Tourism Accommodation Australia and the Accommodation Association. Tourism Accommodation Australia chair Martin Ferguson AM and Accommodation Association chair Julian Clark (pictured) provided a joint update at Australasian Hotel Industry Con...

BCD M&E takes new Collective approach to focusing on brand experiences

Global agency BCD Meetings & Events (BCD M&E) has launched The Collective, a new service model with a strong focus on the importance of the experience. “We have been strategic in our investment over the past three years to strengthen our in-house capabilities across experience design, creative content, graphic design and high-end production,” said Christine Erickson, SVP, The Collective NO...