Paul Colston

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Palacongressi di Rimini recognised at Live Communication Week in Milan

Italian Exhibition Group’s Palacongressi di Rimini conference centre has won the Best Location Award for a European venue at this year’s Live Communication Week in Milan. Alongside facilities and a highly professional team, an impressive calendar of international events lined up for 2020 and the venue’s commitment to sustainability (including its Food4good scheme) were key factors in winning...

New law planned to compel UK venues to reassess terror threat as part of H&S strategy

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that sports stadiums and music venues in the country will be compelled to assess the threat of terrorist attacks as part of their health and safety strategy. The planned new law would involve potential fines for those venues that do not comply. The family of Martyn Hett, 29, who was killed in the Manchester Arena terror attack in 2017, had campaigned f...

Brisbane rolls out its BrandStory in South-East Asia

Brisbane Marketing and Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has signed Singapore-based strategic marketing and travel representation consultancy BrandStory to represent the city in Southeast Asia. It is the first time the city has coordinated resources in a marketing consortium to target key international markets. Brisbane Marketing CEO, Brett Fraser said it was a momentous day for Brisbane’s touris...

Inaugural ICCA Asia Pacific Summit kicks off in Penang

ICCA is holding its inaugural Asia Pacific Summit at the Setia SPICE Convention Centre, Penang, 5-6 December. The event is running concurrently with its homegrown conference – BE@Penang. The dual events are organised by Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB), Anderes Fourdy Events and the ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter. The conferences feature 40 speakers comprising of industry leaders from 2...

It’s Showtime! as Melbourne unveils its re-imagined State Library for events

Melbourne’s State Library has officially opened to the public after a A$88.1m (US$60.2m) Vision 2020 redevelopment. A grand reception was attended by many of Victoria State’s philanthropic and political powers in attendance including the State Premier Daniel Andrews. The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall hosted the gala opening, and is a grand room built in 1856. Closed to the public for 16 years, it is now...

GainingEdge awarded three-year BestCities management contract

Meeting destination network BestCities Global Alliance has extended its management contract with meetings industry consultancy GainingEdge following a competitive bidding process. GainingEdge has been managing the alliance since 2009, and has won a new three-year contract to continue its work. BestCities aims to help international associations and destinations build legacies and expand its global ...

Evolve 2020 goes big on data with new keynote speaker announced

National association Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) has announced data management expert Simon Kuestenmacher as its latest keynote speaker at its Evolve 2020 industry event. 

Tarsus Connect acquires Bizbash

Tradeshow organiser and digital destination marketing specialist Tarsus Connect has purchased North America-based event media company BizBash. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Tourism Australia fund converts 28 international bids

A Meetings and Events Australia Industry Leaders breakfast held at the ICC Sydney on 28 November 2019 heard that Tourism Australia’s Bid Fund had successfully converted 28 international bid wins in its first year to 1 May 2019.

Arena installs 15,000-seat stadium for Joshua v Ruiz II fight

UK exhibitor and event contractor Arena has played a key role in setting up the stadium structure for the biggest boxing match of the year. Arena completed the design and installation of the 15,000-seat Diriyah Arena and hospitality structure, ahead of the Joshua v Ruiz II heavyweight boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ on 7 December 2019. Commissioned by the Saudi General Sports Authority, the bespoke ar...

Wales embraces great outdoors

National tourism board Visit Wales has designated 2020 the Year of the Outdoors for business events. Heledd Williams, Head of Business Events for Visit Wales, announced the thematic year campaign at IBTM World in Barcelona. Williams said the campaign would reinforce the country’s strengths in everything from outdoor pursuits, sports and adventure to mindfulness and wellbeing. Williams said the cam...

Applications up 68% for Faroes’ voluntourism Maintenance Crew

Within 24 hours of registration opening for the 2020 initiative, 5,886 voluntourists had signed up to be part of the Faroe Islands’ Maintenance Crew project. The figure represents 2,000 more people than took part in the 2019 project. People from 95 different countries applied to take part in the 2020 effort to preserve this remote nation in the North Atlantic. With just 100 places available for th...