Paul Colston

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Association for conference interpreters doubles delegate numbers in London

The international association of conference interpreters (AIIC) Private Market Sector (PRIMS) meeting doubled its delegate numbers when the conference came to London’s IMO earlier this month. With remote/distant interpreting an area of great concern for the profession, the London conference drew 170 members and meant organisers had to find a larger venue than initially envisaged. The IMO venue on ...

hotel republic announces record £10.2m turnover

Hotel sales and marketing and representation company, hotel republic, has posted record turnover of £10.2m (US$13.10) its hotel conference portfolio for last year, including invoicing £1.2m in hotel fees alone. The agency also booked its biggest ever event worth £1.7m during the period, as well as 75,000 room nights which translated into £8.2m million for its Leisure hotel portfolio. Managing Dire...

INVNT begins new chapter of its story in Singapore

Global live brand storytelling agency INVNT, has announced the opening of its second office in the APAC region – and eighth office globally – located in the creative hub of Singapore. The agency made its foray into the APAC region in October 2017 with launch of an office in Sydney, Australia, and over the past year claims a 70% client retention rate and is working with 23 new clients worldwide. “T...

GL events graduates to €1 billion club and targets acquisitions

Global integrated event industry group GL Events has announced 2018 consolidated revenues topping €1bn. The €1.041bn total figure represented a rise of 9% like-for-like and completion of the group’s ZZX acquisition in China. The company reported an adverse exchange rate effect of €34m offset by contributions from new acquisitions. International markets accounted for 50% of annual revenue. Olivier ...

One night in Bangkok: SITE Crystal Awards

At a ceremony earlier this month in Bangkok, CWT Meetings & Events and Ovation Switzerland were among the agency winners at the SITE Crystal Awards. The award for CWT M&E stemmed from a CSR opportunity that the company organised for client 3M, in Maui in March 2018, while Ovation worked with Michelin USA to deliver a top driving incentive. A video of Ovation and Michelin’s ‘Gra...

CWT M&E and 3M incentive bears fruit with SITE Award

At a ceremony earlier this month in Bangkok, global agency CWT Meetings & Events won the SITE Crystal Award for ‘Most Impactful Effort Toward Corporate Social Responsibility as Part of an Incentive Programme’. Despite the rather long-winded title of the international incentives association’s award, it recognised one of the many incentive programmes around the world ensuring that CSR values and...

New ground handler announced for IMEX Frankfurt

The IMEX Group has announced it is changing its ground handler for its Frankfurt show, awarding the contract to Germany based DMC Compass Tours Incoming. Compass Tours Incoming has been awarded the contract to provide transportation for attendees and exhibitors at IMEX in Frankfurt which takes place 21–23 May 2019, with a special focus on transfers for hosted buyers. Compass Tours Incoming has off...

CWT shakes up EMEA leadership structure, as Country Directors depart

Global travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has shaken up its European management structure, abolishing the roles of Country Director for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Benelux, UK & Ireland, France, and Spain. As a result, the following people have left the company: Peter Ashworth (Senior VP, Central & Eastern Europe), Antonio Calegari (VP & Country Director,...

Attack on Nairobi hotel deals another blow for Kenya’s tourism industry

Fourteen people have been reported killed following a terrorist attack on Kenya’s five-star DusitD2 hotel, 15 January. The hotel, located near the CBD in the Westlands suburb of Nairobi, has 101 rooms, a spa and several restaurants. It has three event spaces, including the 180sqm DStudios. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said the siege by suspected Somali al-Shabab terrorists had been ended with m...

Dubai targets larger events and reports $330m meetings impact

Dubai is targeting larger-scale business events and says its 2018 wins are set to deliver AED1.2bn (US$330m) in economic impact over the coming years. The emirate’s CVB, Dubai Business Events (DBE), says that 153,000 delegates will visit the emirate as a result of business event wins in 2018. The bureau also reports growth in winning bids last year when it helped secure a total of 261 successful b...

ATPI reports year of growth, new offices and new hires

New strategic partnerships, significant investment in market-leading technology and a series of senior appointments led to growth and global expansion in 2018, reports global travel and events management business, the ATPI Group. In the first quarter of the year ATPI added to its network through strategic partnerships. Direct ATPI Global Travel, a joint organisation with US based Direct Travel was...

Adelaide in international orbit

As part of CMW‘s exploration of meetings Down Under in our latest magazine, we take a look at recent innovations in Adelaide, where big plains are being laid for 2019.   Adelaide CVB has an expanded convention centre, 6,000 hotel rooms and a growing portfolio of major conferences that the bureau predicts will rocket the South Australian capital into the global big time for events, with ...