Paul Colston

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Malaysia first in Asia to get signal for Radiodays

Malaysia is to be the first Asian country host for Radiodays Asia (RDA). The 2019 edition will take place 27-28 August at the Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur. The Radiodays Europe (RDE) is a leading international conference for radio professional in Europe and worldwide. The conference was introduced in 2010 and has since been held annually, rotating to different host cities. Malaysia expects 500 delega...

Hong Kong protests escalate as hundreds of thousands rally for democracy

Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong at the weekend.

AIME to diversify for 2020 and predicts 50% jump in hosted buyer numbers

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), the annual Melbourne-based MICE industry tradeshow, has announced a mission to bring more diversity in business to the Asia Pacific region.

Condoleezza Rice to close PCMA’s Convening Leaders in San Francisco

Condoleezza Rice, the first African-American woman to hold the post of Secretary of State (2005-2009), will anchor the concluding session to 2020 PCMA Convening Leaders, which takes place 5-8 January 2020 in San Francisco, USA.

She Means Business: a Smart Monday move to drive diversity debate at IMEX America

Gender equality is to top the agenda at She Means Business, part of Smart Monday, held on 9 September, on the eve of the IMEX America 2019 show proper in Las Vegas.

Industry welcomes new government changes to Business Events Bid Fund in Australia

Regional destinations around Australia are to get greater access to funding to help them secure lucrative international business events, thanks to changes being made to the Morrison Government’s Business Events Bid Fund Programme. Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham (pictured) announced, 16 August, a series of changes to the eligibility criteria of the A$12m (US$8.14m) Bid Fund Program...

London Film and Comic Con cancelled as organisers blame Brexit

Brexit uncertainty has been blamed by organisers of the London Film and Comic Con, who have cancelled the November event

Reykjavík Convention Bureau appoints new MD

Sigurjóna Sverrisdóttir has taken over as Managing Director of Meet in Reykjavík – Reykjavík Convention Bureau.

Avani continues its expansion in Australia

Building on a debut on the Gold Coast and central Melbourne, Avani Hotels & Resorts is to open two new properties by the end of the year in Australia.

WeWork losses revealed ahead of float as it struggles to elevate IPO consciousness

WeWork, the international flexible office provider, has revealed large losses as it attempts to float on the stock market. Its co-working space provider parent holding, We Company, announced the financial news on 14 August, news that has been met with a storm of criticism, most notably on Twitter. Releasing its financial information ahead of an IP, WeWork reported a $1.9bn pre-tax loss for in 2018...

EventsAIR wins Gold Stevie Event Management Solution Award

Brisbane based event tech company EventsAIR has been named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Event Management Solution category in the 16th Annual International Business Awards®. The International Business Awards are a leading business awards programme and the 2019 IBAs received entries from organisations in 74 nations and territories. Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for ‘crowned’...

Strong US economy to provide labour challenges for venues, says IACC/SHFM research

The International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) has released the results of its new joint research project with the Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management (SHFM), results that point to a strong US economy, but one that brings with it a strengthening labour market and potential challenges for venue operators. The Trends in the Meeting Venue Industry report delivers a range of...