Paul Colston

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Baroness Karren Brady CBE to deliver keynote at Cvent CONNECT Europe

Business leader and star of The Apprentice, Baroness Karren Brady, CBE, will take the main stage as keynote speaker at this year’s Cvent CONNECT Europe. The event technology conference, hosted by Cvent, will take place 14-16 October, in London. Brady will offer insights on how to foster entrepreneurial spirit and deliver impactful, world-class events. Known for her resilience and focus, she will d...

In conversation: AIME’s new management

Talk2 Media took over the running of AIME 2019 for the first edition in March. CEO Matt Pearce spoke to CMW in Melbourne about the huge effort involved.

New CEO to lead Ras Al Khaimah Tourism to next phase in UAE

Hospitality veteran Raki Phillips is to lead the next phase of Ras Al Khaimah’s tourism development, as CEO of the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA).

Vienna welcomes 10,000 participants to Human Reproduction and Embryology congress

More than 10,000 participants from 100 countries have been attending the 35th Annual Congress of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) at Messe Wien. The congress of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, 23-26 June, offered 79 scientific sessions and 800 scientific poster presentations. There was also an accompanying exhibition presenting 180 compan...

Kevin Jackson to speak at IBTM China on theme: ‘Work less, win more’

IBTM China has announced thought-leader and marketer, Kevin Jackson (pictured), as the first in its line-up of speakers for its 2019 event, which will take place in Beijing 28-29 August 2019. Director of Ideas and Innovation at The Experience is the Marketing, Jackson will present a session on Day One of IBTM China’s Knowledge Programme titled:‘Growing your business: work less, win more’. Jackson’...

AIPC, ICCA and UFI launch of Global Alliance in new collaboration effort

Three global meetings industry associations have agreed to launch a Global Alliance designed to facilitate closer co-operation. AIPC (The International Association of Convention Centres), ICCA (The International Congress and Convention Association), and UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) agreed to launch the initiative, which they hope will generate more comprehensive and bett...

MEA Mentor Programme receives record response and national backing

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has received confirmed backing from Tourism Australia for its 2019 MEA Mentor Programme.  The programme has also announced a record number of participants.

BPA Worldwide delivers audit verdict for CES in Vegas

Global auditors BPA Worldwide has announced the results of its CES 2019 event audit and confirms 175,212 unique visitors and exhibiting staff were in attendance during the four-day event, January 8-11, 2019, in Las Vegas.

Hotels brands in strong GET Global line-up for Sydney

World-class hotels from across the globe are lining up to for the Get Global tradefair this year, with over a third (35%) of all registered exhibitors coming from a hotel brand. Nine are exhibiting for the first time.

CWT celebrates rating its Responsible Business Report and CSR work

Travel management platform CWT has published its June 2019 Annual Responsible Business Report. The company has also reached its third consecutive annual EcoVadis Gold rating and the UN Global Compact Advanced Level rating for its annual Responsible Business Report. A self congratulatory corporate press release trumpeted a successful year for CWT’s CSR policies. “I continue to be amazed at the way ...

ICCA to take the high ground as Tyrol announced as host for AMP 2020

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) announced, during the Closing Ceremony, 20 June, of the fourth edition of the ICCA Association Meetings Programme in Durban, South Africa, that its next, 2020 edition would be held in the Tyrol region of Austria. Host cities Innsbruck and Alpbach will share the event. AMP is designed to bring ICCA Members and Association Executives toget...

Prague Congress Centre in profit and building new 5,000sqm space

Prague Congress Centre (PCC) achieved a profit of CZK33m (US$1.46m) in 2018, on a total company turnover of CZK486m. It was also a year of modernisation at the centre, with new technical equipment and 86 hotel rooms refurbished of the 254-room Holiday Inn Prague Congress Centre. With an increase in the average hotel occupancy to 73.9%, the hotel increased its 2018 sales to a total of CZK155m. A ne...