Paul Colston

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Darwin to host world neuroscience congress for nurses

Neuroscience nurses from around the world will be coming to the Top End of Australia in July 2021 to attend the 13th World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses (WFNN) Congress. The Darwin Convention Centre will host the international event in a territory that considers itself an emerging destination for health research. Vicki Evans, WFNN Vice-President and Scientific Chair, said the Congress will fea...

GL events completes new €130m bond issue

Event industry group, GL events has announced the completion of a new €130m private placement bond issue for private institutional investors. The bond follows private placements of €50m in 2013 and €100m in 2016. The latest issue was oversubscribed by French institutional investors and the settlement date will be 26 February 2019. The issue consists of two tranches: a €64m seven-year tranche with ...

Creator of the big Sydney story

CMW offers insights from the long and distinguished career of industry leader, ICC Sydney CEO and Director Convention Centres, AEG Ogden, Geoff Donaghy How did you arrive in the events/hospitality industry and what were your first roles? I began my career as a teacher and I loved it. However, I didn’t see it as my life long career. I moved to Cairns, which was in the midst of its early and excitin...

MCEC ready to take AIME

Australasia’s largest gathering of buyers and exhibitors in the meetings and events industry returns to Melbourne, 18-20 February for AIME. Host venue again is Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). AIME takes a new direction for 2019, with Talk2 Media & Events delivering the event for the first time since the exit of Reed as organiser. MCEC Chief Executive, Peter King says this wi...

Business Events Sarawak Association Centre reaches out to China

Business Events Sarawak Association Centre (BESAC), an initiative by Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB), has signed a MoU with the Federation of Chinese Physicians & Acupuncturists of Malaysia (FCPAAM). The deal will see FCPAAM set up the first regional office as part of a united effort to reach out to spinal health practitioners in the Asia Pacific region and grow the Malaysian sector. Amelia Ro...

AIME to serve up Asia Pacific Street Food Festival

Australia’s industry tradeshow AIME, will offer up an Asia Pacific Street Food Festival backdrop (along with the Yarra River) for its main networking evening, 19 February, for hosted buyers, local attendees and suppliers. The networking night will be held along South Wharf Promenade and AIME attendees will be able to walk off the show floor and into a private networking event. The event, it is hop...

Brisbane stands tall in bid for global posture congress

Brisbane in Australia will roll out the welcome mat for the world’s leading posture and gait experts, following its successful bid to host the International Society of Posture & Gait Research’s (ISPGR) World Congress, 20-24 June 2021. Brisbane Marketing collaborated with Tourism and Events Queensland and the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre to secure the congress. Lord Mayor Graham ...

AEG to merge with SMG to create new global venue behemoth

AEG has announced a merger of its venue management subsidiary AEG Facilities with SMG. The move creates a new standalone global facility management company – ASM Global. SMG is an Onex portfolio company and Onex and AEG’s subsidiary will each own 50% of the new entity, following the completion of the transaction. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The new diversified portfolio include...

ADNEC’s Hive brings a fresh buzz for events

The Hive grew out of an idea for an Innovation Lab concept for ADNEC’s own staff meetings and now offers 865sqm of versatile space, designed as not just a space for hire but one that can enhance the benefits of face-to-face engagement. The Hive consists of an 80-seat auditorium informally named The Collaboratorium, and The Lab that offers 320sqm of configurable space as well as three meeting rooms...

NDC failing to win over travel buyers, according to BTS poll

The new IATA standard New Distribution Capability (NDC) is failing to win over European travel buyers, with increasing numbers now expressing doubts that NDC is a good thing. A poll by the UK’s Business Travel Show (BTS) illustrates a huge surge in the number of buyers who are still apparently uninformed about this major change. It had been hoped that NDC would finally offer personalisation and pr...

Triumph of the EGOS at Estonia’s Conference of the Year Awards

The Estonian Convention Bureau’s (ECB) annual Conference of the Year awards ceremony in Tallinn, 6 February, saw the top prize going to the 34th European Group for Organisational Studies Colloquium (EGOS). Organised by the Estonian Business School (EBS), the July EGOS conference set the record as the largest international scientific gathering ever hosted in Estonia. The three-day event pulled in n...

RoomIt by CWTÒ appoints new VP of Global Sales

RoomIt by CWTÒ, the hotel distribution division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), has appointed Brian Zacker as Vice-President of Global Sales. Based in Chicago, Zacker joined RoomIt and the CWT business finance organisation last June, as Vice-President of finance for RoomIt. He will remain a member of the RoomIt leadership team. “I am thrilled that Brian will now be taking on this new leadership ...