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Paul Colston

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Estonia CVB honours its ‘Conference of the Year’

The Estonian Convention Bureau held its annual Conference of the Year awards ceremony, 20 February, in the capital Tallinn, with the top accolade going to the record-breaking Junior Chamber International World Congress organised by JCI Estonia.

Coronavirus set to cut Asia Pacific air passenger numbers by 13%, says IATA study

Airlines in Asia Pacific stand to clock up a 13% drop in passenger demand due to the coronavirus, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Landmark listing in London

The Landmark London has been ranked the best hotel to work for in the UK in The Sunday Times ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ 2020 list. The five-star hotel is owned by Khun Jatuporn, owner of Lancaster Landmark Hotel Company.

Destinations International creates new Director of Meetings role

Global resource for official destination organisations, convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) and tourism boards, Destination International has announced that Gail Mutnik has joined the organisation as its Director of Meetings.

Bumper year for Brisbane Showgrounds

The Brisbane Showgrounds, Queensland’s largest indoor/outdoor events precinct, has reported that 250 events attracted a million visitors to the venue in 2019. The Showgrounds have been showcasing its venue offer at the three-day AIME show, which closed in Melbourne 19 February.  Brisbane Showgrounds Senior Business Development Manager Catrin Saunders attended the show and told CMW: “AIME was well ...

Take 2: More photos from Convene 2020 in Vilnius

Convene, the annual trade show organised by Go Vilnius, the city’s official agency for development, featured 140 hosted buyers from more than 30 countries when it hosted 80 suppliers at the Litexpo venue in the Lithuanian capital, 12-13 February.

Hospitality industry questions UK government plans to curtail cheap European labour

New plans unveiled by the UK government, 19 February, will treat non-EU citizens applying to work in the country the same as EU citizens after the ending of free movement post-31 December.

nhow Amsterdam RAI points out biggest hotel in Benelux

Amsterdam is now home to the biggest hotel in the Benelux market, with the opening of the newly-built nhow Amsterdam RAI hotel.

Arinex extends into New Zealand

Australasian events management company Arinex has announced it is opening an office in New Zealand. The Auckland office will be the fifth operational base for Arinex and comes as a result of increased business from across the Tasman Sea. The announcement comes as the business events sector in New Zealand continues to grow, with increased direct flights from the United States and the arrival of Te ...

New era for business events in Western Australia

The Perth Convention Bureau has marked a decade of substantial change in the capital city of Western Australia, by changing its name to ‘Business Events Perth’. The announcement was made at the Asia Pacific Incentives Meetings Event (AIME) 2020 in Melbourne, by Business Events Perth Chief Executive Officer Gareth Martin. He said that, after 48 years of operation, the organisation’s new name reflec...

Brisbane delivers A$351m worth of business events and a new look

Brisbane hosted more than 940 business events worth an estimated A$351m ($234.41m) in economic impact in the 2018-19 financial year, new figures reveal.

AIMEing high in Melbourne

The 2020 edition of Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), which runs until 19 February at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, has so far offered numerous opportunities for networking, as this selection of photos, taken at the Media Launch, Knowledge Exchange, Networking Lunch and Welcome Event, illustrate.