Paul Colston

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New mandate for Lewis-Smith at AACB and new chair of Tourism Australia

Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of Business Events Sydney, was re-elected as president of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB), as the association set its goals and reviewed its strategic plan for 2015-18 at its annual general meeting recently. “The AACB has had an extremely productive year. Our activities have resulted in some great wins and progress on a number of fronts,” said Lewis-Smi...

Carlson Wagonlit Travel M&E forecast predicts 
industry growth in 2016

CWT Meetings & Events is predicting positive growth for the meetings industry over the next 12 months. The agency’s 2016 Meetings and Events Forecast also sounds a note of caution for planners about stricter booking conditions. As attrition and cancellation terms are becoming stricter, supplier negotiations will be more important than ever to meeting planners, the report concludes. The fourth ...

TCEB strengthens presence in China and offers targeted promotions

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), 17 September, hosted a commemorative dinner as part of its drive to bolster confidence in Thailand as a business events destination to stakeholders from China, the kingdom’s No.1 source market. The ‘Thailand CONNECT The World: China MICE Commemorative Dinner 2015’ event also marked the 40-year anniversary of Thai-Chinese relations. Trade ...

CINZ welcomes New Zealand ICC go ahead

AUSTRALASIA – New Zealand’s conference sector has welcomed the news that the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) has received resource consent approval. The industry hopes the decision means work on the new facility will get underway soon. Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive Sue Sullivan says the new convention centre can’t come soon enough to meet g...

AlliedPRA Las Vegas retains DMC status for IMEX America buyers

AMERICAS – AlliedPRA Las Vegas has retained its official destination marketing company (DMC) status for a fourth straight year at IMEX America and will provide an airport and hotel transportation system and staffing for the hosted buyers attending the 2015 tradeshow for incentive travel, meetings and events in Las Vegas 13-15 October. This year’s shows take place at the Sands Expo, Las Vegas. “The...

AccorHotels signs up to manage two hotels in Tehran

ASIA – International hotel operator AccorHotels hassigned a management agreement with Aria Ziggurat, a subsidiary of Iran’s SEMEGA (Cultural Heritage and Tourism Investment) group for two inaugural hotel properties in Tehran set to open next month. The new hotels – Novotel IKIA and ibis IKIA – are connected to the main terminal of Imam Khomeini International Airport. AccorHotels is the first inter...

Estrel metamorphosis set to drive upswing for events in Berlin

EUROPE – The Estrel Berlin, Europe’s largest hotel, convention and entertainment centre, has nearly doubled its function capability, with the debut of Convention Hall II and 10,000sqm of new event space. Spanning three levels, Convention Hall II features a central 4,600sqm cantilevered hall with capacity for 5,200 people, a 1,050sqm event space with capacity for 900 people, a 700sqm fo...

Jack Morton Worldwide appoints Bruce Henderson chief creative officer

WORLD – Global brand experience agency Jack Morton Worldwide has announced that Bruce Henderson is to join as chief creative officer in January 2016. He will be based in the agency’s New York office. Henderson is currently chief creative officer for North America at Geometry Global. Most recently, he guided the merger of the G2, OgilvyAction and JWTAction creative departments, creating Geome...

MCI on track for double-digit growth

WORLD – International meetings and events group MCI says its half year financial results for 2015 indicate the global PCO is on track to achieve double digit growth this year. The first half 2015 gross margin results were CHF77m (US$79.3m), an increase of CHF8m, or 12% up compared to end of June 2014 based on the same foreign exchange rate. Over the past 12 months, the Geneva-based group say...

Convene opens hosted buyer registration for 2016

EUROPE – Baltic meetings industry trade show, Convene, has opened registration for  applications for its hosted buyer programme for the 2016 edition. Convene 2016 will be the fourth edition of the regional show and takes place in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, once again. The programme offers selected buyers complimentary return travel, transfers, hotel accommodation, a welcome reception a...

Comexposium acquires France CE

EUROPE –Comexposium Group, which organises five of France’s 10 biggest events, has strengthened its position in the country’s private and public works’ councils sector through its acquisition of France CE. Comexposium, which is involved in 135 public and trade events covering 17 sectors, says it will now be better able to serve and cover demand from 35,000 of France’s work’s councils, with 54 majo...

Bett and Microsoft sign global deal to collaborate on events content

WORLD – i2i Events Group has announced a three-year global collaboration between Bett, its technology and education meeting place, and Microsoft, for meetings and events in the UK, Asia and Latin America. Bett and Microsoft will work together to help deliver content at Bett events around the world that shares next generation ideas and innovative technology-based classroom practices. The agre...