Paul Colston

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New Thai support for site visits for events for 80-plus from Australia

Australian event buyers with upwards of 80 delegates are now eligible to apply for financial support from Thailand’s Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), thanks to a major policy shift. TCEB has decided to provide financial support for site inspections for Australian meeting and incentive organisers, provided they have a minimum of 80 guests. The support can be for DMC services and ground tran...

CTICC makes cashless system available for all clients

The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) is rolling out its cashless services to all clients, having initiated a cashless system for all food and beverage stations last year most notably during the Cape Town International Jazz Festival on site. Julie-May Ellingson, CEO of the CTICC, says that experiment was such a success, they are taking it a step further. “The cashless system, which...

Inaugural Abu Dhabi International Boat Show sails onto awards shortlist

With seven months until the 2019 edition of the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS), the inaugural edition in 2018 is still generating a buzz after being shortlisted by the Middle East Special Event (MESE) Awards in the Best Consumer Exhibition category. The 2018 show attracted 21,123 attendees, 270 exhibitors and brands from 25 countries, for its maiden voyage at Abu Dhabi National Exhibiti...

Peter Greste to deliver keynote at Evolve 2019 Down Under

Australian journalist Peter Greste, who was imprisoned in Egypt, will deliver a keynote presentation at Meetings & Events Australia’s (MEA) annual conference, Evolve 2019, on the lessons he learnt on survival during his time in gaol. Greste spent two decades reporting from the front line in some of the world’s most dangerous countries before making headlines himself following his own incarcera...

Game on in Ottawa for Sport Event Congress 2021

Canada’s largest gathering of the sport tourism industry will return to Ottawa in 2021 for the 21st edition of Sport Event Congress. The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA), with the support of Ottawa Tourism, will hold the event March 8-10, 2021 at The Westin Ottawa. Held annually since 2001, the 2021 Sport Events Congress will bring together more than 400 national and provincial sport event r...

PCMA to continue to ‘Disrupt and Deliver’ at European Influencers Summit

Global meetings industry association, PCMA is again inviting hundreds of professionals to analyse and discuss issues facing EMEA’s meetings and conventions industry at its European Influencers Summit scheduled 22-24 September in Barcelona. The ‘Disrupt + Deliver’ theme introduced in January at 2019 PCMA Convening Leaders in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania will be continued in Barcelona. “Our goal is to g...

FIEXPO plans big farewell to Chile

Latin American and Caribbean meetings and incentive travel tradeshow FIEXPO will bid a fond farewell to Chile when its 12th edition takes place in the capital, Santiago de Chile 10-12 June 2019. It will be the show’s third successive edition in the city before it moves on to Colombia for three editions. The Pre Workshop organised in Concepción last year will take place in the Chilean Patagonia thi...

Seoul ups subvention funding and offers app/VR development help for planners

The Seoul Convention Bureau has this month officially rolled out its new 2019 PLUS SEOUL programme with increased subvention funding designed to boost business events. In addition to an expanded core benefit of up to KRW250m (US$220,360) (previously KRW150m) for qualifying international conferences and up to KRW200m for corporate/incentive groups (previously KRW100m), the Seoul Convention Bureau h...

Ctrip signs China distribution agreement with Millennium Hotels and Resorts

Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (Nasdaq: CTRP), one of China’s largest integrated travel services companies, has signed an agreement with Millennium Hotels and Resorts (MHR) to develop a global distribution strategy promoting MHR properties to Ctrip’s 300m-strong customer base. The agreement was announced jointly at ITB Berlin by David Zhou, Chief Business Officer for Accommodation Business Unit of ...

Las Vegas Conference Centre appoints Elon Musk’s Boring Company for new transport system

As CMW reported 6 March, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) had recommended The Boring Company (founded by Elon Musk) to design, build and operate a vehicle to act as a people carrier for the Las Vegas Convention Centre. Now the deal has been announced and the proposed route for the vehicle will incorporate a loop of underground express route tunnels. The route will potentiall...

Kenes bolsters BestCities destination appeal

Global PCO Kenes Group and the BestCities Global Alliance of a dozen destinations have created a portfolio of fresh ‘editorials’ for the destinations’ potential clients. Each of the 12 convention bureaus worked with Kenes to collect information on their local facilities and experiences – relevant to both association clients and delegates, and then produced targeted articles for each audience. The ...

St Petersburg’s Expoforum raises its international profile

Expoforum, St Petersburg’s congress and exhibition centre, is making a renewed push for international association congress and exhibition business with the appointment of UK-based Soaring Worldwide and Watterston Associates on a brief to raise the venue’s international profile and develop new leads and opportunities in key target markets. Expoforum is Russia’s most technically advanced venue capab...