Paul Colston

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Etihad Airways extends free two-night Abu Dhabi getaway offer

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is extending its free Abu Dhabi stopover campaign to the end of the year due to the popularity of the offer in its opening month. Travellers flying through the capital of the UAE with the airline are invited to enjoy a free two-night hotel stay to break up their journey and explore the city’s attractions. Etihad is offering two free nights of hotel ...

ThinkOttawa aims to bring more conferences to Canadian capital

Three of Ottawa’s pillar economic development organisations – Ottawa Tourism, Shaw Centre, and Invest Ottawa – are working together, under a new programme, to bring more conferences and events to Canada’s capital. They aim to do this by supporting local industry leaders in their international conference bids. The programme, ThinkOttawa, will provide complimentary support to local industry, academi...

E-Formula for success

CMW hears about glamour and graft, as well as digitalisation and influencer marketing from Sandrine Camia, Deputy General Director of the Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Authority How did you first come into the meetings industry? I have made a 22-year career in sales and marketing in deluxe hospitality, starting in Paris in 1989 with Concorde Hotels Group then owned and managed by the Ta...

Giant iTab recharged as event technology supplier for MWC Barcelona

Mobile network operator association GSMA, organiser of MWC Barcelona (formerly Mobile World Congress), has re-appointed Giant iTab as a recommended ‘event technology’ supplier for its 2020 and 2021 events. MWC Barcelona is the largest mobile event in the world, and gathers some of the leading-edge technology from more than 2,400 companies at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona and attracts over 109,000...

$5.8bn tourism plan to transform tourism in the Ivory Coast

The Ivory Coast is intent on securing major investment to see the country become Africa’s fifth biggest tourism destination by 2025. Minister of Tourism Siandou Fofana last month sent a strategy document to the African Development Bank, seeking its support to implement a US$5.8bn plan. The document, entitled ‘Sublime Côte d’Ivoire’, was presented to the Bank’s Vice-President responsible for Privat...

St Petersburg’s Expoforum to launch global PCO service

St Petersburg-based Expoforum International will launch, at IMEX Frankfurt next week, a global PCO service for international associations looking to host events in the city. The news follows the recent announcement that the Expoforum venue has become a preferred supplier to INCON, which has laid the foundation for the PCO division, Expoforum International, to join INCON as a full partner in the fu...

Kenes partners with education innovation group

Virtual Educa, a European Union organisation set up to promote innovation in education, and professional conference organiser (PCO) Kenes Group, have signed a framework agreement outlining collaboration on multiple projects for the next four years. The agreement includes partial conference management of the XXI International Meeting Virtual Educa Peru 2019, and for full PCO support for the XXII In...

Malaysian Convention & Exhibition Bureau on a mission for business in Korea

The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia, is in South Korea to explore opportunities for securing regional and international corporate meetings and incentives for 2019. MyCEB is in Seoul 14 May and Busan 16 May. This mission will include an award presentation and dinner organised by MyCEB for the Malaysia Twin Deal ...

Paris ranked number one city in the world for association meetings

​​​​​​​Paris has returned to the top of the ICCA City Rankings, with the USA continuing to top the Country Rankings. The French capital previously held the top city spot in 2016, and now returns in the newly released rankings covering 2018 to claim first place. The new ICCA’s 2018 Country and City Rankings also mark another successful year for the association meetings market, with the global meeti...

Ottawa Tourism success breeds repeat European buyer event at Gleneagles

Ottawa Tourism has confirmed it will run another European buyer event at Gleneagles in Scotland in 2019 following the success of its 2018 event which delivered CAD$2.2m (US$1.64m) in economic impact to Ottawa and resulted in two association bids being confirmed. The agency reports a further four events are actively considering Canada’s capital for their next editions. The 2019 event will take plac...

Golden new planner packages from Maritim

Germany’s largest owner-managed hotel group Maritim Hotels is marking 50 years of delivering hospitality to meeting planners and business travellers with a new range of discount packages to be unveiled at IMEX Frankfurt, where Maritim has a property next to the Messe. The new conference rates will apply across the company’s 34 German hotels throughout this year. Mark Spivey (pictured), Director of...

Malaysia drilling deep to prepare for World Tunnel Congress 2020

Malaysia is set to host next year, the largest engineering event of its kind to be held in the country. The 46th ITA-AITES World Tunnel Congress (WTC) 2020 was officially handed over to Malaysia at the recent WTC 2019 in Naples, Italy. WTC, which is owned by the International Tunneling and Underground Space Association (ITA), seeks to explore latest innovations, trends and advances in all areas of...