Paul Colston

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St Louis selects new venue and client management partners

EventBooking, a cloud-based venue software company has announced that Missouri CVB, Explore St Louis has selected VenueOps to manage its venue facilities, and Simpleview, a partner of EventBooking, to help manage client relationships and marketing. Located in the heart of downtown, Explore St Louis is transitioning from technology that has been in place for the past couple of decades to two intuit...

Half of UK event and promo staffing agencies say they have six months to survive

A new survey of 6,000 event professionals by UK staffing platform, Liveforce claims the impact of Covid-19 could see 55% of UK event and promo staffing agencies go to the wall. Liveforce’s benchmark report attempts to measure the business impact of coronavirus, analyses recovery strategies and forecasts the future for UK event and promo staffing agencies. “No longer able to sit by and wait for thi...

Evvnt acquires event ticketing platform Geotix

US-based events marketing automation specialist, Evvnt Inc, has announced the acquisition of Geotix, the software-as-a-service SaaS based event ticketing platform. Evvnt partnered with Geotix in November 2019 to automate the creation of ticketed events via self-service to local event creators to begin a relationship that resulted in the acquisition. Evvnt’s publisher network will now be able to of...

Melbourne secures triple win for future congress business

In a triple win for the State of Victoria, Melbourne has been chosen as the host city for three high-profile business events: The International Trade Union Congress 2022, The International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health 2022 and The International Geographical Congress 2028. All three conferences are coming to Australia thanks to the efforts of the Melbourne Convention Bureau...

US Republicans scrap live convention plans, while Democrats go hybrid in Milwaukee

President Donald Trump has cancelled the pre-election Republican party convention in Jacksonville, as coronavirus continued to rage in Florida. The convention had been scheduled for August. The party will hold a set of scaled-back events in North Carolina instead, where the formal nomination of the Republican presidential candidate will take place. The half-day event will be held on 24 August in t...

The Grimaldi Forum adds Monaco Safe label to its opening offer

Monaco’s leading congress venue, The Grimaldi Forum, has obtained the new accreditation mark established by the Monegasque government designed to guarantee optimal sanitary conditions to the Principality’s visitors in all places open to the public. Monaco Safe recognises all the measures already put in place by the Grimaldi Forum Monaco and is seen as an extra kitemark of reassurance for clients w...

Emirates airline to offer passengers medical cover for Covid-19

Dubai’s Emirates airline is offering to cover medical expenses of up to €150,000 euros and quarantine costs of €100 per day for 14 days for passengers should they be diagnosed with Covid-19 during their travel. The cover is offered by Emirates free to its customers regardless of class of travel or destination and is immediately effective for customers flying on Emirates until 31 October, 202...

GL events first-half group revenues drop 55%

Integrated global events group GL events has reported first-half consolidated revenues of €266.8m, a 55.2% drop from the 2019 figure of €595.9m. Group revenue in the 2020 second quarter amounted to just €53.6m, down 79% on the 2019 figure. Olivier Ginon (pictured), GL events Group’s chairman commented: “Revenue was significantly impacted in the first half by the health crisis in France and in inte...

Malaysia launches ‘BE-READY’ for business initiative

The Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (MACEOS), in collaboration with the Business Events Council Malaysia (BECM), have jointly launched their ‘BE-READY’ initiative, designed to showcase the industry’s safe execution of MICE events. The initiative is in line with Business Events (BE) Guidelines, which have been developed in accordance with the approved Mal...

WTTC advises regional approach rather than country-wide border closures to fight Covid-19 spread

Regional and local measures are advised to combat Covid-19 spikes and help power the global economic recovery, rather than any further country-wide border closures, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). WTTC is urging authorities to take a more carefully calibrated approach and introduce localised measures and only when necessary. Such an approach would avoid blanket restrictio...

European Cities Marketing launches first edition of ECM Summer School 2.0 online in August

European Cities Marketing (ECM) is launching the first edition of the ECM Summer School 2.0, which will take place online 24-26 August, 2020. The Summer School is an executive dialogue for advanced professionals and attendees will take a deep dive into the world of the meetings industry and focus on clients and suppliers with the aim to kick off a smart and sustainable recovery. Since the beginnin...

Meet the busy bees at PanUP, in episode 10 of Berlin’s Sleeping Beauties

    “If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.“ – Albert Einstein.   This week, in our AXICA/Mash Media podcast episode, you can hear about how one of Berlin’s leading DMC’s is coping with the current situation and how clients are slowly but surely moving towards online and hybrid events. And it seems that it could be the Fr...