Paul Colston

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Moulden Marketing goes Tropical down Mexico way

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Moulden Marketing has announced the addition of Tropical Incentives DMC, Mexico, to its collection. The travel marketing specialists will offer sales and marketing services for the DMC across UK and Europe. The Moulden DMC portfolio now spans five continents and MD Gillian Moulden says: “Mexico is an established leisure destination with great diversity of region and its own unique and d...

New AIPC survey confirms strong revenue and attendance growth at centres

WORLD – The International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) says growth in congress centre business is outpacing that of the overall global economy. AIPC’s conclusion comes from its annual Performance and Prospects Survey for 2015. The newly published Annual Survey shows member centres documented revenue increases for 2014 that are more than two percentage points higher than worldwide...

Air traffic controllers get into holding pattern for ATC Week in UAE

MIDDLE EAST – Air traffic management professionals are invited to pack their bags for the United Arab Emirates as global organiser UBM launches Air Traffic Control Week. The series of independent events and networking activities will be held across the UAE from 4 to 8 October. Central to the week of celebrations is the ATC Global conference, on 5-7 October, which celebrates its 25th birthday...

ibtm world to bring 2015 Knowledge Programme to the show floor

WORLD – Reed Travel Exhibitions’ ibtm world 2015 (formerly EIBTM), in partnership with ACS Audiovisual Solutions, is to deliver all of the show’s education content this year from a newly designed ‘Knowledge Village’. The section will consist of four purpose built theatres on the show floor. Erica Keogan, associations and education manager, ibtm events said: “Education is an important part of...

Major aviation conference lands in Brisbane

AUSTRALASIA – Brisbane has been named as the host city for the largest Australian-Pacific aviation conference of its kind next year. The Queensland capital city’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said CAPA – Centre for Aviation would stage its Australia-Pacific Aviation Summit in Brisbane for the first time in August 2016. “The CAPA Australia-Pacific Aviation Summit is the pre-eminent aviation strate...

DoubleDutch secures $45m growth funding for expansion

AMERICAS – Mobile event technology and event performance company DoubleDutch is to push ahead with expansion plans following it securing a $45m round of growth financing led by KKR and existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Index Ventures. The company cites global expansion, sales and marketing, and targetting acquisitions as a primary strategy. “We are thrilled to team up with KKR to...

WorldSkills to take 2019 International Competition to Kazan, Russia

WORLD – The world’s largest professional skills competition, WorldSkills, will be held in the capital of Russia’s Tatarstan republic in 2019. Kazan was selected over Paris and Belgium’s Charleroi by an international jury from 57 countries meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 10 August. They were gathering for the 43rd WorldSkills opening ceremony. WorldSkills international is a non-profit associa...

ISES announces Giants Enterprises as global partner

AMERICAS – The International Special Events Society (ISES) has announced Giants Enterprises as its newest partner within in its expanding Global Partner Program. Hospitality, event, entertainment and sports consultancy, Giants Enterprises, hosts event experiences at AT&T Park, throughout San Francisco and across the country. The organisation is focused on revenue generation via non-baseb...

Toronto’s Direct Energy Centre re-named Enercare Centre 
in $7.5m deal

AMERICAS – New naming rights have been agreed for Canada’s largest exhibition and convention facility. What was formerly the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto is now named ‘Enercare Centre’, following the acquisition of Direct Energy’s Ontario Home Services business by Enercare Inc. The Board of Governors of Exhibition Place concluded a multi-year naming rights sponsorship agreement for renami...

Las Vegas to host Routes Americas 2017

AMERICAS – The largest route development event for the Americas region is heading to the convention capital of the Americas for its 2017 edition. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and McCarran International Airport are to host Routes Americas 2017, the 10th Route Development Forum for the entire Americas region. The event brings together a range of airlines, airports an...

So nice in Nice as resort tops ACS private jet European hotspot list

EUROPE – Aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, has revealed that Nice in the south of France has retained its No.1 spot for most popular European destination for its private jet clients. Malaga is the big mover in the company’s top five destinations so far this summer, now up to No.2 spot and edging Ibiza down two places to No.4. Andy Christie, ACS group director of private jets,...

euromic expands into Asia with DMC Japan

ASIA – International consortium of event and destination management specialists euromic has added a new member in Asia, DMC Japan (by Kintetsu International). The company has over 50 years of experience and is active in arranging MICE travel in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and all other parts of Japan. “euromic is proud to have DMC Japan (by Kintetsu International) as our association’s partner in th...