Paul Colston

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Food for Good initiative takes off in Italy

EUROPE – Federcongressi&eventi, the Italian association of companies and professionals involved in the meetings industry, has launched a project for the recycling of surplus food at conferences. The programme, named ‘Food for Good – From meetings to solidarity’, is being organised by Federcongressi&eventi in conjunction with non-profit organisations Banco Alimentare and Equoevento. T...

UBM revenues rise and profits falls as company closes 37 events

WORLD – International event organiser UBM has announced it remains confident in its 2015 outlook, despite reporting the cancellation of 37 events and a first-half pre-tax profit fall of 37.2%. The UK-based company has posted a pre-tax profit of £47.6m (US$74.1m), down from £75.8m in 2014, for the six months to 30 June 2015. UBM reported its first-half revenue increased 26.3% to £456m, up fro...

Revenues down at Informa conference division, as European shake up expected

WORLD – Business publisher and events organiser Informa has reported adjusted operating profit down 2.6% to £190.4m for the first six months of this year. A shake-up of its European continental conference business is planned, where revenues and operating profits are down. Overall, Informa revenues were more or less static at £618.8m. The Global Exhibitions division was a stand-out performer ...

Seoul declares all-clear on MERS, as 3,000 Chinese arrive for incentive

ASIA – As a 3,000 pax incentive arrives in South Korea, the country’s prime minister has declared the country’s outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) officially over. The announcement was made on 28 July, 23 days after the last suspected case, and just as delegates arrived on a cruise from Chinese healthcare products company He He Kang Yuan. “After weighing various circumstances, the...

Africa moves up the meetings agenda, with continent hosting 10% of global meetings

AFRICA – Africa is moving up the list of destinations international planners are considering for their conferences, with 10% of meetings now held on the continent, according to responses from a new American Express Meeting & Events (M&E) survey. The study includes results of research exploring the factors which impact the selection of Africa as a meetings and events destination. Enti...

Australia’s largest hotel appoints new director of conventions

AUSTRALASIA – Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour has announced the appointment of Marjolein Chandler as director of catering and conventions, as the hotel moves to its next phase in its growth strategy. The CBD property is currently undergoing a AUD$200m redevelopment and team recruitment is underway in the lead up to its May 2016 launch date. Chandler will be responsible for th...

Brisbane bags two national association conferences for 2016

AUSTRALASIA – Brisbane has attracted two association national conferences for 2016. Both the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) and the Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) Association are forecast to bring close on 1,000 on delegates when they stage their annual conferences in the city next year. Speaking from Convene Q in Queensland, Brisbane Marketing’s general manager for conventions an...

UK police investigating fraud allegations at SMG Europe

EUROPE – Greater Manchester Police (GMP) are investigating fraud allegations at SMG Europe, the operator of the Manchester Arena and other venues in the UK and abroad. In a statement, GMP has said: “On 15 October 2014, police received an allegation of fraud. An investigation has been launched and enquiries are ongoing.” CMW understands there have been no arrests yet, and inquiries are ongoin...

BESydney gets Lord Mayor and city on side for another 5-year plan

AUSTRALASIA – Business Events Sydney (BESydney) recently hosted the city’s Lord Mayor and key industry leaders for a roundtable discussion about Sydney’s future and how the private and public sector can together to achieve long-term success. The meeting was the latest in a series of boardroom conversations organised by BESydney to promote information sharing and collaboration across the city...

tmf dialogue marketing partners with Iberian MICE Forums

EUROPE – Germany-based tmf dialogue marketing has announced a new co-operation agreement with the Iberian MICE Forums. tmf is to support IMF to position Spain and Portugal as leading MICE destinations and to promote top suppliers in the meetings industry from both South-European countries. tmf dialogue marketing MD Johanna Fischer, said of the new client deal: “Our aim is to inform planners ...

Leipzig CCL adds city zoo Kongresshalle to burgeoning portfolio

EUROPE – Congress Center Leipzig (CCL), which took over management of the reconstructed Kongresshalle am Zoo in May, has welcomed its first delegates – from the German Convention Bureau for its AGM this summer. The newly refurbished venue features 15 halls and rooms and can seat between 10 and 1,200 people. There is also 800sqm of exhibition space. The new turn-of-the-century edifice opens u...

New partnership between IAEE and Malaysian events industry association

ASIA – The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) and the Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (MACEOS) have agreed a partnership to extend reciprocal membership privileges to members of both organisations. Benefits will include member pricing for both organisations’ products and services, sharing of research data, the creation of jo...