Paul Colston

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Korean meetings industry stays strong in face of threat from MERS

ASIA – South Korea’s international business events calendar has been largely unaffected by the recent MERS outbreak, the Korea Tourism Organisation claims, in a release that says the threat posed by the disease is subsiding. No major international congresses scheduled for 2015 have been cancelled, says KTO, while events such as June’s International Council of Nurses (ICN) 2015 Conference took plac...

Tarsus says ‘au revoir’ to French connection and ‘Hello’ to emerging markets

EUROPE – Tarsus Group has announced a multi-million dollar deal to sell its French conference and exhibition portfolio, as the group tightens its focus on the US and emerging markets. Magellan VI SAS will buy 100% of Tarsus France Holdings SAS for €9.2m (US$10.18m). Tarsus’s French portfolio includes education, marketing, IT and MICE conferences. It generated €0.9m profit and had gross asset...

QuickMobile introduces event app with Apple Watch integration

AMERICAS – For the first time at a meeting industry event, conference attendees have been able to review their personal schedules on Apple Watch, as well as receive alerts and notifications from event organisers. Meeting and event apps specialist QuickMobile launched, 12 July, what the Vancouver-based company claims is the industry’s first mobile event app with Apple Watch integration....

Record 10,000 gamers show at Minecon 2015 in London

EUROPE – The Minecon 2015 event at Excel London last weekend attracted 10,000 fans of the Minecraft video game. The convention saw Minecraft’s coding team talk about future features of the game. The annual convention began in 2010 in Washington and attracted just 50 people. Game developer and publisher Mojang has since grown the event, from attracting 200 fans in 2011 to Mandalay Bay in Las ...

Tarsus scales up in southeast Asia with new JV

ASIA – Tarsus Group is extending its events reach into southeast Asia by taking a 50% stake in organiser AMB Group, via joint venture, AMB Tarsus Exhibitions (AMBT). The purchase, from AMB Group’s Andrew Siow and Richard Yew, for about US$13m is structured to give the group the potential to buy the remainder of the business. Tarsus officials said the joint venture would complement the London...

Convention centres need to align communities and politicians

AMERICAS – The 2015 edition of global convention centre association AIPC’s Annual Congress, taking place in Boston 5-8 July, underscored the need for community awareness of events at a time when the lines between business event disciplines are increasingly blurred. Opening the event, Boston Mayor Martin J Walsh told delegates the industry was very important to Bostonians, and “certainly impo...

NYC & Company expands Delegate Discount scheme

AMERICAS – New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organisation, NYC & Company, has expanded its Delegate Discount Pass programme for 2015, offering savings at 110 New York City attractions, restaurants and shops. The pass is available to all meeting and convention attendees, exhibitors, meeting planners and event staff, and is valid throughout New York City’s five bo...

THIMUN and World Forum sign five-year contract extension

WORLD – The World Forum and the THIMUN Foundation have signed a five-year contract to continue to run the THIMUN international conference (The Hague International Model United Nations) in the Netherlands capital. The annual conference, which attracts 3,300 participants, will be held again in the World Forum in The Hague from 2016 to 2020. The venue has hosted the THIMUN conference for the pa...

Meliá joins UNICEO network

WORLD – Meliá Hotels International has announced it is to become a global sponsor of the international association for senior corporate event organisers, UNICEO. As a new member, Meliá will take an active role in UNICEO projects, designed to promote and encourage the exchange of professional experiences and know-how among members. Meliá now has over 100 hotels, across all its brands, offerin...

Edinburgh hosts 380 buyers at M&I Forum

EUROPE – The European Summer 2015 Meetings & Incentive Forum was hosted in Scotland over four days last week, with 10 local suppliers hosting 380 buyers. Marshall Dallas, chief executive of the major host venue, Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), told CN: “It has been an absolute pleasure to host the M&I Europe Forum, which brought meeting planners from across the cont...

France Meeting Hub in Strasbourg open for applications

EUROPE – Strasbourg will be the host city of the third France Meeting Hub organised by National tourism agency Atout France in October 2015. The event, which runs 2-5 October, will be spread over Strasbourg and the Alsace region in Eastern France. Buyers will be invited to attend a workshop in Strasbourg with over 40 selected French partners. The programme includes a visit to a conference at...

Charity link app for travellers wins Sabre Destination Hack prize

EUROPE – A company producing an app linking business travellers to charities has won the Sabre Corporation’s travel hackathon in London. Some 150 participants from 18 countries took part in a 24-hour challenge of intense hacking and creative thinking, with a goal to create new technology and apps for global travel. The round-the-clock coding contest resulted in a variety of new applications ...