Stuart Wood

Stuart Wood is a news reporter across the Mash Media editorial portfolio. He writes for CMW alongside sister publications Conference News, Exhibition News, Access All Areas and Exhibition World.

Hard Rock Hotels appoint “VIBE Managers” to curate events

Hard Rock Hotels feature a dedicated “VIBE Manager” for events and meetings at each of its international venues – a Visionary Individual Behind Energy. A VIBE manager’s role is to curate the hotel atmosphere with lighting, music, decor, entertainment and surrounding memorabilia. They are at the helm of delivering unique events at the venues. Adam Zengel, VIBE Manager for Ha...

Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur undergoes multi-million dollar renovation

The Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel in Malaysia has relaunched with a new look, following an extensive transformation. The venue has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation, increasing its capacity to 398 rooms and revamping its Club Lounge on the 38th floor. The Pavilions Lounge & Bar (pictured top) has also been redesigned. The venue’s meeting and banqueting facilities have been fit...

Brunei-owned Dorchester Hotel faces LGBT backlash

The London Evening Standard newspaper is facing pressure to cancel an event planned at the Brunei-owned Dorchester Hotel, following backlash against the country’s anti-LGBT laws. Brunei installed a new penal code on 3 April, which allows for the punishment of gay sex with stoning to death. The newspaper had planned its annual New Homes awards at the Dorchester hotel for 17 May, but the venue has s...

Aventri launches partnership with Uber and new Marketplace

Event tech company Aventri has launched a new partnership with Uber for Business, which will offer customers the opportunity to use Uber vouchers. This web-based tool allows organisers to give attendees to their events vouchers redeemable in Uber taxis. It aims to cut down logistics and time spent transporting attendees for organisers. The partnership is part of the company’s new platform Aventri ...

RAI Amsterdam had a turnover of €150m in 2018

RAI Amsterdam has released its financial results for the year 2018, demonstrating the best operating results since the venue’s establishment. Operating results were €15.5m, with a turnover of over €150m. More than 1.8 million people visited the venue in Amsterdam, or the RAI’s events abroad, in 2018. A total of 205 international events took place in the year, with new events including Money20/20 a...

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company launches new reward programme

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has launched a new product to reward its visitors and exhibitors, dubbed Capital Plus: Where Business and Leisure Meet. The programme gives visitors and exhibitors the opportunity to experience Abu Dhabi’s top dining destinations, spa treatments, and even take part in fun adventures at some of the grandest theme parks, all located in the heart of Abu ...

Düsseldorf Convention launches new website ahead of IMEX Frankfurt

Düsseldorf Convention has launched a website for marketing the destination to the MICE industry, ahead of its appearance at IMEX Frankfurt in May. https://www.duesseldorf-convention.de/ can better demonstrate to event planners all the factors that advocate staging an event in the city, says Dusseldorf Convention. The new website is a result of the partner programme that was successfully initiated ...

Peter Savoff appointed as new GM at Darwin Convention Centre

Peter Savoff has been appointed the new General Manager of the Darwin Convention Centre in Australia. Savoff will fill the role following the recent promotion of previous GM Janet Hamilton to manage the Cairns Convention Centre. Announcing Mr. Savoff’s commencement today, Geoff Donaghy, AEG Ogden’s Group Director for Convention Centres, said his proven record in a number of areas within the hotel ...

CWT Secures Cyber Essentials certification

CWT, the B2B4E travel management platform, has secured a UK Cyber Essentials certification. This UK Government-backed scheme is designed to protect organisations and their data against a wide range of cyberattacks. Harshal Mehta, CWT’s Chief Information Security Officer, said: “Compliance with this scheme highlights our strong commitment to cybersecurity. Various laws around the world, like the EU...

Business travel on the rise in the UK despite Brexit

Advantage Travel Partnership, the UK’s largest independent travel agent and travel management company (TMC) consortium, has revealed the findings of its 2018 Hotels Market Report. The report shows that the UK regional capitals are performing strongly, with overall room nights booked growing by 8% across the top 250 UK cities. London continues to be business travellers’ favourite capital for work t...

Olympic Games event organisers gather for Host City Asia conference

The second Host City Asia conference was recently held in Beijing, bringing together the organisers of the Olympic Games from across the region. The event, on 11 April, kicked off with insights from the hosts of the next three Olympic Games: Tokyo, Beijing and Paris. They all convened to share best practice, under a theme of “faster, stronger growth through event hosting”. The number of Chinese ci...

#CSRshareday campaign drives events industry towards a sustainable future

Tuesday 23 April is #CSRshareday, an initiative designed to get companies talking about how they promote corporate social responsibility in their business. The initiative is set up by Positive Impact Events, a global not-for-profit which exists to provide education and collaboration towards a sustainable event industry. 24-hourly conversations from professionals passionate about sustainability wil...