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.

Russia opens to the IMEX world with the flavour of ice cream and lotto

Russian companies were out in force on the national Russia Open to the World stand on the second day of IMEX Frankfurt and treated visitors to ice cream and lotto, as well as imparting much useful information on how to hold effective business events in the country. There were presentations by the Russian Convention Bureau, Z.Brothers, Sverdlovsk region, Roscongress Foundation, Usta ICE, Ltd. and I...

How Positive Impact is lobbying for a sustainable events industry

Positive Impact, an organisation aiming to promote sustainable practices across the events industry, was present at IMEX Frankfurt to discuss its current work and upcoming plans. Fiona Pelham, Positive Impact CEO and former MPI President, began by highlighting the critical importance of acting now to combat climate change. A report by the International Panel on Climate Change said in October that ...

Ex-ICCA CEO Martin Sirk appointed to Global Association Hubs

Ex-ICCA CEO Martin Sirk (pictured second from left) has been appointed as the new International Advisor to Global Association Hubs, an organisation which aims to develop associations around the world. The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) announced the sudden departure of long-serving CEO Sirk last July, saying it would be “working with new leadership to drive the associatio...

An update from MPI at IMEX Frankfurt

MPI (Meeting Professionals International) were in attendance on the first day of IMEX Frankfurt, to provide an update on what the organisation has been working on, and its plans for the coming year. Paul Van Deventer, President and CEO of MPI (pictured left) said that MPI is now an association with 18,000 members, with $26bn of global buying power. The association’s goal, as it reaches this ...

Food waste: event’s invisible problem?

Day one of IMEX Frankfurt began with a talk on the topic of food waste, from Laura Berment of Too Good To Go (pictured left) and Majbritt Sandberg (pictured right) of Red Lab Experience. Too Good To Go is an app tackling the issue of food waste, by connecting restaurants, shops, cafes and event venues which have surplus food, with customers willing to buy it at a reduced price in order to prevent ...

IMEX Frankfurt 2019 is live!

IMEX 2019 is officially under way in Germany, where the MICE industry has gathered under the roof of the enormous Messe Frankfurt to network, learn and do business. CMW will be providing live updates throughout the three-day event, so keep your eyes peeled for relevant content from keynotes, panels, the show floor and beyond. Auf geht’s!

Global Entrepreneurship Summit comes to The Hague in June

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), will be coming to The Hague, Netherlands, from 3-5 June 2019. At the GES, around 2,000 entrepreneurs, investors and other participants from all over the world will come together at the World Forum in The Hague. The 9th edition of GES will focus on global opportunities for the next wave of entrepreneur-led innovation in scalable tech, from artificial intell...

The event industry’s mental health problem

The HBAA held a mental health awareness event at the UK’s Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum, 15 May. The event saw a number of speakers touch on topics surrounding mental health, and what the events and hospitality industries can do to collectively improve ours. It was part of Mental Health Awareness Week, which ran from 13-17 May. It was mentioned that events have been voted the fifth mos...

Positive Impact’s #CSRshareday campaign reached 4,834,871 impressions

Positive Impact today released the results of 2019 #CSRshareday, in a summary report. Positive Impact says the campaign achieved 4,834,871 timeline deliveries, building on last year’s reach of 2 million. #CSRshareday is an annual social media campaign set up to help spread knowledge and awareness of environmental and social issues the industry is facing. This year’s theme was ‘measurement’, asking...

Emerald Expositions appoints new president and CEO

Emerald Expositions has appointed Sally Shankland as president and CEO of the company. She takes over from interim president and CEO Phil Evans, who stepped in to fill the role of departed long-time leader David Loechner. Shankland has previously served as CEO of UBM Americas, where she oversaw the $972m acquisition of Advanstar, and merged six divisions across North/South America into one unified...

Australia’s EEAA offers discounts to young eventprofs

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australia is offering a discount to its 2019 Conference for young people in the events industry. EEAA’s 2019 conference is taking place 5-6 June, in Melbourne. EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio said the Association was committed to providing new opportunities for young people working in events to be able to attend the Association’s key events. She comment...

Tourism Australia CEO moves on after five years at the helm

National convention bureau Tourism Australia has announced that its Managing Director, John O’Sullivan, is to leave the organisation to take up a new role as CEO and executive director of the ASX-listed company, Experience Co. He will leave the organisation in June. Executive General Manager International, Phillipa Harrison will step up as interim MD until a permanent replacement is found. O’Sulli...