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.

Ashfield Event Experiences creates EventSafe protocol

Ashfield Event Experiences has created EventSafe, a safety protocol and Covid-19 screening service that aims to support a return to face-to-face events. The company, part of UDG Healthcare, is a global events agency with experience in the healthcare industry. It says that EventSafe comprises screening, attendee consent forms, and then clinical Covid-19 testing on the site of the event. The goal is...

Engaging nudges in the right direction

Mykyta Fastovets, CTO at Expoplatform, discusses post event follow-up activities to engage virtual attendees.   With the jury still out on hosting physical meetups, most event professionals are organising their yearly event offering by including more virtual elements to it. But, even as these types of events and conferences gain greater traction in 2021, questions persist around the value the...

SISO puts out call for US eventprofs to support Hospitality Job Recovery Act

The Society of Independent Show Organisers (SISO) has put out a call for support to the USA’s Hospitality and Commerce Job Recovery Act. The Act is designed to support the event, travel and hospitality industries in the US. SISO are joining other industry bodies in calling for those who work in the United States’ MICE sector to support it. They are encouraging people to use this link to contact th...

Quebec City Convention Centre adds hybrid event studio

The Quebec City Convention Centre has installed a new broadcast room, for virtual and hybrid events. The studio is located in one of the four sections of the Convention Centre’s 25,000 square feet Multipurpose Hall 2000. It was designed in partnership with AV company Encore. The broadcasting space can be transformed to accommodate up to 250 participants while respecting the two-meter physical dist...

Reed Sinopharm Exhibitions acquires major hospital event in Shenzhen

Reed Sinopharm Exhibitions, the joint venture between Reed Exhibitions and the Sinopharm Group, has signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake in the China Hospital Construction Conference (CHCC). CHCC is a major show launched in 1999 which deals in hospital design, build and management. It regularly welcomes over 600 exhibitors and takes place over 100,000sqm. CHCC also produced over 80 conf...

eTechSuite launches new virtual platform eMeeting

eTechSuite, the tech partner of Australian event management company Arinex, has launched a new virtual event platform, eMeeting. eTechSuite has been working alongside Arinex for 15 years, and is now launching eMeeting in response to the global pandemic. The company has also released a ‘101 of virtual and hybrid events’ report, which can be viewed here. eTechSuite CEO Nicole Walker said: “The marke...

Los Angeles reopens meetings for under 300 people

The city of Los Angeles in the USA has announced that groups of under 300 can now gather again for meetings. The city is reopening museums, indoor dining and outdoor live events, including spectator sport, with capacity control. This has now extended to meetings. Los Angeles has also announced an initiative to verify the health security of all its hotels, alongside digital health company Sharecare...

Australia commits another $3m to Bid Fund programme to attract international events

Business Events Australia has received a further AUD$3m funding for its Bid Fund Programme, as well as releasing a new video series showcasing Australian innovation. The Bid Fund Programme is designed to secure new international business events coming to Australia, by offering financial support at the bidding stage. Tourism Australia provided the additional AUD$3m to the programme, which Business ...

SITE hosts live incentive travel summit in Colorado

SITE’s Incentive Summit Americas took place as a small in-person gathering last week, from 8-11 April. The event, which took place in Colorado’s Aspen Snowmass resort, focused on how incentive travel programmes can be successfully delivered in line with Covid-19 protocols. Health measures were developed specifically for the event by SITE in collaboration with event managers Unbridled. All particip...

Positive Impact fundraising for event climate framework ahead of Earth Day

Positive Impact Events, a group which advocates for sustainability in the events industry, is fundraising to create a carbon target and reduction framework. Positive Impact says that the target is a requirement to ensure future generations can still attend events. It will be developed alongside the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and will provide event professionals with goa...

CMW Sessions: EMEC 2021 preview with executive producer Paul Cook

For the latest in our video series of CMW Sessions, Stuart Wood spoke to Paul Cook, executive producer of MPI’s upcoming virtual European Meetings and Events Conference. Cook gave us a run through of what to expect from the programme, and the challenges involved in moving a hands-on globetrotting event to a virtual format.

Eventbrite integrates further with Zoom as it bets on hybrid

Event platform Eventbrite has announced it is integrating further with Zoom, as the company bets on virtual and hybrid events. Eventbrite has redesigned its integration with the video calling platform, as it builds on the more than 1.4 million online experiences it facilitated last year. The company says it is now seven times faster to use Zoom in Eventbrite events than previously. Users no longer...