Stuart Wood

In pictures: EMEC 2019 in The Hague

CMW was at the World Forum in The Hague this week to attend the European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC), which took place from 8-12 February. The event featured keynotes from Dutch artist and environmentalist Daan Roosegarde, MCI Experience managing director Kim Myhre, and Irfan Van Erwijk, of Mysteryland founders ID&T. It gathered together over 400 eventprofs from across the industry...

Alastair Campbell confirmed as International Confex keynote

Writer, commentator and political strategist Alastair Campbell has been announced as a speaker at International Confex, taking place on 26-27 February at Olympia London. Perhaps most famous for his role as former PM Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy, Campbell will be tackling two subjects that have been making headlines in the events industry and b...

GL events UK releases ‘Good Event Guide’

GL events UK has launched ‘Good Event Guide’, offering organisers tips on how to improve their event. The guide emphasises the importance of sustainability, CSR and health & wellbeing in the industry today. It can be viewed here. Contributors include We are the Fair’s Nick Morgan, The Bulb’s Selina Donald, and A Greener Festival’s Claire O’Neill. They discuss tips for improving sustainability,...

Austrian PCO Tyrol Congress becomes IAPCO member

Austrian PCO Tyrol Congress has been accredited as a member of the International Association of Professional Conference Organisers (IAPCO). It becomes only the fifth Austrian PCO to be accredited by IAPCO. Mathias Posch, IAPCO president, commented: “The PCO Tyrol Congress team have done an excellent job for many years, and it was therefore only a matter of time before it qualified to become accred...

Perth Convention Bureau CEO announces resignation

Paul Beeson has announced he is stepping down as CEO of the Perth Convention Bureau after more than eight years in the role. PCB’s Chairman, Mr Kevin Skipworth CVO said: “Paul has made an outstanding contribution to PCB during his tenure and will be a great loss. “He has applied his excellent leadership and strategic management skills in overviewing the operation of the Bureau and is leaving the o...

UK Tourism industry confident despite Brexit, says UKinbound research

UKinbound has released its latest Business Barometer Figures, which show confidence levels across the tourism industry are on the rise. The research, which was collected by Qa Research, found that 59% of UKinbound members stated they were confident about business in the upcoming 12 months. This was the highest rate recorded since October 2017. The increase in confidence was influenced by an influx...

Dubai World Trade Centre wins bids for ten new congresses

Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has announced that it has won bids to host ten new international congresses at the venue from 2019-2022. The events are expected to bring around 37,000 delegates to the city, and an estimated AED 700m (US $190m) for the economy. Events will include the 4thYoung Professionals in Space Conference (YPS), the 22ndInternational Academy of Astronautics Human in Space Symp...

Why local experiences are key to authentic travel

Authentic travel is all about authentic local experiences, says Didier Scaillet, CEO of SITE.   It’s almost a year since I grasped the reins at SITE, aka Society for Incentive Travel Excellence, and it’s been quite the ride. As I look back at 2018 I can say: “A lot done, a lot more to do!”.  In 2018 SITE reached its biggest ever membership number. In our 45-year history we’ve never exceeded 2...

How to meet the needs of millennial travellers

In this guest blog, AIPC President Aloysius Arlando looks into the future and highlights the importance of meeting millennial business travellers expectations.   By 2020, millennials will make up more than half of the global workforce and account for the largest segment of business travellers[1]. Millennials are a unique group, with expectations and experience-seeking that is very different from t...

Montréal: An innovative leader in the pharmaceutical sector

Guy-Joffroy Lord, Director of Business Sales at Tourisme Montréal, explores the role of the pharmaceutical sector in Montréal’s dynamic life sciences and health technology (LSHT) ecosystem.   The life sciences and health technology (LSHT) sector is thriving in the Greater Montréal area, with 56,000 industry jobs in over 600 organiaations and 10,000 students graduating yearly from health-relat...

Mash Media launches 2020Publishing Conference at International Confex

CMW publisher Mash media has today announced the launch of 2020Publishing – a new conference aimed at publishers looking to develop new revenue lines and products for their business. The conference will take place at International Confex 2019 on 27 February, at Olympia London. Confex is taking place alongside the Event Production Show and The PA Show. In a series of presentations from leading expe...

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre delivers RM888 million to Malaysia

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) in Malaysia delivered RM888 million of economic impact to Malaysia in 2018, according to the venue. It welcomed 2.18 million visitors throughout the year, an increase of 45% from 2017. It also played host to 1,485 events in the year, 17% more than 2017. The Centre’s General Manager Alan Pryor commented: “We are delighted with our performance last year, and...