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.

Demonstrating the future of storytelling

Paul Colston is invited to witness a demonstration of Marina Bay Sands Singapore’s Mixed Reality addition to its Hybrid Broadcast Studio toolbox.   Marina Bay Sands rolled out Mixed Reality (MR) capabilities at its state-of-the-art Hybrid Broadcast Studio at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, before the New Year, complete with presenters in holographic form able to respond to Q&As in real ...

Coping strategy against Covid at Kenya’s KICC

A country famed for the stamina and resilience of its athletes, Kenya and its MICE industry has been digging deep in the marathon effort to beat Covid, as we hear from director business development services at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), Geoffrey K. Thande.   Kenya’s conference tourism sector, like most business sectors around the world, has been greatly affected during t...

Rwanda redux

The landlocked central African state is sticking to its tourism strategy for future international event success, with new hotels leading the virtual way, writes Paul Colston.   Rwanda has surprised many with its global tourism PR campaign in recent years, not least in the sponsorship of global brands, including a £30m (US$39m) three-year shirt sponsorship deal signed in 2018 with Arsenal Foot...

Jeanette Stanton appointed events project manager for BEIA

Jeanette Stanton has been appointed events project manager for Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA). She will be re-joining New Zealand’s industry association next month, following six years as marketing and business events services manager with Auckland Convention Bureau. Previously she was instrumental in developing and managing key events such as MEETINGS and the industry annual conference ...

Penang’s India Roadshow moves to a hybrid format

The Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau is moving its annual Penang Roadshow to India event into a hybrid format. The event will feature a dinner hosted in selected Indian cities, but will take place virtually. It will stop through Kochi on 18 January, followed by Chennai on 20 January, and Mumbai on 25 January. The event aims to connect sellers from Penang and other parts of Malaysia with I...

German Convention Bureau launches online innovation forum

The German Convention Bureau (GCB) launched a new online forum focused on innovation, called the “Response Room”, at PCMA Convening Leaders 2021. It was initiated with the cooperation of PCMA and the IMEX Group. The aim is to build a global community of meeting planners, organisers, suppliers, and event participants to jointly develop new solutions and innovative business models. The f...

Safeture and Traxo announce new partnership

Sweden-based employee safety company Safeture and Dallas-based Traxo, which provides corporate travel data capture and intelligence, have announced a new partnership. Through Traxo, Safeture customers are able to access detailed corporate travel itinerary data for bookings that were made outside their travel program. The increased location awareness insight enabled by Traxo’s travel data capture s...

Swapcard acquires registration platform Avolio

Online event platform Swapcard has acquired Avolio, a registration platform based in the USA. Swapcard says the acquisition will allow them to provide event organisers with one technology partner that can run all their hybrid and virtual events. The acquisition comes following a 400% increased in projected turnover between June 2020 and January 2021 for Swapcard. The company has also expanded from...

New Zealand secures global sustainability event on coral reefs

New Zealand has secured a major global conference on coral reefs, highlighting the plight of the South Pacific to the rest of the world. The International Coral Reef Society’s Symposium will be held in Auckland in the New Zealand International Convention Centre in mid-2025. Around 2,500 experts are expected to attend – the largest number of delegates that New Zealand can host, bringing $6 mi...

Meetingselect completes acquisition of German MICE Access

Meetingselect, a Dutch group of IT companies in the meetings tech industry, today announced the completion of the acquisition of the German-based MICE Access. MICE Access is a global meetings distribution technology, originally founded in 2007. It uses an interface technology allowing online travel agencies and meetings & event technology providers to connect to the Meetings API or design thei...

IBTM’s TechWatch winner

IBTM World Virtual crowned the winner of its TechWatch programme, which sees a series of event tech startups pitching to a panel of judges. The finalists were narrowed down to five, with Clipr being picked as the eventual winner. Clipr uses machine learning to analyse lengthy videos of recorded event content, breaking it down into more easily consumable chunks. It also creates ‘meeting recaps’ to ...

Virtual event KPIs to measure the success of online conferences

By Tanya Pinchuk, managing director of ExpoPlatform   With virtual shows opening doors to anyone with an internet connection, event KPIs have evolved from mere registration and attendance statistics to the real demonstrable value organisers can provide.  The success of virtual conferences depends on aligning the event’s goals with the business goals of participating speakers, sponsors and att...