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.

Dubai Tourism targeting CIS region and offering new visas as travel reopens

Dubai Tourism’s chief executive says the organisation is targeting new markets, particularly the CIS region, in 2021. Issam Kazim said Ukraine and Kazakhstan are big target markets, speaking to TheNationalNews.com during Arabian Travel Market. The region will also be offering more visa categories ahead of hosting Expo 2020, now rescheduled for October 2021. Kazim commented: “It can only get ...

UK government to host hybrid LGBT conference in 2022

The UK government has announced a new global LGBT conference, called Safe To Be Me, which will take place in 2022. The event was announced 16 May by the country’s minister for women and qualities, Liz Truss, and foreign secretary Dominic Raab. The event will bring together elected officials, policy makers, and the international LGBT community including activists, experts, and civil society t...

International Wheat Congress comes to Adelaide in 2024

Adelaide, Australia has been chosen as the host city for the International Wheat Congress 2024. Agtech is one of the South Australian government’s key economic growth pillars and the win is important as an economic driver for the state. The event will attract around 1,000 delegates to South Australia over its five-day programme and provide an economic benefit in excess of $5 million. SA Premier Ho...

Copenhagen CVB launches new sustainability guide for event planners

Wonderful Copenhagen, the convention bureau of the Danish capital, has launched a new Copenhagen Sustainability Guide. The guide offers a “holistic and hands-on” guide to staging green events in the city. It is an extension of the bureau’s ‘Tourism for good’ strategy. It is based on interviews with organisers about their work and needs. It provides case studies and ideas for how events can set amb...

Hong Kong launches new ambassador scheme to promote recovery

Over 100 business leaders and professional bodies have signed up to be Hong Kong Convention Ambassadors, alongside the city’s Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB). The HKTB has launched the ‘Hong Kong Convention Ambassador’ programme to help revitalise Hong Kong’s MICE industry, after a challenging 2020. The Ambassadors have a significant advantage when they lobby potential conference organisers to cons...

Cisco announces intent to acquire virtual event platform Socio

Technology conglomerate Cisco has announced its intent to acquire Socio, an event platform for virtual, hybrid and in-person events. Socio was founded in 2016 and is based in the US, with an office in Istanbul. It started as an in-person event management solution, and at the onset of the pandemic, the company built a virtual event suite to complement this. The platform’s capabilities for virtual a...

New report predicts three scenarios for the future of the meetings industry

The Strategic Alliance of the National Convention Bureaux of Europe has published an update of its 2020 study, ‘The Impact of Coronavirus on Europe’s Convention Sector’. The report, prepared by Tourism Economics, provides three recovery scenarios for the meetings industry, given the level of uncertainty about how the pandemic situation will evolve over the coming months. The baseline scenario assu...

New BCD survey reveals priorities for travel bookers

A new survey by BCD Travel has revealed the most important factors for those booking travel trips. The survey, conducted in April, asked 101 travel buyers questions about their priorities when it comes to booking. These were then aggregated into a score out of 5. ‘Duty of care’ and ‘traveller satisfaction’ were the highest rated, with 99% of people rating them as very to extremely important. ‘Duty...

International Mobility Summit comes to Copenhagen in 2021 and 2022

The International Mobility Summit will be coming to Copenhagen in 2021 and 2022. Organisers Electronomous selected the city for its next two in-person events, the first of which will be taking place from 20-24 September. The event will run in a hybrid format, with five virtual days and one in-person. The conference covers eight tracks including automation, clean and sustainable transport, the Euro...

From event organiser…to data company

Bas Dalm, director commerce RAI Amsterdam, talks to CMW about the opportunities of online and hybrid events.   Every organisation has experienced the impact of coronavirus, but there are few whose empty agenda has so much impact on an entire city. RAI Amsterdam started 2020 with the forecast that it would have the best year ever, yet came to a complete standstill. Bas Dalm, director of commer...

Slovenia’s Conventa to take place live in August

Conventa, a MICE industry trade show which takes place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, has announced it is returning to a live event for 2021. It will take place from 24-27 August, with a hybrid element to the conference content as well. Organisers say they are putting a heavy emphasis on health and safety, and following the recommendations of test events across Europe. ‘Think globally, act locally’ is th...

Report reveals how travel industry has changed in Q1 2021

Expedia Group Media has released a new quarterly trend report, which found that searches for travel in Q1 2021 showed strong growth, indicating a return to live events in many parts of the world. Demand continues to be tied to global vaccine rollouts and regional restrictions, however. In the United States, the week of 15 March  saw the largest spike in searches – an increase of 30% – following th...