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.

The top 100 meeting and event venues in the United States

Aventri has released “The Top 100 Meeting and Event Venues in the United States,” a free guide that highlights the event tech company’s top venue picks

UK’s Centaur disposes of engineering portfolio as sales continue

Centaur Media Plc has agreed to sell its engineering portfolio, including The Engineer and Subcon, to Mark Allen Group. Mark Allen Group will pay a cash consideration of £2.5m, subject to customary post-completion adjustments. The sale is expected to complete 31 May. It follows the recent disposals of Centaur’s financial services business, its travel and meetings exhibitions and its HR business. T...

In pictures: Blitz Connection in London

Blitz, a GES company, held its annual AV showcase Blitz Connection on 7 May at The Brewery, London. The event saw a number of high-profile companies in attendance including Barclays, Facebook and Samsung. The event was moderated by BBC journalist and presenter Helen Fospero, and headlined by keynote speaker Caryn Franklin MBE. Franklin is a fashion industry journalist, broadcaster and activist. Ot...

Inside the Dubai Exhibition Centre, host venue of Expo 2020

The team behind the in-construction Dubai Exhibition Centre has released a ‘fly-through’ video of the venue, ahead of its opening on 20 October 2020.

World Transplant Games launches with conference in NewcastleGateshead

The World Transplant Games will begin with a conference in NewcastleGateshead, from 17-24 August this year. The event is an Olympics-style games for participants who have had successful organ and tissue transplants. Over 3,000 participants from 50 different countries are expected to attend. Taking place 17 August at King’s Hall on Newcastle University Campus, the conference called “Life Saver to L...

GL Events revenue increases to €340.2m in Q1 2019

Global organiser GL Events has announced its revenue for the first quarter of 2019 grew 19%, to €340.2m. This included 8% from organic growth and 12% from acquisitions, with the adverse impact of foreign exchange on sales 1%. Olivier Ginon, GL events Group’s Chairman, commented: “I wish to thank our teams for the strength of their engagement which contributed to the good business momen...

Calgary lighting a big conference flame in the fall

The Alberta city is busy highlighting a big natural resource for drawing in major events Calgary’s natural resources (energy) vertical is a big pull for event organisers, including for The Society of Petroleum Engineers which is hosting its Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in Calgary 30 September – 2 October, 2019. It will be the first time the SPE has hosted the ATCE in Canada and org...

Everything you need to know from the Associations World Congress 2019

CMW travelled to Gothenburg, the world’s most sustainable meetings destination, where the Associations World Congress 2019 served up some food for thought. And spiky lobsters.   The concept of Fika is an important part of Swedish culture. Translated literally, it means a “coffee and cake break” – but it has a greater significance than that. Fika is a ritual. It means taking time to refresh th...

UK’s ICC Birmingham secures five association contracts in three weeks

The ICC Birmingham team has secured five association contracts in three weeks, marking the team’s most successful year for medical events. The record end to the financial year saw the team secure The Royal College of Physicians (April 2020), Psychological Society (July 2021), Association of Surgeons in Training (March 2020), British Orthodontic Society (October 2021) and the UK Interdisciplinary B...

Major international medical congress comes to ExCeL London

The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) has announced that it will return to ExCeL London in 2020. The five-day event is expected to bring together over 10,000 hepatologists, doctors and medical professionals, to share recent data, present studies and findings, and discuss the hottest topics on liver disease. EASL’s decision is a huge vote of confidence in London’s position as a...

Hard Rock Hotels appoint ‘VIBE Managers’ to curate events

Hard Rock Hotels feature a dedicated “VIBE Manager” for events and meetings at each of its international venues – a Visionary Individual Behind Energy. A VIBE manager’s role is to curate the hotel atmosphere with lighting, music, decor, entertainment and surrounding memorabilia. They are at the helm of delivering unique events at the venues. Adam Zengel, VIBE Manager for Ha...

Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur undergoes multi-million dollar renovation

The Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel in Malaysia has relaunched with a new look, following an extensive transformation. The venue has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation, increasing its capacity to 398 rooms and revamping its Club Lounge on the 38th floor. The Pavilions Lounge & Bar (pictured top) has also been redesigned. The venue’s meeting and banqueting facilities have been fit...