Stuart Wood

UK’s Events Industry Board appoints Michael Hirst OBE as Chair

Michael Hirst OBE has been appointed as the new Chairman of the UK’s Events Industry Board by Michael Ellis MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport following the resignation of Nick de Bois last summer. Hirst has served as Deputy Chair since the creation of the Events Industry Board in 2016. He is also Chair of the Business Visits and Events...

ZSL London Zoo hosts ‘Into the Wild’ Summer Showcase

London Zoo hosted an ‘Into the Wild’ summer showcase on 6 March, to familiarise attendees with the venue and promote it as a host of conferences and events. The evening featured glass bear costumes, circus performers, a variety of animals including an armadillo and a llama, a carousel, photo booth and plenty of food and drink. The Prince Albert Suite has been refurbished by CH&CO, and has capa...

Australia leads the way for International Women’s Day

A number of venues and organisations have hosted high-profile events and conferences across Australia for International Women’s Day on 8 March. The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia hosted an IWD breakfast in Sydney, where CEO Joyce DiMascio spoke to a diverse panel of experts about women in the business events industry. On the panel were Supriya Shakya, Head of Digital for Reed Exhi...

Aberdeen’s new venue TECA launches website

TECA (The Event Complex Aberdeen), Scotland’s brand new state-of-the-art events venue, has just launched its website. It can be found here. Opening in summer 2019, the £333 million development, being delivered by Aberdeen City Council in partnership with Henry Boot Developments, will replace the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC). It will feature 48,000sqm of multi-purpose event spac...

PRA expands into Louisville

Business event management company PRA, which has 28 offices across North America, is to open an office in Louisville, Kentucky due to an expanding market there, according to Tony Lorenz, Chief Executive Officer. PRA Louisville will specialise in event design, transportation solutions, entertainment, and a wide variety of interactive activities and experiences unique to the Louisville region. The m...

Belfast launches its largest ever dedicated business tourism campaign

Belfast’s official tourism marketing agency, Visit Belfast, has launched a brand new marketing campaign designed to rapidly accelerate the volume of inbound business conferences and events taking place in the city. Emphasising the importance of business tourism to Belfast and Northern Ireland, and developed by Visit Belfast with 13 major partners from the city’s thriving tourism industry – Belfast...

International adventure tourism experts to converge on Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand has won a bid to host the 2020 International Adventure Conference, which will bring leading tourism researchers to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time, in December next year. The winning bid was presented by Dr Susan Houge Mackenzie on behalf of her team from the University of Otago, Queenstown Resort College, and the Otago Polytechnic Institute of Sport and Adventur...

In pictures: International Confex 2019

International Confex, the Event Production Show and PA Show drew to a close on 27 February, after two days of inspiring panels and industry networking. The three shows were the most successful to date, with a buzzing atmosphere filling a show floor which was bathed in February sunshine through the glass windows of Olympia London. For our full online write-up containing all the highlights, click he...

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship to be held at ExCeL London from 2020

Formula E is set to bring electric racing back to London and the UK in July 2020. From 25-26 July, the event will utilise a unique 2.4km circuit through the Royal Docks, with the starting grid located inside ExCeL. ExCeL will be the new home of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in the UK as part of a multi-year agreement, with the return of unrivalled inner-city racing and entertainment in the he...

Rotterdam Ahoy presents major e-sports viewing party

Major e-sports event IEM Katowice is taking place in Katowice Poland on 3 March. As part of Rotterdam Games Week, venue Rotterdam Ahoy is hosting a pop-up viewing event, which will be showing the match on big screens at the Ahoy Arena. Gamers can ‘meet & beat the pro’ competitor Melania Mylioti, and ask CS:GO expert and shoutcaster Jerre ‘Dynz’ van den Berg about the game and...

That’s a wrap! All the highlights from Confex, EPS and PA Show 2019

International Confex, the Event Production Show and PA Show have drawn to a close, after two days of inspiring panel discussions and events industry networking. The three co-located events were bathed in glorious February sunshine through the glass windows of London Olympia – a stark contrast to last year’s event when the Beast from the East struck. Day one highlights included former Pop Idol winn...

Confex panel: The future of the industry

The final panel on day two of International Confex took place on the main stage, where a panel of industry experts discussed ‘the future of our industry’. On the panel were El Clowes, Unicorn Events, Bruce Rose, The Live Group, Amber Maher, EIGHT PR & Marketing, and Hollie Light, AAT Events. One of the topics of discussion was millennials, and the challenges of appealing to such a broad demogr...