Stuart Wood

Vancouver Convention Centre granted prestigious Les Clefs d’Or membership

The Vancouver Convention Centre has become the first convention centre in North America to be granted Corporate Affiliate membership to Les Clefs d’Or Canada. Les Clefs is an elite group of hotel concierges dedicated to the achievement of exceptional service and represents over 4,000 top concierges in over 45 countries, including 150 Canadian members. “Congratulations to the Vancouver Convention C...

MPI to host European Meetings and Events Conference in The Hague

The Hague will be welcoming the European Meetings and Events Conference (EMEC19) from 9-12 February 2019 at World Forum, and several other locations. The international conference, organised by Meetings Professionals International (MPI) Netherlands Chapter, will welcome nearly 400 conference professionals from over 20 countries. With the conference theme ‘changing the game’, the organisers have lef...

Luxury travel experiences to showcase at AIME 2019

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), the leading meetings and conventions event in the region, has announced a series of premier global luxury travel exhibitors who will showcase their venues and destinations at the 2019 event. Exhibitors confirmed to lead the premium line-up include One & Only Resorts, winner of the Travel & Leisure 2018 World’s Best Award; Daydream Island R...

Global expansion for newly branded DRPG

Creative communications group DRPG are opening four new offices, including Cologne, Illinois, Dublin and Belfast, increasing the groups locations to seven. The group has also announced a multimillion-pound expansion plan for 2019, which includes a 15,000sqft extension to the Worcestershire Global Headquarters. This will include digital design and motion graphics studios, a team wellbeing centre, a...

Why Portugal is on the rise for MICE business

‘Desenrascanço’ describes the Portuguese national virtue of finding unconventional solutions to demanding situations – a useful trait when creating an adaptable MICE industry, as Ramy Salameh discovers.   Lisbon, Porto and Braga’s city-break tourism industries are booming. New airlift, especially from national carrier Air Portugal (TAP), as well as renewed confidence and investment in v...

IBTM Arabia partners with ICCA Middle East to host MICE Knowledge Platform

IBTM Arabia has announced the first details of the Knowledge Programme for its 2019 event, which will take place at Jumeirah Etihad Towers from 25-27 March. New this year is a ‘MICE Knowledge Platform’ – two specially tailored sessions in association with ICCA Middle East. The first session, ‘Business approaches across cultures’, will bring together panel members from across the MENA region ...

L.A celebrates 50m visitors… with a hologram of Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles welcomed 50m visitors in 2018, according to the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (LATCB). The Board celebrated the milestone, which was achieved two years ahead of target, by enlisting LA-based VNTANA to create a hologram of basketball superstar Kobe Bryant, delivering a message about LA being the ‘sports capital of the world’. A video of the hologram can be viewed above. Thi...

American Express Meetings & Events launches Meetings Express

American Express Meetings & Events (M&E), a division of American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), today announced the launch of Meetings Express. The platform provides users with a single global interface for sourcing small, simple, and recurring meetings. To provide the most relevant local content, Meetings Express is supported by carefully selected third-party technology providers i...

Event Horizon: Sustainability is not a fad

“A region in spacetime beyond which events cannot affect an outside observer.” Event Horizon is a column by CMW’s Stuart Wood, taking a look at the events industry from a newcomer’s perspective. In this third instalment, he locks horns with Veganuary, and wonders if sustainability is getting trend-ified.   2019 has arrived, and with the advent of the new year comes the time for many of ...

Mining Indaba celebrates London Stock Exchange market opening ceremony

Mark Shashoua, CEO of Mining Indaba owners ITE Group plc, ceremonially opened trading on the London Stock Exchange, 11 January. The event, attended by partners including the World Gold Council, Memery Crystal, ICMM, The World Platinum Investment Council, Brunswick and Thor Exploration, celebrated the upcoming 25th edition of the largest mining investment event in the world. Mark Shashoua, CEO of I...

Trio of senior hires kick starts 2019 for BCD Meetings & Events

Katie Knight, Mark Scales and Arran Cruickshanks are among 20 new starters in January for BCD Meetings & Events across the EMEA region. The agency’s new hires are part of the company’s expansion plans. BCD has recently integrated Grass Roots M&E in to one single business entity, and has also set its ambitions to double its size in the next two years. David Taylor, VP of Sales & Marketi...

Eventist Group appoints Fiona Churchill to sales director

The UK’s Eventist Group has announced the appointment of Fiona Churchill to sales director. Churchill joins the team following Eventist’s recent acquisition of award-winning event caterer Zafferano and a wealth of large-scale events on the horizon for 2019, including Glastonbury Festival and Paris Air Show. Churchill will be responsible for the delivery of revenue targets and new business le...