Stuart Wood

In pictures: Global DMC Partners’ annual awards

Global DMC Partners, the largest global network of destination management companies, has revealed the winners for its 2018 annual awards. Awards included the 2018 Rising Star, 2018 Global Planner of the Year, 2018 International Partner of the Year, and 2018 U.S. Partner of the Year. The awards were distributed at their annual Connection in Warsaw, Poland on Saturday, August 18th. Client award winn...

Extended partnership promotes New Zealand’s business events

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) and Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) have recommitted to their ongoing partnership to enhance the marketing of New Zealand as a business events destination. The two organisations have re-signed their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which confirms cooperative activity in securing business events to the country. Chief Executive of CINZ Sue Sullivan commented...

RBH are donating to charity for guests returning stolen items

Independent hotel management company RBH is giving past guests the chance to come clean and return items they’ve ‘borrowed’ from hotel rooms over the years. The ‘souvenir amnesty’ will take place throughout the summer, with light-fingered patrons being encouraged to hand in their ill-gotten gains for the benefit of Make-a-Wish UK and NSPCC. For every souvenir returned to participating hotels, RBH,...

World’s best hotels revealed at Virtuoso Travel Week

Global luxury travel network Virtuoso has revealed the winners of the 2018 Best of the Best awards, recognising the world’s most exceptional properties and hoteliers. The 30th annual Virtuoso Travel Week took place on 15 August at the Hotel & Resorts Dinner. It honoured the year’s top 10 hotels and hoteliers before an audience of 1,700 leading figures in luxury travel. While the event recognis...

In pictures: Adelaide’s largest ever incentive group visit

The Adelaide Convention Bureau’s incentive marketing drive into China has paid dividends, with a 5-day/4-night visit by 750 employees of Joymain, one of China’s largest Science/tech and direct selling companies. The 750 delegates in one wave was Adelaide’s largest single incentive group visit and is the second time the company has visited Australia, with the first being to Sydney in 2015. Joymain ...

Sodexo sales manager announced as ILEA UK president elect

Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events regional sales manager Cecilia Lavin has been announced as president elect of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) UK chapter. The ILEA is a global network of more than 4,000 event professionals who connect to share ideas and best practice in high production, experiential and creative event design. Lavin will take over presidency next year from the i...

Behind the scenes in Singapore’s hotel industry

Singapore’s Open Hotels Weekend programme recently returned for a second run, with 22 hotels offering a behind-the-scenes look at working in the hotel industry. The programme comes under the country’s Hotel Career Campaign, which was launched in July 2017 by the Singapore Tourism Board. Its purpose is to increase awareness on the diverse range of careers and progression opportunities in the hotel ...

Record-breaking financial year for Melbourne Convention Bureau

The Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has achieved a 25% increase in economic contribution from secured business events this year. This makes the current financial year its strongest economic results ever, reaching an impressive $396m from 176 secured events. They are expected to bring 79,000 new visitors to the state, the highest for the past seven years. The record-breaking figures can be attrib...

Maritz Global Events meets Malaysia at the KLCC

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) recently hosted Ben Goedegebuure, general manager at Maritz Global Events, and senior vice president Nancy DeBrosse for an educational visit. Maritz Global Events brings together the industry-leading power of Maritz Travel – specialists in corporate conferences, meetings and incentive travel – with Experient, an association meetings, live events and ...

Brisbane alliance delivers trifecta of conference wins

The Brisbane Convention Bureau has partnered with The University of Queensland to secure a trifecta of conferences worth over $2.1m to the city’s economy. First is the 9thInternational Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication (INPRA) in June 2020. This is followed by the 6thBiennial COlloquim of the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities in November 2021. Lastly...

Encore Event technologies provide dramatic launch for ZEISS

Eyeglass lens manufacturers ZEISS recently launched their latest innovation, UVProtect, at a two-day event in Adelaide, Australia. Clients from around Australia experienced a first hand look at product conceptualisation and development from ZEISS headquarters, before managing director Mike Fitzsimons demonstrated UVProtect for the first time. Encore Event Technologies put the two-day event togethe...

EEAA commits to sustainability with new initiative

The Exhibition & Event Association for Australasia (EEAA) has kicked off a major new initiative to promote sustainability and reduce the environmental impact of the events sector. EEAA chief executive Joyce DiMascio said the renewed focus on the environment within the association would be led by newly elected board member Leighton Wood (pictured right), chief operating officer of the Melbourne...