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.

Australia’s largest events awards are opening for submissions

Meetings & Events Australia has announced the launch of the 2018 MEA Awards Program, with entries open from Monday 3 September 2018. The MEA Awards are the largest national awards program for meetings and events in Australia. It underwent a significant overhaul in 2017, when every category and award was updated, and a record number of submissions were received. Robyn Johnson, chief executive o...

Busy season for events forecast in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) is gearing up for a busy events season, with more than 50 upcoming exhibitions and conferences spanning culture, healthcare leisure, lifestyle and business. These include the CPhl 2018 Middle East and Africa Exhibition, the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show, the Abu Dhabi International Exhibition and Conference, and the Middle East Games Con. Humaid M...

Chinese mega-conference broadcasts online to over a million viewers

The Shenyang New World EXPO in China (EXPO) successfully hosted the 2018 Chinese Conference on Oncology, one of the largest international conferences ever to be held in northeast China. The show was broadcast online to 1.08 million viewers, involving 210 media outlets. It featured 77 parallel sessions holding academic forums with 923 renowned scholars and oncology specialists across the world. The...

Sarawak commits to growing business events

The government of the Malaysian state of Sarawak has announced it will enhance its social infrastructures to support the growth of business events in the region. Sarawak’s chief minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said business events are important components to not only promote but to develop Sarawak as a destination. He commented: “The government has invested a lot of funds to upgrade...

Malaysia’s MITEC offers virtual reality tours

The Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC) has unveiled a new, immersive VR experience, making them the first trade and exhibition centre in Malaysia to embrace the technology. A VR based app will bring 360-degree experiences to life, showcasing MITEC’s venues and halls. It will be presented using Oculus Go, a mobile VR platform which is compatible with both Android and iOS. ...

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 ...