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.

IMEX America in Las Vegas was the largest ever IMEX

IMEX America came to a close yesterday, 18 October, in Las Vegas’ Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The event set a series of new records, and was the largest ever IMEX. Over 13,000 participants took part in the event, making over 70,000 appointments. The event expanded into an additional hall, creating space for over 3,500 exhibitors representing 150 countries. Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group...

Meet Ottawa: engineered for conferences

Lesley Mackay, Director of Meetings and Events at Ottawa Tourism, explains why engineers feel right at home when they meet in Canada’s capital city   If Canada were a city, Ottawa would be it. As the country’s capital, Ottawa is a city that tells the stories of Canada like no other. It’s the place where Canadians gather to celebrate their shared heritage. And it’s a region of natural beauty, ...

New ICC Belfast expected to attract £100m and 1,500 jobs to the city

Thursday 11 October marked the official launch of the ICC (international convention centre) Belfast, which has rebranded from Belfast Waterfront. The rebranding aims to attract the international conference market to Belfast, which is projected to be worth £100m in economic impact. Catherine Toolan, managing director of ICC Belfast (pictured left), said: “The repositioning, which has been delivered...

Cape Town ICC appoints new chief financial officer

The Cape Town International Convention Centre has announced the appointment of Wayne De Wet as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). De Wet is responsible for, amongst other duties, developing and implementing the CTICC’s financial strategies, strategic leadership of finance and supply chain management, as well as growth and resource management within the finance department. Julie-May Ellingson, ...

The top event trends for 2019

The meetings and events industry is ever-evolving, with innovations and advances coming from both within, as well as outside the industry. But with so many exciting new trends, how can you spot the one which is likely to have the most impact on your business and events? Four keynote speakers from the upcoming IBTM World 2018 offer their thoughts on the top event trends for 2019.   Andy Johnston (t...

American Express Meetings & Events forecasts steady events growth for 2019

American Express Meetings & Events (Amex M&E) has predicted a ‘new normal’ of stable and steady growth for the events industry in its 2019 Global Meetings and Events Forecast. Global meetings activity is expected to increase alongside increases in budget allocation. Consolidation across the industry and the rise of disruptive suppliers is expected to create an environment where meeting pla...

MITEC signs exclusive international partnership with GICEC

The Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC) and Guangdong Tanzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center (GICEC) in China have sealed an exclusive collaborative partnership. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which was recently signed between MITEC and GICEC marks an official partnership that is expected to increase cooperation and foster greater ties between two tr...

Why South Korea has so much to offer for incentive travel

BI WORLDWIDE’s event design manager Heidi Williams and project executive Michael Pollard share their thoughts on why South Korea shouldn’t be overlooked as an emerging small group incentive event destination. [hr gap=”30″] The Seoul of the country As part of BI WORLDWIDE’s in:sight project and commitment to exploring new and emerging event destinations, we were recently luc...

The Big Reveal at UK’s NEC

On Wednesday 10 October event profs gathered at the NEC as the venue unveiled the results of a £4.5m transformation, nicknamed Project Facelift, and introduced the all-new Bear Grylls Adventure. Check out the video above and gallery below for more.

CTICC comes out on top at the Top40 Women in MICE Awards

The Cape Town International Convention Centre was in celebration mode when three female leaders – Tracy Mkhize, general manager: operations – food & beverage, Adéle Maritz, international business development manager, and Bianca van Niekerk, national business development manager, were named 2018 Top40 Women in MICE. CEO of the CTICC Julie-May Ellingson, said: “We are extremely proud of Tracy, A...

UK startup EVVNT signs international deal with US-based GateHouse Media

UK event marketing company Evvnt has signed an international deal with publishing company GateHouse Media as part of its rolling expansion into the United States. Evvnt’s software-as-a-service tool enables marketers and organisers to promote an event across over 3,500 listing sites by completing a single listing. Since its launch in 2012, Evvnt has had more than 30,000 customers across 139 countri...

Events in Quebec City expected to generate $50m in economic spinoffs

Quebec City Convention Centre in Canada is expecting over 51,000 delegates at 66 events between now and the end of the year. These delegates are expected to generate 53,000 room nights in hotels, and over $50m in economic spinoffs. This money will contribute to Quebec City’s restaurants, shops, businesses, cultural and tourist sites, service providers and more. In the first quarter of the financia...