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.

Dubai’s Armani Hotel is on the way to zero food wastage

Armani Hotel Dubai, located in the iconic Burj Khalifa, is advancing its sustainability initiatives by partnering with leading tech firm Winnow, to avoid wastage of food resources. The hotel has already achieved its target of reducing food wastage by 80% through a well-structured programme, and is heading towards zero food waste to the landfill. Armani Hotel Dubai is now equipped with Winnow’s sma...

NZ’s Dunedin wins bid for ‘largest leisure academic conference in the world’

New Zealand city Dunedin and the University of Otago have successfully bid for the 2022 World Leisure Congress, which will bring between 500-1000 delegates and an estimated $1.7m to the region. The ten-day event has a focus on ‘learn well, live well’, and will be staged at the University of Otago. Among those in attendance will be leisure practitioners, policy makers and academics from across the ...

Airbnb joins the meetings scene

Airbnb has announced on its website that it has started offering online tools to find meetings spaces and teambuilding activities. The online service, which began trading in the US in 2008, says it has seen “exponential growth” in companies using Airbnb for Work. It goes on to say that, to date, 700,000 companies have had employees sign up and book with Airbnb for Work. More than 300,000 are engag...

ITE Group sells 56 ‘non-core’ Russian events from its portfolio

ITE Group has announced that it plans to dispose of ITE Expo LLC, the operating company for 56 of the Group’s events in Russia. The events, which comprise a significant portion of ITE Group’s non-core assets in Russia, will be taken over by Shtab-Expo LLC. ITE retains 16 designted core events in Russia, which have international exhibitors and visitors. These events will form part of a new legal en...

MedTech and life science conferences come to Israel

In October 2018, Tel Aviv will host 3 leading conferences in the MedTech and life sciences fields. Thousands of attendees including industry senior executives, scientists, engineers and participants from all around the world are expected to flock to the startup city and take part in a series of fascinating workshops, conferences, tours and networking events. Tel Aviv will host The Medical Device R...

Shortlist revealed for 2018 Incredible Impacts Programme

The final shortlist of 12 entries for the 2018 Incredible Impacts Programme has been announced by BestCities Global Alliance and the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). The Incredible Impacts Programme celebrates the ‘beyond tourism’ value of international association meetings to create a powerful platform to advocate their positive societal impact. A panel of independent jud...

Leaders getaway brings top associations to Dubai

Dubai Association Centre (DAC) is to host the city’s first-ever Association Leaders Getaway from 10-13 December. The event is focused on building a strengthened community and robust ecosystem for associations in the region. It will allow association members to take part in networking, trials and discussions, amidst immersive experience and scenic settings around the city. Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai...

Experience Finland’s northern lights in virtual reality

Visit Finland, Finnair and Finavia have collaborated to launch a new virtual reality game, which allows users to travel around the country in VR. ‘Trek: Travel Around the World’ is available now on Steam and Viveport. It allows users to experience Lapland, Helsinki, and the Finnish Archipelago from the comfort of their homes. It was developed by Canadian studio MinorityVR. The game opens in a styl...

Adelaide centre becomes one of two ‘platinum’ sustainable venues in the world

Adelaide Convention Centre has become one of only two convention centres in the world to achieve the coveted Earthcheck Platinum Certification. The achievement represents best practice in sustainability, and is the result of 10 years of continuous certification with the globally recognised EarthCheck programme. Only 34 venues worldwide have reached Platinum Certification. Some of the projects Adel...

Surveying the future of event technology

In this blog, the judges of IBTM World’s upcoming Tech Watch Award offer their thoughts on what makes a winning entry, surveying some of the industry’s most innovative technology. [hr gap=”30″] Q: What emerging tech trends do you see as having a significant impact on events and/or exhibitions in the next few years? Corbin Ball, founder of Corbin Ball Associates, chair of the judge’s pa...

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...