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.

ITB Asia focusing on $180bn Muslim travel market

Asian travel trade show ITB Asia is set to focus on the US$180bn Muslim travel market for its 2018 edition. The show has partnered with CrescentRating and Halal Trip for the Halal in Travel summit, which is now in its third year. Its key theme will be ‘Innovation & Technology in the Muslim Travel Space’. ITB Asia will also be launching a newly dedicated Muslim Travel Hub and Pavilion, hosting ...

Anak Sarawak reveals finalists for annual awards

Malaysia’s Anak Sarawak Awards has officially announced the 17 finalists for its 9th edition. The Anak Sarawak Awards are an initiative of the Sarawak Convention Bureau, and will take place on Friday 24 August in conjunction with Sarawak’s inaugural conference, TriBE 2018. Nominees have been revealed for awards including the Business Events Journalism Award, the Young Leader Scholarship Award, the...

Moravec elected as board president at IMA

The Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) has elected Ted Moravec as its 2018-2019 board president, and announced new officers and directors. The IMA connects members from leading companies across the marketplace to create a unified voice and growth for the incentive industry Moravec brings years of industry and leadership experience to the association. He is a past president of Incentive Manufact...

A statement from San Diego Convention Center CEO regarding failed expansion

Clifford Rippetoe (pictured), CEO of the San Diego Convention Center, has issued a statement regarding the expansion to the site, after its planned funding fell through: “I am proud to be the President and CEO of the world-class San Diego Convention Center. “While all of us here are disappointed that the current funding initiative will not be on the ballot this November, we will continue to ...

Philadelphia ranked number one in the US for hotel business

New data reports record-breaking growth for the hospitality sector in the Philadelphia region of the United States. The region has been ranked number one among the top 25 markets nationally in year-over-year growth in group demand. Total hotel room revenue of $332.2 and hotel occupancy rates of 79.5% both set modern day records for the first half of the year. Julie Coker Graham, CEO of the Philade...

Robot World Cup comes to Sydney in 2019

Following the excitement of the recent FIFA World Cup in Russia, Sydney is about to host its own version using robots. RoboCup 2019 will be held at the ICC Sydney from 1-8 July 2019. Over 30 soccer pitches will be built to accommodate the 2,000 participants and 20,000 spectators. The robots are powered by artificial intelligence rather than by remote control. Over 100 teams from around the world w...

AVANI launch new travel video series for social media

AVANI Hotels & Resorts have announced the launch of a new video series, #AVANIme. The new series presents locations and venues through the eyes of local celebrities and influencers, in an attempt connect to more millennial-minded travellers, who are sharing stories on social media. The new series comes on the back of AVANI winning Best Video by a Hospitality Brand at the first annual Citizen T...

AccorHotels wants you to WhatsApp their staff for room service

AccorHotels UK & Ireland has introduced the facility for guests to communicate with hotel staff using WhatsApp The change means customers no longer need to use the phones in their rooms or contact hotel reception. Each customer will be given a dedicated mobile phone number with their room key card on arrival, which is monitored by a member of staff who can respond immediately. It also means cu...

This state-funded literary festival is championing freedom in Malaysia

The George Town Literary Festival (GTLF) returns to Penang, Malaysia later this year, from 22-25 November. Funded by the State Government of Penang and is produced by Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB). It will feature over 80 writers, poets, thinkers and performers from more than 20 countries. The festival, which is celebrating its eighth edition this year, attracted more than 4,500...

Malaysia Business Events Week is focusing on the future

The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau has unveiled the fourth edition of the Malaysia Business Events Week. It will take place from 12-14 August 2018 at the Genting International Convention Centre in Pahang, and is scheduled to attract over 200 prominent business event professionals. MBEW is a platform for industry stakeholders to converge, communication and debate issues that impact the...

Amex M&E are ensuring booming business in China remains compliant

American Express Meetings & Events (Amex M&E) has launched an enhanced solution designed to protect meetings and events organisers against risk in China. Major fines and penalties accrued by multinational organisations conducting meetings and events in China have attracted negative headlines in recent years. Amex M&E’s new solution is designed to maximise control throughout the end-to-...

hotel republic adds Denihan Hospitality to UK MICE portfolio

Denihan Hospitality, the family-owned full-service American hotel management company, with head office in New York City, has hired hotel republic to represent the group in the UK MICE and leisure market. hotel republic MD Kai Schomann, said: “New York is one of the key destinations for UK conference and incentive organisers and hotel republic has valuable experience of the US market. We are deligh...