Stuart Wood

UK’s Harrogate Convention Centre announces new director

The UK’s Harrogate Convention Centre has revealed exclusively to CMW‘s sister title CN that Paula Lorimer will take over as the company’s new director in early 2019. Lorimer brings more than two decades of high-level event industry experience to the Harrogate job, including the role of deputy CEO at Manchester Central and Sales Director for International Confex, one of Europe’s biggest...

Travel Leaders Group acquires UK event management business YES

Travel Leaders Group has acquired UK-based YES (Your Event Solutions), a MICE business with global meetings and event expertise. The addition of YES complements Travel Leaders Group’s growing presence in the meetings & incentive marketplace, and will provide both firms with additional geographic reach and industry expertise. A full-service event provider, YES provides a range of corporate even...

German Convention Bureau releases ‘Future Meetings Space’ research

The German Convention Bureau (GCB) presented the results of the second phase of its ‘Future Meetings Space’ research project recently, at the 2019 PCMA Convening Leaders conference. The research provides insights into attendee types and success factors, as well as recommendations for action. The core question in the report was ‘How to create successful events’. The answer, in a nutshell: to satisf...

Convening Leaders in Pittsburgh

Do work that matters for people who care. Create change. That’s the role of business events professionals, according to marketing guru Seth Godin who gave the keynote address to PCMA’s Convening Leaders convention in Pittsburgh, 7 January. Godin reminded the audience of what’s at the core of their work: “What you do is make stories, make a difference,” he said. The delegates celebrated the power o...

In pictures: IBTM World 2018

IBTM World wrapped up in Gran Via, Barcelona, at the end of 2018. The show saw more meetings than ever and destinations and venues brought colour and interaction to the show floor. A selection photographs from the event can be found below:

Messe Frankfurt centralises its sales operations

Messe Frankfurt has announced it will be centralising sales operations for its Locations business field, and has appointed Silke Calder to head the sales department. Locations encompasses all trade fairs, congresses/conferences and other events that are held as guest events at the company’s Frankfurt base. Every year, Messe Frankfurt hosts over 260 such events. Johann Thoma, vice president of Gues...

Scientists grounded for conference following US government shutdown

The partial shutdown of the US government has continued to affect airport services, which is now having a knock-on impact on conferences and events across the country. The 233rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society was supposed to play host to a Boeing 747 outfitted with a massive telescope – the world’s largest airborne observatory. But the plane was not able to make the journey following...

Computational design conference comes to Penang in 2019

Penang, Malaysia has won a bid to host the upcoming International Congress and Conferences on Computational Design and Engineering (I3CDE) 2019. The event will take place from 7-10 July at ParkRoyal Penang Resort, the first time the Korean-owned congress has taken place outside its home country. The event is organised by the Society for Computational Design and Engineering from Korea, and will att...

Vancouver signs agreement with Airbnb

Before the New Year Tourism Vancouver announced a new type of agreement for Canada with Airbnb to promote the city to travellers on the accommodation platform. The agreement will see Airbnb leverage its global reach through digital channels such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as well as its magazine Airbnbmag, to boost Vancouver’s reputation as a premier destination. Additionally, Airbnb...

RBH celebrates graduates from Pyramid talent programme

Pyramid, a talent development programme run by RBH, has celebrated the graduation of nine promising future hotel managers. The year-long programme had its graduation ceremony at Crowne Plaza London Dockland, in front of senior members of RBH management, and colleagues who mentored them throughout the year. Over the course of the programme, the candidates took part in a range of masterclasses, lear...

DBpixelhouse expands into the US

Digital and tech supplier DBpixelhouse has expanded its operations into the USA. The company will be working with several North American agencies and brands during early 2019, helping them to engage with delegates through the creative integration of digital content. The move follows DBpixelhouse’s successful presence at EventTech in Las Vegas last November. The company also announced the appointme...

Are you making the most of social media?

A new report by Aventri and Little Bird Told Media is aiming to provide insight into how the events industry makes use of social media. Among the key findings was the fact that 96% of survey respondents said they used social media for marketing, but only 38% said they used it for crisis management. 87% used it for customer engagement, 77% for news, 65% for live streaming/video, and 42% for gamific...