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.

Bring the delegate into your digital space

ExpoPlatform’s Tanya Pinchuk says organisers need to plan carefully to ensure a loyal digital audience. [hr gap=”30″] There are some who still fear the potential impact of online technology on the business events industry, that digital tools could potentially take control of the event away from the organiser as interaction takes place online instead of in the meeting space or conventio...

IACC’s Europe Knowledge Festival programme revealed

The IACC has revealed details of the education programme set to take place during its Europe Knowledge Festival conference, taking place from 5-7 October at Dolce CampoReal, Lisbon. This year’s programme will be headlined by keynote David Hyner, an award-winning researcher, trainer, broadcaster, author and director of Stretch Development – a research training business. Drawing on his expertise and...

Leading events come to Al Ain Convention Center in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company has announced that it Al Ain Convention Center (AACC) will host several exhibitions during the month of September. These events are expected to attract over 40,000 local, regional and international visitors. Among the key events will be ‘Al Ain SME Exhibition’ and the ‘Education and Future Job Expo’, both starting on 17 September. The events are in line with ...

Thailand Convention Bureau showcases the country’s events power

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau showcased 13 years of MICE development through its history at Thailand MICE Forum 2018: Redefining Our Industry. TCEB reported more than one trillion baht of MICE revenue had been generated since its inception, and the country has hosted 20 international MICE events per year. Support has also been granted to more than 5,000 MICE events in Thailand and ...

Why Russia is a serious events contender

The Russian Convention Bureau (RCB) represented Russia at the recent IBTM China event in Beijing, the largest international event industry exhibition that caters to the Asian market. This was Russia’s first experience of introducing the country’s event capabilities at a major industry venue in Pacific Asia. The goal was to promote the country as a promising destination for major international conv...

Global Table is bringing catering innovation to Melbourne

Food + Wine Victoria, the organisation behind Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, has announced it will deliver Global Table, a new international food business event. Global Table will focus on agriculture, food and beverage business. It will be Australia’s largest ever event of its kind, and will be held in Melbourne in September 2019. It will also be partnered with Seeds&Chips – The Global F...

IBTM Americas in Mexico City hailed a ‘great success’

IBTM Americas, the newest event in IBTM’s global portfolio, recently concluded in Mexico City on 6 September. The event was hailed as a great success by exhibitors and hosted buyers, with over 12,500 pre-planned meetings during the two-day event. Over 400 exhibitors took stands at the show, representing a 50% increase on last year, with international exhibitors making up 54% of the total. As well ...

Kenya’s five-star Nairobi Serena Hotel expands its meetings offering

The five-star Nairobi Serena Hotel in Kenya has announced the completion of phase one of its ongoing refurbishment plan. The newly renovated space opened on 1 September, and aims to respond to global trends and needs of leisure and corporate clientele. The refurbishment programme is being managed in two phases. The now completed phase one north wing includes the completion of 95 fully upgraded roo...

Construction set to start for Las Vegas Convention Center expansion

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) has given the go-ahead to start construction on the expansion to Las Vegas Convention Center. The board of directors has approved the guaranteed maximum price agreement, granting permission for the development to break ground. Steve Hill, LVCVA CEO, said: “This is an incredibly important and exciting time, not just for the LVCVA but for the e...

Tel Aviv to host Eurovision 2019

The Eurovision Song Contest has announced that its 2019 edition will be held in Tel Aviv’s Aviv-Yafo municipality. The European Broadcasting Union and Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation selected Tel Aviv as the most suitable host city for the contest. It is Israel’s financial and cultural centre, an international hub of art, creativity, commerce, trade, media and academia. The decision was ma...

Technology adoption is key to measuring event ROI, says report

A new report released by end-to-end marketing software company Splash suggests that the events industry is entering a new era, in which high-performing companies are investing more in event technology. The report was put together alongside Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, and is titled ‘The Event Marketing Evolution: An Era of Data, Technology and Revenue Impact’. It surveyed more than 7...

IBTM China gears up for 13th edition

IBTM China, one of the region’s foremost events within the MICE industry, opens 12-13 September in Beijing for its 13th edition, with organisers promising 6,500 appointments set up between hosted buyers and exhibitors. In response to feedback from customers asking for an increased focus on bringing corporate event planners to the event, organisers claim an increase in the share of these buyers fro...