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.

Pittet ‘Ega’ to start in new directorial role at Italian organiser

Italian PCO Ega has announced the appointment of Alain Pittet as executive director, to advise the agency in its next level of international development. From the new branch in Switzerland, Pittet will lead a working group dedicated to the development of the international association congress business, including association consultancy to help scientific communities to develop and grow. Claudia Ma...

Caesars Entertainment unveils $375m conference centre in Las Vegas

Gaming giant Caesars Entertainment Corporation unveiled its new conference centre yesterday, 16 July. The new development, named Caesars Forum, cost $375m and comprises 60,387sqm. The venue hosted a ground-breaking ceremony with the CEO and other high-ranking staff members at Caesars to celebrate the new development, which will be completed in 2020. The Forum arrives on the back of a strong year f...

ITE Group completes Ascential acquisition

ITE Group has announced this morning the completion of its acquisition of Ascential Events, which was first announced on 15 May. A statement released to press said: “ITE Group is pleased to announce the completion of the acquisition of Ascential Events Limited from Ascential plc based on an enterprise value of £300m (calculated on a cash-free, debt-free basis and subject to normalised working capi...

Bond shakes up NEC Group as new director

NEC Group has appointed Claire Bond as its new Group HR Director. Bond has been with the Group for five years, most recently championing an award-winning people development strategy as head of business HR and learning development. During this time, she has taken a key role in introducing new talent programmes and reward schemes, catering for all levels of the business as well introducing an appren...

Are you creative enough for the Event Industry Hackathon 2018?

RAI Amsterdam is hosting a ‘hackathon’ for the events industry on 31 October 2018. The event will bring together experts, scientists, students, and professionals, and get them collaborating to find creative solutions to common problems within the sector. RAI Amsterdam is accepting registrations for anyone who would like to participate. Send an email to welcome@rai.nlstating your position in the in...

ICCA presidential message says board ‘unanimous’ in agreeing CEO’s swift departure

ICCA president Nina Freysen-Pretorius (pictured) has issued the following statement (13 July), which attempts to shed more light on the sudden ousting of the organisation’s CEO Martin Sirk on 27 June. Dear ICCA Members, Partners and Industry Friends, On Wednesday 27 June 2018, we announced that Martin Sirk would be leaving ICCA at the end of July. Martin has provided a great service over the span ...

Cologne’s events sector steps out of the shadows

The Cologne Convention Bureau has commissioned an inventive new performance intended to promote the city’s events sector. Artists from the shadow theatre troupe Die Mobiles performed an acrobatic shadowplay at the most recent networking meeting of the Cologne Convention Bureau (CCB), intended to spark curiosity about events in Cologne. The performance was captured on video and can be viewed below....

NurnbergMesse reflect on successful year at annual conference

NurnbergMesse held their annual results conference this past Tuesday, 10 July, and reflected on a successful year for the company. 2017 was the highest-revenue odd-numbered year in its history. It hosted 177 events, at which 27,829 exhibitors met 1,191,907 visitors on 826,579sqm of floor space. NurnbergMesse is one of the 15 largest exhibition companies in the world. Its portfolio covers 120 natio...

Former White House head of events headlines Cvent CONNECT Europe

UK-based meetings, events, and hospitality technology company Cvent is set to welcome hundreds of industry professionals to the second annual Cvent CONNECT Europe in October. The event will take place in the Business Design Centre in London from 1– 2 October. It has nearly doubled in size following the sell-out success of the inaugural event in 2017. Cvent has also announced that Laura Schwartz, f...

Croatia holds first ever B2B meeting industry trade show

Meetex is set to be Croatia’s first ever B2B meeting industry trade show, launching from 19-21 March 2019. It will bring together all major stakeholders from the national meeting industry, as well as 50-70 hosted buyers from around Europe. There will be a similar number of local buyers. The event combines flexible meeting slots, keynote speakers, and plenty of opportunity for networking, all hoste...

Abra, Kadabra, Canadazam! Quebec to host World Championships of Magic

The Quebec City Convention Centre (QCCC) and the Club de magie du Quebec have won a bid to host the 2021 World Championships of Magic. The event will be held from 26 to 31 July 2021, with over 2,000 magicians and magic aficionados descending upon the city. There will be conferences and international-calibre galas as well as 150 magicians competing in a Grand Prix. The event is estimated to bring i...

MCEC completes A$350m expansion

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre has completed an expansion project worth a total of A$350m (US $262m). The 20,000sqm expansion includes 9,000sqm of exhibition space as well as a theatre, multiple meeting rooms, a banquet room, a café and a bar. It ensures the MCEC remains Australia’s largest events space. It was funded by the 2015-16 Victorian State Budget in partnership with Plenar...