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.

PCMA launches APAC-specific digital event course

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has adapted its Digital Event Strategist course specifically for the APAC region. The revised course will now cater specifically for APAC business events and marketing professionals planning a hybrid or digital meeting. Regional experts will be available to answer questions and share their local experience. The APAC experts provide “expert ...

New Zealand’s MEETINGS 2021 to open up to Australian visitors

Over 60 Australian business event organisers are set to arrive in Auckland on 1 June for Business Events Industry Aotearoa’s (formerly CINZ) two-day showcase MEETINGS 2021. Before and after MEETINGS, hosted buyers from Australia and New Zealand can also choose to join one of five different regional familiarisation tours to Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown. As well as 60 ...

Major organisers join Explori’s new virtual event data standard, VSef

A group of global event organisers and tech platforms have come together to create VSef, a new data standard for virtual and hybrid events. The Virtual Standard Export Format has been created and led by data company Explori, with the input of many high-profile organisers. These include Clarion Events, Easyfairs, Emerald, GRS, Hyve, Informa, MBB Consulting Group, Mesago Messe Frankfurt, Messe Munch...

Canada’s Calgary Stampede breaks ground on $500m venue expansion

The Calgary Stampede in Canada has broken ground on the $500m expansion of its BMO Convention Centre. The new expansion’s design was revealed in June 2020, and will add 560,000sqft of space to the venue. It is designed by Stantec/Populous/S2 Architecture. Crews have worked to prepare the site with extensive utilities upgrades and demolition work over the past year, readying the convention centre f...

Cvent releases 2021 Travel Managers Report

Event technology company Cvent has released its 2021 Travel Managers Report. The report was completed by independent research company Censuswide, and was based on more than 500 survey responses from corporate travel managers (CTMs) in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Netherlands. The report found that the hospitality industry will need to adapt and evolve its practices to support the chan...

Canberra Convention Bureau announces two new appointments

Canberra Convention Bureau has announced two new appointments. Kimberley Wood takes over as head of sales and Kimberley Roberts-Salee as head of marketing, in a restructure the bureau says is aimed at “streamlining operations”. Wood’s career spans multiple sales roles at Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. She leaves her current role at Canberra Convention Bureau as director of international ...

Host City partners with energy provider Aggreko

Aggreko, a company which provides mobile and modular energy, has been announced as the official sustainability partner of the Host City Americas Conference 2021. It is also the headline sponsor of the Host City 2021 Conference. Host City is a magazine publisher and conference organiser which operates globally. In addition to the partnership, David De Behr, head of sales for Aggreko Event Services,...

Brisbane’s BCEC holds more than 100 events in Q1 2021

The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) has hosted 113 events in the first quarter of 2021, after re-opening in 2020. The venue has welcomed 71,571 visitors in the last four months, hosting five convention, four exhibitions and many more corporate functions such as lunches and dinners. Major exhibitions included The Pregnancy, Babies & Children’s Expo and The Home Show 2021. The v...

WTTC unveils equality initiative for women in travel & tourism

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has launched a new initiative to support women in the travel and tourism industries. The Cancun Declaration has been adopted by more than 100 countries, industry associations and destinations. It takes its name from the location of WTTC’s 2021 Global Summit, currently taking place in Mexico. Its aim is to promote diversity and drive inclusivity. Signat...

CWT appoints new CEO

CWT, the B2B travel management platform, has announced the appointment of Michelle McKinney Frymire as its Chief Executive Officer. The appointment takes effect from 1 May, when incumbent Kurt Ekert will be stepping down. Frymire joined CWT in 2019 and was appointed president of strategy & transformation, as well as chief financial officer, in October 2020. She has over 20 years’ travel indust...

Why venues need to meet the challenge of reinventing themselves

AIPC CEO Sven Bossu says venues need to meet the challenge of reinventing themselves.   Glenn D. Lowry, director of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, described his institute as “a laboratory of learning, a place where the most challenging and difficult art of our time can be measured against the achievements of the immediate past”. This must sound very familiar to any manager runni...

Rethinking economic models

Michelle Fanus-St Hill points to a fresh way of doing business in the events industry.   This health crisis has highlighted our events industry’s heavy reliance on face-to-face activities, however, it has also shown our resilience and creativity – forcing us to pivot and embrace doing business online. So much so, that 75 million attendees logged into more than one million events in 2020 via E...