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.

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...

New research suggests millennials are the most cost-conscious travellers

New research conducted by Carlson Wagonlit Travel suggests that millennials are the most cost-conscious travellers. CWT Solutions Group – the consulting division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel – conducted research that says millennials saved an average of 22% more than baby boomers, and 17% more than generation X on the average flight ticket. Millennials are the generation born between 1980 and 1995, ...

Australian government to fund event scholarships

The government of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, has confirmed that it will fund a total of 18 Diploma of Event Management scholarships this year. The scholarships are intended to help upskill and create more job opportunities for those living in rural and regional NSW. They are part of the NSW government’s partnership with Australia’s peak industry body for business events, Meetings & Even...

Amsterdam’s Hotel Okura receives leading hotel award

The Hotel Okura in Amsterdam has received the 2018 Netherlands’ Leading Business Hotel Award at the World Travel Awards. The awards are voted on by travel and tourism officials as well as business and leisure travel consumers worldwide. They are aimed at stimulating innovation and creativity within the hospitality industry and encouraging hotels all over the world to improve the quality of their s...

Accor introduces Meetings at Novotel

AccorHotels, the international group offering 4,300 hotels, resorts and residences worldwide, has launched a new Meetings at Novotel concept. It will be introduced at Novotel London City South later this year before expansion across the Novotel network. The concept includes a range of spaces designed to accommodate a variety of requirements. Meet is the name given to a new type of space featuring ...

Quebec City Convention Centre to welcome 8,000 guests this summer

The Quebec City Convention Centre in Canada is expected to host 8,000 delegates to the city during a busy summer period for conventions. There are nine national and international conferences scheduled throughout July and August, which are expected to bring in CAD$12m (US$9.13m) to the city’s economy. Upcoming events include: the 2018 Canadian Number Theory Association Conference, the International...

Animated ‘fly-throughs’ set to put wind beneath sales wings at Hilton London Metropole

UK-based technical production company Metro Broadcast has launched a series of animated ‘fly-throughs’ for the Hilton London Metropole. The displays take viewers on a journey through the building, and are part of an attempt to support international sales at the venue. The animations are created from the perspective of the delegate as he or she walks from one conference area to the next, and are in...

Adelaide sets sights on the future of medicine at key conference

Adelaide, Australia has been named as the host city for the 2024 World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering. The event, which is held once every three years, is one of the largest international gatherings of medical physicists, biomedical engineers and specialists from related fields. The 2024 event will see 2,500 delegates from 89 countries converge on Adelaide, 12-18 October. T...

Radisson Blu Antwerp undergoes €9m renovation

The Radisson Blu in Antwerp has recently finished work on an extensive programme of refurbishment, with total investment reaching over €9m (US$10,5m). The project began in early 2017, and has now concluded with completely new bedrooms, two new restaurants, enhanced meetings and events offerings and an upgraded leisure centre. General manager Jacqueline Struik commented: “We’re delighted to be able...

Pacifico Yokohama is Japan’s top MICE tourism facility, says JNTO stats

Pacifico Yokohama has been ranked as the top MICE tourism facility in Japan for the year 2016, according to statistics published by the Japan National Tourism Association (JNTO). The facility was number one for number of conferences held, number of attendees, and number of overseas attendees. The facility featured almost twice as many attendees and participants as the second place finishers Osaka ...