Tom Hall

Marina Bay Sands partners with WWF for sustainable sourcing

Marina Bay Sands has signed a sustainability partnership with WWF to raise the benchmark for sustainable sourcing in the hospitality industry.

UFI’s 84th annual congress in Johannesburg

UFI has completed its 84th annual congress (1–4 November 2017. Sandton Convention Centre) event for the exhibition industry in Johannesburg, South Africa, and CMW were there to take in the proceedings. Sessions focused on technology, globalisation and economics. The event saw the inauguration of UFI’s new president, ex-Fiera Milano CEO Corrado Peraboni. The ex-president Andreas Gruchow gave ...

Cvent talks Apple App Store issues

David Quattrone, chief technology officer Cvent, on the Apple App Store issues for event apps Although we understand and acknowledge why Apple is doing this, that does not mean we necessarily liked it initially. CrowdCompass by Cvent has spoken to Apple several times to fully understand this new policy and to help both sides understand the impact of this change for our industry. Due to the large p...

Confex forecasts highest ever corporate turnout

Organisers of International Confex are expecting the highest volume of corporate businesses and brand visitors in the show’s history. Next year’s show will open on 28 February. The exhibition, which saw a record growth in visitors earlier this year, is seeing a continued rise in attendance as well as pre-registration for 2018 among corporate buyers. International Confex showed audited figures up 3...

ICC Sydney International Boat Show swells economy’s sails

Business events are a major driver for Australia’s economy, and ICC Sydney is playing a key role in driving positive returns for the city and State, including an anticipated AU$5bn dollars in economic benefit to NSW over 25 years. The recent Sydney International Boat Show – ICC Sydney’s largest public exhibition to date – shows Australia’s new premier exhibition, convention and entertainment venue...

Attendify on Apple’s App Store issues

Michael Balyasny, CEO, Attendify says change is often uncomfortable, but it breeds opportunity and creativity. We spent the last two weeks making sure we’re ready, and have an exciting announcement to share, but first let’s take a step back and recap what we know. When we first saw these changes, we didn’t even consider that our apps could be called ‘templates’. Like most observers, our initial im...

A new venue is to be built near HKCEC in Wan Chai

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam has announced that a new convention and exhibition venue will be built near the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) in Wan Chai. The site currently holds three government buildings, which will be demolished and redeveloped in order to create a new wing that can be connected to the existing HKCEC. This project would therefore add approximately 23,...

ibtm world announces finalists for 2017 Tech Watch Award

ibtm world has today announced the nine finalists for its renowned ibtm worldTech Watch Award. The winner will be announced at ibtm world 2017, which takes place at Fira Barcelona from 28-30 November. The finalists for the award, all of which are technology companies with new products or services relevant to the MICE industry, now have the chance to showcase their product to thousands of global bu...

5 Tips for exhibiting at a conference or trade show

Exhibiting at a trade show or conference gives you the opportunity to appeal to a large sample of your target audience face to face in a positive environment. Get it right, and you could leave the show with a lot of hot leads and a great deal of potential business. Do it wrong, and you could leave the venue feeling you’ve wasted time and money. If you’re considering exhibiting at an upcoming trade...

Qatar sanctions update

Heavy sanctions on Qatar have hit the country’s MICE business (originally published in Exhibition World)

MCI and Wyndham Hotels enter global partnership

MCI has begun a global strategic partnership with Wyndham Hotels Group, a hotel brand franchisor and hotel management services provider.

Puerto Rico gives recovery update at IMEX America

Puerto Rico has given an update on its recovery efforts at IMEX America. Audiences heard that the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport International Airport (SJU) resumed its 24-hour operations as of 4 October and is now operating 24 hours a day. Augustín Arellano, president of Aerostar, said the expectation is that airlines will continue to increase trips to and from the island in the next w...