Tom Hall

Austria Center Vienna lands two conferences

The Austria Center Vienna has secured the 2016 Annual International Meeting of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) and the pflegekongress care conference. The pflegekongress returns for the 13th year in succession and will take place from 24-25 November. It has also confirmed its bookings for 2017 and 2018. “Each of these successes demonstrates the excelle...

MICE market focusing on local strengths

Live from Convene: The international MICE market is focusing on local strengths to market destinations, audiences at Convene have heard. MICE Knowledge managing director Rob Davidson presented a keynote to audiences at the exhibition in Vilnius, Lithuania which explored trends in the events industry. He used the German MICE industry as an example of an effective model, praising how its regions sel...

Keep taking the medicine: Cities specialising in medical

CMW TAKES A LOOK AT A CLUTCH OF CITIES SPECIALISING IN MEDICAL CONFERENCING On the Belfast Waterfront In the past four years, CVB Visit Belfast has delivered 150% growth in inbound conferences for Northern Ireland’s capital, generating 251,000 bed nights and £110m for the local economy. Expansion of the waterfront in 2016 was a game-changer for business tourism and the target for the bureau is to ...

In the content business

Every employee at Rai Amsterdam will soon be creating content. CMW looks at the company’s latest initiative. Congress and exhibition venue and organiser RAI Amsterdam is telling more stories than ever thanks to a new staff initiative – giving employees the space and means to make and distribute their own content. “Everyone will be involved in content marketing within three years,” says Yvonn...

Convene 2016 to welcome more then 165 hosted buyers

Arrangements to the programme for Convene 2016, which kick off tomorrow and features more than 165 hosted buyers, are now complete. An education programme of 28 sessions covers topics including women in leadership; organising incentive programmes; meetings industry trends; public speaking techniques; how to work with the trade press; destination knowledge hubs. The networking programme includes a ...

The Hague Convention Bureau aims to enter world’s top 50

The Hague Convention Bureau (THCB) has launched its new brand identity, supporting its strategy to enter the world’s top 50 event destinations. THCB will work towards The Hague becoming the second city in The Netherlands when it comes to hosting international meetings and conferences. The new THCB brand identity – a complete transformation in terms of visual representation and messaging – underpin...

Portuguese Government backs new congresses

Portugal’s business tourism sector is to receive a two-pronged Government-backed boost. The 200 industry specialists attending the 4th APECATE Congress watched an opening session when secretary of state for tourism Ana Mendes Godinho announced the creation of a specialised team to capture congresses and events and Government plans for the introduction in 2017 of a new tax package for the tourism s...

Ex-MP de Bois backs MyEvent.Vision

Nick de Bois, chair of the Events Industry Board and former MP, has put his support behind the MyEvent.Vision competition as it nears the final closing date for entries. The last date for entry is 8 February, with the winning applicant given a life changing opportunity to bring their event concept to life. “One of the challenges set to the industry is to continue to create jobs and business opport...

BI WORLDWIDE improves margins with profits rise of 21%

Global engagement specialists and booking agency BI WORLDWIDE grew its sales by 9.2% in the six months from July to December 2015, and reported gross profit of 21.2% in the same period. The agency reports sales at the end of December were £39.3m (US$58.86m) compared to £36m (US$52m) for the previous year, while gross profit was £11.5m (US$16.64), up from £9.5m (US$13.75) at the same time a year ag...

Technology, procurement and consolidation on ibtm africa agenda

Thebe Reed Exhibitions is to deliver an ibtm africa conference for this year’s event which will take place on Friday 8 April at the Cape Town International Conference Centre. Both exhibitors and attendees of Africa Travel Week, which includes ILTM Africa, WTM Africa and ibtm africa, can attend the conference which takes place in the same venue as WTM Africa. Organisers saw a gap in the market to d...

Global MICE venues and organisers assessing Zika threat

As Jamaica confirms its is affected by the Zika virus, global MICE organisers and venues have revealed their preparations for a possible outbreak. Jamaica’s Foreign Office said one case of the mosquito-born virus, linked to brain abnormalities in unborn babies, has been detected on the island. It said visitors should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre, particularly ...

I2i expands global series brand Bett

International organiser i2i Events has announced plans for new Bett events for Abu Dhabi and Malaysia. “The continued success and expansion of our Bett brand underlines our corporate objectives to further develop our international presence and maximise customer returns by continuously improving the quality of our audiences and the speed and ease with which these audiences can connect with i2i cust...