Tom Hall

BT logs in to IFB 2016 as headline partner

The International Festival for Business (IFB2016) unveiled BT as a major headline partner at an event hosted at 11 Downing Street, 2 February. The announcement was made during an event hosted by IFB2016 and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, attended by political and business figures from more than 50 major UK international markets.

Learning to run a DMC…fast

Paul Colston meets Selina Chavry, one of the fastest tracked leaders in the industry. Her meteoric rise saw her promoted to MD of influential global DMC Pacific World last October. What was your first career ambition and education path? I studied business management and marketing after leaving school in Sydney, Australia. While I was growing up I wanted to be one of two things – a lawyer or a wind...

ICCA unveils five-year plan for growth

The 54th ICCA Congress in Buenos Aires posted a record attendance for North America and set out a five-year expansion plan, as well as taking time to tango. Paul Colston reports. The president of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Nina Freysen-Pretorius unveiled a five-year strategic plan for expansion for the global association at its General Assembly in Buenos Aires, in...

Minor acquires Tivoli in ‘Portugal’s largest’ hospitality deal

Minor Hotel Group has completed Portugal’s ‘largest ever’ hospitality deal with acquisition of Tivoli Hotels & Resorts. Minor Hotel Group (MHG), owner and operator of hotels and resorts in 22 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean, today (2 February) completed the final stage of its acquisition of Tivoli Hotels & Resor...

Iran to set sail for SMM Hamburg debut

For the first time after the end of the trade sanctions, Iran will host a national pavilion at SMM Hamburg, international maritime trade fair. “An industry fair is a great platform for building new relationships and getting to know each other,” says Bernd Aufderheide, president and CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress. From 6-9 September 2016, Iran will showcase its capabilities in an area of its own...

Outbound Chinese MICE market set to reach US$800m by 2020

Reed Travel Exhibitions’ ibtm china 2016 has revealed its high expectations for this year’s event, as statistics reveal the growing market in the country. ibtm china takes place from 7-8 September at the China National Conference Centre, Beijing. Recent statistics show some 17 million Chinese undertook outbound MICE business trips in the last five years. ibtm china expects the event to...

TRO partners for European expansion

TRO has joined forces with Italian Omnicom agency Inventa to create Inventa TRO. The move suits both the organisations’ plans to expand their Pan-European offerings. Antonio Magaraci will be the country head of Inventa TRO, leading a team of 40 at the Milan-based office. Michael Wyrley-Birch, chief operating officer TRO EMEA, said: “We continue our strategy to expand our global agency offering in ...

ISES Global Event Summit reveals first delegates

The first delegates attending the Global Event Summit (GES), which takes place in April 2016, have been announced. Senior corporate and agency event heads from organisations including NASDAQ, Edwards Life Sciences, TBA Global, Shaw Communications, SH Worldwide, Aerospace Industries Association and George P. Johnson will attend IMEX in Frankfurt before arriving in Scotland for a series of G20 style...

GL Events and dmg team up for pool and spa event

GL events, organiser of Piscine Global, Lyon, has partnered with dmg events to bring Piscine Middle East to the Dubai World Trade Centre on 17-19 September 2016. Previously held in Abu Dhabi, the event showcases pool and spa products and accessories. It is co-located with The Leisure Show Dubai 2016. The announcement of the new joint venture comes as the Global Wellness Institute says that the UAE...

MCM Comic Con to launch shows in Germany and Belgium

MCM Comic Con is to bring its pop culture events to Germany and Belgium this summer. MCM Hannover Comic Con will head to Hannover Messe on 4-5 June and MCM Belgium Comic Con will take place at Brussels Expo on 11-12 June. Iron Man artist and comics legend Bob Layton will be attending press conferences to officially unveil the two new shows in Brussels on 27 January and Hannover on 28 January. Dubb...

Messukeskus Helsinki reports record year

Messukeskus Helsinki has reported a record year, with more than 1.2m visitors in 2015. Last year, a record number of visitors, 1,251,279, attended exhibitions, meetings, congresses, corporate celebrations, and other events at Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre. This was around 100,000 visitors more than the previous year, and nearly 40,000 more than in the previous record-breaking ye...

Riemens and van der Sluis appointed by RAI Amsterdam

Paul Riemens (CEO) and Maurits van der Sluis (COO) have been appointed by RAI Amsterdam. The pair will join the new statutory board from 7 April 2016. Riemens will be the new CEO of RAI Amsterdam from 7 April 2016. Together with Maurits van der Sluis, newly appointed to the position of COO, they will form the new statutory board of the Amsterdam exhibition and convention organisation. Riemens will...