Tom Hall

Paris attacks cost French hoteliers €270m

French hotels are estimated to have lost €270m (US$294m) from last November’s Paris attacks. Research firm MKG Group said French hoteliers’ lost revenue could continue to have an impact on hotel occupancy rates. The hospitality research firm said the sector was still suffering in January 2016, but there was some prospect of a recovery from mid-February, provided there are no more incidents. Improv...

dmg events appoints president for Middle East, Asia and Africa

dmg events has named Matt Denton as its new president for Middle East, Asia and Africa operations. The appointment comes as the company seeks to expand its global operations. Matt Denton first joined dmg world media in 1998 as head of marketing for the UK consumer shows. He was tasked with overseeing the Daily Mail Ideal Home and Ski and Snowboard Shows. Upon leaving dmg in 2003, he became marketi...

Associations Network to partner with Confex for Association Events Forum

The Associations Network has announced a partnership with International Confex today (20 January), to deliver the show’s Association Events Forum on day one of the show. The partnership delivered over 350 association event planners in 2015, and both parties are keen to exceed this in March. “The forum was exceptionally well received last year, the content was strong and relevant, the networking wa...

Meeting in a state of emergency

If the deadly Paris attacks of 13 November 2015 showed us one thing, other than the despicable depths to which a person will sink in adherence to their own misguided ideology, it was that the future war against terrorism could well be fought around soft targets. As an industry dedicated to the creation and delivery of soft targets – large groups gathered in vulnerable, undefended city locations – ...

It’s money that matters

A new company aims to protect client deposits and ensure timely payment to supplier-partners. Meetings industry veteran Grant Snider has launched a new company to protect client deposits and ensure timely payment to supplier-partners. A spokeswoman for Meeting Escrow explained that it is a global, multi-currency deposit protection solution. She said: “In terms of capacity, we can assist clients fr...

MCEC appoints spate of senior staff before AIME

The Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has made five new senior staff appointments in time for the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) 2016. Neil Mather joins as senior manager food and beverage; Grant Padula as senior manager operations; Elissa Duke as planning manager and Samantha Kent has been appointed as business development manager Internal changes include Prue ...

DWTC reveals non-trade event growth

The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has revealed that it hosted over 87 non-trade events in 2015, welcoming over 686,192 visitors. Combining a mix of theatrical productions, music festivals, family entertainment, sporting events and more, the DWTC line-up reinforced its commitment as a catalyst to diversifying Dubai’s event calendar. Theatre and Music Hosting 36 entertainment events over the cours...

Two Hilton Metropole conference hotels set to fetch £700m for Tonstate

Two of Britain’s biggest conference and exhibition hotels have been put up for sale by owners Tonstate group, it has been reported. The 790-room Hilton Birmingham Metropole and its sister hotel, the Hilton London Metropole, are to be put on the block, with property analysts estimating the properties could fetch up to £700m (US$991m) combined. The properties are being sold through CBRE Hotels, whic...

IMPACT reveals ‘mega projects’ aimed at MICE visitors

Thailand’s IMPACT venue in Bangkok is to spend more than 3.5 billion baht ($US96m) on forthcoming mega projects to enhance its facilities and amenities. Paul Kanjanapas, managing director of IMPACT Exhibition Management Co said: “In the near future, we are going to see some of the biggest investments in mega projects in IMPACT’s history, including a theme park sitting along the shore of the ...

Increasing sales through risk: the ICCA annual debate in Leeds

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) UK and Ireland Chapter is to make ‘Increasing Sales Through Risk’ the central theme of its Annual Debate in Leeds next month. The two-day event will take place 11-12 February 2016 at the city’s Queen’s Hotel and includes an evening reception and dinner. The education programme includes sessions from motivational speaker David Pearl, who ...

Ricoh Europe appoints WRG

London events agency WRG has been selected by Ricoh Europe to support the imaging giant’s presence at print industry trade fair Drupa 2016. Ricoh appointed WRG to showcase its portfolio of production print solutions on an 1,800sqm stand in a main hall of the exhibition. WRG will also design and deliver a communications campaign, driving awareness and registrations for the event at a global level. ...

Evvnt appoints Middle East md

Event marketing specialist evvnt has expanded its global team with the appointment of Kent Daniels as managing director for the Middle East. Formerly of the Dubai World Trade Centre, UBM and Messe Frankfurt, Kent will lead the London-based firm’s strategic planning and relationship-building across the region, with the goal of opening a regional office in Dubai during 2016. Richard Green, evvnt CEO...