Be inspired by CMW’s Pavilion at International Confex

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Be inspired by CMW’s Pavilion at International Confex

CMW will be part of the International Pavilion at International Confex in London next week (26-27 February), and invites all those visiting to come along, meet the team and take in some of the education and panel sessions on the stand.

The 2019 line up of sessions on the Pavilion (C15C) includes:


Day 1, 26 February

10:00 – 10:40

Capturing the real, long term value of meetings

Business events have a vital part to play in discussions about industry & investment, education & innovation, fuelling productivity & growing the knowledge economies. How do we capture and value all of this?

Martin Boyle, Director Europe, Business Events Sydney


12:00 – 12:40

No time for sleeping giants

Having been relatively unaffected by the first waves of digitisation, the global exhibitions and business events world is seeing increasingly rapid change. Some of the most famous established shows are coming under huge pressure with key client groups questioning time-honoured business models. New event formats and new companies are attracting budgets and in order to survive, the established players are going to have to look for new ways to do business.

Paul Woodward (pictured), Chairman of Business Strategies Group Ltd. /and former MD, UFI


14:00 – 14:40

Expanding into international markets and building strategic partnerships

With our connected world, the very business of work has evolved and expanded. The marvels of digital communication mean that most of us are residents of a planet where businesses and leaders are expected to be plugged into the grid 24/7, 365 days a year. With this evolution comes a great deal of opportunity, opening up the playing field, unlocking the doors to international markets and larger business networks. Among other things this session will discuss:

  • How to cut through the noise to positively impact business objectives
  • Whether there’s ever a perfect time for growth
  • How to build your networks

Anabel Fielding, Co-founder, Quintessentially Events


Day 2, 27 February 

10.00- 10.40Why don’t organisers and stand design & build companies talk more?

What opportunities are being missed? Sponsored by the World Exhibition Stand Awards, this panel discussion will be led by Exposure MD and industry guru Simon Burton (pictured).


12:00 – 12:40

Is subvention a dirty word?

The competition to host association conferences is greater than ever, with emerging destinations now competing for a share of the market. As global competition intensifies, DMOs are under increasing pressure to win conference bids – but how?  This talk will discuss the viability of using subvention to secure conference bookings.

Emma Nolan, Associate Lecturer, University of Chichester


14:00 – 14:40

Millennials, pushing the boundaries of incentive travel

Creating incentive travel programmes that appeal to all generations is essential, but with millennials set to make up half of the global workforce by 2020, focusing specifically on their preferences will help engage a high majority of your workforce and strengthen your incentive strategy.

Millennials are rapidly shifting the expectations and boundaries of incentive travel. While luxury is still important, millennials care less about extravagant destinations and are more focused on visiting destinations that offer a diverse itinerary that enables them to really experience the unknown and push the limits of possible.

Elliott Grant, Director of Incentives, Top Banana


With show keynotes including Will Young and Alastair Campbell, and seven theatres offering educational content, make sure you register for International Confex, which takes place at Olympia London, 26-27 February, here.

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.