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Mark Cooper, CEO of IACC, puts skills in the spotlight.

Setting the scene for small but beautifully formed meetings

Peter Sangster, Venue Director at De Vere Wokefield Estate UK, says high-end meetings and weddings have more in common than you think.   Many people overlook the impact the choice of a setting can have on the outcome of a meeting. If your aim is to impress, then the location, facilities and support will play a part in winning over your guests, as well as contributing to a successful meeting. ...

The secret to a successful international PR campaign

PR agency Davies Tanner’s Associate Director Ken Kelling offers his tips for initiating a successful international PR campaign.   Many venues and destinations face a familiar problem of getting their brand name in front of international event planners and buyers. One fool-proof way of promoting facilities, capabilities and services is via a strategic international PR programme. Here are four ...

Ready to take a sporting chance in the Urals?

CMW editor Paul Colston recently spoke at the MICE Day in the Urals event, 27-29 June, in Ekaterinburg, and stayed on to explore the region’s offer for events.   Ekaterinburg is probably most famous as the place where the last Tsar and his family were shot. It is also the home city of Boris Yeltsin, the Russian Federation’s first President. Now the Urals powerhouse city is leading a charge in...

Centre of association attention

Julianne Jammers, MD at SwissTech Convention Center, Lausanne, Switzerland, asks whether a convention centre can contribute to member value of associations?   At the heart of the associations value proposition is networking and professional development and the benefits of these two features are often the strength of the membership. Meetings have long been the delivery method for these interac...

How to optimise your performance

Ingrid Bahr, Senior Account Director at BCD Meetings & Events, identifies three main areas to address in order to secure lasting staff improvement.   Performance optimisation – two words that can be both exciting and daunting for a growing operations team. When implemented correctly, performance optimisation can lead to powerful and lasting improvements, without anxiety. There are three p...

A corporate meeting done right

There's no time like the present, says Tammy Ivey, Group Sales Manager at The Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Mapping the future of incentive travel

SITE CEO Didier Scalliet reflects on the organisation's annual conference, and the Bangkok Manifesto which will shape the future of incentive travel.

Business events and place making: the power of connections

ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy shares his take on the recent IMEX Policy Forum in Frankfurt.    I was delighted to join my global peers, policy makers and leading city academics at the IMEX Policy Forum in Frankfurt recent for a collaborative leadership panel to discuss the business of placemaking. Today, well planned business events and major venues play a significant role as the makers of a place ...

Event Horizon: My first IMEX

Event Horizon is a column by CMW’s Stuart Wood, taking a look at the events industry from a newcomer’s perspective. In this latest instalment he travels to Frankfurt for his first ever IMEX, where he gets lost inside a Kafka novel and finds the Danes playing beer pong…   I expected it would be big. But I didn’t expect it to be quite this enormous. For many of you who’ve been in ev...

Food waste: event’s invisible problem?

Day one of IMEX Frankfurt began with a talk on the topic of food waste, from Laura Berment of Too Good To Go (pictured left) and Majbritt Sandberg (pictured right) of Red Lab Experience. Too Good To Go is an app tackling the issue of food waste, by connecting restaurants, shops, cafes and event venues which have surplus food, with customers willing to buy it at a reduced price in order to prevent ...

The top 100 meeting and event venues in the United States

Aventri has released “The Top 100 Meeting and Event Venues in the United States,” a free guide that highlights the event tech company’s top venue picks

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