Expert Opinion


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

Why meditation is the key to business success

When it comes to our working lives, switching off has never been harder. We’re constantly being bombarded with so-called breaking news, swimming against the tsunami of emails flooding into our inboxes and updating our social media presence. For the corporate events sector, this tyranny of mobile communication means delegates often keep one eye on their phones, while trying to navigate the conferen...

Making dietary requirements easy to digest

CEO of global conference venue association IACC Mark Cooper whets the appetite for a new standard in managing dietary requirements.

The benefits of booking an arena venue

Arenas are home to Australia’s iconic sporting events, world-class performances and shared moments powerful enough to inspire thousands. To many, arenas are the place to go to see your favourite band or sporting team play. However, increasingly arenas are becoming the ‘hidden gem’ of the business events world – offering flexibility and capability to enhance and elevate an event. Alison Tovey, even...

Innovate, ideate, execute

Greg O’Dell, President and CEO of the USA’s Events DC, explains why embracing a disruptive leadership mindset is necessary for success.   We know that audience demands are always changing. With new developments and emerging technologies, convention leaders know that they must constantly pay attention in order to keep up. As the President and CEO of Events DC, the official Convention and...

You can take a horse to water…

Jonathan Bradshaw highlights the human factor and raises the future possibility of attendee training in this guest blog.   It was April 2005 when the thought first hit me. I was in Hall 8 of Messe Frankfurt, walking down one of the aisles of IMEX – the international trade show I was working for at the time. It was 3pm and the noise was incredible; everywhere I looked people were interac...

Event Horizon: You are not in the lead

Event Horizon is a column by CMW‘s Stuart Wood, taking a look at the events industry from a newcomer’s perspective. In this fourth instalment, he examines some common PR and marketing pitfalls, and offers some suggestions for how to dig yourself out.   What is a marketers favourite word? If you’ve been on the receiving end of enough press releases and business mailers, you might have se...

Exploring the bed tax issue in Ottawa

Lesley Mackay, Ottawa Tourism’s Vice-President for Meetings and Major Events, follows up on CMW’s recent bed taxes cover story.   Your recent bed taxes article raises some interesting questions about an income stream that many people and organisations find troubling. However, a close look at the numbers show that there is a compelling argument for such a tax. In fact, here in Ottawa, where we...