Features

In conversation: AIME’s new management

Talk2 Media took over the running of AIME 2019 for the first edition in March. CEO Matt Pearce spoke to CMW in Melbourne about the huge effort involved.

How Abu Dhabi’s long-term vision is focusing on events

Simon George spends three days in Abu Dhabi, investigating Sheikh Zayed’s long-term vision for the UAE, and its growing focus on events.

Top tips for perfect event photography

Event photographer Maria Zhytnikova provides CMW with some top tips for shooting the perfect event photographs.

The world’s smartest conference venues

CMW embarks on a globetrotting tour of some of the world’s smartest conference venues to find out what sets them apart, and how they stay on the cutting-edge. Stuart Wood reports.   What makes a venue ‘smart’? In this modern age, there are many ways we could define the innovations taking place in conference and congress centres around the globe. One thing is certain, however – venues are adap...

Inside the dream event pitches of MPI’s University Challenge

The MPI Future Leaders Forum held the finals of its 2019 university challenge scheme at IMEX Frankfurt, where six students pitched their dream event for a chance to win a scholarship and a trip to MPI’s World Education Congress in June. The winning pitch came from South Africa’s Emile Coetzee, who picked up her award at IMEX’ gala dinner and awards ceremony on 22 May. Coetzee is ...

The event industry’s mental health problem

The HBAA held a mental health awareness event at the UK’s Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum, 15 May. The event saw a number of speakers touch on topics surrounding mental health, and what the events and hospitality industries can do to collectively improve ours. It was part of Mental Health Awareness Week, which ran from 13-17 May. It was mentioned that events have been voted the fifth mos...

E-Formula for success

CMW hears about glamour and graft, as well as digitalisation and influencer marketing from Sandrine Camia, Deputy General Director of the Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Authority How did you first come into the meetings industry? I have made a 22-year career in sales and marketing in deluxe hospitality, starting in Paris in 1989 with Concorde Hotels Group then owned and managed by the Ta...

People, planet & profit in Oslo

Oslo’s decision to address its infrastructure issues has been the catalyst for its growing MICE confidence. Simon George reports.

Everything you need to know from the Associations World Congress 2019

CMW travelled to Gothenburg, the world’s most sustainable meetings destination, where the Associations World Congress 2019 served up some food for thought. And spiky lobsters.   The concept of Fika is an important part of Swedish culture. Translated literally, it means a “coffee and cake break” – but it has a greater significance than that. Fika is a ritual. It means taking time to refresh th...

Meeting in the French Alps of Megeve

CMW, in collaboration with Atout France (the French CVB), led a contingent of agencies to Megève in the French Alps for a taste of cheese, wine and sledging down a mountain in the dark. Martin Fullard reports.   Familiarisation trips can be quite par for the course, but ones that involve skiing always have an extra edge. Of course, there is no shortage of ski resorts which offer delegates the...

Bravehearts fight Edinburgh council cuts

UKInbound and ECM lend support to local eventprofs’ fight against Edinburgh’s proposed 89% budget cut to city DMO UK tourism trade association UKInbound joined Marketing Edinburgh’s Chief Executive in fighting against an Edinburgh City Council proposal for a 89% cut to its marketing budget over two years. UKinbound warned that Scotland’s capital could be left as the only major city in the develope...

‘IT’ no longer a dirty word

Didier Scaillet, CEO, SITE on the effectiveness of incentive travel A perfect storm of global recession and negative perception tossed the Good Ship ‘Incentive’ repeatedly onto the rocks between 2009 and 2014. Many big users of incentive travel simply abandoned ship and, for a few years, avoided all mention of ‘IT’ as if it was a dirty little secret never to be mentioned again. Of course, the clou...