Features

A driving force for innovation

Paul Colston looks at how Canada’s surging innovative technology sectors are also driving business events and providing deep value in knowledge exchange. Canada’s commitment to technological advancements is driving growth across the sector, the country and the globe through business events. “Canada’s technology sector is booming,” Virginie De Visscher, senior director of business development at De...

Ancient meets modern

Saudi Arabia has, in recent years, reached out to the world of leisure and business tourism with international campaigns. it is a destination looking to make a mark, a sentiment reflected by its stunning Mirror building in Al-‘ula. Saudi Arabia is the second biggest tourism destination in the Middle East, although most has been religious tourism. Advertising and marketing campaigns, allied to some...

How to monetise your virtual event

By Swapcard CEO Baptiste Boulard New research conducted by Swapcard provides some crucial tips for monetising virtual exhibitions and conferences and seizing that ‘golden moment’ Online event platform Swapcard published a new report, ‘The Business of Virtual Events’, to mark Global Meetings Industry Day on 8 April. The guide provides detailed advice and takeaways on how to monetise virtual events,...

Exclusive: Tourism minister says business events will play “vital role” in reopening economy

The tourism minister Nigel Huddleston has told CMW that the Government’s new Tourism Recovery Plan is a “good indication of the kind of things we want to do”. In an exclusive interview, minister Huddleston said business events will play a vital role in the reopening of the economy, and that the new measures announced in the plan will encourage greater domestic event attendance. A core aim of the p...

Amazon Web Services-powered AI capabilities added to 6Connex’s virtual venue products

US-based virtual event platform 6Connex has announced that it has integrated Amazon Personalize from Amazon Web Services (AWS) into the 6Connex SoarSM and RiseSM products to deliver personalised recommendations powered by artificial intelligence (AI). The company says it is the first virtual events provider to leverage AWS’s AI technology. 6Connex customers can now use these AI capabilities to off...

International Confex: building back better

As the events industry looks to the return of the live in-person format, International Confex, is set to bring events professionals in the UK back together on 22-23 June at ExCeL London. In the lead up to the show Jessica Ansell, marketing director, Informa; and Heather Lishman, association director, ABPCO, tell me about the move back to an in-person event and what the key themes will be at this y...

Berlin’s Awakening Beauties, episode 3, Bernhard Wolff

Our regular host Mark Felstead in this week’s episode, meets in the Axica’s Sky Lobby, Bernhard Wolff, creator and presenter of the popular  ‘Ideenfrühstück’ (Ideas Breakfast) which has been a regular series, featuring great ideas to start your day with a creative impulse. Bernhard, who came to Berlin from Hamburg 12 years ago, is much more than a breakfast time ideas man, however. He moved ...

WTCA at 50+: a global beacon shining strong

CMW explores how a global brand for trade, events and investment built a 50-year-old internationally respected network and is charting a fresh course for the next half century One of the most prestigious venue and trade brands in the world is the World Trade Center (WTC). Located in more than 90 countries, they serve local business communities and act as international platforms and a global ecosys...

Travel to broaden the mind

MICE industry professionals nostalgic for international travel can take some succour from award-winning writer and CMW contributor Vitali Vitaliev, who encourages us to let our minds travel via his new publication: The Bumper Book of Vitali’s Travels. Paul Colston hops aboard… Vitali Vitaliev is a one-man band compendium of global travel experiences and his latest book is a ‘greatest hits’ c...

COLLISION makes a big impact

Web Summit’s lavish online conference hosted a panel about the return of live events, alongside a star-studded cast of speakers The team behind Web Summit, the world’s largest tech conference, recently held a digital edition of COLLISION, its event based in Toronto, Canada. The online event ran 20-22 April, and attracted more than 38,000 people across three days. Speaking at the event were a range...

Friend or foe: the new fight for online event data

The battle for online success could see event owners sleepwalking into the same quagmire that a decade ago saw online communities consumed by the likes of Facebook and Google. ExpoPlatform’s CTO Mykyta Fastovets explores the idea that some platforms are less friend than foe.   The hasty move to digital platforms over the past year has raised one question above all others – who actually ...

Community connection

PCMA is partnering with Melbourne-based MICE industry tradeshow AIME to power its Knowledge Programme for the 2022 event. CMW speaks to show director Silke Calder and to PCMA’s MD for the APAC region, Karen Bolinger.   AIME and PCMA have worked collaboratively across many projects over the past few years. AIME director Silke Calder says the ethos of the Melbourne show’s Knowledge Programme, p...

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