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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...

Brexit and events: Nick de Bois weighs in

Nick de Bois, former MP for Enfield North, former chief of staff to Dominic Raab, Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, and former MD of Rapier Group, talks through what the latest Brexit news might mean for companies operating in the events industry. Interview by EN editor Nicola McDonald   What is your advice for events businesses at this point? I think businesses that are taking steps to ...

Bed tax: funding stream or destination nightmare?

Phillip Cooke (pictured below left) investigates the contentious issue of bed tax, which has sprung up in many destinations around the globe. But is it a solution, or a further problem?   Many countries and cities are able to  devote large sums of money to promoting and developing their tourism industries via a system that taxes the visitor, not the host. These competing regions, most notably...

Changing the conference game at EMEC 19

CMW’s Stuart Wood hurried to The Hague in February, host city of MPI’s 2019 European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC). It was a conference that took a healthy dose of inspiration from the festival industry.   The tagline of EMEC 19 was ‘Changing the game’, and organisers – the MPI Netherlands Chapter – made a concerted effort to break down traditional conference formats ove...

Who were the winning associations of 2018?

Jane Cunningham, Director of International Associations at BestCities, breaks down 2018’s winning associations, trends, and the key to success for Incredible Impacts 2019.   What are the key factors judges look for in a winning submission? We had 19 fantastic Incredible Impacts submissions in 2018, and in each there are six key areas that we analyse. These are the objectives, a clear descript...

Creator of the big Sydney story

CMW offers insights from the long and distinguished career of industry leader, ICC Sydney CEO and Director Convention Centres, AEG Ogden, Geoff Donaghy How did you arrive in the events/hospitality industry and what were your first roles? I began my career as a teacher and I loved it. However, I didn’t see it as my life long career. I moved to Cairns, which was in the midst of its early and excitin...

Why Portugal is on the rise for MICE business

‘Desenrascanço’ describes the Portuguese national virtue of finding unconventional solutions to demanding situations – a useful trait when creating an adaptable MICE industry, as Ramy Salameh discovers.   Lisbon, Porto and Braga’s city-break tourism industries are booming. New airlift, especially from national carrier Air Portugal (TAP), as well as renewed confidence and investment in v...

Sense and sustainability in Copenhagen

Simon George heads to Copenhagen, and finds that the city’s new Tourism for Good strategy is a winning one.   Sustainability is a balancing act – we must meet the needs of the present without compromising the future, as the United Nations opined in the World Commission’s Report on Environment and Development back in 1987. Fast forward 30 years and the aspiration is even more pertinent g...

Adelaide in international orbit

As part of CMW‘s exploration of meetings Down Under in our latest magazine, we take a look at recent innovations in Adelaide, where big plains are being laid for 2019.   Adelaide CVB has an expanded convention centre, 6,000 hotel rooms and a growing portfolio of major conferences that the bureau predicts will rocket the South Australian capital into the global big time for events, with ...

The great conductor – ICC Sydney’s Geoff Donaghy

CMW receives some insight from the long and distinguished career of industry leader, ICC Sydney CEO and Director Convention Centres, AEG Ogden, Geoff Donaghy How did you arrive in the events/hospitality industry and what were your first roles? I began my career as a teacher and I loved it. However, I didn’t see it as my life long career. I moved to Cairns, which was in the midst of its early and e...