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SITE’s chief marketing officer Pádraic Gilligan on why it’s good to be an incentive travel professional in 2021.   Like all incentive travel professionals, I’m looking forward to better times in 2021. Realistically, it cannot get any worse as the pandemic, has thoroughly devastated the incentive travel industry.  This was graphically illustrated by the Incentive Travel Industry Index (ITII) w...

Turning the digital dial

Paul Cook, organiser of MPI’s upcoming EMEC 2021 virtual conference, says tech companies need to invest in bridging the gap in understanding.   The digital dial has been cranked up to stratospheric levels and shows no signs of stopping. Since Covid-19 adversely impacted the in-person events space, virtual events have been the only game in town in many countries across the globe.  While some e...

Berlin’s Awakening Beauties, Episode 10: We can be Heroes…

 Our BAB host Mark Felstead’s guest this time is Tanja Schramm, who has worked for over 30 years in the events business, including in hotels and agencies in many countries and now runs Meet Germany, which boasts the largest network of event professionals in the German speaking world – over 3,000 community members from a thousand-plus companies. This year Tanja is planning the expansion o...

European Congress of Radiology 2021: a case study of embracing virtual event innovation in Vienna

The European Congress of Radiology (ECR) is one of Europe’s largest congress events and the second biggest medical imaging meeting worldwide. It is usually held annually in Vienna, but in 2021 it was a virtual-only event (3-7 March). Organisers elevated it, however, through multifaceted, state-of-the-art streaming, a huge technological operation and delivering truly novel and interactive content, ...

Evolution of the organiser

The German Convention Bureau (GCB) recently presented the results of a new piece of in-depth research, conducted over 18 months. The ‘Business Events of the Future’ study comes from a Future Meeting Space initiative which the GCB set up in 2015, to develop a vision of how the future of events will look. It was presented live at Messe Frankfurt, as well as being streamed as an online event. The stu...

London polishes up its hotels and event venues as it gears up for return to business

London & Partners have provided an update on the new hotels entering the city’s market, and highlights some of the venues which have used the downtime to refurbish: London’s MICE industry is getting ready to reopen, with several new hotels due to enter the market and many existing venues confirming refurbishments. The events industry is worth £23bn (US$32bn) to London’s economy, and is t...

Berlin’s Awakening Beauties, Episode 9: Tales of two cities

This week our host Mark Felstead leads a double-header chat in a true tale of two cities. He talks to Sebastian Loefl from the Novotel Tiergarten Berlin and with Jason Allan Scott (pictured) from London about ways to generate new revenue sources in hotels, cafes, restaurants and venue spaces. First up is Jason who explains the difference between WFH and WFA and what the GIG economy means. Fancy yo...

Safety first in Brisbane

The Queensland capital has led the way back by taking the initiative on developing protocols to create a Covid-safe standard for events.   The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on Brisbane’s event industry, says Juliet Alabaster, general manager for business events in Brisbane. “Seventy major international and national business events worth nearly AUD$80m were either postponed or cancel...

The boom after the Zoom

CMW’s Stuart Wood speaks to the CEOs of major virtual event platforms, to find out how sustainable the sector’s current financial boom is.   Virtual event platforms have seen a meteoric rise since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has accelerated a digitalisation of events which was already well underway before its arrival. In the past month alone there have been new launche...

From German Breakfast TV to live event coaching…

In this episode (8) of Berlin’s Awakening Beauties, our host Mark Felstead talks to one of Germany’s Breakfast TV celebrities. Kay-Sölve Richter (pictured) is a woman Mark confesses he often shares his morning coffee with – via TV of course, as she is the News Anchor for ZDF Breakfast TV. Kay is an absolute bundle of energy and floods the podcast waves with her passion and energy as she explains m...

A helping Hannuwa

Look to nature for regenerative event management, says Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, who highlights here some of the findings from the Regenerative Revolution report, co-created by IMEX.   We partnered with Guy Bigwood, managing director, Global Destination Sustainability Movement, to create the Regenerative Revolution report in order to encourage a frank and fearless conversation abou...

The world’s global village for meetings

Are you up for a corporate scaling of the Swiss meetings summit?

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