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Star Àni(se)

Exclusive and very private, Simon George finds that ÀNI Sri Lanka offers star potential: Spice route Spice is synonymous with Sri Lanka. Cinnamon quintessentially, cardamon, cumin and cloves certainly, nutmeg notably and no self-respecting biryani dish or packet of five spice would be without star anise. Collectively they make up the distinctive aromas that pervade the country and provide the esse...

Getting the Maldives meeting message across

The Maldives has been picking up the MICE pace in recent months, showcasing to meetings and events buyers all there is to offer in the islands Everybody wants to go to a place where they feel safe and 98% of our resort employees are fully vaccinated against coronavirus. You can even have your own island for your meeting,” Visit Maldives CEO and MD Thoyib Mohammed told CMW when he brought the islan...

Africa adapts for awakening

CMW looks at a continent with an event eye very much on the future Africa’s almost 1.3 billion people have, of course, been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic like the rest of the world. The fact that the continent’s people are remarkably young – 40% of them are under 15 – has saved them from some of the worst ravages, but vaccination rates remain low in many countries. So, re-opening, including fo...

You are what you eat

Following the hors d’ouevres of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) meeting in Bruges, recently, Oliver Thomas tucks into the topic of how gastronomy can be leveraged within the MICE industry. “Gastronomy is the best ambassador for any country.” Or at least this is what the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general secretary, Zurab Pololikashvili, believes. ...

IBTM’s Trends watching brief

CMW presents an edited section of IBTM World’s Trends Watch Report 2022 which collated key studies on the Meetings and Events industry performance over 2021 Corporate Events ‘Ensuring the sustainability of events’ has risen to become the key challenge corporate organisers are looking to tackle between now and 2024, according to the 2021 ICE Annual Benchmarking Research Report. ICE, which stands fo...

The French reconnection

Viparis recently hosted the European hub of the 2021 ICCA Congress at its Palais des Congres D’Issy. Marta Gomes, deputy director Commercial Division of Viparis, tells CMW how the company has weathered the pandemic and offers some insights into how Viparis is placed for the resumption of business: We suffered a severe impact on our activity for both 2020 and most of 2021, with venue closures and l...

Origin’All uses IBTM to showcase community focused social enterprise options for planners

The IBTM World meetings industry show in Barcelona at the beginning of December saw the launch of a new community focused social enterprise for the sector: Origin’All. The company works with local, destination specific, suppliers to create authentic meeting and incentive programmes, with the aim of ensuring that the value of the meeting stays within the local community while enriching the experien...

Unlocking Madrid’s secrets

Paul Colston joins a Spanish spy trail in Madrid and comes away with plenty of information for event planners, especially those on a sustainable mission: A 1940s themed spy mission to Madrid was a recent invitation from the capital city’s convention bureau to 16 selected European MICE buyers. CMW’s own secret sleuth joined the trail, aiming to track down the mysterious spy Tom Burns, following a p...

Englishmen in New York ready for bounce back

Paul Colston spoke to London-based etc.venues chief operating officer Nick Hoare, who explains how the company survived the pandemic and is positioning itself for growth again: Remind us of how etc.venues kept true to the 601 Lexington Avenue project in New York to bring it online last June. How did Covid affect the investment and timescale? The short answer is Covid did :not affect the investment...

The monetisation journey

Oliver Thomas reviews global event tech company ExpoPlatform’s new e-book, The Monetisation Blueprint, which aims to provide guidance for organisers on securing revenue streams in the rapidly digitising events world Covid-19 has changed the way event organisers monetise their digital platforms and ExpoPlatform believes that this industry shift, accelerated by the pandemic, requires “new skill sets...

Ace in the event tech pocket

Vaibhav Jain, CEO and founder of Hubilo speaks exclusively to Paul Colston, as the company raises a further $125.35m in investment funding Fast-growing global virtual events platform Hubilo recently announced a new £92m ($125.35m) Series B funding round, led by Alkeon Capital and including Lightspeed Venture Partners and Balderton Capital. This investment brings the total of PE funding put into Hu...

Big MICE ‘merhba’ from Malta

Paul Colston finds that Malta has kept all its conference charm and has been adding to the package during the pandemic. Landing in Malta in late August for my first international press trip in months brought much anticipation. Following in the footsteps of the Knights of St John, I witnessed how the traditional pull of heritage is today being reinforced with a modern technology twist and plenty of...

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