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AG Group – Ready for the meeting renaissance in Italy

AG Group is an Italy-based group providing a comprehensive range of in-house services, including as a DMC, tour operator and event management provider, hotel consulting. Key business units providing a gateway into the Italian meetings  travel and hospitality market include: AG Hotels – 4 and 5 star hotels in the centre of Rome and Florence. AG Boutique Journey, a DMC, tour operator, event ma...

Destination focus: Cannes

Bold moves in the South of France have proven that rigorous health measures breed confidence for events.   Cannes positions itself as the premier business tourism city in France, after Paris, and the city’s leading venue, Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, is clearly leading in the effort to reassure conference clients to return with a vigorous approach to health security. The Palais des F...

Natural wonder

CMW takes a deep dive into the great barrier reef and checks out the improving offer in Cairns. As New Zealand and Australia opened up a travel bubble in October, maybe there is some Antipodean light emerging at the end of the dark corona tunnel. In normal times, Cairns & Great Barrier Reef present meeting planners with a combination of sustainable, first-class facilities and operators amid an...

Berlin’s Awakening Beauties, Episode 2 with Peter Antoni

This week our host Mark Felstead’s special guest is one of the true Godfathers of Berlin’s Event industry – Peter Antoni. Peter has been one of the major players in the events business in Berlin since the late 1980s and has been involved in many great projects in the city and beyond. He was one of the first to bring cruise ship tours to the city and was a driver behind bringing in the MTV Aw...

Regenerative Revolution

CMW takes a deep dive into the underwater world of the October edition of PlanetIMEX “It was no mean feat to top May’s edition of PlanetIMEX and give the industry another ‘wow’, but I believe we achieved that. The enhanced design and production values, the quality of the education, on-demand replays, the fun virtual experiences, plus the fact that, as in our live shows, we gave space for our partn...

Zooming out

By AIPC CEO Sven Bossu and Westminister University visiting lecturer Mark Bannister. Universities and organised events face a similar challenge: how to create communities in an environment in which on Monday you are allowed to bring people physically together and by Wednesday you need to switch to fully digital? This is not a theoretical question: local authorities, with the lessons learned earlie...

Golden Age for events

In the run up to Cvent Connect Europe, CMW asked Cvent CEO Reggie Aggarwal to pick out the likely trends and themes of discussion. Describe the key themes of this year’s conference. This year’s event is all about helping our attendees overcome current challenges and prepare for the future. If you take a look at the agenda, you’ll see some recurring themes and phrases, like ‘new normal’, ‘virtual a...

Re-imagination man

As ICCA, like the industry at large, faces perhaps its greatest time of challenge, CMW had a pre-congress catch up with the association’s president James Rees, who has been not only charting a variety of roads to Kaohsiung for the 59th congress, but outlining plans to digital infinity and beyond! What were the lessons of last year’s ICCA Congress and how did that shape the plans for 2020? We reali...

Healthcare professionals prescribe virtual for events

Paul Cook expands on the lessons from a new Kenes Group white paper. What do your delegates want from virtual events? Do you know? With the ferocious spread of Covid-19, the world of events has effectively gone virtual. But what is going down well and what is painful? Professional congress organiser Kenes Group decided to find out and there is much we can take away from their recently published Wh...

The Berlin boys are back in town!

https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/berlinssleepingbeauties/BSB-S2-001.mp3   We welcome back our Berlin correspondent, Mark Felstead, who informs and entertains us again with Episode 1, Series 2 of Berlin’s Awakening Beauties. Mark returns to the events ether fresh from his own summer challenges to open a brand new podcast series in conjunction with Conference & Meetings World. Despite the ...

ICCA signs off record-breaking Congress with Kaohsiung Protocol

The 59th International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Congress was a congress like no other, with a record attendance, albeit the majority in digital attendance. The ICCA family demonstrated a victory of the power of community and connectivity, with the official Congress days, 1-3 November in Kaohsiung and the other global hubs packing in valuable content and networking to add to the e...

CVB shares its Copenhagen Legacy Lab processes

While it has received much attention, there is little knowledge of how to work strategically and systematically with congress legacy. Hoping to change this, Copenhagen CVB has been sharing insights from its Copenhagen Legacy Lab initiative with the ICCA community and the wider global meetings industry. Congresses of the future need to have a long-lasting, positive impact at heart, not solely as a ...

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