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Ready to #SeeYouInBogota

Colombia’s capital has long been known for its historic old city, La Candelaria, as well as being a gateway to the Andes. Now Bogota is preparing itself for the time when it can reopen again to the thousands of international visitors keen to experience one of the greatest Latin-American capitals. To allow a safe reopening, biosafety protocols have been established and are being tested in the servi...

A trust made in Berlin

CMW meets Marco Oelschlegel, head of the Berlin Convention Office (BCO), VisitBerlin. Head of Berlin’s Convention Office (BCO) Marco Oelschlegel started his career at a conference production company (Management Circle) in Berlin, following tourism studies in Germany and France and internships in Budapest and Madrid. His first project was working on a C-Suite conference in Vienna on investment in s...

Accor introduces ‘ALL Meet Well’ hygiene measures across 135 hotels

Global hotel and hospitality group Accor has announced that 135 hotels in its brand portfolio in Northern Europe have adopted its ‘ALL Meet Well’ commitment to safety and hygiene designed to keep meetings and events delegates safe and well. ALL Meet Well includes a series of measures including: daily cleaning routines carried out during evenings and lunch breaks, including disinfecting light switc...

AIPC 2.0

We present the first CMW column from AIPC’s new CEO Sven Bossu, who prefaces a six-month, six-pillar programme of change for the association. AIPC, the global association of event venues, launched its change process during its 2019 Annual Congress in Antwerp. The current crisis will accelerate this process as the AIPC community is facing unprecedented challenges and opportunities. A six-pillar pro...

Sky the only limit for the RAI

RAI Amsterdam chief operating officer Maurits Van Der Sluis is enjoying getting back to business, with the Dutch government removing venue restrictions on delegate numbers from 1 July. He urges other European countries to follow suit. RAI Amsterdam is one of first European venues to reopen and host events without having to restrict visitor number beyond the normal capacity. The move, on 1 July, fo...

Paris and USA top ICCA destination rankings, as meetings rise in 2019

The recently published (2019) ICCA rankings show record number of meetings, and Paris and the USA retaining their top spots in the City and Country rankings lists respectively. The new annual statistics from International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)captured 13,254 rotating association meetings in 2019, the highest ever recorded annual figure and an increase of 317 on last year’s rec...

Event insurance: time to adjust the equation?

Paul Cook asks whether it is the beginning of the end of unreasonable legal clauses. Covid-19 has impacted people and businesses in many ways. While there have been some positives, such as dolphins appearing in the Bosphorous and pollution levels decreasing, for most, the impact has been adverse. Event delegates, planners and event service providers of all types have been affected. Large or small,...

‘Nobody told me there’d be days like these’

I took the reins as CEO of SITE at the beginning of 2019 and, as you do when you start a new job, I expected the usual roller coaster ride with upswings and downswings. But, to quote John Lennon, “Nobody told me there’d be days like these”. Following two full years of upswings at SITE, during which we reached historically high membership numbers and retention percentages, our entire industry is no...

Thanks for the memories: Berlin’s Sleeping Beauties, Episode 11

In this, our final episode before a short summer break, our host Mark Felstead introduces us to Kieran Dennis – once a legend of Berlin’s event scene upped anchor and moved back to London where he now works as a DMC for Incentives and Cruise Ships. Kieran explains it is a business sub-sector that has been literally stranded over the last few months. Kieran believes these businesses were unfairly d...

Virtual CAREhab Singapore Rehabilitation Conference 2020 gathers 1,200 delegates

The recent digital edition virtual CAREhab Singapore Rehabilitation Conference 2020 drew 50 speakers and 1,200 members of the healthcare community for two days of live learning, networking and collaboration. A fifth of attendees came from abroad, representing 30 countries and took part in more than 200 meetings facilitated over the two-day virtual event. Nine hundred participants attended the in-p...

Learning to speak with one voice

CMW reports on the Joint Meetings Industry Council’s global webinar series that has been driving the soon-to-be-published Manifesto for Economic Recovery Using Business Events. These unprecedented times have brought about an unprecedented collaboration. On 2 July, the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) and its Iceberg project, with the support of four global industry trade events – AIME, IBTM,...

Paris good to go from September

Pablo Nakhlé Cerruti, CEO of Viparis, announced that, on 1 September 2020, Viparis would reopen its doors to tradefairs, exhibitions, congresses and other major events. The venue will be making up for lost time with 300 of its events having been affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Viparis is operator of nine major event venues in the Île-de-France region, including Paris-Expo Porte de Versailles and ...

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