Brazil reaching for its Olympic legacy

Vinicius Lummertz, Brazil’s state minister for tourism, talks to Ramy Salameh about brand Brazil, its recent sporting event legacy, the future of the MICE sector and the nation’s continued destination appeal.    Brazil’s use of events (FIFA World Cup/Summer Olympics) has been the single most important way to re-position the destination’s profile internationally. How do you continue…


Face to face with the entrepreneurial spirit

Having charted Reggie Aggarwal’s remarkable entrepreneurial career – we now dig a little deeper. The founder and CEO of Cvent talks to Sarah-Claire Picton about digital transformation and more. According to a February 2018 report, entitled Economic Significance of Meetings to the US Economy, from Oxford Economics, every dollar spent on face-to-face meetings and events generates…


Innovating IMEX

Creativity and experiences were at the centre of content at the latest edition of IMEX in Frankfurt. From new events at EduMonday to the spectacular and sensational Learning Labs and Live Zone, there were major initiatives and experiences throughout the 2018 IMEX Frankfurt show, extending the borders of the industry into new areas. In addition, new…


Winding down or revving up?

The collapse of the FMI expo left a variety of resurgent conference and meeting events in its wake. When the US-based Food Marketing Institute (FMI) retired its large Chicago event, FMI Connect, in late 2016 due to a decline in visitor numbers, a decision that fatefully coincided with the closure of the National Cable Television Show, the trade press poured doubt…


Partnering up with AI

Georgios Kipouros (pictured), co-founder and event director of AI Business & The AI Summit global exhibition series, discusses AI and its role in helping the business events industry reach new heights. In 1965, Gordon Moore observed “how overall processing power for computers will double every two years,” predicting that “this trend will continue into the foreseeable future”….


Mazagan making waves

Simon George travels to Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort on Morocco’s Atlantic coast and realises that you can never be too well connected. Pitch and punt In the 1989 film Field of Dreams, James Earl Jones’s character advises humble Iowa corn farmer Ray Kinsella (played by Kevin Costner) that to realise his baseball dreams, which…


Meetings nhow

Ramy Salameh goes to Milan and Berlin to check out funky lifestyle hotel brand, nhow. NH Hotel Group’s lifestyle brand ‘nhow’ has rapid expansion plans, with properties opening in Marseille, Santiago de Chile, London, Amsterdam, Lima and Frankfurt over the next four years. CMW went to nhow Milan & Berlin to experience the concept and…

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