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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 assisting 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…

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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…

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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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Essentially speaking…

etouches, a cloud event management software company, brings a visual component to CMW’s new event tech section. The featured infographic includes data collected from a 2016 etouches global survey of 239 event planners. Taking you through the before, during and after of an event, etouches reveals key points in an event’s lifecycle and the steps to…

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The Flanders effect

Ramy Salameh says Flanders’ recent hosting of the Associations World Congress will have impressed these influential meeting planners who experienced the region’s ease of access and depth of heritage first-hand. The new Flanders Meeting & Convention Centre Antwerp (FMCCA) played host to the Associations World Congress (AWC) in March, with some 500 association professionals stepping through…

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A taste of Tangier

Stephanie Ackland’s Morocco MICE tour takes us to Tangier The North African city of Tangier is enjoying a resurgence. Situated at the northern tip of Morocco and Africa, it lies 20 miles (32.1km) from Spain and is raising its business profile and MICE offering. Tangier is a melting pot of cultures, but with a firm…

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Talking ’bout digitalisation

CMW embraces digital transformation, and gives room to event tech’s growing presence within the global events industry. Proceeds from global tech IPOs amounted to US$25.1bn in 2017, with 168% growth from 2016 (PwC, Global Technology IPO Review). The present-day digital dialogue is anchored in transformation and growth; and, as our event tech section reveals, advancements…

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Driving innovation in the digital economy

London Technology Week (LTW) returns this June to showcase the UK capital as a global tech powerhouse, Sarah-Claire Picton reports London, Europe’s ‘technology capital’, becomes a nucleus of digital innovation as London Tech Week enters its fifth edition, 11-17 June. Co-founded by promotional agency London & Partners in 2014, LTW is London’s largest crowd-sourced festival…

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Thabethe’s targets

South Africa’s deputy minister of tourism, Elizabeth Thabethe, tells CMW about a big new ZAR110m bidding fund, a delegate boosting initiative and other new business event strategies. What is the biggest challenge today for South Africa in marketing itself as an international conference and events destination? The major challenge is probably financial constraints. South African Tourism is…

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