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Keeping the flame of inspiration alight: Berlin’s Sleeping Beauties, Episode 8

  In this episode AXICA’s Mark Felstead leads us to discover how Berlin’s hotel scene has been trying to cope with the corona crisis and we hear about some of the innovative ideas the city’s hotel managers have been dreaming up to raise both revenues and the spirits of their staff. Amid all the community spirit on show, we should remember there have been many heart rendering stories of lifelo...

Life’s a cabaret my friend: Berlin’s Sleeping Beauties, Episode 7

This week’s podcast is packed full of advice for speakers and explores how to command an audience without dying on stage; how to realise that failure is a MUST if you want know what really works. It also offers some great learnings from comedy greats Robin Williams and Whoopee Goldberg.     The lessons well illustrate just how important it is to tell your story and not be afraid of showi...

MCI transforms client project from live to virtual inside a week

Event management agency MCI China recently entirely redesigned, coordinated and delivered a fully planned offline product launch event into a combination of live and virtual attendee experiences in less than a week of the event date. MCI China, was the mandated agency for the management and design of a global product launch event for a Chinese multinational technology company and faced a situation...

PCO insights: Berlin’s Sleeping Beauties, Episode 6

  In this episode AXICA’s Mark Felstead interviews the MD of leading PCO K.I.T. Group, Merryn Scholz, on a range of topical issues, including how medical associations are being affected by the situation around Covid-19. She discusses navigating the process of finding new dates for their events in the coming years and also how they are fitting in re-bookings of cancelled conferences into the c...

Events: what’s in it for the academic community? A Doctor gives his prescription

Former Copenhagen CVB has published its industry PhD student Thomas Trøst Hansen’s thesis on the global meetings industry and the many academic benefits that come from hosting and attending an academic event. Dr Hansen’s study for Wonderful Copenhagen brings fresh insight into the world of academic events and presents specific benefits of chairing and attending a congress. The study attempted to a...

Prepared for take off: Berlin’s Sleeping Beauties podcast, Episode 5

  The latest podcast episode from AXICA Berlin’s Mark Felstead, in conjunction with Mash Media, updates us on what events are currently allowed to be held in Berlin. Viewers will also get expert insights on how the next phases of the loosening of the restrictions might effect the process of hosting events in the city. There is also a new prognosis on that long running saga surrounding the cit...

Kobe to use robots to combat Covid-19

Kobe, Japan, is turning to robots to help increase the city’s PCR testing capabilities for Covid-19. The initiative, set to go live in October 2020, is a collaboration between Kobe city and medical robot manufacturer Medicaroid. The idea is to reduce the risk of infection for medical personnel while also increasing the city’s current testing capabilities by up to four times. This use o...

Korea turns on the tech turbo as CVBs step up their support

Korea offers more subvention funding and technology support as it eyes new normal for MICE, CMW reports. South Korea has won many plaudits for its response to the global Covid-19 crisis. One of the first countries outside of China to report cases of the disease, South Korea has been more active than most in harnessing its high technology capabilities to track the spread of the virus and its report...

Time to retain and retrain

Keith Tan, Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board, discusses the biggest challenge ever to face the state’s tourism sector. Just 18 months into your role and the STB is having to deal with the impact of Covid-19. Do you feel that the organisation was well-prepared having learned from the SARS outbreak? Much of the learning, protocols and procedures from SARS helped to guide our actions but...

Bogota leads Colombia’s conference city troika up the ICCA rankings

Colombia has been making some big progress in attracting association meetings and conferences, with the latest 2019 ICCA rankings showing Bogota moving up into the top 5 of cities in Latin America that held the most qualifying events. Colombia is the only country in Latin America with three cities in the ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) regional top 10. Cartagena, which sta...

Grimaldi Forum readies its welcome back

Some staff at The Grimaldi Forum (TGF) convention centre in Monaco have been back at work on the venue site since 4 May and are starting to ready the venue for reopening for business when regulations permit. Teams have been mobilised to set up the necessary systems for organising events in strict compliance with current health requirements. TGF’s management says its event calendar is busy, startin...

80 years of Messe Stuttgart

Messe Stuttgart – an indispensable showcase for the economic strength of the state of Baden- Württemberg – will turn 80 years old on 28 May 2020, although the staff will only celebrate be able to celebrate the anniversary virtually in their home offices. Messe Stuttgart is and has been an innovation platform for new developments from around the world and, notes CEO Roland Bleinroth, “for the...

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