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Upskilling: a never-ending story

Michael Jones breaks down the differing and fast-changing approaches to professional training and advancement in the events industry: Event management education whether through university courses, on-the-job apprenticeship-style training, or upskilling, offers an avenue for individuals to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to flourish in the meetings industry.  Many professionals have tried t...

Recovery for DMCs – time to look in our own backyard?

The UK declared ‘Freedom Day’ in late July and, following a series of unprecedented  lockdowns, attempted to re-start life as we know it, accepting the consequences of a rampant virus mutation balanced, this time, by a successful vaccination programme. Following an initial period of rapidly escalating Covid case numbers, almost four weeks later we can see this calculated risk seems to be paying of...

Malta’s MCC: Where heritage meets technology

In the first in a new series looking at unique examples of venue architecture around the world, Paul Colston visits Malta and the striking Mediterranean Conference Centre, a building first built as a hospital nearly 500 years ago: Malta has many imposing buildings, but the former Sacra Infermeria hospital built by the Knights of St John is one of the most striking. Today, its architectural heir is...

Hubilo and Constellar aim to light up APAC region

Hubilo has entered into a partnership agreement with Constellar Venues, a subsidiary of Constellar Holdings (formerly SingEx-Sphere Holdings), aimed to elevate hybrid event experiences in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. The partnership says it intends to leverage Constellar’s partner networks in the APAC region, insight-generation capabilities, and market knowledge. Hubilo’s virtual and hybrid eve...

Looping everybody in to the Vegas effort

CMW talks to John S Schreiber, vice-president business sales Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, and hears about the huge coordinated effort aimed at bringing back events to the famous city: What were your early career ambitions and how did you get into the hospitality and events industry? I always wanted to become a marine biologist, that was until my family moved to Las Vegas in 1984 fr...

International Confex: Why protect your intangible asset?

During last week’s International Confex 21 in London, the show’s Brand Experience Theatre hosted a discussion under the title ‘Why protect your intangible asset?’. The debate was led by Mark Ford, director of Whitespace XPO and WE Create at Whitespace Group, and explored how for most businesses the most intangible asset is a positive brand identity. Ford suggested that intangible asset...

International Confex: ‘Championing diversity, equality and inclusion together’

International Confex 21’s Association Event Forum saw its seventh session of Day 1 held under the title ‘Championing diversity, equality and inclusion together’. The panel discussed what event associations were doing to support the vision of an events industry where diversity, equity and inclusion are not just words, but relate to action. Speakers for the event included: Caroline Jackson, vice-cha...

International Confex: Key skills for (corporate) event planners looking to succeed

International Confex 21’s Let’s Do London theatre saw its fourth Day 1 session, 1 September, held under the title ‘Key skills for (corporate) event planners looking to succeed’. The panel of corporate event planners discussed how they’ve adapted their skills during the pandemic and how they see this looking in the future. Speakers for the event included Edward Poland, co-founder of Hire Space; Cla...

Who owns the data?

Global event auditor BPA president and CEO Glenn Hansen discusses the need for standards in digital events, including data ownership: In June 2020, we at BPA Worldwide published an open letter to the industry on the subject of data leakage in the bidstream. It was still early days of the Covid pandemic and digital events were just becoming du jour. Our writing at that time pertained to the digital...

ICCA statistics ‘reinvented’

It is no surprise that the annual ICCA destination rankings have changed in format, quite radically, due of course to the effects of Covid. All comparisons with previous years are pretty much redundant and the association went for the option of ‘reinventing’ its avidly awaited report on the international meetings market to show just how its members and associations had coped with the unprecedented...

CMW speaks to Vaibhav Jain

Michael Jones talks with Vaibhav Jain, CEO and Founder of Hubilo, about his career, Hubilo, and the future of the events industry.   What do you think is the next major adaptation in the global event tech industry?  There are three aspects to events now and how virtual events are evolving. There is content, which the organisers bring in through speakers, etc. The second is the community, where all...

Emergence of the ‘new’ hybrid

International branding agency INVNT’s CEO and COO of the INVNT Group Kristina McCoobery, INVNT APAC MD Laura Roberts, and INVNT EMEA MD Claudia Stephenson reflect on how their agency has worked with the new hybrid reality:   We’ve seen conferences and meetings take on many different iterations across the globe since last March, as a result of coronavirus restrictions on in-person gatherings, ...

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