Features

Brexit and events: Nick de Bois weighs in

Nick de Bois, former MP for Enfield North, former chief of staff to Dominic Raab, Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, and former MD of Rapier Group, talks through what the latest Brexit news might mean for companies operating in the events industry. Interview by EN editor Nicola McDonald   What is your advice for events businesses at this point? I think businesses that are taking steps to ...

Bed tax: funding stream or destination nightmare?

Phillip Cooke (pictured below left) investigates the contentious issue of bed tax, which has sprung up in many destinations around the globe. But is it a solution, or a further problem?   Many countries and cities are able to  devote large sums of money to promoting and developing their tourism industries via a system that taxes the visitor, not the host. These competing regions, most notably...

Changing the conference game at EMEC 19

CMW’s Stuart Wood hurried to The Hague in February, host city of MPI’s 2019 European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC). It was a conference that took a healthy dose of inspiration from the festival industry.   The tagline of EMEC 19 was ‘Changing the game’, and organisers – the MPI Netherlands Chapter – made a concerted effort to break down traditional conference formats ove...

Who were the winning associations of 2018?

Jane Cunningham, Director of International Associations at BestCities, breaks down 2018’s winning associations, trends, and the key to success for Incredible Impacts 2019.   What are the key factors judges look for in a winning submission? We had 19 fantastic Incredible Impacts submissions in 2018, and in each there are six key areas that we analyse. These are the objectives, a clear descript...

Creator of the big Sydney story

CMW offers insights from the long and distinguished career of industry leader, ICC Sydney CEO and Director Convention Centres, AEG Ogden, Geoff Donaghy How did you arrive in the events/hospitality industry and what were your first roles? I began my career as a teacher and I loved it. However, I didn’t see it as my life long career. I moved to Cairns, which was in the midst of its early and excitin...

Why Portugal is on the rise for MICE business

‘Desenrascanço’ describes the Portuguese national virtue of finding unconventional solutions to demanding situations – a useful trait when creating an adaptable MICE industry, as Ramy Salameh discovers.   Lisbon, Porto and Braga’s city-break tourism industries are booming. New airlift, especially from national carrier Air Portugal (TAP), as well as renewed confidence and investment in v...

Sense and sustainability in Copenhagen

Simon George heads to Copenhagen, and finds that the city’s new Tourism for Good strategy is a winning one.   Sustainability is a balancing act – we must meet the needs of the present without compromising the future, as the United Nations opined in the World Commission’s Report on Environment and Development back in 1987. Fast forward 30 years and the aspiration is even more pertinent g...

Adelaide in international orbit

As part of CMW‘s exploration of meetings Down Under in our latest magazine, we take a look at recent innovations in Adelaide, where big plains are being laid for 2019.   Adelaide CVB has an expanded convention centre, 6,000 hotel rooms and a growing portfolio of major conferences that the bureau predicts will rocket the South Australian capital into the global big time for events, with ...

The great conductor – ICC Sydney’s Geoff Donaghy

CMW receives some insight from the long and distinguished career of industry leader, ICC Sydney CEO and Director Convention Centres, AEG Ogden, Geoff Donaghy How did you arrive in the events/hospitality industry and what were your first roles? I began my career as a teacher and I loved it. However, I didn’t see it as my life long career. I moved to Cairns, which was in the midst of its early and e...

Overtourism: a case study in Prague

Overtourism is a problem for many popular meetings destinations to wrestle with. In this month’s cover feature, CMW presents an edited extract from research by Miroslav Rončák, Palacky University, Olomouc, on overtourism in the Czech capital.  The number of tourists arriving in Prague has been increasing steadily. Back in 1989 there were 1.6m tourists arriving in the Czech capital. In 2000 t...

La Dolce conference Vita

Paul Colston revisits the Sitges meetings jewel 13 years on… After a frenetic annual visit to the IBTM World trade show in Barcelona a visit to Dolce Sitges was an ideal contrasting experience and an oasis of calm high up on the Mediterranean coast. A pleasant 35 minute train ride from Barcelona takes you past the airport and on to the beautiful resort town. The Dolce Sitges conference hotel...

How to design an effective incentive programme

Director of Strategic Partnerships at Ovation Global DMC, and former SITE President, Hugo Slimbrouck, offers a guide to building the most informed perspective for designing and delivering effective incentive programmes.   Designing an incentive programme begins with understanding the customer, his or her business, the company’s leadership and a profile of the programme participants.  Knowing ...