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Everything you need to know from the Associations World Congress 2019

CMW travelled to Gothenburg, the world’s most sustainable meetings destination, where the Associations World Congress 2019 served up some food for thought. And spiky lobsters.   The concept of Fika is an important part of Swedish culture. Translated literally, it means a “coffee and cake break” – but it has a greater significance than that. Fika is a ritual. It means taking time to refresh th...

Meeting in the French Alps of Megeve

CMW, in collaboration with Atout France (the French CVB), led a contingent of agencies to Megève in the French Alps for a taste of cheese, wine and sledging down a mountain in the dark. Martin Fullard reports.   Familiarisation trips can be quite par for the course, but ones that involve skiing always have an extra edge. Of course, there is no shortage of ski resorts which offer delegates the...

Bravehearts fight Edinburgh council cuts

UKInbound and ECM lend support to local eventprofs’ fight against Edinburgh’s proposed 89% budget cut to city DMO UK tourism trade association UKInbound joined Marketing Edinburgh’s Chief Executive in fighting against an Edinburgh City Council proposal for a 89% cut to its marketing budget over two years. UKinbound warned that Scotland’s capital could be left as the only major city in the develope...

‘IT’ no longer a dirty word

Didier Scaillet, CEO, SITE on the effectiveness of incentive travel A perfect storm of global recession and negative perception tossed the Good Ship ‘Incentive’ repeatedly onto the rocks between 2009 and 2014. Many big users of incentive travel simply abandoned ship and, for a few years, avoided all mention of ‘IT’ as if it was a dirty little secret never to be mentioned again. Of course, the clou...

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...

A new paradigm in Calgary

Paul Colston meets Clark Grue, president and CEO of Calgary Telus Convention Centre, a key figure offering direction at Alberta’s Conference Crossroads   Clark Grue is the man in charge of the the first purpose-built convention centre in Canada, the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre (CTCC).  No time for resting on laurels, however, and Grue is the first to acknowledge the age of the facility and the...

South Africa signals room to grow

South Africa’s business events industry catapults into a new era of growth and synergy, writes Sarah-Claire Picton. In the eve of a new era, South Africa ranks among the top ten long-haul destinations for hosting international and regional meetings and conferences. Thirsty to understand more about the country’s meetings industry push, CMW traverses the African continent to talk facts, forecasts an...

Canada beyond nature

Business Events Canada, a division of national marketing agency Destination Canada, realises that events can create a lasting legacy and can be the catalyst in introducing Canada’s export business interests to key influencers, business stakeholders, entrepreneurs and investors from around the world. Focusing on seven priority sectors where the country holds a competitive advantage: Aerospace, Agri...

Alberta in Winter: A fresh take on your meetings venue

By Nicola Alexander, Travel Alberta’s Business Development Director MICE, Europe Nestled in the southwest corner of the Canadian province of Alberta – with quick and easy access to spectacular Rocky Mountain getaways – the gateway city of Calgary has long been a prime location for international conferences and meetings. Well-known as the hub for Canada’s oil and gas industry, Calgary n...