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Kenes Group’s Ori Lahav takes the helm at IAPCO

A new President of the International Association of PCOs (IAPCO) – Ori Lahav, VP Clients & Operations at global PCO Kenes Group, stepped in during the organisation’s 51st IAPCO Annual Meeting and General Assembly that took place in Vancouver, Canada, 12-15 February. After two years as Vice-President working alongside association President IAPCO, Mathias Posch (President at International Confer...

Live events agency Sledge acquires pharma events specialist SWM Partners

UK-based live events agency Sledge announced, 25 February, it had completed the acquisition of SWM Partners, a specialist pharma events business based in Hertfordshire, UK. SWM organises meetings globally for pharmaceutical companies during the clinical research phase of evaluating new compounds. The business has been established for 23 years and has a turnover of c£10m (US$12.95m) The business ha...

UK government proposes ‘duty’ to protect public spaces from terror

The UK government is in consultations over how to introduce a ‘Protect Duty’ that would protect safety and security at public venues and spaces. Security Minister James Brokenshire (pictured), 24 February 2019, announced plans to introduce a law which will require owners and operators of public spaces and venues to put in place measures to keep the public safe from a terrorist attack. Delivering o...

New report identifies opportunities and constraints to improving sustainability in business travel

Travel management platform CWT and Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) have published a report on how to make business travel more sustainable. The report springs from the GBTA Conference 2019 Munich and involved input from travel management companies (TMCs), hotel, air, car and ancillary services, as well as the corporate buyer community from across Europe. The report, ‘The Big Idea: ...

Confex off to a flying start, with Day Two to come packed full of content

Day One of International Confex 2020 at ExCeL London saw a buzzing showfloor full of inspiration and the theatres packed with the latest industry conversations taking place. There is a big line-up still to come on Day Two, including: At 2pm the day’s must-attend at the Keynote Theatre features an exclusive interview with Figen Murray, mother of Martyn Hett, who was killed along with 21 others in t...

BONDay heralds growing Meetings Africa for its 15th year

Meetings Africa 2020 kicked-off for its 15th year in Johannesburg at the Sandton Convention Centre, 24 February, with discussions between buyers and exhibitors at BONDay (Business Opportunities Networking Day). This year’s event theme, ‘Shared economies’, is focused on the question of  collaborative African growth. Organisers list a number of positive show statistics, including: 100% of the exhibi...

Cairns Convention Centre boosts Business Development Team ahead of expansion

The Cairns Convention Centre in Queensland, Australia, has welcomed Wayne Smith (pictured) as its new Business Development Director as the team strengthens ahead of the new expansion. Smith returns to Cairns after spending the previous four years as Director of Client Services at Darwin Convention Centre, part of the ASM Global portfolio. Jenny Graham will take on a new role at the Centre as Bid S...

AIME delivers Down Under

Organisers of the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), held last week in Melbourne (17-19 February), say the event attracted over 2,500 visitors and 300 exhibitors, with 10,000 meetings taking place over the two days. Overall registrations saw a 20% uplift despite reduced levels of international travel due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. “The beginning of 2020 has seen our industry f...

International campaign to put Australia back on the travel list

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has welcomed Tourism Australia’s new pitch to win back international visitors as welcome step in helping to drive new visitation following the setbacks experienced by tourism businesses across the nation as a result of December and January’s bushfires.

International Confex kicks off tomorrow!

International Confex begins tomorrow in London, taking place from 25-26 February at the ExCeL Centre.

‘Discover Dubai’ previews Expo 2020 for event planners

A group of 55 business event planners took part in a familiarisation trip in Dubai, ahead of Expo 2020 coming the city next year.

Hong Kong government offers HK$1bn coronavirus subsidy

The Hong Kong government is offering a subsidy of just over HK$1bn (USD$130m) to subsidise exhibition and convention organisers and delegates in the region.