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IGTM 2021 brings international golf tourism industry to Wales

RX (Reed Exhibitions), the organiser behind IGTM (International Golf Travel Market), hosted the first international face to face meeting of the golf travel industry for the past two years, and for the first time in the UK, at the ICC Wales and Celtic Manor Resort, 18-21 October. Approximately 200 tour operators, travel agents and concierge companies were in attendance from 30 countries including G...

Industry welcomes Qantas expansion of services

Australia’s tourism industry has welcomed national flag carrier Qantas’s announcement that it is to speed up its timetable for the resumption of flights to a number of international markets over the next three months. “This is another strong sign that Australia is on the path to reopening, giving hope to thousands of tourism businesses who have been left without an income since March 2020,” ATEC m...

Boosting remote engagement at integrated events

By Gregory Crandall, senior vice-president, at global brand activation specialists Pico’s Global Activation Team offers some insights from work with Coca-Cola, Midea and the recent Olympics:   The MICE industry is already on the path of integrated events which seek to equalise the experience between their online and offline audiences. Increasingly, it means that engaging an online audience wi...

Wizme launches revamped platform

Wizme, the meetings and groups management platform based in London, UK, has announced the release of Wizme v3.0. From the buyer, supplier and intermediary perspectives, Wizme v3.0 will look to address poor productivity. Nour Mouakke, Wizme’s CEO and founder, said: “Our new solution is almost three times faster, has a slicker look and feel than previous versions and most importantly has...

Glasgow Convention Bureau launches the #VirtualGlasgow world walking route

The Glasgow Convention Bureau, Scotland, has launched a new online walking challenge with World Walking. The challenge allows delegates to explore some of Glasgow’s sustainable initiatives virtually. Keeping in line with the CVBs People Make Glasgow Greener strategy, the walking tours align with Goal three: Good Health & Wellbeing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, encouraging delegates ...

Thailand events set to return under safety protocols

Thailand’s Centre of Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau’s (TCEB) proposal to allow the return of in-person MICE events to be held under ‘Covid-19 Free setting’ protocols. The approval follows the government’s announcement, 11 October, that fully vaccinated overseas visitors will be allowed to enter Thailand from 1 November with...

HeadBox secures £2m fundraise

Event tech company, HeadBox, has finalised a £2m (US$2.75m) fundraise led by Deepbridge Capital, bringing its total funding to £13.2m. This investment aims to help HeadBox launch in the USA and support its recovery following the pandemic. The company has also doubled its team from 28 to 52 people during the past three months. Adrian Neilan, COO and investment director at Deepbridge Capital, commen...

SITE & SITE Foundation turn over a new Chapter in-person in Paris

Convening from the US, Canada, Egypt, Turkey, Ireland and Poland, and with others joining virtually, the international boards of directors and trustees of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) and SITE Foundation concluded three days of in-person meetings in Paris on 21 October. The event was hosted by Accor at the Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel and The Molitor Paris M Gallery. These were ...

Thought leadership hub for business events, ACF, born in Slovakia

Audite, Cogitare, Facite (ACF), an association based in Bratislava, Slovakia, has created the Thought Leadership Hub for the European business events industry. The hub aims to advise and support public entities, private organisations, and destinations using business events as a powerful tool for economic growth. The idea of creating a platform for business events industry development came with the...

BEIA welcomes National’s plan to support event insurance

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has welcomed the New Zealand National Party’s ‘Back to Business’ plan, which would see the government fund the premium for events industry insurance cover. Lisa Hopkins, the chief executive of BEIA, said that the Government rejected an industry-led proposal to support the NZ$1.5m (US$1.1m) premium cost, either directly or through the Regional Ev...

ATEC calls for clarity over the re-opening of international borders

Australia’s export tourism industry is awaiting the announcement of the exact date for the reopening of international borders. With the announcement that New South Wales (NSW) will no longer require quarantine for overseas arrivals from November, there are now calls from the tourism industry for a date to work towards. Peter Shelley (pictured), managing director of the Australia Tourism Export Cou...

IMEX America strives for a sustainable future

Sustainability is set to be a central focus for IMEX America, 9-11 November, in Las Vegas, US. The event will host an ‘EIC People and Planet Village’ as a dedicated hub for interactive education and conversation about sustainability. The Village will feature a shared educational campfire area with sessions dedicated to regeneration, nature+, and diversity. Carina Bauer (pictured), CEO ...