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BE Reconnected marks return of business events to New Zealand

BE Reconnected begins next week in Auckland, New Zealand, signalling the return of business events to the country. Organised by Business Events Industry Aotearoa (formerly named CINZ) on Tuesday 1 December at Auckland’s Aotea Centre, BE Reconnected will be New Zealand’s only business events industry gathering for 2020. The event is being run under strict health and safety guidelines in the Events ...

Hamburg named ‘Germany’s strongest city brand’ in agency survey

The city of Hamburg has been named ‘Germany’s strongest city brand’ in a survey by Brandmeyer agency. The agency conducted a survey of 10,000 people and found that across all age groups, Hamburg was perceived as the strongest city brand. Hamburg claimed the top spot, followed by Munich and Freiburg, in a number of categories: attractiveness, future development, city break destination, likeability,...

South Australia ready to welcome back visitors as Australian lockdowns ease

South Australia is preparing to welcome back visitors from other states as restrictions begin to be lifted across Australia. The Adelaide Convention Bureau has welcomed the return of visitors from New South Wales and Victoria, saying it is pleased to welcome them back from Covid shutdowns. Adelaide Convention Bureau (ACB) Chief Executive Damien Kitto commented: “We have been hosting large, control...

Asia Pacific’s first post-Covid international travel conference and tradeshow opens in Singapore

TravelRevive, which opened at Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore 25 November, is the first international travel tradeshow to take place physically in Asia Pacific since Covid-19, Paul Colston reports from Singapore. Close to 1,000 local and international attendees are expected on site over two days to exchange ideas, bridge knowledge gaps, and reimagine the future of travel. Powered b...

AG Group – Ready for the meeting renaissance in Italy

AG Group is an Italy-based group providing a comprehensive range of in-house services, including as a DMC, tour operator and event management provider, hotel consulting. Key business units providing a gateway into the Italian meetings  travel and hospitality market include: AG Hotels – 4 and 5 star hotels in the centre of Rome and Florence. AG Boutique Journey, a DMC, tour operator, event ma...

On first looking into…Incentive Travel Industry Index Edition 2020

By Pádraic Gilligan, chief marketing officer, SITE   It’s certainly a stretch to attempt a solid connection between that sublime poet of the Romantic era, John Keats, and a modern day survey of incentive travel, but here goes regardless! Keats’ stunning sonnet ‘On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer’ tries to capture the poet’s astonished reaction to the poetry of Homer, (not the character fro...

Destination focus: Cannes

Bold moves in the South of France have proven that rigorous health measures breed confidence for events.   Cannes positions itself as the premier business tourism city in France, after Paris, and the city’s leading venue, Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, is clearly leading in the effort to reassure conference clients to return with a vigorous approach to health security. The Palais des F...

IBTM Events appoints new Director as Shane Hannam steps down

Reed Travel Exhibitions has announced that Shane Hannam is stepping down from his position as Portfolio Director of IBTM Events after almost three years in the role. As a result, the IBTM Events portfolio will now be managed by Claude Blanc. Claude Blanc commented: “While the past few months have been incredibly challenging and a huge test of our industry, once again we have proved just how adapta...

A conversation with…Business Events Canada

For the first in a new series of destination discussions, CMW’s Iain Stirling spoke with the team at Business Events Canada Chantal Sturk-Nadeau, Executive Director of Business Events and Virginie de Visscher, Senior Director of Business Development, touched upon how Canada has been affected by Covid-19. They discussed the impact on its meetings industry, and how Destination Canada has worke...

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre expected to be completed by ‘middle of next year’

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, a new venue under construction in New Zealand, has said it is expected to be completed by “the middle of next year”, in a statement. Following a commissioning period, the first events are likely to be held in the second half of 2021. Ōtākaro Limited chief executive, John Bridgman, says an exact opening date and first event will be confirmed closer...

Meetings & Events Australia announces Board of Directors

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) held its Annual General Meeting today, 24 November 2020, where the nine Directors of the Board were announced. At the AGM, the Board acknowledged the contribution of outgoing Directors Kate Smith and Alana Hay who completed their term on the Board; and Robyn Johnson for her tenure as CEO. MEA is the association representing the events industry in Australia, co...

Campaign launched to bring business events back to Perth

Business Events Perth has launched a new campaign to bring business events back to Western Australia. The organisation’s latest marketing campaign highlights Perth’s new hotels and its existing meeting venues and experiences. The aim is to keep Perth front of mind for future corporate meetings, conferences and exhibitions. In July, Western Australia hosted the country’s first large-scale business ...