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Slovenia’s Conventa to take place live in August

Conventa, a MICE industry trade show which takes place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, has announced it is returning to a live event for 2021. It will take place from 24-27 August, with a hybrid element to the conference content as well. Organisers say they are putting a heavy emphasis on health and safety, and following the recommendations of test events across Europe. ‘Think globally, act locally’ is th...

Report reveals how travel industry has changed in Q1 2021

Expedia Group Media has released a new quarterly trend report, highlighting some key trends and data in the travel industry. The report found that searches for travel in Q1 2021 showed strong growth, indicating a return to live events in many parts of the world. Demand continues to be tied to global vaccine rollouts and regional restrictions, however. In the United States, the week of March 15 saw...

VisitScotland appoints new director of industry and destination development

VisitScotland has announced the appointment of a new director of industry and destination development to succeed Riddell Graham, who is retiring in September after 45 years at the national tourism organisation. Rob Dickson (pictured), executive director of corporate improvement and economy at Scottish Borders Council, will take over the role on 11 August. Dickson has held senior roles in Scottish ...

PM confirms England will take Step 3 out of lockdown on 17 May

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed 17 May will mark the activation of Step 3 of England’s roadmap out of lockdown. While Step 3 is good news for pub and restaurant owners, who will again be allowed to welcome people back inside their venues, it is also good news for large parts of the events industry. While social distancing is still required, there is no requirement for Covid-status...

UK’s first live meditech event of 2021 to open in Liverpool on 17 May

European Health-Tech Innovation Week, will run as a major live event in Liverpool, 17-21 May. The ACC Liverpool will be the venue, before the series of live and virtual events moves on to Berlin, Paris, Barcelona and Stockholm. Organiser GIANT Health said it chose Liverpool to launch its landmark event because of the thriving regional medical technology industry in the North West of England. Barry...

Bruges’ BMCC tops out

A May Milestone has been hit in the construction of the Bruges Meeting and Convention Centre (BMCC), where construction of the top floor is well underway at the Beursplein site. The contours of the building are already clearly visible, and a tree was recently placed atop the new building to celebrate the topping out. The venue management reports structural works are now complete and the focus is n...

EventsAIR renews partnership with MEETINGS 2021

Event technology company EventsAIR has renewed its partnership with New Zealand’s MEETINGS 2021. MEETINGS is New Zealand’s largest business events trade exhibition, taking place at ASB Showgrounds in Auckland from 2-3 June. It will make use of EventsAIR technology throughout the event. MEETINGS 2021 event manager Jen Henshaw said: “This software streamlines the end-to-end attendee journey all in o...

Eventbrite launches new marketing service Eventbrite Boost

Eventbrite has launched a new marketing service aimed at event organisers, Eventbrite Boost. Eventbrite Boost provides tools for organisers to increase their following on social networks, create branded emails and marketing materials, promote their events on social media, track ticket sales, and optimise and automate their advertising. It features real-time dashboards which give recommendations on...

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre announces rebrand

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre has announced a new rebrand, created by agency FutureBrand Australia. The venue’s new tagline is ‘home of the unconventional’, leaning into some of the more unusual events the venue has hosted over the past year. During 2020, the venue was used as a drive-in cinema and a training centre for guide dogs. It also partnered with food supplier Flinders &am...

Nanjing CIMICEC conference hears MICE industry recovery rate in the region reached 67% in 2020

The China International MICE Conference (CIMICEC) attracted 500 domestic and international industry leaders to the eastern city of Nanjing, 15 April. The conference was hosted at the Nanjing International Expo Convention Center and discussion centred on the theme of ‘MICE makes for better cities’, both in an economic and social sense. The conference opening ceremony was attended by Jin Weidong, pr...

500 eventprofs expected in person, in Melbourne, for July’s MEA’s Evolve 2021

Australia’s conference for event professionals, Evolve, will take place in Melbourne, 1 July,  Melbourne supported by major partners, Melbourne Convention Bureau, Accor and EventsAIR. The conference theme this year is ‘Building Confidence through Best Practice’ and content has been developed, organisers said, from feedback taken from an industry survey conducted by MEA in December 2020. Now in its...

UK’s A-Livex announces leading line up of speakers and content

A-Livex, an innovative new hybrid event format, ready to rally event buyers and suppliers at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London on 20 May, has announced a leading line up of speakers for its three conference sessions. Set in a Covid-secure environment, the not-for-profit event will demonstrate the sector’s ingenuity and tenacity in these trying times, because all the exhibitor’ booths’ will be the ...