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Etihad Airways signs partnership with MCI

Etihad Destination & Leisure Management and MCI Middle East have announced a partnership designed to offer travel management services and special rate MICE packages for programmes serviced by MCI in Abu Dhabi throughout 2021 and 2022. Etihad Airways becomes the official airline for MCI’s groups coming into Abu Dhabi where the airline can support internationally through their connectivity.  Thi...

Calabria introduces new Undiscovered Italy tour

The Italian region of Calabria has announced that it will be hosting a new delegation of event-wedding planners as well as a selection of specialist journalists, 21-24 September, for an Undiscovered Italy Tour. Conceived and created by Daniela Corti Events with the patronage of the Italian tourism board, Enit, the last Undiscovered Italy tour was carried out in June. Now in its third edition, the ...

IBTM World confirms online switch

IBTM Events has confirmed that IBTM World 2020 will transition to an online event this year. Organisers said the decision has been made in close consultation with partners and is a result of the incredibly unpredictable travel restrictions that continue to be in place across the globe because of Covid-19. “While we have been planning positively for a live event in December, and we know that people...

Arinex brings Australia’s business events sector back with biggest event of 2020

Australia’s business events sector came together to attend ‘The Turn of Events, Bringing Business Events Back’ in a nationwide hub and spoke format on 16 September. The collaboration aimed at kickstarting the business event sector in Australia and organiser Arinex’s CEO, Nicole Walker said she was proud to bring together 25 organisations to showcase business event readiness. Live and virtual event...

Austria Center Vienna to trial 15-minute test for large-scale events with help of 3,000 students

Three thousand students from the Vienna University of Economics and Business will be tested for coronavirus as part of a pilot project to see if rapid testing at the Austria Center Vienna is possible. The idea is to take a swab just before an event starts and get the results back within 15 minutes. Researchers say that if the testing proves successful it will be a venue first. Students beginning t...

AIME appoints new event director

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has announced the appointment of its new event director, Silke Calder. She will lead the show’s first hybrid event taking place from 15 March 2021. With over 20 years of experience across creative agencies, international trade conventions and venues, Calder joins the team at Talk2 Media & Events after previously working as head of sales g...

Ani Santos moves to CINZ

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has announced the appointment Ani Santos as communications and projects coordinator. Santos previously worked for The Conference Company, first as delegate services coordinator, and later as sponsorship and exhibition coordinator. CINZ chief executive, Lisa Hopkins said: “Santos is passionate about events, and has learned from the very best at The Conf...

MMGY Global research reveals increase in US confidence in domestic travel

MMGY Travel Intelligence’s Travel Intentions Pulse Survey Wave VIII (TIPS) and MMGY Global’s Travel Safety Barometer have revealed that positive perceptions of lodging safety, car travel, business and domestic travel are at their highest in the US since the start of the pandemic. The company’s executive vice-president of insights and strategy, Chris Davidson, said: “We’re seeing this m...

Bangalore-based virtual events platform Airmeet raises $12m for expansion

Bangalore-based Airmeet, virtual event platform developer, has announced it has raised US$12m in Series A funding for international expansion. New investor Sequoia Capital India led the round joined by Redpoint Ventures, with participation from returning investors Accel India, Venture Highway and Global Founders Capital (GFC). Airmeet has grown rapidly since it was founded in 2019 and, by July 202...

Heavent Meetings: the first major MICE event held in France since coronavirus hit

The French MICE event Heavent Meetings was able to open its doors in the Palais des Festivals Cannes at the beginning of September. (A)LIVE, the outdoor conferences which involved speakers from the event industry and the mayor of Cannes, was an integral part of an event that attracted 350 exhibitors, 500 speakers and 1,850 participants in person. In order to comply with French government health co...

Veritas Events launches new campaign Down Under

Sydney and Melbourne based event management company, Veritas Events, has announced the launch of the Create an Experience – Australia 2021 campaign, an initiative which aims to “encourage Australian businesses to start planning their event stories for 2021 and help revive the domestic event economy”. The video promotes Australian hotels, venues, event professionals and destinations tha...

PCMA announces new European business director

Following an extensive global search, PCMA president and CEO Sherrif Karamat, CAE announced, 16 September, the hiring of Jaime Bennett (pictured) as the association’s new business director, EMEA. She takes up the post on 21 September. “PCMA can and must support business events stakeholders in EMEA as they come to grips with the challenges of post-pandemic recovery”, said Karamat. “Jaime is an ackn...