Europe

Digital twinning line up to feature in Forward Together 2021 Europe ‘Unconference’

Cloud-based event planner Allseated is hosting a virtual event, 22 April, for European events industry professionals, describing the set up as ‘an unconference event’. The Forward together 2021 Europe will be the 2nd edition of the Allseated initiative, already tested in the US market in January. The event is powered by Allseated exVo and the list of participating organisations slated for this vir...

Amsterdam Convention Bureau appoints new director

The Amsterdam Convention Bureau has appointed Dennis Speet (pictured below) as its new director of meetings & conventions. Speet previously worked for many years at the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), including in the role of COO and CEO. Geerte Udo, CEO of amsterdam&partners (the umbrella organisation that contains the Amsterdam Convention Bureau) added: “We are ...

Amsterdam is where the ESC heart is for 2023

The European Society of Cardiology Congress, ESC, is coming to Amsterdam in 2023. The 2021 Congress, like in 2020, will be a digital event in August. Before the pandemic, this congress attracted around 30,000 participants, including cardiologists from 140 countries. There will also be an option in 2023 for participants to choose to follow the conference digitally. RAI Amsterdam says it is delighte...

Have we done our homework?

By Nina Erneker, Business meetings consultant and place branding strategist: If you’ve read some of my blogs, you’ve probably noticed that I don’t consider congress tourism as ‘tourism’, but that the meeting industry goes far beyond the parameters of tourism. It is a sector that cuts across affects or even directly interferes with the competencies of several departments or sectors. I w...

SportAccord summit moves from May to November, but stays in Ekaterinburg

New dates in Ekaterinburg, Russia, have been confirmed for the SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit 2021. The influential global sports gathering will now take place 7-12 November 2021 at the IEC Ekaterinburg-Expo. The decision to push back the dates for the Summit from May to November was taken by the SportAccord executive committee. SportAccord is in close dialogue with its partners in ...

UK pilot business event in Liverpool confirmed for 28 April

The UK government has announced details of pilot events to be held in Liverpool, which include a business event as part of the Events Research Programme (ERP) The event, along with other music, cultural and sporting events, will be used to provide scientists and government with key data into how events for a range of audiences could be permitted to safely reopen as part of Step 4 of the UK roadmap...

European Congress of Radiology 2021: a case study of embracing virtual event innovation in Vienna

The European Congress of Radiology (ECR) is one of Europe’s largest congress events and the second biggest medical imaging meeting worldwide. It is usually held annually in Vienna, but in 2021 it was a virtual-only event (3-7 March). Organisers elevated it, however, through multifaceted, state-of-the-art streaming, a huge technological operation and delivering truly novel and interactive content, ...

Tune in to CBItalia premiere to BoxIT clever in Italy

The Italian national convention bureau is premiering its free networking online platform for international MICE and wedding buyers,‘BoxIT’, on 13 April via a free live webcast. It will be the first reveal of CBItalia’s proprietary platform designed to be, what the bureau calls, “the only digital companion everyone interested in organising events in Italy will ever need”. CBItalia began working on ...

What key issues are your businesses facing today? Take the Atout France and VisitParisRegion survey

It has been a difficult 12 months, with Covid-19 blighting and impacting our daily lives. Spring brings new thinking and new approaches, and CMW and Conference News are proud to be partnering with Atout France, The France Convention Bureau, in collaboration with VisitParisRegion / Paris Region Tourist Board to help launch their new Pulse survey. The survey is designed to determine the key issues f...

Barcelona pilot show for 5,000 concert-goers hailed a success by organisers

A group of Barcelona’s leading festival and concert promoters collaborated to stage a 5,000-capacity concert on Saturday, 27 March, with a standing audience and no social distancing. Doctor Josep Maria Llibre, who led the experiment, told EW‘s sister publication Access that the test concert by the Spanish band Love of Lesbian at Barcelona’s Saint Jordi Arena (cap. 17,000) was carried out und...

Italy survey finds event revenues down 79% across 2020

The results of a new survey into the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic have been published in Italy. The Italian Survey of Conferences & Events found that event venues averaged a decline in revenues of 79% across 2020. It also found that the events industry was hit harder than the catering, aviation and travel industries. Based on findings from the Italian National Institute of Statisti...

Organising la dolce vita

CWT Meetings & Events’ Francesca Rigamonti shares some insights for ensuring that hosting a world-class sporting event in a pandemic runs to plan:   During and after the impossibly glamorous Dolce Vita era when scarlet-pouted ski bunnies like Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn shimmied down Cortina d’Ampezzo’s slopes and into town for cocktails, Cortina became known as salot...