Europe

Brunei-owned Dorchester Hotel faces LGBT backlash

The London Evening Standard newspaper is facing pressure to cancel an event planned at the Brunei-owned Dorchester Hotel, following backlash against the country’s anti-LGBT laws. Brunei installed a new penal code on 3 April, which allows for the punishment of gay sex with stoning to death. The newspaper had planned its annual New Homes awards at the Dorchester hotel for 17 May, but the venue has s...

RAI Amsterdam had a turnover of €150m in 2018

RAI Amsterdam has released its financial results for the year 2018, demonstrating the best operating results since the venue’s establishment. Operating results were €15.5m, with a turnover of over €150m. More than 1.8 million people visited the venue in Amsterdam, or the RAI’s events abroad, in 2018. A total of 205 international events took place in the year, with new events including Money20/20 a...

Spain’s first outdoor skydiving simulator opens in Malaga

Spain’s first outdoor skydiving simulator opens in Malaga province on the 1 May 2019, and its management expects it to provide an interesting option for companies looking for fun and exciting activities as part of a conference or event in Andalucia. The equipment was used by Tom Cruise to prepare for his skydiving stunts on Mission Impossible: Fallout, before being brought over to Spain. A skydivi...

Düsseldorf Convention launches new website ahead of IMEX Frankfurt

Düsseldorf Convention has launched a website for marketing the destination to the MICE industry, ahead of its appearance at IMEX Frankfurt in May. https://www.duesseldorf-convention.de/ can better demonstrate to event planners all the factors that advocate staging an event in the city, says Dusseldorf Convention. The new website is a result of the partner programme that was successfully initiated ...

Business travel on the rise in the UK despite Brexit

Advantage Travel Partnership, the UK’s largest independent travel agent and travel management company (TMC) consortium, has revealed the findings of its 2018 Hotels Market Report. The report shows that the UK regional capitals are performing strongly, with overall room nights booked growing by 8% across the top 250 UK cities. London continues to be business travellers’ favourite capital for work t...

RoomIt by CWTÒ appoints new VP of Finance and CFO

RoomIt by CWTÒ, the hotel distribution division of travel platform CWT has appointed James Colquhoun (pictured) VP of Finance and CFO. “James’ leadership and experience will help us in our journey towards being the global leader in hotels for business travellers,” said David Falter, President of RoomIt by CWTÒ. “We are delighted to welcome him to the RoomIt team.” Colquhoun, hails from the UK and ...

Centaur sells HR business to DVV Media International

In the latest of a series of disposals, Centaur Media has announced that it has entered into a conditional agreement to sell Centaur Human Resources, the owner of the Employee Benefits brand and the rest of its HR business, to DVV Media International for a cash consideration of £5m (subject to customary post-completion adjustments). Completion of the disposal is expected to take place on 30 April ...

Rotterdam: the ‘living lab’ producing new conference chemistry

Ramy Salameh reports on how Rotterdam is harnessing its port city zest to reinvent its events proposition.   Rotterdam is home to the world’s first floating farm, with 40 cows, a farmer and robots soon to be collecting manure and feeding cattle; while the city’s innovation district garners and aligns start-ups, incubators and accelerators with institutions and businesses. All of this activity...

Meeting in the French Alps of Megeve

CMW, in collaboration with Atout France (the French CVB), led a contingent of agencies to Megève in the French Alps for a taste of cheese, wine and sledging down a mountain in the dark. Martin Fullard reports.   Familiarisation trips can be quite par for the course, but ones that involve skiing always have an extra edge. Of course, there is no shortage of ski resorts which offer delegates the...

New £400m London investment for ‘entertainment and hospitality’

A new £400m investment fund has been established for London, which will be used for the hospitality and entertainment sectors, as well as education and healthcare. The fund is established by Astarte Capital Partners, a global investment platform based across Europe, North America and Australia. The group says the focus of the fund is on transforming ‘prime infill and edge-of-prime real estate into...

UFI’s European Conference comes to Birmingham, UK

UFI’s 2019 European Conference is taking place 15-17 May in Birmingham, UK. The theme of the event is ‘The Organisers’ Future’, and will focus on what’s in store for organisers in Europe and beyond. It will cover global opportunities from a European perspective, as well as focusing on the USA, China and Russia. The opening keynote session will feature prominent broadcaster Robert Peston, and forme...

Centaur travel and meetings shows to be sold to Northstar

Centaur Media Travel and Meetings Ltd, which includes the Business Travel Show and The Meetings Show, will be sold to Northstar Travel Media UK Ltd for a cash consideration of £9.25m. Northstar Travel Media UK is an arm of US-based B2B Northstar Media Group, a global information and marketing solutions company serving all segments of the travel industry including leisure/retail, corporate/business...