Europe

Russia opens to the IMEX world with the flavour of ice cream and lotto

Russian companies were out in force on the national Russia Open to the World stand on the second day of IMEX Frankfurt and treated visitors to ice cream and lotto, as well as imparting much useful information on how to hold effective business events in the country. There were presentations by the Russian Convention Bureau, Z.Brothers, Sverdlovsk region, Roscongress Foundation, Usta ICE, Ltd. and I...

London chosen as host city for 2019 European Cities Marketing Summer School

London has been selected as the host city for the 2019 European Cities Marketing (ECM) Summer School, a five-day educational programme designed to give young people an insight into a career in business tourism. This year represents the 33rd ECM Summer School and will be the first time it has been hosted in London since the programme was founded in 1987. Led by the London Convention Bureau and Euro...

‘Brainfast’ at IMEX encourages associations to move to second tier destinations

The Alliance of Brain Cities hosted 20 international associations at a breakfast in Frankfurt, 21 May, during IMEX 2019. Attendees included representatives from Rehabilitation International, International Water Resources Association and the World Association for Medical Law. The breakfast debated a wide range of topics including: Support for second tier (non-capital cities) for association events....

EduMonday hits the high notes at IMEX Frankfurt

“Five years ago, the discussion was whether digital events would completely replace live, in person events. What we see now is that in-person events are more important than ever,” said Bob Bejan, GM of Global Events at Microsoft and speaker at Exclusively Corporate at EduMonday, the traditional curtain-raiser for the annual IMEX Frankfurt industry tradeshow. In his session, Bejan explained how the...

IMEX Frankfurt 2019 is live!

IMEX 2019 is officially under way in Germany, where the MICE industry has gathered under the roof of the enormous Messe Frankfurt to network, learn and do business. CMW will be providing live updates throughout the three-day event, so keep your eyes peeled for relevant content from keynotes, panels, the show floor and beyond. Auf geht’s!

Russia’s national CVB opens to the world at IMEX

The Russian Convention Bureau is taking part in IMEX Frankfurt for a second time this year. The event, which runs 21-23 May, is annually attended by some 14,000 meetings and events industry professionals from 150 countries. The still relatively new, national CVB will spearhead the ‘Russia Open to the World’ stand and Presidential Advisor Anton Kobyakov said: “One of the tasks that government offic...

Denmark launches new outreach meetings alliance

Denmark’s four leading meetings destinations have banded together to launch a new programme designed to make international conventions more impactful for both associations and destinations. The programme includes a new model of collaboration between meeting organisers and host communities – especially local businesses. The Danish destinations – gathered in the alliance MeetDenmark – will launch th...

Grant applications re-open for VisitBritain’s Business Events Growth Programme

Following a successful three years, VisitBritain is once again dedicating funds to support development of international business events in the UK. Applications for grants have officially re-opened for VisitBritain’s Business Events Growth Programme.  This follows a successful year which saw more than £173,000 of funding awarded to support UK destinations and venues in securing new international bu...

UKinbound welcomes scrapping landing cards

As of today, 20 May, international visitors to the UK will no longer be required to complete landing cards before arrival. Those travelling from outside the European Economic Area have previously been required to complete the cards, which details reasons for visiting and conditions of entry. The move will “help meet the challenge of growing passenger numbers,” said Border Force director general Pa...

Zimmer joins CWT

CWT has announced the appointment of David Zimmer as Head of Channel Evolution. In this newly created role, he will ensure CWT continues to deliver industry-leading options for the way travelers want to interact with the company. “David is the next piece in the Traveler Experience leadership team, and I am delighted to welcome him to the team,” said Niklas Andreen, CWT’s Executive VP and Chief Tra...

Research shows UK capital is Europe’s most connected business hub

London continues to be a leading destination for European meetings and event planners with a host of exciting new hotels, venues, restaurants, incentive experiences and transport links helping to strengthen the UK capital’s MICE offer. From leading international association meetings and exhibitions to top global brand events, 2019 is set to be another big year for London’s MICE industry. Latest bo...

Global Entrepreneurship Summit comes to The Hague in June

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), will be coming to The Hague, Netherlands, from 3-5 June 2019. At the GES, around 2,000 entrepreneurs, investors and other participants from all over the world will come together at the World Forum in The Hague. The 9th edition of GES will focus on global opportunities for the next wave of entrepreneur-led innovation in scalable tech, from artificial intell...