Europe

German Convention Bureau launches online innovation forum

The German Convention Bureau (GCB) launched a new online forum focused on innovation, called the “Response Room”, at PCMA Convening Leaders 2021. It was initiated with the cooperation of PCMA and the IMEX Group. The aim is to build a global community of meeting planners, organisers, suppliers, and event participants to jointly develop new solutions and innovative business models. The f...

Safeture and Traxo announce new partnership

Sweden-based employee safety company Safeture and Dallas-based Traxo, which provides corporate travel data capture and intelligence, have announced a new partnership. Through Traxo, Safeture customers are able to access detailed corporate travel itinerary data for bookings that were made outside their travel program. The increased location awareness insight enabled by Traxo’s travel data capture s...

Austria Center Vienna hosts 113,000 rapid antigen tests over holiday season

Since December, the Austria Center Vienna has been supporting the City of Vienna by hosting the nation’s largest coronavirus testing facility. The experience gained could lead to ‘the entry ticket for events’, according to the convention centre’s managing director. In the two weeks in the run-up to Christmas and New Year, around 113,000 rapid tests were conducted at the venue. Heavy demand meant a...

PCMA announces Olympic movement in EMEA for October 2021

Global meetings industry association PCMA has announced it will stage a new omnichannel event, Convening EMEA, for business event leaders and professionals. The association confirmed Lausanne, Switzerland will host the inaugural event, 17-19 October 2021. Switzerland Tourism, the International Olympic Committee and Lausanne Tourism are all backing the event, with support from Lausanne Montreux Con...

Meetingselect completes acquisition of German MICE Access

Meetingselect, a Dutch group of IT companies in the meetings tech industry, today announced the completion of the acquisition of the German-based MICE Access. MICE Access is a global meetings distribution technology, originally founded in 2007. It uses an interface technology allowing online travel agencies and meetings & event technology providers to connect to the Meetings API or design thei...

Six star Worldwide Travel Alliance announced

A new European sales and marketing group, the Worldwide Travel Alliance (WTA) has been formed, and the alliance says it is anticipating a post-Covid vaccine travel boom. The WTA will offer sales, marketing, representation and PR services to global travel brands seeking European customers. The alliance consists of six sales and marketing experts based in the UK, Germany, France, Russia and Thailand...

Spain’s IFEMA to host ESTRO annual congress 2021

The European Society of Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) will bring back face-to-face event business to the halls of IFEMA in Madrid this August.  The venue will host the society’s annual congress, 27-31 August 2021, in its North Convention Centre and Hall 10. Organisers expect 6,000 radiation oncology professionals to attend the congress, which will have a hybrid format offering online content a...

UK event businesses denied support by local authorities urged to submit evidence to government

The UK’s Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) has been asked to provide evidence to the government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) of events businesses which have been unsuccessful in applying for financial support from their Local Authority during the pandemic. Any events business which has been unsuccessful in applying for support is urged to send evidence t...

Founding chairman of The Convention Centre Dublin to step down

The executive chairman of The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD), Dermod Dwyer, has announced that he is to step down from the role after 23 years. Dwyer steered the concept, design, construction and funding of the CCD to completion in September 2010. He will chair his final meeting of The CCD Board at the end of February. The process to appoint a new Chairperson is currently underway. Dwyer becam...

UK & Irish MICE buyers invited to Algarve virtual Destination Showcase

The Algarve Tourism Bureau is inviting UK & Irish MICE buyers to join them at their free virtual Destination Showcase on 9 February 2021. The event will provide an opportunity for buyers to meet with destination experts, hotels and venues, plus DMCs in a series of one-2-one virtual meetings pre-selected by the participants. The Algarve in southern Portugal is a popular host destination not jus...

Copenhagen’s biggest event venues transform into vaccination centres

Playing their part in the effort to deal with the current Covid-19 situation, two of Copenhagen’s largest venues, Bella Center Copenhagen and Øksnehallen exhibition space (and former market hall) operated by DGI-Byen, have transformed to become vaccination centres. With plenty of space, both venues offer a suitable environment for safely vaccinating local city residents. “It is great to see how Co...

Reed Exhibitions Russia, Turkey and Middle East CEO to lead UK business

Reed Exhibitions has announced announced that the CEO of its Russia, Turkey and the Middle East, Anna Dycheva-Smirnova, has taken on the role of CEO of Reed Exhibitions UK. The appointment was effective from 1 January 2021. Dycheva-Smirnova (pictured) joined Reed Exhibitions as deputy general manager of Reed Exhibitions Russia in 2008 and became CEO of Reed Exhibitions Russia in 2017. In 2019, she...