Europe

Green is the word: Avantgarde launches new sustainability agency

Global brand experience agency, Avantgarde, announced, 29 July, the launch of Green Game, the first German agency focused on sustainability in sponsoring, in partnership with former professional skier, Felix Neureuther, and cemano communication founder, Marc Socher. The new agency was founded to make a contribution to sustainability topics such as social justice, inclusion and education. Avantgard...

Birmingham appoints DRPG as official promotional event services provider for Commonwealth Games 2022

DRPG, a global creative communications group based in the West Midlands, UK, has been appointed as the official promotional event services provider for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. DRPG will support promotional events in the run-up to the Games and the agency has already worked together with Birmingham 2022 organising committee on the design and launch of the mascot, Perry, and on a spo...

No quarantine needed for fully vaccinated travellers to England from amber list countries from 2 August

The UK Government announced that fully vaccinated travellers to England from an amber list country will no longer need to isolate. The new guidance will come into force on 2 August, 2021. The new guidance is expected to have the widest application to travellers from the EU or US. Though isolation will no longer be mandatory, those entering the country will still be required to take a Covid-19 test...

Ireland makes host shortlist for 2024 America’s Cup, although economic impact not plain sailing

Ireland has made it to a final list of potential host destinations for the America’s Cup sailing competition in 2024. The America’s Cup, which was first contested in 1851, has taken place in New Zealand on the past three occasions but is expected to be held elsewhere in 2024. It is hoped a decision on where to hold the 2024 event will be made in the second half of September. A confidential s...

Daniela Corti Events hosts media tour of event venues in southern Italy

Daniela Corti Events, under the patronage of Enit, the Italian national tourism board, held its fourth educational tour for media representatives under the Undiscovered Italy Tours format on 19-22 July in Catanzaro. The Chamber of Commerce of Catanzaro (in Calabria) partnered on the event which was also supported by the Municipality and Proloco of Tiriolo. Fifteen participants visited places and v...

UK continues to lead European hotel occupancy

The UK continues to lead Europe in hotel occupancy with four straight weeks above 60% in the metric, according to the latest data from hospitality research specialists  STR through 18 July.  Thomas Emanuel, STR’s director, said: “Demand is almost exclusively leisure-driven as the UK has benefitted from a successful vaccination programme, a phased reopening and improved travel sentiment overall. Ot...

Birmingham to host IWG Women & Sport world conference 2026

Birmingham, in the UK, has been named the host city for the International Working Group (IWG) World Conference on Women & Sport 2026, the world’s largest gathering of experts on gender equity in sport and physical activity. The conference is set to take place at the International Convention Centre (ICC). The announcement marks the first time the historic event has been hosted in the UK since i...

Milan CVB promotes the positive with a new double negative communications campaign

Milan has launched a new international communication campaign designed to show the best the northern Italian city has to offer. Milano&Partners and YesMilano, the official promotion agency and official brand, respectively, established by the City’s Municipality and the Chamber of Commerce of Milano, Monza, Brianza and Lodi, are launching the campaign to promote the city as a top European meeti...

Ireland welcomes back UK travellers

Aer Lingus, the national airline of Ireland, is now welcoming British customers back onboard flights between the UK and Ireland, with Ireland having opened its doors on 19 July to British travellers. Ireland is the first country in Europe where fully vaccinated British citizens can visit without the need for any Covid-19 tests into or out of the country. There will also be no requirement to self-i...

Crowd Connected partners with Konduko for active and passive tracking solutions

Event technology suppliers, Crowd Connected and Konduko have agreed a strategic partnership, designed to help exhibition organisers adopt attendee tracking and data capture solutions. Both Konduko and Crowd Connected deliver real-time and post-show insight from attendee tracking, but in different ways. Switzerland-based Konduko provides a contactless attendee engagement via QR- or NFC-engaged ‘sma...

Registration open for ITBM World’s in-person return

Hosted Buyer registration is now open for IBTM World 2021, a global event for the meetings and events industry, which will be held for the first time in a hybrid format. The IBTM World in-person event returns at Fira, Barcelona, 30 November-2 December 2021. The physical show, last held in 2019, will be followed by IBTM World Virtual, 7-9 December 2021. This year’s theme of ‘New Business, New Tech,...

Tourism NI makes three appointments to senior team

Tourism NI, Northern Ireland’s tourism department, has announced a slew of high-profile appointments to its senior team.  On 1 July, David Roberts joined Tourism NI as strategic development director following eight years in the Strategy Group at Invest NI. Roberts led much of Invest NI’s work on Brexit including overseeing a package of support for businesses to help prepare for the new trading env...