Europe

GL events 2021 annual revenue figures point to strong recovery

Global event organiser and venue management company GL events has reported annual revenue at 31 December 2021 of €741.2m, up 54.6% year-on-year. Q4 2021 sales amounted to €303.4m, nearly tripling in relation to Q4 2020 and almost back up to the level of 2019. This performance, against the backdrop of a continuing complex health situation, highlighted a strong recovery, noted Olivier Ginon, chairma...

Registration open for IMEX in Frankfurt 2022

Following a successful IMEX America last November, IMEX has opened registration for its Frankfurt show, scheduled 31 May-2 June. IMEX Frankfurt 2021 was cancelled due to Covid so the 2022 edition is widely anticipated. The 2022 show will be the 20th anniversary edition and there will be a pre-show day dedicated to specialist education for corporate, association and agency buyers on Monday 30 May. ...

Royal welcome for Studio 19 in London

The London-based permanent virtual production studio 4Wall’s Studio 19, has opened on the 19th floor of the Royal Lancaster London Hotel, UK. The studio features both extended reality and green screen stages, as well as a full virtual production suite to facilitate a range of virtual and hybrid events. It includes the latest virtual production technology, including Disguise VX2 media servers, PTZ ...

VOK DAMS agency creates new position of global head of sales and consulting

Global events and communications agency VOK DAMS has appointed 360-degree marketing expert Sebastian Adam (pictured) to the newly created position of global head of sales and consulting. Adam was previously associated with companies such as Volkswagen Latin America and Springer & Jacoby International. He has over 20 years of know-how gained mainly in Asia, North and South America and Europe. H...

South African Tourism appoints MMGY Hills Balfour for PR strategy in UK and Ireland

South African Tourism (SAT) has appointed MMGY Hills Balfour as its new PR agency for the UK and Ireland with a three-year contract. London-based MMGY Hills Balfour is an integrated communications agency specialising in travel and tourism. The agency will aim to implement a creative PR strategy for South Africa focused on storytelling, profiling the people of South Africa, and implementing campaig...

Restrictions on indoor events in Scotland to be lifted

Restrictions on indoor events in Scotland will be lifted from 24 January, Nicola Sturgeon has announced. The Scottish First Minister described a “much more positive” situation in Scotland in an update to Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) at Holyrood on Tuesday 18 January, pointing to a reduction in case numbers and hospitalisations which mean the Omicron wave is past its peak. The Scottish...

London wins bid to host 2023 Ecocity World Summit

London, UK has won a bid to host the biennial 2023 Ecocity World Summit, a global conference on sustainable cities. The hybrid physical-virtual summit will take place, 6-8 June 2023, at the Barbican Centre. It will convene representatives from communities across the city from schoolchildren, academia and professionals, to investors, trade associations and political leaders, to share new thinking a...

NEC Group expands relationship with Anna Valley

The NEC Group, UK has announced a contract expansion with audio-visual and entertainment technology company Anna Valley as part of the group’s Preferred Supplier Programme. Under the multi-year agreement, Anna Valley’s on-site team will continue to be responsible for maintaining audio-visual equipment installed at the Birmingham NEC and will also collaborate with organisers to deliver events at th...

ICC Belfast becomes first Green Meetings certified venue on the island of Ireland

The International Convention Centre (ICC) Belfast, Northern Ireland, together with its sister entertainment venue Waterfront Hall, has become the first meetings and events venue on the island of Ireland to receive the Green Meetings Silver Award. The Green Meetings accreditation, launched by Green Tourism in 2021, was designed specifically for meetings and events venues. It measures venues’ s...

PCMA confirms Vienna for Convening EMEA 2022

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), fresh from holding its annual Convening Leaders 2022 event in Las Vegas, has announced that ‘Convening EMEA’ is set to return in Vienna, Austria, 28-30 September 2022. The event is an omnichannel platform for EMEA business event leaders and creatives. Initially launched as the ‘European Influencer Summit’ in 2017, PCMA has since rebranded ...

World’s largest congress on allergy heads to Prague for July hybrid date

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is set to host the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) Congress on 1-3 July 2022 at the O2 universum. The EAACI flagship Congress is attended yearly by over 8,000 health care professionals and scientists including key opinion leaders from all over the world. This year’s event will take place in a hybrid format. The EAACI is a...

AEG Global Partnerships drives new automotive partnership with Stellantis at The O2

The O2 is set to welcome Stellantis as a new automotive partner to the London-based venue from January 2022, in a deal brokered by AEG Global Partnerships. Stellantis, an automaker and mobility provider, will see their brands Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Jeep promote their new products, software and innovation projects at The O2 venue. The three-year deal gives Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Jeep exclusive access t...