Europe

In pictures: EMEC 2019 in The Hague

CMW was at the World Forum in The Hague this week to attend the European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC), which took place from 8-12 February. The event featured keynotes from Dutch artist and environmentalist Daan Roosegarde, MCI Experience managing director Kim Myhre, and Irfan Van Erwijk, of Mysteryland founders ID&T. It gathered together over 400 eventprofs from across the industry...

Will Young confirmed as Day 1 Confex keynote

Singer and songwriter Will Young has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at International Confex, which takes place 26-27 February at Olympia London. CMW sister title Conference News recently had the opportunity to interview the Evergreen singer about mental health, which can be read here. The news comes days after former director of communications to Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell, was confirmed a...

Alastair Campbell confirmed as International Confex keynote

Writer, commentator and political strategist Alastair Campbell has been announced as a speaker at International Confex, taking place on 26-27 February at Olympia London. Perhaps most famous for his role as former PM Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy, Campbell will be tackling two subjects that have been making headlines in the events industry and b...

GL events UK releases ‘Good Event Guide’

GL events UK has launched ‘Good Event Guide’, offering organisers tips on how to improve their event. The guide emphasises the importance of sustainability, CSR and health & wellbeing in the industry today. It can be viewed here. Contributors include We are the Fair’s Nick Morgan, The Bulb’s Selina Donald, and A Greener Festival’s Claire O’Neill. They discuss tips for improving sustainability,...

Edinburgh’s Disgrace: City’s global promotion in jeopardy as Europe’s top destination marketeers descend on the Capital

Leaders from one of Europe’s most prestigious gatherings of Destination Marketing Management Organisations (DMMOs) have voiced their disbelief at the ‘short-sighted’ and ‘embarrassing’ consequences for Edinburgh, if proposed council budget cuts go ahead next week, which would likely see the end of Marketing Edinburgh. More than 200 leading international experts and event owners from over 80 Europe...

IAPCO heads to Basel

The International Association of Professional Congress Organizers (IAPCO) will be hosting a conference at the Congress Center Ba­sel for 130 delegates, 14-17 February. The non-profit organisation aims to raise the standards of service in the congress industry. And this is also the motto for its annual meeting, which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary when it is staged in Basel. “Since our co...

GL events completes new €130m bond issue

Event industry group, GL events has announced the completion of a new €130m private placement bond issue for private institutional investors. The bond follows private placements of €50m in 2013 and €100m in 2016. The latest issue was oversubscribed by French institutional investors and the settlement date will be 26 February 2019. The issue consists of two tranches: a €64m seven-year tranche with ...

Comexposium appoints new Chief Strategy Officer and new Director of M&A

Comexposium has announced that Severine Dubarry-Bardon will become the Chief Strategy Officer for the Group. Currently, she is Chief Development Officer for Comexposium. Driss Tazi, will becomes Director of Mergers & Acquisitions for the Group, succeeding Severine, as she steps into her new strategy role. In both new roles, Severine and Driss will work closely with Renaud Hamaide, President of...

Edinburgh’s academic leaders condemn proposed Convention Bureau budget cuts by City Council

More than 75 of Edinburgh’s most respected academics and researchers have united in their condemnation of the proposed 2019/20 budget cuts to Marketing Edinburgh, as drafted by the City of Edinburgh Council last month. It follows a call by UKinbound CEO Joss Croft to rethink the plans. Speaking in support of Convention Edinburgh, the business tourism arm of Marketing Edinburgh, leaders from across...

London and Paris partner for combined incentive experience

The official convention bureaux for London and Paris have announced a new partnership which they claim will see the two cities working together for the first time to deliver a “unique two-in-one incentive trip”. The agreement is aimed at inspiring North American incentive buyers to book a 2-in-1 trip for their clients. The itineraries have been curated to showcase how easy it is to enjoy both citi...

Austrian PCO Tyrol Congress becomes IAPCO member

Austrian PCO Tyrol Congress has been accredited as a member of the International Association of Professional Conference Organisers (IAPCO). It becomes only the fifth Austrian PCO to be accredited by IAPCO. Mathias Posch, IAPCO president, commented: “The PCO Tyrol Congress team have done an excellent job for many years, and it was therefore only a matter of time before it qualified to become accred...

NDC failing to win over travel buyers, according to BTS poll

The new IATA standard New Distribution Capability (NDC) is failing to win over European travel buyers, with increasing numbers now expressing doubts that NDC is a good thing. A poll by the UK’s Business Travel Show (BTS) illustrates a huge surge in the number of buyers who are still apparently uninformed about this major change. It had been hoped that NDC would finally offer personalisation and pr...