Europe

IGTM 2021 brings international golf tourism industry to Wales

RX (Reed Exhibitions), the organiser behind IGTM (International Golf Travel Market), hosted the first international face to face meeting of the golf travel industry for the past two years, and for the first time in the UK, at the ICC Wales and Celtic Manor Resort, 18-21 October. Approximately 200 tour operators, travel agents and concierge companies were in attendance from 30 countries including G...

Wizme launches revamped platform

Wizme, the meetings and groups management platform based in London, UK, has announced the release of Wizme v3.0. From the buyer, supplier and intermediary perspectives, Wizme v3.0 will look to address poor productivity. Nour Mouakke, Wizme’s CEO and founder, said: “Our new solution is almost three times faster, has a slicker look and feel than previous versions and most importantly has...

HeadBox secures £2m fundraise

Event tech company, HeadBox, has finalised a £2m (US$2.75m) fundraise led by Deepbridge Capital, bringing its total funding to £13.2m. This investment aims to help HeadBox launch in the USA and support its recovery following the pandemic. The company has also doubled its team from 28 to 52 people during the past three months. Adrian Neilan, COO and investment director at Deepbridge Capital, commen...

SITE & SITE Foundation turn over a new Chapter in-person in Paris

Convening from the US, Canada, Egypt, Turkey, Ireland and Poland, and with others joining virtually, the international boards of directors and trustees of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) and SITE Foundation concluded three days of in-person meetings in Paris on 21 October. The event was hosted by Accor at the Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel and The Molitor Paris M Gallery. These were ...

Thought leadership hub for business events, ACF, born in Slovakia

Audite, Cogitare, Facite (ACF), an association based in Bratislava, Slovakia, has created the Thought Leadership Hub for the European business events industry. The hub aims to advise and support public entities, private organisations, and destinations using business events as a powerful tool for economic growth. The idea of creating a platform for business events industry development came with the...

PCMA conference puts Switzerland back on the map

The SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland has been hosting a conference, 17-19 October, bringing together 300 event professionals. The annual summit, organised by the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), brings together it’s members to exchange ideas, network and discuss the future of business event management. The conference is one of the first face-to-face intern...

Hybrid+ offers sustainable solution for meetings and events industry

Göteborg & Co, the tourism and convention bureau of the Swedish city Gothenburg, has created Hybrid+, a tool that aims to improve digital meeting experiences. The new tool assists meeting organisers reach out to a broader spectrum of participants through hybrid formats. Henrik Svensson, project manager for hybrid experiences at Göteborg & Co, said: “In the future, most physical meetings an...

Malta’s MCC: Where heritage meets technology

In the first in a new series looking at unique examples of venue architecture around the world, Paul Colston visits Malta and the striking Mediterranean Conference Centre, a building first built as a hospital nearly 500 years ago: Malta has many imposing buildings, but the former Sacra Infermeria hospital built by the Knights of St John is one of the most striking. Today, its architectural heir is...

UK’s West Midlands tourism sector outlines route to recovery

A team of ministers, tourism chiefs, athletes, entrepreneurs and artists from across the West Midlands, UK have addressed more than 80 hospitality delegates and business leaders at the Queen’s Baton Relay, Birmingham. At the event, they outlined plans to support tourism recovery in the wake of Covid-19, and ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Fiona Allan, chair of West Midlands Region...

IMEX, MMGY Hills Balfour and MMGY Travel Intelligence Europe to undertake new industry survey

Global integrated marketing company MMGY Hills Balfour and MMGY Travel Intelligence Europe are collaborating with the IMEX Group on a new 2021/22 survey titled ‘A Portrait of European Meetings and Convention Travel: Perspectives from travellers and planning professionals’. the survey is designed to investigate beyond existing parameters, examining not only meeting planner sentiment but also the in...

EFEA to restart a new chapter in January 2022 in St Petersburg

The 11th Europe+Asia Event Forum (EFEA) returns to St Petersburg, 19-21 January 2022, with the key conference theme being ‘Restarting. A new chapter.’ Since 2012 EFEA has brought together leaders of the event community, experts of business and incentive tourism at the start of the year. Organiser R&C Market Research Company will again coordinate the forum, working under the patronage of the Ch...

New ILEA Europe Board reflects consolidation

Following the consolidation of the UK Chapter and pre-existing Europe Chapter to create one unified European leadership team and membership base, the new-look International Live Events Association (ILEA) Europe for 2021/2022 has the following make up: President: Christian Seidenstuecker, CEO of JOKE Event AG Vice-president of membership: Erica Pew, client services director of Brands at Work Vice-p...