Europe

ICCA committed to Krakow, as registration for 61st Congress opens

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)’s board has reaffirmed it is moving ahead with the 61st annual ICCA Congress in Kraków, Poland, 6-9 November 2022, as planned. Poland continues its commitment, and ICCA says, “it is vital that we, as ICCA community and the global meetings industry, honour the strength and resilience of Poland by holding the Congress in Kraków. As we move...

Parisian recovery sets hotel investors’ pulse racing

According to Paris – A Spectacular Start to the Recovery, a Market Pulse report from global hotel consultancy HVS, the French capital is seen as one of the most desirable destinations for hotel investors. The report states that this strong post-pandemic position is down to strong support from the French government combined with the continued worldwide appeal of Paris. Compared with other gateway m...

Scotland’s Turing Fest returns to connect the best in tech

The Scottish event technology conference, Turing Fest is set to return in-person, 27-28 July 2022, bringing over 1,000 people from across the globe to Edinburgh International Conference Centre, UK. Established in 2016, Turing Fest brings together founders and leaders of start-ups and scale-ups together with their teams to support networking and facilitating knowledge exchange across the industry. ...

In pictures – Grimaldi Forum Monaco expansion

The Grimaldi Forum Monaco is set to construct an extension of its building, increasing its exhibition capacity by 50% with an additional 6,000sqm of indoor space. For more details, please read CMW‘s article ‘The Grimaldi Forum outlines big anniversary plans to expand 50%’

ExCeL London appoints new director of marketing and communications

The ExCeL London venue in the UK has appointed of Michelle Kemp (pictured) as director of marketing and communications. With over 20 years’ of experience in the live event industry, Kemp joins the Royal Docks venue from her previous role at The ACC Liverpool Group, where she spent over a decade leading the marketing and communications team across conference, exhibition, sport and entertainment mar...

ICCA partners with Türkiye as Destination partner – Europe

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has announced the Türkiye Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA) as the association’s first Destination partner in Europe. Destination partnerships are one of ICCA’s most exclusive opportunities for ICCA members. As the Turkish president Erdoğan officially changes his country’s name in English away from the Westernised ‘Turkey’ t...

Hyatt appoints new leader for Europe, Africa and Middle East

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced a new group president for Europe, Africa & Middle East (EAME) region. Javier Águila (pictured) will lead the strategy for continued strategic growth in the  region, following the planned retirement of Peter Fulton. Águila and Fulton will work together through a transition period before Águila officially assumes the role in the next several months. “The Hy...

New director of Marcomms appointed at Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre

Lumia Ankkuri (pictured) has been appointed marketing and communications director of Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre. Ankkuri, who has extensive experience in the event business and event marketing, takes up the post from 15 June. She moves up from the role of business manager at the venue. Lumia Ankkuri graduated from London Metropolitan University in 2012 with a Master of Arts degree majorin...

The Hague partners to become centre of excellence for event design

The Hague Convention Bureau says it is working on a new partnership with Event Design Collective and the newly opened Postillion Hotel and Convention Centre Den Haag to offer event design training and support. Event Design Collective at the Postillion Hotel and Convention Centre Den Haag will deliver the training in person and online. The initiative was announced at IMEX in Frankfurt, Germany, 31 ...

The Grimaldi Forum outlines big anniversary plans to expand 50%

On the occasion of its silver anniversary in 2024, the Grimaldi Forum Monaco will be receiving a birthday gift of an extension of its building increasing its exhibition capacity by 50% with an additional 6,000sqm of indoor space. Guests will also be able to enjoy more than 2,000sqm of outdoor space, with views of the Mediterranean from the Ravel Terrace. The development project also includes the n...

ATPI leads UK litter initiative

Travel management company, ATPI held a clean-up at Pakefield beach, 28 May, near Lowestoft, UK, alongside Air Canada, United Airlines and Lufthansa. Bringing together employees of ATPI, Air Canada, and United Airlines the initiative began when Dean Mitchell, head of supplier relations at ATPI, was shocked by the amount of litter on the roads in his local area and began litter picking. Bob Shumache...

IAPCO Council meets in Northern Ireland

Tourism Northern Ireland hosted the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) Council Meeting in Belfast, 22-26 May. The international panel met with representatives from Tourism Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, Visit Belfast, Visit Derry and ICC Belfast as well as industry professionals and key political stakeholders. The programme of events saw IAPCO Council me...