Europe

UK city aims to attract 40% more conference business

Marketing Manchester, the CVB for the UK’s largest Northern city, has launched its five-year strategy which targets 40% growth, adding £345m to the city’s existing business tourism value of £862m (according to figures taken from 2017). The strategy, which was launched to Marketing Manchester members at Manchester Central, 13 June, is based on four pillars: attracting more conferences to the ...

A busy June for Palacongressi di Rimini

Brands and major TV productions are descending on this summer Palacongressi di Rimini, with June set to be a busy month. Events including seminars, congresses, medical-scientific events, training courses, lined up by the Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) Event & Conference division, for an estimated total of 33,000 visitors and 15,000 participants. The highlight, with the presence of 21,000 visit...

World Travel Awards announces winner of Leading Business Hotel category

Hotel Okura Amsterdam has been voted the Leading Business Hotel in the Netherlands for 2019 by the World Travel Awards organisation for the second year in a row. Michiel Roelfsema, general manager, expressed pride in the win, saying: “To win the best business hotel award two years in a row confirms our belief that continuous renewal pays off. The digital transformation and other investments we are...

Nuremberg Messe joins corporate embassy to Poland as market expands

Bavarian Commerce Minister Hubert Aiwanger has been leading a delegation of companies from his region to Poland. Nuremberg Messe CEO Dr Roland Fleck was part of the delegation and noted that attendance by Polish exhibitors and visitors at his venue’s shows had doubled in recent times. Poland has developed more dynamically than any other economy in the European Union, the Bavarian Minister told his...

Hilton unveils new Spanish property, complete with 2,255sqm events space

Hilton has unveiled its newest property in Malaga, Spain. The Higueron Hotel Malaga, Curio Collection by Hilton, has 177 guest rooms, Malaga’s only sustainable Michelin-starred restaurant and views of the Mediterranean Sea. “Malaga is one of Europe’s most popular destinations, with 12.5m tourists flocking to its sunny shores last year,” said Simon Vincent, President, EMEA, Hilton. “With €1 in ever...

London’s BMA House and HeadBox host Summer Social

London venue BMA House hosted a reception with drinks and entertainment, 6 June, in partnership with venue-finding platform HeadBox. More than 150 corporate buyers were in attendance, including clients from Facebook, DC Advisory, Dentsu Aegis and WPP. Throughout the event BMA House demonstrated its rich selection of meeting spaces, high quality catering, focus on sustainability and dedicated appro...

Austria Center Vienna records most successful year to date

Austria’s largest congress centre has posted a record year (2018) for the third time, while 2019 will be marked by the venue’s major danubeSAIL modernisation project. The 136,000 international participants who attended events at the venue last year induced an economic impact of €527m, the centre’s management reveals. Paris is the only city in the world to host more large-scale events in 2018 than ...

Singapore brings techno-garden to London

Londoners have a chance this month to journey through Singapore’s history, via a garden installation filled with immersive experiences that integrate nature with the modern world. Music, plants, food, drinks and cultural exploration will all come together to commemorate the 2019 Singapore Bicentennial. 2019 is the 200th anniversary of Sir Stamford Raffles’ landing in Singapore in 1819 – a key turn...

Messe Frankfurt acquires stake in nmedia GmbH

Messe Frankfurt has acquired a stake in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) company nmedia GmbH. The acquisition is part of a plan to set up its “nextrade” digital B2B marketplace, which will provide standardised ordering and data services for both suppliers and retailers. Philipp Ferger (pictured) has also been appointed second managing director of nmedia GmbH effective 1 June 2019, and will share ...

More than human: London’s Barbican Business Events explores AI

In partnership with tech sector media outlet WIRED, London’s Barbican Business Events is presenting a special one-day multi-layered learning experience (15 June), as part of London Tech Week, exploring what the future holds for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it will shape our lives. AI is predicted to be the fourth industrial revolution and the technology is already touching our lives and wo...

Messukeskus Helsinki pledges to be 110% carbon neutral by 2029

Messukeskus Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre has pledged that it will be 110% carbon neutral by the year 2029.

Scottish Event Campus records best ever financial year

The Scottish Event Campus has recorded its most successful financial year ever for 2018/19. Trading turnover at the venue increased by 21% to £35.1m, and EBITDA increased by 27% to £4.9m. The economic impact of the campus generated net additional expenditure of over £1.25m per day in the Glasgow area, a total of £457m for the year. Conferences enjoyed a record year with 55% growth in turnover driv...