Europe

Conventa Week

The last week of August marked by the return of south-east Europe meetings industry trade show Conventa and the Conventa Crossover conference. Organisers had moved Conventa 2021 back from January to August and both events were half the size of the pre-crisis period and shaped up as hybrid events. Nevertheless, organisers report 77 exhibitors, 113 international and 33 Slovenian hosted buyers conduc...

IBTM World reveals first details of its Barcelona plans

Organisers of IBTM World, a global event for the MICE industry, have revealed the first details for the show, due to take place in-person at Fira Barcelona, 30 November-2 December 2021. Under the theme of ‘New Business, New Tech, New World’, IBTM World Barcelona will focus on quality one-to-one business meetings, inspiring educational content and rewarding networking opportunities to help attendee...

International Confex shows a lead back for industry

The UK meetings and events industry came out to International Confex, 1-2 September at ExCeL London, offering a creative display and demonstration of the industry’s resilience. Five theatres on the show floor delivered packed education sessions and friends, old and new, got busy networking and re-acquainting themselves with innovation and new products.

Conventa Week – a summer success in Slovenia

The last week of August marked by the return of south-east Europe meetings industry trade show Conventa and the Conventa Crossover conference. Conventa claims to be the first major MICE industry show to run in person again following over a year of hibernation of most of the global meetings industry. Organisers had moved Conventa 2021 back from January to August and both events were half the size o...

SportAccord launches host city application process for its world and regional summits

SportAccord has launched the host city application processes for future editions of its SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit from 2023 and the Regional SportAccord from 2022. Cities interested in hosting the SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit have been invited to submit a Bid City Application Form. The next edition of the event will take place, 15-20 May 2022 in Ekaterinburg, R...

Estonian CVB hails international sport as destination conference calendar filler

The Estonia Convention Bureau (Estonian CVB) has said international sporting title events hosted in Estonia have been bringing in tens of thousands of visitors from abroad, with participants, press and spectators filling hotel rooms that would have otherwise been left vacant. The capital Tallinn alone has around 80 international sports events marked on the calendar for 2021 including the Men’s Eur...

Lviv crystalising its congress present and future

The Lviv Convention Bureau (LCB) has made a series of announcements regarding events that have taken, and will take, place within the western Ukrainian city. Firstly, LCB announced in 2025 more than 700 scientists from different countries will come to Lviv for the International Crystallographic Congress. Secondly, Lviv, 22-24 August, welcomed international experts from Wilhelm Bernahard’s sc...

UK Government outlines details of its live events reinsurance scheme

The UK Government has published an outline of the scheme rules for its Live Events Reinsurance Scheme, which was announced on 4 August. The £750m scheme offers cost indemnification if an event has to be cancelled, postponed, relocated or abandoned due to new UK Civil Authority restrictions in response to Covid-19. It will run to 30 September 2022 with a review point in Spring next year. Cover will...

ECM online and on the ball for 35th Summer School edition

The 35th edition of the European Cities Marketing (ECM) Summer School took place 24-26 August and attracted 95 participants. The online course this year was designed to provide upskilling and preparation for the coming revamp of the meetings industry that will affect all professionals working in convention bureaux, DMOs, hotels, PCOs, DMCs, airlines as well as corporate planners, association execu...

Messukeskus announces social distancing restrictions waived

The Regional State Administrative Agency of Southern Finland stated, 3 September, that the obligation to divide audiences into blocks and the two-metre safety distance obligation can be waived at public events in the Uusimaa region as well. In Finland, fairs have already been organised in Turku, Oulu and Tampere. Several public and professional events are being prepared for October-November 2021. ...

Public Health Palliative Care International chooses Bruges for September 2022 conference

The international Public Health Palliative Care International (PHPCI) conference will be held in the new Bruges Meeting & Convention Centre (BMCC), 20-23 September 2022. This conference will focus on the dialogue between the scientific world and the general public about the democratisation of palliative care and end of life care. Alderman for Social Affairs, Pablo Annys, said: “High-quality ca...

More room in Berlin for events at Estrel

With a 5,000 sqm extension, the Estrel Congress Center Berlin is setting new standards for events. The new Auditorium opened on 26 August after two years of construction and offers tiered-seating for 800 guests, a 48sqm LED screen and specially designed acoustic walls. The new building is home to an additional 10 event rooms for up to 240 people, as well as food and beverage service areas. Spannin...