Europe

Triumph of the EGOS at Estonia’s Conference of the Year Awards

The Estonian Convention Bureau’s (ECB) annual Conference of the Year awards ceremony in Tallinn, 6 February, saw the top prize going to the 34th European Group for Organisational Studies Colloquium (EGOS). Organised by the Estonian Business School (EBS), the July EGOS conference set the record as the largest international scientific gathering ever hosted in Estonia. The three-day event pulled in n...

Fond farewell: Changing of the guard in Vienna

Christian Mutschlechner, the long-serving head of the Vienna Tourist Board’s Vienna Convention Bureau, received a special send-off at Palais Wertheim, at an event, 1 February, that also introduced his successor, Christian Woronka. Woronka, who was part of the team that founded the Cologne Convention Bureau (CCB), has managed the CCB since 2012. Doyen of the CVB world leaders, Mutschlechner s...

UK Tourism industry confident despite Brexit, says UKinbound research

UKinbound has released its latest Business Barometer Figures, which show confidence levels across the tourism industry are on the rise. The research, which was collected by Qa Research, found that 59% of UKinbound members stated they were confident about business in the upcoming 12 months. This was the highest rate recorded since October 2017. The increase in confidence was influenced by an influx...

UK Conference and Meeting Survey 2019: take part now

Conference and meeting venues in the UK are being urged to take part in the 2019 ‘UK Conference and Meeting Survey’ (UKCAMS), which is being launched today, 4 February, principally sponsored by VisitBritain. The UKCAMS 2019 report is scheduled for publication in June. TAKE THE SURVEY HERE This vital research into the UK’s conference and meetings sector, now in its 26th consecutive year, has a spec...

Nordic MICE Summit 2019 to be held in Rungstedgaard

The second edition of The Nordic MICE Summit will take place in Denmark, 24-26 October 2019. This year it will be held at Rungstedgaard in Royal North Sealand, a half-hour drive from Copenhagen. Organisers expect 60 high-level MICE suppliers with a strong focus on the Nordics, and around 50 MICE buyers from the Nordics and the rest of Europe. Over the course of one-and-a-half days delegates will t...

Mash Media launches 2020Publishing Conference at International Confex

CMW publisher Mash media has today announced the launch of 2020Publishing – a new conference aimed at publishers looking to develop new revenue lines and products for their business. The conference will take place at International Confex 2019 on 27 February, at Olympia London. Confex is taking place alongside the Event Production Show and The PA Show. In a series of presentations from leading expe...

Hamburg set for six new hotels in first half

Germany’s second largest city, Hamburg, is to offer event planners more venue and accommodation options, with 10 hotels set to open this year. Six of these projects are scheduled for the first half of 2019. Some of the highlights include Sylc, which is less of a hotel, more of a movement. Sylc opens later this month, offering 347 apartments alongside a series of ‘social spaces’. The apartments are...

Ryanair blames stiff competition for 4th quarter loss

Budget airline Ryanair has posted a net loss of €19.6m for the last three months of 2018. The airline had cut fares in the face of what it called “excess winter capacity in Europe”. Ryanair carried more passengers and raked in more revenues compared to the same period in 2017 – there were 32.7m passengers compared with 30.4m for the same period a year earlier, as revenue rose 9% to €1.53bn. ...

$1.3bn Olympia London upgrade approved by UK planners

The £1bn (US$1.3bn) plans to turn UK-venue Olympia London into a multi-purpose cultural hub have been approved by planners. YOO Capital and Deutsche Finance International – which own the historic exhibition centre – submitted plans to Hammersmith & Fulham Council (the London Local Authority in the area) in 2018 to turn the 14-acre site into a destination with hotels, restaurants, performance v...

Viparis food co-op answers Mayor’s call for architectural projects 

Paris venue consortium Viparis has had a major project chosen by the city’s Mayor under the 2nd edition of ‘Reinventing Paris’ (Beneath the City) transformation scheme. Following a call for innovative urban projects to transform Paris’s underground spaces, ‘Peace&Log’, a sustainable architectural project, was chosen by the Mayor of Paris and a jury of urban planning experts and elected o...

Giant iTab partners with Mobile World Congress

GSMA, organiser of the Mobile World Congress, has appointed Giant iTab as its recommended event technology supplier for its 2019 event. Giant iTab will supply a large number of its giant smartphones across the event to drive mobile app engagement and help visitors to easily find the information they need to get the most from their day. Mobile World Congress is the largest mobile event in the world...

Creasey rejoins Maritim’s conference and incentives team

Maritim Hotels has welcomed back Rebecca Creasey in the new role of Account Manager, Conference and Incentive Travel. She had previously worked for Maritim for six years to 2015, as Sales Account Manager for the Maritim Mauritius portfolio. Now Creasey will be responsible for expanding Maritim’s offering among the UK and Irish MICE markets. “I’m delighted to be rejoining Maritim. It’s a dynamic an...