Europe

$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...

Countdown for entries to 2019 Heavent Awards in Cannes

Organisers of France’s Heavent Awards 2019 are encouraging all live communication agencies worldwide to consider entering before the 4 February deadline. The awards evening takes place 28 March 2019 at the Palais des Festivals de Cannes, during the two-day tradeshow Heavent Meetings. The awards’ corporate jury judging the shortlisted events will include Groupe Bouygues, Nespresso Switzerland, Uber...

ExCeL London launches ‘No Plastic’ campaign

With more than eight million tonnes of plastic being thrown away each year, ExCeL London has launched an initiative to tackle the issue of single-use plastic and reduce waste. Its new ‘No Plastic’ campaign has been announced by CEO Jeremy Rees, who said: “Waste from single-use plastic is a critical issue for our industry. We need to take a position on this to significantly reduce the amount of was...

Portugal announces contingencies to ease Brexit travel concerns

Due to uncertainty and the possibility of a No Deal Brexit, the Portuguese Government has prepared a contingency plan to avoid, as far as possible, disruption for British travellers to the country, the country’s tourism board has said. This plan includes the following measures: Visa exemption (trips up to 90 days) Dedicated passport control areas/lanes for UK flights Possibility of mutual recognit...

Copenhagen CVB named world’s first Green Tourism Organisation

Wonderful Copenhagen, the Danish capital’s CVB has set a new environmental standard as a Green Tourism Organisation (GTO). The certification was set up to support destinations and organisations that do something extraordinary for sustainability. Copenhagen is ranked second on ICCA’s Global Destination Sustainability Index and, as CMW reported recently, Wonderful Copenhagen launched its first strat...

Conventa Ambassador Award 2019 goes to… ICCA

Elif Balci Fisunoglu, ICCA Regional Director Europe, accepted the Conventa Ambassador 2019 on behalf of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) during the 11th edition of the Conventa trade show in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 23 January. The award was presented in recognition for ICCA’s contributions to and strong support of the development of the international association meetings i...

MPI to host European Meetings and Events Conference in The Hague

The Hague will be welcoming the European Meetings and Events Conference (EMEC19) from 9-12 February 2019 at World Forum, and several other locations. The international conference, organised by Meetings Professionals International (MPI) Netherlands Chapter, will welcome nearly 400 conference professionals from over 20 countries. With the conference theme ‘changing the game’, the organisers have lef...

International armada and military conference to invade Copenhagen

Copenhagen’s MICE strategists have mastered a great naval victory, having won MAST Northern Coasts, a large military and naval conference and exhibition that will take place 4-6 September this year. An armada of military vessels will dock in the inner harbour in connection with the event, including 40 frigates, patrol ships, corvettes and other modern naval ships from 13 countries. MAST (maritime/...

World leaders make an impression in Davos with their environmental footprint

With the annual January gathering of world political and economic leaders in the Swiss resort of Davos for the World Economic Forum (WEF) underway, 28 heads of state are reported in attendance for 2019. US president Donald Trump and King Abdullah of Jordan are among 28 heads of state at the event. They were joined by 40 heads of government, including India’s Narendra Modi and Theresa May, the Brit...