Europe

Major boost for RAI Amsterdam as new €1.3bn metro line opens

After 15 years of construction and a €1.3bn investment, Amsterdam has finally opened one of the most high-tech Metro lines in the world. The new North/South Line 52 also now makes RAI Amsterdam one of the most easily accessible convention centre of any metropolitan city. The RAI Amsterdam is in close proximity to the city centre and fairly well served for public transport, with direct tram and bus...

Respect Your Elder: Amanda Elder becomes new Kempinski chief

Kempinski Hotels has announced the promotion of Amanda Elder to the position of chief commercial officer. Kempinski is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, dating back to 1897. It comprises 75 five star hotels and residences across 33 countries. Elder joined Kempinski in 2014 as vice president of sales and marketing in China, where she oversaw all arms of business development. More recently, as sen...

How did this Hamburg convention reach 15,000 pre-registrations?

More than 15,000 people have pre-registered for 2019’s Rotary International Convention in Hamburg. The event is one of the world’s most prestigious international congresses, and will take place from 1 – 5 June next year at Hamburg Messe. The large pre-registered numbers are the result of Hamburg’s Host Organisation Committee (HOC) announcing they were hosting next year’s event at the 2018 Rotary I...

Cvent launches “Event Management Technology For Dummies”

Event technology company Cvent has announced the publication of a new book, Event Management Technology for Dummies. The book, produced in partnership with Wiley and its For Dummies brand, outlines how organisations can successfully plan and run great events using event management technology. Patrick Smith, chief marketing officer at Cvent, said: “Event management technology gives event profession...

Making a point on wellbeing in M&E

Sarah Mayo, (pictured top) co-founder of newly launched POINT3 Wellbeing (a UK company that supports people and businesses with health and wellbeing programmes) speaks to CMW and sheds some light on health and wellbeing within the international business events sector. Stress management and positive mental health are increasingly on the agenda of companies that recognise the urgent need to combat t...

Handan Boyce appointed to manage Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre

The Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center (ICEC) has announced the appointment of Handan Boyce as its new general manager. She has replaced Güniz Atis Azrak, the former GM. Boyce is an experienced industry operator who has been the GM of the Halic Congress Center in Istanbul since 2011 and has held key positions in international industry associations ICCA and AIPC. Istanbul’s international con...

Pittet ‘Ega’ to start in new directorial role at Italian organiser

Italian PCO Ega has announced the appointment of Alain Pittet as executive director, to advise the agency in its next level of international development. From the new branch in Switzerland, Pittet will lead a working group dedicated to the development of the international association congress business, including association consultancy to help scientific communities to develop and grow. Claudia Ma...

In pictures: Confex Future Focus

Launched in July 2018 at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, UK, Confex Future Focus (CFF) – the International Confex spinoff – attracted event professionals from across the business events sector. Taking place over two days (4-5 July), the new exhibition celebrated the future of the events industry. Mash Media event director Simon Farnfield commented: “We launched this event off the...

SEC plans to expand in $196m project amid record growth

The Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow, has applied for planning permission to build a new conference facility and extend its exhibition space as part of an expansion plan, which the BBCreports is worth up to £150m ($US196m). The news comes after the venue posted a record year; turnover increased by 1% to £29.1m (US$38m), EBITDA increased by 11% to £3.8m (US$5m) and operating profit increased by...

ITE Group completes Ascential acquisition

ITE Group has announced this morning the completion of its acquisition of Ascential Events, which was first announced on 15 May. A statement released to press said: “ITE Group is pleased to announce the completion of the acquisition of Ascential Events Limited from Ascential plc based on an enterprise value of £300m (calculated on a cash-free, debt-free basis and subject to normalised working capi...

Bond shakes up NEC Group as new director

NEC Group has appointed Claire Bond as its new Group HR Director. Bond has been with the Group for five years, most recently championing an award-winning people development strategy as head of business HR and learning development. During this time, she has taken a key role in introducing new talent programmes and reward schemes, catering for all levels of the business as well introducing an appren...

New marketing manager for Hamburg convention team

Karine Serra (pictured) has joined the Hamburg Convention Bureau’s conventions unit as marketing manager. A graduate event manager with a focus on business tourism, Serra takes the role vacated by Nele Aumann, who now heads the Conventions unit. Serra will focus on the city’s core economic clusters of medicine, healthcare and life sciences, with a view to attracting international conventions from ...