Europe

Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg opens a window on the world of ballet

This summer visitors to the Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg can not only immerse themselves in World Cup football, but also admire some fancy footwork in the field of ballet, by way of a new exhibition dedicated to the Year of Russian Ballet. To coincide with the official Year of Ballet, a campaign running throughout Russia in 2018, the hotel – the only one in the city that houses an historica...

Ex-UBM man Simon Mills appointed executive director at ExCeL London

Former UBM group director Simon Mills is to join ExCeL London in the UK as executive director. He will have commercial responsibility for Exhibitions, Media and Food & Beverage. Mills has spent the past 17 years at global event and conference organiser UBM. His most recent role was group director of the Brand, Design and Protection Portfolio, overseeing a portfolio of 17 products. During that ...

European Cities Marketing announces new EC and Board members

European Cities Marketing elected new members of its Board and Executive Committee at the association’s General Assembly in Malmö in June 2018. The ECM’s International Conference & General Assembly in Sweden gathered more than 170 attendees and Frans van der Avert (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) was elected new vice-president for a three-year term. Pier Paolo Mariotti (Bolzano, Italy) and Ignasi ...

Hull realises £110m of venue investment on back of UK City of Culture status

Following on from Hull’s success as the UK city of Culture in 2017, the north eastern city is now set to benefit from over £110m of investment in its hotels and venues. The destination has seen significant investment in its events infrastructure in recent years and the momentum continues. Earlier in the year, Hull welcomed the opening of the new £25m (US$28.41m) DoubleTree by Hilton, the city’s fi...

Global Legal Forum conference first for The Hague

The Global Legal Forum Annual Conference will take place for the first time in the Peace Palace, The Hague, 23- 24 August 2018. The Global Legal Forum was established in 2017 by Law Pundits, the world’s first ISO certified legal academic services firm, in co-operation with The Hague City Council and The Hague Convention Bureau. The conference, which is expected to draw 350 attendees, is designed a...

In pictures: London Tech Week 2018

London Tech Week (LTW) 2018 showcased the best of the capital’s tech sector to the rest of the world, 11-17 June. Kicking off the tech festivities was this year’s headliner event, LeadersIn Tech Summit from 11-12 June; the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, formally opened the festival on 11 June. Co-founded by promotional agency London & Partners in 2014, LTW is London’s largest crowd-sourced...

Language skills crisis in the UK caused by Brexit and lack of training, says new report

UK travel trade association UKinbound has warned of a language skills crisis in the country, following a results of a report it commissioned uncovered a growing language skills gap facing the UK travel and hospitality industry. The new research for trade association UKInbound undertaken by Canterbury Christ Church University highlights the current lack of capacity in the UK’s education syste...

Kate Thornton announced as Confex Future Focus keynote

Mash Media, organiser of the inaugural UK-based Confex Future Focus (CFF), has announced TV presenter Kate Thornton as the keynote speaker for the spin-off exhibition of International Confex. Thornton, who has presented high profile programmes including The X Factor, Top of the Pops, Loose Women and The Brit Awards, will take to the stage on Thursday 5 July, day two of the show. “We are thrilled t...

St. Petersburg to host the 85th UFI Global Congress

Under the theme ‘The Dynamics of Transition – Our Industry’s Complex Future’, the 85th UFI Global Congress is set to take place at Expoforum in St. Petersburg, 31 October-3 November 2018. There will be a post-Congress tour and two unique Russian evening networking events. What is your role in our industry’s complex future? Join UFI at the 85th UFI Global Congress to discuss these developments from...

Scotland makes a Midlands’ MICE pitstop

VisitScotland Business Events, as part of its Scotland on Tour initiative, took eight of its venue partners to the Midlands, UK from 12-13 June. The group visited 42 agents from seven MICE agencies in Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham, including arrangeMY, Finest Meetings, Conference Care, Bright Sky Events, Absolute Corporate Events, BCD Meetings & Events Zibrant and Choice Locations. The ...

Frankfurt continue to play in the medical congress Champions League

Frankfurt has secured two international medical congresses which will bring over 20,000 attendees to the city over the next two years. The European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) and the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) both chose the city over a number of high-profile European alternatives for their annual congresses. The EBMT convention is set to bring 6,000 partic...

Pet specialists gather in Estonia for 24th FECAVA Eurocongress

Pet specialists from around the continent gather in Tallinn, Estonia this week as the city plays host to the 24th Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA) Eurocongress, 14-16 June. The annual get-together of the FECAVA will take place at the Tallinn Creative Hub, with additional workshops and exhibitions accommodated at the nearby Energy Discovery Centre. The high n...