Europe

London’s Crossrail opening delayed until 2019

London’s new transport link, the Elizabeth line (also known as Crossrail), has been delayed, with operations through central London commencing in autumn 2019. Crossrail Ltd says the revised schedule is needed to complete the final infrastructure and extensive testing required to ensure the Elizabeth line opens as a safe and reliable railway. Several high profile events venues across the capi...

Experience Finland’s northern lights in virtual reality

Visit Finland, Finnair and Finavia have collaborated to launch a new virtual reality game, which allows users to travel around the country in VR. ‘Trek: Travel Around the World’ is available now on Steam and Viveport. It allows users to experience Lapland, Helsinki, and the Finnish Archipelago from the comfort of their homes. It was developed by Canadian studio MinorityVR. The game opens in a styl...

Lights, camera, action as PRG and VER merge in Europe & The Middle East

Event suppliers Production Resource Group (PRG) and VER are to merge into one entity in Europe and the Middle East. The companies will be commonly controlled by The Jordan Company, GSO Capital Partners and PRG Management. Jere Harris will serve as chairman and CEO of PRG and VER, and Stephan Paridaen will be president and COO. Both companies will offer the ability to share equipment, knowledge and...

RBH are donating to charity for guests returning stolen items

Independent hotel management company RBH is giving past guests the chance to come clean and return items they’ve ‘borrowed’ from hotel rooms over the years. The ‘souvenir amnesty’ will take place throughout the summer, with light-fingered patrons being encouraged to hand in their ill-gotten gains for the benefit of Make-a-Wish UK and NSPCC. For every souvenir returned to participating hotels, RBH,...

Sodexo sales manager announced as ILEA UK president elect

Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events regional sales manager Cecilia Lavin has been announced as president elect of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) UK chapter. The ILEA is a global network of more than 4,000 event professionals who connect to share ideas and best practice in high production, experiential and creative event design. Lavin will take over presidency next year from the i...

Scottish Event Campus keeps taking the conference medicine, with new winning bids

The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) is celebrating a recent run of conference wins. The venue’s Conference Sales division has leveraged its partnerships with key local academics and Glasgow Convention Bureau to win conferences, including the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), the Global Implementation Conference (GIC), the European Congress on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ECTH) and, most re...

Academy of Management chooses Copenhagen for first conference outside North America

Copenhagen has been chosen as the first destination outside North America to host the Academy of Management (AOM) annual meeting. Since 1936, the international member organization, Academy of Management, has held its annual meeting in North America. But, in 2025, Copenhagen will become the first overseas city to host the conference and welcome around 10,000 scholars, professors, PhD students and o...

CCMG on course for inaugural Nordic MICE Summit in Malmö

Organisers CCMG will bring the first edition of The Nordic MICE Summit to Sweden, 1-3 November. The venue will be the Clarion Hotel & Congress, Malmö Live. CCMG CEO Lonni Gulliksen tells CMW: “We have decided to launch this event as there isn’t anything like this on the Nordic Markets at the present time. With the feedback we have got and support from the likes of Wonderful Copenhagen an...

ICCA’s Association Meetings Programme comes to South Africa

The ICCA Association Meetings Programme 2019 will take place in Durban, South Africa from 18-20 June. The Association Meetings Programme is designed to informally network with ICCA Members and Association Executives and learn from each other and the top faculty of experts about bidding, designing, organising and promoting international association meetings. The video above is from ICCA’s 201...

Feeling the need for speed…in Bratislava

CMW joined a select group of European meetings and events buyers for an educational MICE immersion in the Slovak capital Bratislava, covering some amazing ground…and water at breakneck speed. The thrill of the ride included a rafting experience on a Danube canal where the Slovak national kayakers train, followed by a speedboat race that would wake any delegate up for meeting challenge. The group v...

Vienna calling for European Petrochemical Association

The European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) comes to Vienna for its 52nd EPCA Annual Meeting, 7-10 October, 2018. The EPCA expects 3,000 participants from around the world to gather in Vienna. The theme of this years’ Annual Meeting: ‘Petrochemicals and the Low-Carbon Economy: Versatile Solutions for Greater Sustainability’ will look at how the petrochemical industry contributes to the transitio...

Poltrona Frau sitting pretty with big seating contract for new Hamburg centre

Following a bidding process spanning the European Union, Italian furniture manufacturer Poltrona Frau has won the contract for supplying the fixed seating for Auditoriums 1 and Z in the new CCH – Congress Center Hamburg. The remaining auditoriums in the CCH, which has been undergoing comprehensive modernisation and remodelling since early 2017, will receive portable seats. Auditorium 1 will be fit...