Europe

In pictures: A wellcome approach

The events team at London-based museum and library The Wellcome Collection has spent the last two weeks on community action, donating time to help charitable organisations and community projects across London. These include Poetry in Wood, Centre 404 and Awesome cic. The team also participated in the London PRIDE parade, promoting diversity and supporting the LGBTQ+ community. The Wellcome Collect...

Cologne’s events sector steps out of the shadows

The Cologne Convention Bureau has commissioned an inventive new performance intended to promote the city’s events sector. Artists from the shadow theatre troupe Die Mobiles performed an acrobatic shadowplay at the most recent networking meeting of the Cologne Convention Bureau (CCB), intended to spark curiosity about events in Cologne. The performance was captured on video and can be viewed below....

NurnbergMesse reflect on successful year at annual conference

NurnbergMesse held their annual results conference this past Tuesday, 10 July, and reflected on a successful year for the company. 2017 was the highest-revenue odd-numbered year in its history. It hosted 177 events, at which 27,829 exhibitors met 1,191,907 visitors on 826,579sqm of floor space. NurnbergMesse is one of the 15 largest exhibition companies in the world. Its portfolio covers 120 natio...

IBTM World 2018 to tap into Disney magic for creativity stream

IBTM has announced Duncan Wardle, one of the primary creative forces behind The Walt Disney Company, as the first of three keynote speakers lined up for the IBTM World 2018 trade show in Barcelona, 27-29 November. Wardle’s session, ‘Think Different the Disney Way’, will lead the ‘innovation, technology and creativity stream’ of the Knowledge Programme, and will kick-off the schedule on Day 2. He w...

Former White House head of events headlines Cvent CONNECT Europe

UK-based meetings, events, and hospitality technology company Cvent is set to welcome hundreds of industry professionals to the second annual Cvent CONNECT Europe in October. The event will take place in the Business Design Centre in London from 1– 2 October. It has nearly doubled in size following the sell-out success of the inaugural event in 2017. Cvent has also announced that Laura Schwartz, f...

Croatia holds first ever B2B meeting industry trade show

Meetex is set to be Croatia’s first ever B2B meeting industry trade show, launching from 19-21 March 2019. It will bring together all major stakeholders from the national meeting industry, as well as 50-70 hosted buyers from around Europe. There will be a similar number of local buyers. The event combines flexible meeting slots, keynote speakers, and plenty of opportunity for networking, all hoste...

CBItalia launches lead generation service and announces new members

The Italian national convention bureau CBItalia has signed a new strategic agreement with lead generation agency Gaining Edge. The agreement is geared to guaranteeing the generation of customised leads dedicated to each destination associated with the CBItalia network. Since January 2018 six new members have joined the bureau’s national network, bringing the total membership to 116 affiliations. C...

NEC unveils plans for £4.5m transformation

The NEC has unveiled details of an extensive £4.5m (US $6m) redevelopment which, management says, will completely change the look and feel of the iconic venue. The first phase of the three-year project – the exterior of Halls 1 and 5 – began in June 2018 and is set to be completed in late August. Kathryn James, MD for NEC Group Conventions and Exhibitions, said: “We have seen our NEC campus change...

Amsterdam’s Hotel Okura receives leading hotel award

The Hotel Okura in Amsterdam has received the 2018 Netherlands’ Leading Business Hotel Award at the World Travel Awards. The awards are voted on by travel and tourism officials as well as business and leisure travel consumers worldwide. They are aimed at stimulating innovation and creativity within the hospitality industry and encouraging hotels all over the world to improve the quality of their s...

Accor introduces Meetings at Novotel

AccorHotels, the international group offering 4,300 hotels, resorts and residences worldwide, has launched a new Meetings at Novotel concept. It will be introduced at Novotel London City South later this year before expansion across the Novotel network. The concept includes a range of spaces designed to accommodate a variety of requirements. Meet is the name given to a new type of space featuring ...

Animated ‘fly-throughs’ set to put wind beneath sales wings at Hilton London Metropole

UK-based technical production company Metro Broadcast has launched a series of animated ‘fly-throughs’ for the Hilton London Metropole. The displays take viewers on a journey through the building, and are part of an attempt to support international sales at the venue. The animations are created from the perspective of the delegate as he or she walks from one conference area to the next, and are in...

Estonia’s largest-ever scientific congress opens in Tallinn

With 2,000 delegates attending the opening on 5 July, the 34th European Group for Organisational Studies Colloquium is the largest international scientific gathering Estonia has hosted to date. The three-day event, organised locally by the Estonian Business School (EBS), is being attended by academics from leading global universities and research institutions as well as by representatives of major...