Europe

Cologne’s convention figures continue to climb

The year 2017 was the best in Cologne’s tourism history, with a total of 3.59m arriving guests and 6.24m overnight stays. According to official registration records, there were 7.3% more arrivals and 8.1% more overnight stays in hotels compared to the previous year. The increases for visitors from abroad were even greater, with an 8.9% increase of arrivals and a 9.2% increase of overnight stays. A...

Congress Center Hamburg welcomes new production director

Energy system electronics expert, Hartmut Hofmann (54), has assumed the role as director of CCH production, a new department at the Congress Center Hamburg (CCH). Hofmann (pictured) will report to the new COO at CCH, Heike Mahmoud, acting as her deputy from 1 March – which is when he celebrates his 25-year anniversary at Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH (HMC). “Over the course of these years he has...

Heavent Awards in Cannes attracts record entries

Organisers say they have recorded a record 144 entries from event, experiential and live marketing agencies, corporates and event organisers for the Heavent Awards 2018. The awards ceremony, organised by the We You Group, takes place on 29 March 2018 and they expected 1,000 guests to attend the ceremony in the Palais des Festivals de Cannes. The awards run during the Heavent Meetings MICE trade fa...

SITE appoints new head of events

Following the recent appointments of Didier Scaillet as CEO and Pádraic Gilligan as chief marketing officer, the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) has announced that Tina Gaccetta (pictured) will join the leadership team as head of events effective 1 March. In this new position for the association, Gaccetta will be responsible for both strategy and execution of events hosted by SITE a...

Janet Street Porter confirmed as Confex keynote

Janet Street Porter CBE has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for day two of International Confex. The popular media commentator, journalist and broadcaster will take to the stage for the keynote session of the day, however there will also be an additional visual element to her speech with 3D and holographic experts Musion adding theatre to the stage throughout the two-day show. Street Porter ...

Sochi signatures: National convention bureau inks deals to help Russia’s regions attract major events

Russia’s new National Convention Bureau Association has signed a raft of agreements with individual Russian regional administrations to help drive events and investments to them. The agreements were signed at the Russian Investment Forum held 15-16 February in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. A session ‘Business Events: is there a new tool that could boost the investment attractiveness of Russ...

Helsinki launches app and opens door to smart city tourism

Internet provider Tencent and the city of Helsinki – the fastest transit city, from China to Europe – launched a new WeChat Helsinki mini program, 15 February. The new application, launched as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations in the Finnish capital, offers Helsinki travel information in Chinese to almost one billion WeChat users. In September 2017 the City of Helsinki and Tencent signed a...

Easyfairs makes things easier with rebrand

Multinational event organiser and venue manager Easyfairs has simplified the group’s activities under one umbrella brand ‘Easyfairs’. Previously the group was known as ‘Artexis Easyfairs’, with the venue side of the business (in Belgium and Sweden) branded Artexis and events in all countries branded Easyfairs. The group has also published an Activity Report, with key milestones h...

#Feel France

Aimed to ignite UK interest in France via a campaign that invokes the five senses, the France Tourism Development Agency (Atout France) has launched the second phase of its £2m (US$2.8m) budget pan-European campaign titled ‘#Feel’. Laying out four seasonal stages planned for the year, and broadcast in various ways and via multiple digital platforms, ‘#Feel’s’ 2018 digital activity commenced on 29 ...

Road from Austin leads to PCMA education powering 2018 European Association Summit

PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) has announced it is to work with visit.brussels to enhance the education programme of the sixth European Association Summit (EAS), taking place in Brussels, 8-9 March 2018. PCMA will provide speaker and moderator support, while visit.brussels will lead the strategy, communications, structure and format of the event. A key session to be delivere...

IMEX & EIC drive support for innovation in sustainability

In joining the Event Industry Council (EIC) to promote the IMEX – EIC Innovation in Sustainability Award, the IMEX Group continues its work to drive sustainability within the global meetings industry.   Created to recognise industry teams who are driving forward sustainability, the new award looks at innovation that is strengthening the meetings industry by leveraging sustainable practices a...

Convene 2018

The sixth edition of Convene – the MICE industry trade show for the Baltic region – took place at Litexpo, Vilnius, 14-15 February. As Convene 2018 draws to a close, CMW brings you some behind-the-scenes snapshots from Convene and the social evening in Town Hall. Read more about the event, here.