Europe

Creative and tech events flourishing in Edinburgh

The city of Edinburgh is celebrating a number of creative and technological wins following recent events which have concluded in the capital. The Edinburgh International Culture Summit and FinTech Fortnight have welcomed key influencers to collaborate across the city. They form part of the Make it Edinburgh marketing campaign, which is seeking to attract more creative and technology-led events to ...

Strategic Alliance of the National Convention Bureaux of Europe meets in Reykjavík

Last week, the eleventh meeting of the Strategic Alliance of the National Convention Bureaux of Europe was held at the Hilton Reykjavík Nordica Hotel. The Alliance aims to boost partnership between convention bureaus within Europe to maintain and strengthen its long-term standing as the number one meeting destination in the world. The meeting was kicked off with a visit to the presidential residen...

The Convention Centre Dublin confirms its first conference for 2026

The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) has been chosen to host the International Conference on Coordination Chemistry (ICCC) in 2026. Organisers successfully bid against Moscow and Brisbane to bring the biennial conference to Dublin. It is expected to attract up to 1,500 delegates to the city. The conference is one of the longest standing and most prestigious on the international chemistry circuit...

Prague Congress Centre holds Czech’s largest ever anti-terrorist exercise

The Prague Congress Centre (PCC) in the Czech Republic hosted the country’s largest ever anti-terrorism exercise on 10 and 11 September. It was coordinated alongside the Rapid Deployment Unit of the Czech Republic and the mayor of Prague Mgr. Adriana Krnacova. It served as an important test following the recent modernization of the building, which included new security systems. The drill saw 70 ar...

London ranked #1 for EMEA events in new Carlson Wagonlit survey

CWT Meetings & Events, a division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, has unveiled its predictions for the top ten cities in Europe, Middle East & Africa for 2019 events. The ranking is based on proprietary and industry data in CWT’s 2019 Meetings & Events Future Trends report, to be published later this week. It features each city’s 2018/17 positions in brackets: London, UK (1/1) Moscow, Russ...

Medical mega-congress set to arrive at HUNGEXPO in Budapest

The ERA-EDTA (European Renal Association – European Dialysis and Transplant Association) congress is coming to Budapest from 13-16 June 2019. During the four-day congress, 9,000-10,000 delegates are expected to visit. The prestigious association of nephrology (science of the kidneys) rotates its European congress every year and HUNGEXPO won the bid with the support of the Hungarian Society of Neph...

Underwater Wi-Fi and sustainable seaweed farms: The Hague Awards 2018

The city of The Hague in the Netherlands showcased its strong commitment to sustainability with The Hague Awards, which took place in early September. This year’s edition had a strong societal and environmental focus, with its theme of ‘seaside celebrations’. The show shed a light on local initiatives that inspire with innovative ideas on how to move towards a more sustainable future. The event to...

Vienna Convention Bureau appoints new director

The Vienna Convention Bureau (VCB has announced the appointment of Christian Woronka (pictured) to the role of director, succeeding Christian Mutschlechner. Mutslechner served for 34 years in the role, but is retiring in February. Woronka previously held the role of director with Cologne Convention Bureau, and was selected as the most suitable candidate from an international recruitment process. F...

Polishing Amsterdam’s pearl

Paul Colston meets the COO of RAI Amsterdam, Maurits Van de Sluis, who explains the venue’s new strategy, two years in the making. [hr gap=”30″] I met Maurits van der Sluis at RAI Amsterdam’s South Beach, just as the venue was hosting the AIDS2018 world congress. It was an event that showed off the full power of Holland’s flagship convention venue. However, as the chief operating offic...

IACC’s Europe Knowledge Festival programme revealed

The IACC has revealed details of the education programme set to take place during its Europe Knowledge Festival conference, taking place from 5-7 October at Dolce CampoReal, Lisbon. This year’s programme will be headlined by keynote David Hyner, an award-winning researcher, trainer, broadcaster, author and director of Stretch Development – a research training business. Drawing on his expertise and...

Why Russia is a serious events contender

The Russian Convention Bureau (RCB) represented Russia at the recent IBTM China event in Beijing, the largest international event industry exhibition that caters to the Asian market. This was Russia’s first experience of introducing the country’s event capabilities at a major industry venue in Pacific Asia. The goal was to promote the country as a promising destination for major international conv...

Tel Aviv to host Eurovision 2019

The Eurovision Song Contest has announced that its 2019 edition will be held in Tel Aviv’s Aviv-Yafo municipality. The European Broadcasting Union and Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation selected Tel Aviv as the most suitable host city for the contest. It is Israel’s financial and cultural centre, an international hub of art, creativity, commerce, trade, media and academia. The decision was ma...