Europe

drp white paper ‘Perception vs Reality’ debated in UK Parliament

Creative communications agency drp has released a new white paper, which was debated in the United Kingdom’s Parliament. The white paper is titled ‘Perceptions vs Reality’, and focuses on the gap between perception and reality in communications, technology and engagement within modern organisations. The paper was discussed during the All Party Parliament Group (APPG) for the events industry,...

British Airways launch partnership with ExCel London

British Airways and ExCeL London have launched a year-long collaboration that will grant BA exclusive airline partner status. The partnership will give British Airways the opportunity to use advertising space in and around ExCeL, as well as an opportunity to offer deals and discounts to visitors, exhibitors and delegates attending exhibitions and conferences, from the both the UK and overseas. The...

UK’s International Confex launches Smart Venue Summit

UK-based event industry exhibition International Confex has announced the launch of the Smart Venue Summit, a networking and knowledge-sharing event set to take place on the eve of the show on 25 February 2018, 2pm-7pm. The new event will look at the changing venue landscape as new technology and innovations increasingly become a vital part of their infrastructure and offering to organisers, exhib...

Julia Phillips takes the reins at Crescendo

UK event agency Crescendo has promoted board member Julia Phillips from her position of Operational Director to Managing Director. With a client list that includes Farrow & Ball, White Stuff and Burger King, Crescendo also encompasses Fruitful, a dedicated team events business that Phillips founded before joining forces with Crescendo four years ago. “Having been on the board since I joined an...

PCMA gets disruptive with Knowledge Exchanges

Global industry association PCMA is placing disruptive technologies at the heart of its two upcoming European Knowledge Exchange events in November. The events in London and Barcelona will feature industry leaders discussing how the business events industry can leverage disruptive technologies and create event experiences that drive economic and social progress. The ‘Brand Purpose & Experience...

Exclusive US MegaFam trip announces final location

The USA’s destination marketing organization, Brand USA, has announced the final location for its upcoming UK & Ireland MegaFam trip. The MegaFam trip is a multi-destination familiarisation tour for travel agents from the UK and Ireland, and will take place from 9-17 May 2019. It’s final location will be Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona. The tour is intended to showcase the diversity of American cu...

Is growing business turning Iceland into MICE-land?

Iceland welcomed 120,000 internaional MICE travellers in 2017, according to new figures released by Meet in Reykjavik. The figures highlight the growing importance of MICE to the Icelandic economy. The number of visitors has been growing at an average of 14.4% every year since the opening of Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in 2011. Reykjavik and Iceland attracted 283 international meeting...

Record attendance as 85th UFI Congress kicks off in St Petersburg

Over 450 global event professional representing UFI members in more than 54 countries have gather in St Petersburg, Russia, for the association’s global congress, taking place from 31 October to 3 November. The event kicked off with the 2018 UFI General Assembly, chaired by 2018 president Corrado Peraboni of Fiera Milano. Peraboni commented: ““It has been a busy year serving the growing global com...

IACC Europe Knowledge Festival reports record first-time attendees

The IACC Europe Knowledge Festival, which took place in Lisbon from 5-7 October, recorded its highest ever number of first-time attendees, at over 40%. Over 130 delegates attended, from IACC-certified conference and meeting venues throughout Europe, Australia and the Americas. The strongest contingent was from Sweden, closely followed by the UK. First time attendees included Lane End Conference Ce...

New GM appointed at Istanbul CVB

Cemil Hakan Kilic (Ph.D.) has been appointed as the new General Manager of Istanbul CVB. He graduated in Business Administration after completing under and postgraduate degrees in the USA followed by a Ph.D. from Istanbul University. A published author, Dr Kilic has attended a number of educational programmes in countries including Japan, the USA and Spain, as well as having worked in various sect...

PrestaShop Day provides a snapshot of the e-commerce industry in Warsaw

Warsaw venue Bracka25 welcomed 350 visitors to the first edition of PrestaShop Day in Poland, 11 October. PrestaShop Day is a dedicated event for e-commerce, with existing editions in Madrid, Paris and Milan. This event has become one of the major meeting points for industry experts and online merchants. Organisers say their goal is for the event to take a snapshot of the market, identify the majo...

Senior moment at The Business of Events forum in London

The UK’s Business of Events Senior Leadership Forum celebrated a wealth of shared knowledge with attendees having a combined 3,788 years, nine months and five days experience in the events industry. The event, held 24-25 October at the QEII Centre in London, welcomed more than 100 senior leaders from the UK events industry, government officials and Members of Parliament. There were sessions ...