Europe

Handan Boyce appointed to manage Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre

The Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center (ICEC) has announced the appointment of Handan Boyce as its new general manager. She has replaced Güniz Atis Azrak, the former GM. Boyce is an experienced industry operator who has been the GM of the Halic Congress Center in Istanbul since 2011 and has held key positions in international industry associations ICCA and AIPC. Istanbul’s international con...

Pittet ‘Ega’ to start in new directorial role at Italian organiser

Italian PCO Ega has announced the appointment of Alain Pittet as executive director, to advise the agency in its next level of international development. From the new branch in Switzerland, Pittet will lead a working group dedicated to the development of the international association congress business, including association consultancy to help scientific communities to develop and grow. Claudia Ma...

In pictures: Confex Future Focus

Launched in July 2018 at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, UK, Confex Future Focus (CFF) – the International Confex spinoff – attracted event professionals from across the business events sector. Taking place over two days (4-5 July), the new exhibition celebrated the future of the events industry. Mash Media event director Simon Farnfield commented: “We launched this event off the...

SEC plans to expand in $196m project amid record growth

The Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow, has applied for planning permission to build a new conference facility and extend its exhibition space as part of an expansion plan, which the BBCreports is worth up to £150m ($US196m). The news comes after the venue posted a record year; turnover increased by 1% to £29.1m (US$38m), EBITDA increased by 11% to £3.8m (US$5m) and operating profit increased by...

ITE Group completes Ascential acquisition

ITE Group has announced this morning the completion of its acquisition of Ascential Events, which was first announced on 15 May. A statement released to press said: “ITE Group is pleased to announce the completion of the acquisition of Ascential Events Limited from Ascential plc based on an enterprise value of £300m (calculated on a cash-free, debt-free basis and subject to normalised working capi...

Las Vegas’ visitation increases, reveals LVCVA

Las Vegas welcomed more than 3.6m visitors in May 2018, a slight increase over the same time last year, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Research Center. This traffic brings the year-to-date total for overall visitation to more than 17m. Learn more about Las Vegas visitation statistics for May 2018 by watching the below video, entitled “LVCVA Impact: May 2018 By t...