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In pictures: International Confex 2019

International Confex, the Event Production Show and PA Show drew to a close on 27 February, after two days of inspiring panels and industry networking. The three shows were the most successful to date, with a buzzing atmosphere filling a show floor which was bathed in February sunshine through the glass windows of Olympia London. For our full online write-up containing all the highlights, click he...

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship to be held at ExCeL London from 2020

Formula E is set to bring electric racing back to London and the UK in July 2020. From 25-26 July, the event will utilise a unique 2.4km circuit through the Royal Docks, with the starting grid located inside ExCeL. ExCeL will be the new home of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in the UK as part of a multi-year agreement, with the return of unrivalled inner-city racing and entertainment in the he...

cievents gets new Meetings Division leader, wins RSA Insurance business

Strategic meetings and events management agency, cievents, has appointed Martin Rottiné as Business Leader of its UK-based Meetings Division. For the last 15 years Rottiné has held the role of International Team Manager at CCD Global Events where he was responsible for the agency’s outbound MICE and venue sourcing business. He has also spent six years in various event manager and corporate sales p...

Rotterdam Ahoy presents major e-sports viewing party

Major e-sports event IEM Katowice is taking place in Katowice Poland on 3 March. As part of Rotterdam Games Week, venue Rotterdam Ahoy is hosting a pop-up viewing event, which will be showing the match on big screens at the Ahoy Arena. Gamers can ‘meet & beat the pro’ competitor Melania Mylioti, and ask CS:GO expert and shoutcaster Jerre ‘Dynz’ van den Berg about the game and...

IAPCO 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting roads lead to Rome

Rome has been chosen to host IAPCO’s 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting in 2021. The Rome team for the event consists of Ega Worldwide Congress and Events, AIM Group International and OIC Group, who will collaborate to deliver the flagship IAPCO meeting. Cristina Aru of Ega says: “We are delighted that the Council has accepted our invitation to host the IAPCO AM&GA in Rome in 2021 and we will do ...

Hamburg launches online future-focused city tour for planners

Germany’s second largest city Hamburg has developed a new online resource – Hamburg – Gateway to the World of Tomorrow, designed to give meeting professionals an insight into the city’s full potential for innovative and sustainable business events. The Hamburg Convention Bureau produced the new resource, which highlights the city’s future-focused economic clusters, including logistics, marit...

That’s a wrap! All the highlights from Confex, EPS and PA Show 2019

International Confex, the Event Production Show and PA Show have drawn to a close, after two days of inspiring panel discussions and events industry networking. The three co-located events were bathed in glorious February sunshine through the glass windows of London Olympia – a stark contrast to last year’s event when the Beast from the East struck. Day one highlights included former Pop Idol winn...

Confex panel: The future of the industry

The final panel on day two of International Confex took place on the main stage, where a panel of industry experts discussed ‘the future of our industry’. On the panel were El Clowes, Unicorn Events, Bruce Rose, The Live Group, Amber Maher, EIGHT PR & Marketing, and Hollie Light, AAT Events. One of the topics of discussion was millennials, and the challenges of appealing to such a broad demogr...

Confex keynote: Alastair Campbell on Brexit, Trump and mental health

Politician and journalist Alastair Campbell made an appearance on the main stage of Confex 2019, providing a ‘state of the nation’ update on Brexit and other issues. He began by speculating about the reasons Brexit appealed to so many during the referendum, commenting: “I don’t think Brexit was even about the EU. I think it was to do with the financial crash. “The people who were hit hardest by it...

Messe Frankfurt Middle East appoints new Managing Director

As of March, Simon Mellor will be the new Managing Director of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, Messe Frankfurt’s subsidiary in Dubai. He will be taking over from Ahmed Pauwels, who has decided to leave the company for personal reasons.  As Wolfgang Marzin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Messe Frankfurt, explains: “We are delighted to have secured Simon Mellor for our subsidiary in the Middl...

ECR to celebrate 25th anniversary in Vienna

The European Congress of Radiology (ECR) is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary in Vienna. The ECR, which opens 27 February and runs for four days, has grown to become one of the largest medical gatherings in the world. Hosted at the Austria Center Vienna each year, the congress attracts 28,000 participants from more than 130 countries and is very important for Austria from an economic and resea...

New BVEP report into Britain’s events sector – call for contributions

The publishers of a planned new report into the size and value of Britain’s events sector are calling for contributions from industry representatives. The Business Visits and Events Partnership’s “Insights into Britain’s Events Sector” will explain and promote the size and value of Britain’s events industry, its characteristics, trends, opportunities and key issues. The report will be used to prof...