Europe

ICC Wales praised by economy secretary ahead of completion

The ICC Wales has moved one step closer to completion, with the last struts of steel set to be slotted into place this week. The venue will accommodate 5,000 delegates within a 26,000sqm area when complete, making it the largest centre of its kind in Wales and South West England. It will open next summer, with the UK Space Agency Conference taking place there from 9-11 July. The £84million develop...

The Hague to be MPI’s 2019 European testing ground

‘We are not here to play the game. We are here to change it’ is the strapline for the next edition of Meeting Professionals International’s (MPI) European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC19). The conference, to be held in The Hague, 9-12 February, promises a revolutionary design, with a four-day programme focussed on how meeting and event professionals can change the way they meet, experienc...

Prague gears up to host UIA Associations Round Table in 2020

The Prague Convention Bureau has announced that the Czech capital will host the Union of International Associations’ (UIA) Round Table, 12-13 November, 2020. The venue will be the Vienna House Diplomat Prague. Prague’s bid was won in competition with four other offers. The UIA Round Tables are organised annually by the Union of International Associations, the research institute and documentation c...

UK’s The O2 appoints new Vice President & general manager

The United Kingdom’s The O2 has announced the appointment of Steve Sayer (pictured left) as vice president and general manager, and Danielle Kennedy-Clark (pictured mid) as deputy general manager. Currently in the roles of commercial director and operations director (respectively), their promotions follow the recent appointment of John Langford (formerly VP & GM, The O2) to chief operati...

Centaur to dispose of The Meetings Show

Centaur Media plc has said it is seeking a buyer for The Meetings Show in the UK, as the company looks to “explore divestment possibilities”. Centaur has appointed Livingstone Partners and Cavendish Corporate Finance as advisers to assist with a wider divestment programme of many of its ‘live’ assets, which it has said will accelerate simplification of its business structure to improve...

Scotland’s SEC submits planning application for £150-200m ‘global event campus’

The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) has applied for planning permission in principle (PPIP) for a major expansion of its facilities, with a vision to create a unique global event campus. The £150-£200m project focuses on developing the west end of the campus and includes a dedicated entrance, additional highly flexible meeting, exhibition and networking spaces, and panoramic views of the city and Rive...

Lausanne plugs into Energy Cities Alliance

Marketing consortium of convention bureaus and convention centres, The Energy Cities Alliance (ECA), has announced a new member, as Lausanne, Switzerland joins the partnership. The Alliance, now in its 11th year, is comprised of Abu Dhabi, (United Arab Emirates), Aberdeen (Scotland), Calgary (Canada) and Stavanger (Norway) – all cities that possess strong energy sectors that foster sustainab...

Vietnam and Morocco surge in popularity for MICE bookings

Vietnam and Morocco are fast becoming the new ‘in’ destinations for MICE group charter bookings according to Air Partner, the global aviation specialist. Worldwide bookings through Air Partner for large scale meetings, conferences, incentive travel and exhibitions in Vietnam and Morocco have soared by 70% during the past year alone, marking a massive increase in interest in the two countries. Air ...

AccorHotels to host 2019 Global Meeting Exchange in Switzerland

AccorHotels UK & Ireland has announced it will host the eighth annual Global Meeting Exchange (GME) in Switzerland, 26-30 March 2019. With 160 anticipated client attendees, including 50 participating hotels, AccorHotels expects 2019 to be GME’s biggest year yet. The global MICE event is AccorHotels’ proprietary forum for global account buyers and hoteliers in the meetings and events business. ...