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CWT Secures Cyber Essentials certification

CWT, the B2B4E travel management platform, has secured a UK Cyber Essentials certification. This UK Government-backed scheme is designed to protect organisations and their data against a wide range of cyberattacks. Harshal Mehta, CWT’s Chief Information Security Officer, said: “Compliance with this scheme highlights our strong commitment to cybersecurity. Various laws around the world, like the EU...

Business travel on the rise in the UK despite Brexit

Advantage Travel Partnership, the UK’s largest independent travel agent and travel management company (TMC) consortium, has revealed the findings of its 2018 Hotels Market Report. The report shows that the UK regional capitals are performing strongly, with overall room nights booked growing by 8% across the top 250 UK cities. London continues to be business travellers’ favourite capital for work t...

Olympic Games event organisers gather for Host City Asia conference

The second Host City Asia conference was recently held in Beijing, bringing together the organisers of the Olympic Games from across the region. The event, on 11 April, kicked off with insights from the hosts of the next three Olympic Games: Tokyo, Beijing and Paris. They all convened to share best practice, under a theme of “faster, stronger growth through event hosting”. The number of Chinese ci...

Philadelphia’s convention story tells of new record numbers

Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) has reported the city hosted 18 citywide conventions – the most in a decade – in 2018. The figures were announced as the bureau presented its key findings on the hospitality industry at its Annual Report Business Meeting. The 18 conventions brought 1.3m overnight visitors to Philadelphia. “Philadelphia is now viewed as a top destination for meet...

New Thailand campaign Down Under could bring 4,000 business events travellers

Over 4,000 business event travellers will potentially attend an event in Thailand within the next four years as a result of Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau’s (TCEB) recent roadshow held in Sydney and Melbourne. TCEB made its claim on the back of its new campaign which provides site visit support for meeting and incentive organisers of events with upwards of 80 guests and more flexibility...

RoomIt by CWTÒ appoints new VP of Finance and CFO

RoomIt by CWTÒ, the hotel distribution division of travel platform CWT has appointed James Colquhoun (pictured) VP of Finance and CFO. “James’ leadership and experience will help us in our journey towards being the global leader in hotels for business travellers,” said David Falter, President of RoomIt by CWTÒ. “We are delighted to welcome him to the RoomIt team.” Colquhoun, hails from the UK and ...

Centaur sells HR business to DVV Media International

In the latest of a series of disposals, Centaur Media has announced that it has entered into a conditional agreement to sell Centaur Human Resources, the owner of the Employee Benefits brand and the rest of its HR business, to DVV Media International for a cash consideration of £5m (subject to customary post-completion adjustments). Completion of the disposal is expected to take place on 30 April ...

Rotterdam: the ‘living lab’ producing new conference chemistry

Ramy Salameh reports on how Rotterdam is harnessing its port city zest to reinvent its events proposition.   Rotterdam is home to the world’s first floating farm, with 40 cows, a farmer and robots soon to be collecting manure and feeding cattle; while the city’s innovation district garners and aligns start-ups, incubators and accelerators with institutions and businesses. All of this activity...

Meeting in the French Alps of Megeve

CMW, in collaboration with Atout France (the French CVB), led a contingent of agencies to Megève in the French Alps for a taste of cheese, wine and sledging down a mountain in the dark. Martin Fullard reports.   Familiarisation trips can be quite par for the course, but ones that involve skiing always have an extra edge. Of course, there is no shortage of ski resorts which offer delegates the...

ADNEC delivers US$929m economic impact in 2018

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has announced the value of its direct and indirect impact on the Abu Dhabi economy in 2018 was AED3.41bn (US$929m), taking the total value of its contribution to the local economy since its inception in 2005 to AED32bn. ADNEC’s strong 2018 results followed a 14% growth in the number of events hosted by Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and Al Ain C...

ThinkOttawa launches to champion event bids in the Canadian capital

Three of Ottawa’s pillar economic development organisations – Ottawa Tourism, Shaw Centre, and Invest Ottawa – are working together, under a new programme, to bring more conferences and events to Canada’s capital by supporting local industry leaders in their international conference bids. The programme, ThinkOttawa, will provide complimentary support to local industry, academic, government, and no...

#CSRshareday campaign drives events industry towards a sustainable future

Tuesday 23 April is #CSRshareday, an initiative designed to get companies talking about how they promote corporate social responsibility in their business. The initiative is set up by Positive Impact Events, a global not-for-profit which exists to provide education and collaboration towards a sustainable event industry. 24-hourly conversations from professionals passionate about sustainability wil...