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Amex M&E expands tech partnership

American Express Meetings & Events, a division of American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), has announced it has expanded its attendee engagement portfolio via new partnerships with leading mobile event tool, Attendify, and the world’s first event marketing automation platform, Splash. With these new partners, American Express Meetings & Events clients now have a more robust suite of ...

Edinburgh’s academic leaders condemn proposed Convention Bureau budget cuts by City Council

More than 75 of Edinburgh’s most respected academics and researchers have united in their condemnation of the proposed 2019/20 budget cuts to Marketing Edinburgh, as drafted by the City of Edinburgh Council last month. It follows a call by UKinbound CEO Joss Croft to rethink the plans. Speaking in support of Convention Edinburgh, the business tourism arm of Marketing Edinburgh, leaders from across...

London and Paris partner for combined incentive experience

The official convention bureaux for London and Paris have announced a new partnership which they claim will see the two cities working together for the first time to deliver a “unique two-in-one incentive trip”. The agreement is aimed at inspiring North American incentive buyers to book a 2-in-1 trip for their clients. The itineraries have been curated to showcase how easy it is to enjoy both citi...

MCEC ready to take AIME

Australasia’s largest gathering of buyers and exhibitors in the meetings and events industry returns to Melbourne, 18-20 February for AIME. Host venue again is Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). AIME takes a new direction for 2019, with Talk2 Media & Events delivering the event for the first time since the exit of Reed as organiser. MCEC Chief Executive, Peter King says this wi...

Business Events Sarawak Association Centre reaches out to China

Business Events Sarawak Association Centre (BESAC), an initiative by Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB), has signed a MoU with the Federation of Chinese Physicians & Acupuncturists of Malaysia (FCPAAM). The deal will see FCPAAM set up the first regional office as part of a united effort to reach out to spinal health practitioners in the Asia Pacific region and grow the Malaysian sector. Amelia Ro...

Austrian PCO Tyrol Congress becomes IAPCO member

Austrian PCO Tyrol Congress has been accredited as a member of the International Association of Professional Conference Organisers (IAPCO). It becomes only the fifth Austrian PCO to be accredited by IAPCO. Mathias Posch, IAPCO president, commented: “The PCO Tyrol Congress team have done an excellent job for many years, and it was therefore only a matter of time before it qualified to become accred...

AIME to serve up Asia Pacific Street Food Festival

Australia’s industry tradeshow AIME, will offer up an Asia Pacific Street Food Festival backdrop (along with the Yarra River) for its main networking evening, 19 February, for hosted buyers, local attendees and suppliers. The networking night will be held along South Wharf Promenade and AIME attendees will be able to walk off the show floor and into a private networking event. The event, it is hop...

Brisbane stands tall in bid for global posture congress

Brisbane in Australia will roll out the welcome mat for the world’s leading posture and gait experts, following its successful bid to host the International Society of Posture & Gait Research’s (ISPGR) World Congress, 20-24 June 2021. Brisbane Marketing collaborated with Tourism and Events Queensland and the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre to secure the congress. Lord Mayor Graham ...

AEG to merge with SMG to create new global venue behemoth

AEG has announced a merger of its venue management subsidiary AEG Facilities with SMG. The move creates a new standalone global facility management company – ASM Global. SMG is an Onex portfolio company and Onex and AEG’s subsidiary will each own 50% of the new entity, following the completion of the transaction. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The new diversified portfolio include...

ADNEC’s Hive brings a fresh buzz for events

The Hive grew out of an idea for an Innovation Lab concept for ADNEC’s own staff meetings and now offers 865sqm of versatile space, designed as not just a space for hire but one that can enhance the benefits of face-to-face engagement. The Hive consists of an 80-seat auditorium informally named The Collaboratorium, and The Lab that offers 320sqm of configurable space as well as three meeting rooms...

NDC failing to win over travel buyers, according to BTS poll

The new IATA standard New Distribution Capability (NDC) is failing to win over European travel buyers, with increasing numbers now expressing doubts that NDC is a good thing. A poll by the UK’s Business Travel Show (BTS) illustrates a huge surge in the number of buyers who are still apparently uninformed about this major change. It had been hoped that NDC would finally offer personalisation and pr...

Triumph of the EGOS at Estonia’s Conference of the Year Awards

The Estonian Convention Bureau’s (ECB) annual Conference of the Year awards ceremony in Tallinn, 6 February, saw the top prize going to the 34th European Group for Organisational Studies Colloquium (EGOS). Organised by the Estonian Business School (EBS), the July EGOS conference set the record as the largest international scientific gathering ever hosted in Estonia. The three-day event pulled in n...