News

Varna to host inaugural Black Sea & Balkans Conference World Summit

Bulgaria’s resort city of Varna is to host the inaugural edition of the Black Sea & Balkans (BSB) Conference World Summit, 20-21 February 2020. The Summit will be focused on the countries of the Black Sea and Balkans region and will aim to share knowledge, experience, good practices and, mostly, to be a platform to discover the region and connect international players with it. Joint organisers...

Video: CMW speaks to Russia’s National Convention Bureau Director

Alexey Kalachev, Director of Russia’s National Convention Bureau, speaks to CMW editor Paul Colston at IBTM in Barcelona about e-visas, ‘info passports’, Kamchatka, Sochi and much more.

EMEC 2019 wins Best Conference Award

MPI's European Meetings and Events Conference (EMEC) 2019 has been awarded the Best Conference Award by Best Events Award (BEA) World.

PLUS SEOUL brings international events to S Korea

PLUS SEOUL, a campaign by the Seoul Convention Bureau in South Korea, has helped to bring 17,200 participants to the city in the first half of 2020.

New MD appointed at BestCities

BestCities global marketing alliance has announced Lesley Williams as its new Managing Director. The appointment is effective 1 January, 2020. Williams has been serving as Market Development Director for the past two years. The move follows the recent decision by the consortium to extend the management contract to GainingEdge. Williams takes over from Paul Vallee, who will continue as executive co...

‘Pollution pods’ raise climate awareness at COP25

IFEMA, a fair organisation in Madrid, has announced the installation and exhibition of Michael Pinsky’s ‘pollution pods’ in the central building of Feria de Madrid. The exhibition will run until the end of the World Climate Summit COP25. Visitors to the COP25 will be able to experience the air in the regions being simulated by the ‘pollution pods’, to increase their climate awareness. The po...

Palacongressi di Rimini recognised at Live Communication Week in Milan

Italian Exhibition Group’s Palacongressi di Rimini conference centre has won the Best Location Award for a European venue at this year’s Live Communication Week in Milan. Alongside facilities and a highly professional team, an impressive calendar of international events lined up for 2020 and the venue’s commitment to sustainability (including its Food4good scheme) were key factors in winning...

New law planned to compel UK venues to reassess terror threat as part of H&S strategy

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that sports stadiums and music venues in the country will be compelled to assess the threat of terrorist attacks as part of their health and safety strategy. The planned new law would involve potential fines for those venues that do not comply. The family of Martyn Hett, 29, who was killed in the Manchester Arena terror attack in 2017, had campaigned f...

Brisbane rolls out its BrandStory in South-East Asia

Brisbane Marketing and Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has signed Singapore-based strategic marketing and travel representation consultancy BrandStory to represent the city in Southeast Asia. It is the first time the city has coordinated resources in a marketing consortium to target key international markets. Brisbane Marketing CEO, Brett Fraser said it was a momentous day for Brisbane’s touris...

Inaugural ICCA Asia Pacific Summit kicks off in Penang

ICCA is holding its inaugural Asia Pacific Summit at the Setia SPICE Convention Centre, Penang, 5-6 December. The event is running concurrently with its homegrown conference – BE@Penang. The dual events are organised by Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB), Anderes Fourdy Events and the ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter. The conferences feature 40 speakers comprising of industry leaders from 2...

It’s Showtime! as Melbourne unveils its re-imagined State Library for events

Melbourne’s State Library has officially opened to the public after a A$88.1m (US$60.2m) Vision 2020 redevelopment. A grand reception was attended by many of Victoria State’s philanthropic and political powers in attendance including the State Premier Daniel Andrews. The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall hosted the gala opening, and is a grand room built in 1856. Closed to the public for 16 years, it is now...

GainingEdge awarded three-year BestCities management contract

Meeting destination network BestCities Global Alliance has extended its management contract with meetings industry consultancy GainingEdge following a competitive bidding process. GainingEdge has been managing the alliance since 2009, and has won a new three-year contract to continue its work. BestCities aims to help international associations and destinations build legacies and expand its global ...