Calgary wins bid to host 2023 World Petroleum Congress

The World Petroleum Council of Canada and Meetings and Conventions Calgary (MCC) have announced that Calgary will be the host city for the 24th World Petroleum Congress in 2023. Calgary was selected as the host city for 2023 by members of the World Petroleum Council (WPC). The vote came after months of lobbying member countries: Calgary was competing against Baku, Azerbaijan; Astana, Kazakhstan; D...

MEA Mentor Programme receives record response and national backing

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has received confirmed backing from Tourism Australia for its 2019 MEA Mentor Programme.  The programme has also announced a record number of participants.

BPA Worldwide delivers audit verdict for CES in Vegas

Global auditors BPA Worldwide has announced the results of its CES 2019 event audit and confirms 175,212 unique visitors and exhibiting staff were in attendance during the four-day event, January 8-11, 2019, in Las Vegas.

Hotels brands in strong GET Global line-up for Sydney

World-class hotels from across the globe are lining up to for the Get Global tradefair this year, with over a third (35%) of all registered exhibitors coming from a hotel brand. Nine are exhibiting for the first time.

CWT celebrates rating its Responsible Business Report and CSR work

Travel management platform CWT has published its June 2019 Annual Responsible Business Report. The company has also reached its third consecutive annual EcoVadis Gold rating and the UN Global Compact Advanced Level rating for its annual Responsible Business Report. A self congratulatory corporate press release trumpeted a successful year for CWT’s CSR policies. “I continue to be amazed at the way ...

ICCA to take the high ground as Tyrol announced as host for AMP 2020

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) announced, during the Closing Ceremony, 20 June, of the fourth edition of the ICCA Association Meetings Programme in Durban, South Africa, that its next, 2020 edition would be held in the Tyrol region of Austria. Host cities Innsbruck and Alpbach will share the event. AMP is designed to bring ICCA Members and Association Executives toget...

Prague Congress Centre in profit and building new 5,000sqm space

Prague Congress Centre (PCC) achieved a profit of CZK33m (US$1.46m) in 2018, on a total company turnover of CZK486m. It was also a year of modernisation at the centre, with new technical equipment and 86 hotel rooms refurbished of the 254-room Holiday Inn Prague Congress Centre. With an increase in the average hotel occupancy to 73.9%, the hotel increased its 2018 sales to a total of CZK155m. A ne...

Melia Hotels AGM endorses 3-point growth plan and €130 investment in digital

Meliá Hotels International told shareholders at its AGM in Majorca, 18 June, that it had signed 9,500 new rooms and invested more than €130m in the digitalisation process. The CEO’s report also spoke of pride at being recognised as the third most sustainable hotel company in the world. The CEO highlighted the company’s ‘three-pronged growth plan’ which placed an emphasis on the digital, cultural a...

‘Significant mismatch’ in how governments measure business events and their true value

There is a “significant mismatch” in how governments measure the value of business events sector and the true value delivered, claims a new report from JMIC, the Joint Meetings Industry Council. The organisation’s multi-year study of the legacy benefits of business events in a number of parts of the world has concluded with a report and a series of recommendations for how events can better documen...

2019 JAPAN Best Incentive Travel Awards open for entries

Japan’s national tourism organisation, JNTO, has opened submissions for its JAPAN Best Incentive Travel Awards 2019. Entries can be accepted until 2 August 2019. The awards ceremony will be held 23 October, at the Osaka City Central Public Hall. The JAPAN Best Incentive Travel Awards aim to recognise outstanding achievers among global meeting and incentives planners for their delivery of unique pr...

In pictures: CMW in South Korea

CMW was recently invited by the Korea Tourism Organisation for a week-long familiarisation trip around South Korea.

IBTM launches new tradeshow for Asia Pacific

​​​​​​​IBTM, part of Reed Travel Exhibitions, has announced the launch of a new business event, IBTM Asia Pacific.