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Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral attended by hundreds of world leading figures and watched by hundreds of millions more

Hundreds of global leaders gathered in London, 19 September, to mark the life and work of Queen Elizabeth II, as Britain honoured its late monarch with a state funeral watched by hundreds of millions around the world. Tens of thousands of members of the British public also gathered in London along the route of the funeral cortege to pay their last respects to the late Queen who died last week at t...

Darwin welcomes back international business events

The Darwin Convention Centre in Australia is set to welcome back international business events to its venue this month with the IFCO2022 International Foster Care Conference scheduled for 23-25 September. Over 600 delegates are expected to attend with 84% of registered attendees travelling to Darwin from overseas and interstate. Jo Derrick, vice-president for IFCO said “We are delighted to be back...

Sydney to host Vacuum Congress for the first time

Sydney has won a global bid to host the 23rd International Vacuum Congress (IVC-23) in 2025. The announcement was made to delegates gathered in Sapporo, Japan, for the IVC-22. The Congress is expected to attract approximately 1,300 global delegates to Sydney over its five days, generating an estimated AUD $7.5m (USD $5m) expenditure on the local economy. Taking place every three years since 1958, ...

Destinations International announces 10 European pathfinders

Destinations International, a resource for official destination organisations and convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs), has announced the 10 inaugural pathfinders for the Pathfinders Programme. The Pathfinders Programme, announced at 2022’s IMEX Frankfurt, is designed to help shape the future of engagement across Europe. The pathfinders will work with Destinations International to identify areas...

Queen’s Lying-in-State supported by London’s cultural venues

Cultural venues along London’s South Bank are to play a key role in helping to accommodate the huge number of people expected to join the queue ahead of paying their respects to Her Majesty The Queen in Westminster Hall. The Government of the United Kingdom has prepared a five-mile route for the expected queue running from the Palace of Westminster, across Lambeth Bridge and along the South Bank, ...

Australia shares event line-up following promising research results

Business Events Australia has released the 2022 Business Events Consumer Demand Project (CDP). The project’s research indicates a strong outlook for Australia’s business events industry. The research covered the factors influencing decision makers when choosing a destination for events. According to Business Events Australia, the research shows that decision-makers feel increasingly confident abou...

VOK DAMS creates launch event for agricultural machinery giant Fendt

Fendt, the high-tech brand in the AGCO Group, appointed event management agency VOK DAMS for the recent launch event for their new tractor series – the #NextGen700. The result was a digital B2C experience in five languages and a hybrid press event in eight languages, with the aim of bringing the new Fendt series closer to its international target group in an informative, personal and entertaining ...

BPA Worldwide acquires digital events data standards group, VSef

BPA Worldwide, a global assurance provider of media, technology, events and sustainability standards compliance has announced the acquisition of VSef, an agreed data format for event platforms and organisers. VSef was launched in early 2021 as a response to the rising uptake of digital event platforms and the increase in virtual event experiences. Its goal of creating a global standardised data fo...

Qatar to kick off as host for inVOYAGE ahead of FIFA World Cup

Qatar is set to stage the leading travel event inVOYAGE, 2-5 October, ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The new Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha will host the event, which comes to Qatar for the first time. Up to 200 leading industry professionals from more than 24 countries are expected to attend the luxury incentives and events showcase. The hotel has worked in partnership with Qatar Tourism, Discove...

Visitor registration opens for IBTM World

Visitor registration is now open for IBTM World 2022, which will take place at Fira, Barcelona, 29 November – 1 December. The show will focus on culture creation as its theme and organisers report a number of destinations have already applied for IBTM World’s Culture Roadshows initiative, designed to explore how destinations use their unique cultures to create potential for events. Among the desti...

Pope’s visit to Kazakhstan puts country back on the congress map

The capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan, is hosting the VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religion, 14-15 September, 2022. It is the first major international event that Kazakhstan has held since the beginning of the Covid pandemic. A hundred delegations from 50 countries are expected to take part in the Congress, including Pope Francis. Professor Azza Karam, secretary...

New education programme launches for IMEX America

IMEX Group has introduced a new education programme for IMEX America themed ‘Pathways to Clarity’. It will feature four tracks, which have been reduced from 10. “In creating our education program for IMEX America this year, we’ve aimed for radical simplicity,” Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Group. “We know that meeting and event industry professionals are overrun, overwhelmed and seeking clarity. This ...