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Australia’s EEAA launches Career for Life campaign

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has launched (6 June) a campaign to encourage school leavers and early career professionals to choose a career for life in business and consumer events. The campaign, A Career for Life, which includes a video and booklet featuring the career stories of 10 young professionals working in the sector, was launched to an audience of senior indu...

ADNEC joins the Global Exhibitions Day celebrations

Global Exhibitions Day (GED) is marked 6 June as a strategic global event aimed at highlighting the significant contributions made by the MICE sector worldwide. Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) was one of the main supporters of the GED initiative, which began in 2016 and is now supported by 40 exhibition industry associations and coordinated by UFI, the Global Association of the exhi...

Vital statistics from MPI’s World Education Congress 2018 in Indy

International association Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has released the following statistics its main annual event – World Education Congress (WEC), which concluded 5 June in Indianapolis: Approximately 2,200 registered attendees, which is 13.6% fewer than WEC 2017 in Las Vegas, yet 10% more than WEC 2016 in Atlantic City and WEC 2014 in Minneapolis. Planner to supplier ratio wa...

Beating plastic pollution in KL

To mark World Environment Day 2018, which took place on 5 June, close to 60 of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (KLCC) team members spent the morning planting a variety of flora around the venue. In line with this year’s theme, ‘Beating Plastic Pollution’, the planting materials used were made from recycled plastic. The Centre’s Safety, Health and Environment Division is also kicking off an in...

etc.venues goes global

City centre event space host etc.venues is to expand into the United States and beyond in a new partnership with US investor Gencom and Benchmark, a global hospitality company. The partners say their collaboration will spur the global expansion of Benchmark and etc.venues in urban and destination sites in both Europe and the US. Alastair Stewart, managing director of etc.venues, says: “In just 10 ...

Tuscany announces new brand logo

Toscana Promozione Turistica and Destination Florence CVB have launched the new brand Tuscany MICE. Alberto Peruzzini, the director of Toscana Promozione Turistica said: “MICE tourism has a value of over €993m (US$1.16bn) and it represents the most developed market for business tourism. We are working to create a business unit dedicated to MICE tourism in Tuscany,” added Peruzzini. “Tuscany has 28...

Anna Valley wins £4m digitisation contract for NEC Birmingham

UK AV company, Anna Valley, have been appointed to complete a £4m digitisation programme for the Birmingham-based National Exhibition Centre (NEC), 31 May 2018. The new displays are expected to transform the look and feel of the venue and wider campus. Site surveys were completed last year with the first step in the 18-month transformation beginning in January 2018. Anna Valley is implementing dig...

American Express GBT to appoint Hogg Robinson CEO to board upon acquisition completion

Global travel management company American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has announced that David Radcliffe, CEO of Hogg Robinson Group plc (HRG), will join the GBT Board upon the completion of its acquisition of HRG. Radcliffe (pictured) was appointed CEO of HRG in 1997, and led the company’s repositioning as a focused corporate services group. He was appointed to its board in 1989. Greg O’...

Countdown to India’s sixth annual MILT Congress

India’s US$45bn outbound tourism market catches the attention of luxury travel suppliers and buyers set to attend the 6th annual MICE India and Luxury Travel (MILT) Congress later this year. Organised by Dubai-based QnA International, the MILT Congress will take place in Mumbai, India’s commercial capital, 25-26 July, and in national capital Delhi, 31 July-1 August. The MILT congress attracts atte...

Rewards valued over safety by business travellers, CWT research finds

Globally, three in ten business travellers are happy to sacrifice safety for hotel loyalty and rewards incentives, according to research commissioned by Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), the global travel management company. Travellers in the Americas are likeliest to do so (39%), followed by Europeans (34%) and travellers from Asia Pacific (28%). In the UK some 38% of business travellers said they w...

CINZ annual showcase in pictures

New Zealand’s minister of tourism, Hon. Kelvin Davis (pictured above), toured the show floor of Conventions and Incentives New Zealand’s (CINZ) annual showcase, MEETINGS, 31 May. Over 190 exhibitors met with the 500 buyers at 6,000 scheduled meetings during the two-day show, which opened on 30 May. For more information, click here.

Tributes paid to Gonzalo Perez Constanzó

Industry tributes have been paid to former IAPCO president and long-time industry advocate Gonzalo Perez Constanzó, who passed away at the German Hospital in Buenos Aires on 26 May. He had battled with cancer for a few years. A statement by IAPCO said: “We shall remember Gonzalo as a great champion of IAPCO and our mission, a man that has given so much to our association. “Gonzalo was a much respe...