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IMEX Group and C2 International partner on dedicated events

Business conference specialists C2 International has announced a three-year agreement with the IMEX Group – the first time that C2 International will have partnered with another event. The deal aims to align the visions of both organisations through dedicated events at IMEX shows as well as on-going opportunities and content throughout the year. Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX, said the group was “r...

Kofler Group brings London to German buyers

Germany-based location platform fiylo International is expanding hard into the UK market, in a move that will allow more German planners to search and book venues in London. German premium catering company Kofler & Kompanie has been working with fiylo on venue marketing for 10 years. Now the partnership will offer 10 event locations in London immediately with 50 to follow soon on the fiylo ven...

Mars Iberia mixes a day out for local children with its annual meet at PortAventura

Over 400 delegates were recently at PortAventura Convention Centre on Spain’s Costa Dorada for the annual convention held by Mars Iberia. The idea was for the company’s staff to share the successes of the previous period and the objectives of the next one. The three-day convention and incentive included exclusive access to areas of PortAventura World and used 12 of the nearby convention centre mee...

Leeds gets its creative juices flowing with media convention win

The burgeoning creative and digital sector in Leeds, in the North of England, has been further boosted with news that the city has been chosen to host the first-ever Creative Cities Convention. Local bureau ConferenceLeeds helped land the event, which will take place 25-26 April at the Leeds College of Music, and includes sponsorships from the BBC and Channel 4 TV. The conference is set to bring t...

ITE Group posts trading update

ITE Group in London has published a trading update ahead of its interim results for the six months ended 31 March 2018, which will be announced on Tuesday 15 May 2018. Trading update The Group’s performance in this period was in line with management expectations. Revenue for the period will be circa £75m [US$105.3] (six months to 31 March 2017: £70m). The increase is largely due to underlyin...

Etihad Airways trials VR technology in ‘future’ airport lounge

Etihad Airways has started trialing SkyLights Aero Virtual Reality (VR) entertainment technology at its flagship First Class Lounge and Spa and Business Class Premium Lounge, at Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Terminal 3. The month-long trial by the United Arab Emirates’ flag carrier will gather customer feedback to determine the airline’s future lounge entertainment offering at Abu Dhabi’s Midf...

New president at Seoul’s Coex

Mr Dong Won Lee (pictured) has been appointed to lead Seoul’s Coex convention and exhibition centre. After an extensive search, Mr Lee’s appointment as president was approved by Coex’s general stockholders as the convention centre’s 17th president and CEO. Mr Lee comes from a long established career at the global advertisement company HS Ad, formerly LG Ad, including overseeing its New York divisi...

April events at San Diego CC set to generate nearly US$94m for region

Seven citywide conventions lined up at the San Diego Convention Center are expected to generate US$93,900,000 for the region in April. The largest – on the theme of experimental biology – is expected to draw 15,000 attendees on 19 April, while the annual meeting of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery is expecting 5,000 people, 29 April-1 May. The month is set to see hotel and sales tax r...

Korea views PyeongChang Olympics as a springboard for attracting conferences

South Korea is building on its successful hosting of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics by organising a series of roadshows across America and Europe to promote the country’s appeal as an international MICE destination. The Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO) MICE bureau has organised the roadshows, which began in Vienna (20 March) and Brussels (22 March), moving to New York (3 April), Washington, ...

New survey showcases Brisbane’s growing BE reputation

On the heels of a fresh analysis on Australia’s AUD12$m (US$9.2m) government bid fund ‘game-changer’, Tourism Australia releases their National Visitor Survey and reveals Brisbane’s growing reputation as a tourism destination. Lord mayor Graham Quirk said the survey results found the number of Australian holidaymakers visiting Brisbane climbed 7.5% to AUD$1.74m in 2017. Brisbane saw a rise o...

SITE calls for speakers for Global Conference 2019

The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) is accepting speaker applications for its Global Conference 2019, which takes place 11-13 January in Bangkok, Thailand. Organisers of the association’s signature event hope to gather 500 incentive travel professionals for a conference of learning, networking and celebration. SITE is encouraging interested parties to share their stories, best pract...

Las Vegas launches first permanent esports venue 

Las Vegas steps up on the global gaming stage with the launch of the first permanent electronic sports venue, Esports Arena, opening on The Strip at Luxor Hotel and Casino. The 2,787sqm multilevel arena gives local and international visitors access to over 100 gaming stations housing PCs and consoles. “We opened Esports Arena Las Vegas to be the championship destination for our global network of p...