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Melbourne gets the Edge with Diversification in Business

Melbourne Convention Bureau’s next Melbourne Edge event series is set to inspire and challenge industry professionals as it explores the theme ‘Diversification in Business to Stay Ahead of the Game’. Taking place on 3 September at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), the knowledge forum will feature keynotes from two global leaders who have led significant change within their industr...

Malaysia’s MITEC offers virtual reality tours

The Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC) has unveiled a new, immersive VR experience, making them the first trade and exhibition centre in Malaysia to embrace the technology. A VR based app will bring 360-degree experiences to life, showcasing MITEC’s venues and halls. It will be presented using Oculus Go, a mobile VR platform which is compatible with both Android and iOS. ...

SHINee happy people – Korea’s new wave

Paul Colston attends the Korean MICE Expo (KME) 2018, and finds a new ‘Hallyu’ wave of enthusiasm for hosting international conferences. He also discovers a wealth of attractions for organisers keen to sample the ancient and modern delights of this Asian meetings powerhouse destination. [hr gap=”30″] The PyeongChang Winter Olympics is the most recent global event to offer a springboard...

In pictures: Global DMC Partners’ annual awards

Global DMC Partners, the largest global network of destination management companies, has revealed the winners for its 2018 annual awards. Awards included the 2018 Rising Star, 2018 Global Planner of the Year, 2018 International Partner of the Year, and 2018 U.S. Partner of the Year. The awards were distributed at their annual Connection in Warsaw, Poland on Saturday, August 18th. Client award winn...

C2 Melbourne cancelled as creator suddenly steps down

The C2 business event model slated to come to Melbourne in October has been pulled following the sudden departure from C2 on 16 August of the event creator and C2’s CEO Asia-Pacific Martin Enault. It has been reported he has cited health reasons for his decision. Enault had relocated from Canada to set up C2 Melbourne. A terse announcement on the C2 Melbourne website simply states: ‘Sorry to break...

Extended partnership promotes New Zealand’s business events

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) and Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) have recommitted to their ongoing partnership to enhance the marketing of New Zealand as a business events destination. The two organisations have re-signed their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which confirms cooperative activity in securing business events to the country. Chief Executive of CINZ Sue Sullivan commented...

Lights, camera, action as PRG and VER merge in Europe & The Middle East

Event suppliers Production Resource Group (PRG) and VER are to merge into one entity in Europe and the Middle East. The companies will be commonly controlled by The Jordan Company, GSO Capital Partners and PRG Management. Jere Harris will serve as chairman and CEO of PRG and VER, and Stephan Paridaen will be president and COO. Both companies will offer the ability to share equipment, knowledge and...

RBH are donating to charity for guests returning stolen items

Independent hotel management company RBH is giving past guests the chance to come clean and return items they’ve ‘borrowed’ from hotel rooms over the years. The ‘souvenir amnesty’ will take place throughout the summer, with light-fingered patrons being encouraged to hand in their ill-gotten gains for the benefit of Make-a-Wish UK and NSPCC. For every souvenir returned to participating hotels, RBH,...

World’s best hotels revealed at Virtuoso Travel Week

Global luxury travel network Virtuoso has revealed the winners of the 2018 Best of the Best awards, recognising the world’s most exceptional properties and hoteliers. The 30th annual Virtuoso Travel Week took place on 15 August at the Hotel & Resorts Dinner. It honoured the year’s top 10 hotels and hoteliers before an audience of 1,700 leading figures in luxury travel. While the event recognis...

In pictures: Adelaide’s largest ever incentive group visit

The Adelaide Convention Bureau’s incentive marketing drive into China has paid dividends, with a 5-day/4-night visit by 750 employees of Joymain, one of China’s largest Science/tech and direct selling companies. The 750 delegates in one wave was Adelaide’s largest single incentive group visit and is the second time the company has visited Australia, with the first being to Sydney in 2015. Joymain ...

Sodexo sales manager announced as ILEA UK president elect

Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events regional sales manager Cecilia Lavin has been announced as president elect of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) UK chapter. The ILEA is a global network of more than 4,000 event professionals who connect to share ideas and best practice in high production, experiential and creative event design. Lavin will take over presidency next year from the i...

Behind the scenes in Singapore’s hotel industry

Singapore’s Open Hotels Weekend programme recently returned for a second run, with 22 hotels offering a behind-the-scenes look at working in the hotel industry. The programme comes under the country’s Hotel Career Campaign, which was launched in July 2017 by the Singapore Tourism Board. Its purpose is to increase awareness on the diverse range of careers and progression opportunities in the hotel ...