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US drops outside top 20 in Corruption Perception Index

A new index has named Somalia the most corrupt country in the world, while Denmark is the least. United States destination marketing organisations will be worrying as the US fell outside the top 20 least corrupt countries in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for the first time since 2011. The US is in 22nd place, one behind France. Germany and the UK were joint 11th in the new index. The inde...

Wyndham Grand to debut in six new destinations in 2019

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel company, is to roll out half a dozen of its ‘upper-upscale’ brand hotels in California, U.S.; Vietnam; Mexico; Turkey; Georgia; and the Greek Islands during 2019. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has over 9,000 hotels in 80 countries and will manage these new properties under the Wyndham Grand brand, which already embraces 39 existing properties ...

Darwin posts record delegate numbers at the Top End

Recent events in Darwin, Australia, have seen record numbers in attendance, with several events hosted at the Darwin Convention Centre in 2018 achieving their highest delegate numbers. One national example was the Property Council of Australia, which held its annual conference in Darwin, 12-14 September 2018. The two-day event attracted a record-breaking 760 delegates. Some 20%of delegates brought...

Giant iTab partners with Mobile World Congress

GSMA, organiser of the Mobile World Congress, has appointed Giant iTab as its recommended event technology supplier for its 2019 event. Giant iTab will supply a large number of its giant smartphones across the event to drive mobile app engagement and help visitors to easily find the information they need to get the most from their day. Mobile World Congress is the largest mobile event in the world...

Caesars Entertainment to open first US non-gaming hotel

Caesars Entertainment has announced plans to open Caesars Republic Scottsdale, the corporation’s first non-gaming hotel in the United States. Caesars Republic Scottsdale in Arizona will be located adjacent to the region’s premier luxury retail destination, Scottsdale Fashion Square, and will be a four-star hotel developed by HCW Development and operated by Aimbridge Hospitality. Caesars Ente...

Creasey rejoins Maritim’s conference and incentives team

Maritim Hotels has welcomed back Rebecca Creasey in the new role of Account Manager, Conference and Incentive Travel. She had previously worked for Maritim for six years to 2015, as Sales Account Manager for the Maritim Mauritius portfolio. Now Creasey will be responsible for expanding Maritim’s offering among the UK and Irish MICE markets. “I’m delighted to be rejoining Maritim. It’s a dynamic an...

MACEOS appoints new Executive Director

The Malaysian Association of Convention & Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (MACEOS) has announced the appointment of Ms Ho Yoke Ping, as its new Executive Director (ED), effective 1 January 2019. Ms Ho or better known by the industry as Ping, has been charged with injecting fresh perspectives into the long-standing association of 29 years and coming up with strategic plans, including commun...

Countdown for entries to 2019 Heavent Awards in Cannes

Organisers of France’s Heavent Awards 2019 are encouraging all live communication agencies worldwide to consider entering before the 4 February deadline. The awards evening takes place 28 March 2019 at the Palais des Festivals de Cannes, during the two-day tradeshow Heavent Meetings. The awards’ corporate jury judging the shortlisted events will include Groupe Bouygues, Nespresso Switzerland, Uber...

Airbnb acquisition evidence of platform’s move deeper into business events

Airbnb, the San Francisco-based online hospitality service reportedly worth US$30bn, has moved further into the MICE space with the acquisition of Denmark’s Gaest venue booking platform. The Aarhus start-up offers venue booking options by the hour or daily increments. Gaest was founded in 2015 by Anders Boelskifte Mogensen (CEO), Chris Kjær Sørensen, Christian Schwarz Lausten and Jonas Grau Sigten...

UBM Malaysia appoints new Country GM

UBM Malaysia has announced a new Country General Manager – Gerard Leeuwenburgh. The appointment was effective 2 January and he is now leading UBM Malaysia’s effort to accelerate growth and reporting to Ian Roberts, Regional Executive Director of ASEAN. Leeuwenburgh has been in the MICE industry for over 25 years and has worked for Jaarbeurs, VNU Exhibitions in various leadership roles. Prior...

ExCeL London launches ‘No Plastic’ campaign

With more than eight million tonnes of plastic being thrown away each year, ExCeL London has launched an initiative to tackle the issue of single-use plastic and reduce waste. Its new ‘No Plastic’ campaign has been announced by CEO Jeremy Rees, who said: “Waste from single-use plastic is a critical issue for our industry. We need to take a position on this to significantly reduce the amount of was...

Meetings Mean Business Canada leads by example

The Meetings Mean Business (MMB) Canada 2018 Chair, Heidi Welker, has offered delegates at the 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai insights into the MMB industry lobby group’s founding in the US. It also discussed the licensing benefits the Canadian business events industry realised in its efforts to be recognised as an important contributor to the economy. Presenting at the ICCA Congress session, 12 Nove...