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AIM Group International and Conference Compass announce strategic partnership

Milan-based event management company AIM Group and Conference Compass, a company specialising in mobile apps for medical-scientific societies, have signed a strategic partnership agreement.  Annalisa Ponchia, director of customer experience and international business development for AIM Group, said: “With digital events and communication effectiveness becoming more and more important in our market...

UK call to action: #Eventprofs urged to join email campaign

Event professionals from all across the UK are being urged to join in a mass email send on Tuesday 17 November. In an attempt to put more pressure on the UK Government to allow events to run safely under its own Covid-secure guidance once the national lockdown comes to an end, the entire UK events industry is asked to send the below template to several national news programmes between 7.30-9am GMT...

Fifteen Asia-Pacific countries sign free trade deal that covers 28% of global trade

As Asia-Pacific leads the way to reopening for multi-country business events, the leaders of 15 countries in the region have signed one of the biggest free trade deals in history, The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The free trade pact was signed on 14 November and covers 2.2 billion people and 30% of the world’s economic output. Signatories to the deal were China, Australia, J...

US travel demand to rebound strongly in H2 2021, but full RevPAR recovery likely only in 2024

Benchmarking and analytics agency STR’s upgraded final 2020 US hotel forecast was released during the recent online NYU Hospitality Conference and found leisure demand stronger than anticipated. Despite the slight upgrade, the forecast for 2021 remains functionally unchanged and full recovery in revenue per available room (RevPAR) has been deemed ‘unlikely’ until 2024. Amanda Hit...

Green Army: From lofty ambition to lived dream at Croke Park

Dublin’s Croke Park Meetings and Events team has launched  From Lofty Ambition to Lived Dream: Our Sustainability Story, an eBook detailing the story of how one of Europe’s largest stadiums, fully embraced sustainability. As home and headquarters of the GAA (Gaelic Athletics Association), Croke Park is primarily a sports stadium with a match day capacity of 82,300. However, it also acts as a multi...

IBTM Asia Pacific reinvents its future to June 2021 in Singapore

IBTM, part of Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE), has said it has listened to its stakeholders and has rescheduled IBTM Asia Pacific, which will now take place from 8–9 June 2021 in Singapore, at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The show had previously been set for a 13-14 April 2021 date at the same venue. The organiser said dates have been moved to allow time for travel restrictions t...

UK One Industry One Voice campaign partners with Major Events Summit

One Industry One Voice (OIOV), the UK coalition of associations and businesses created to champion the events industry, has formed a strategic partnership with the Major Events Summit, an online meeting place for the sports and event community. Up to 500 delegates are expected to attend the Major Events Summit on 2 December, which will discuss overcoming the challenges posed by the coronavirus pan...

New Cvent research shows what European event planners will be demanding of venues in 2021

Over half (58%) of event planners across the UK and Europe are struggling to reschedule in-person events in 2021 because of “insufficient health and safety protocols at venues”. The data comes from Cvent’s 2020 Planner Sentiment and Sourcing Report: Europe Edition, which also shows that planners now expect venues to provide a clean, sanitised environment, offer daily temperature checks...

ICC Sydney gets the green light to expand capacity

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has  received clearance from the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Health to host up to 2,400 patrons for seated ticketed events in its Aware Super Theatre. ICC Sydney will immediately increase the theatre’s seated capacity to welcome back larger events, the first of which will be Carols in the Domain. In line with current NSW Government regula...

Australian CVB Association’s Forward Calendar illustrates need for investment support

The Covid pandemic is artificially inflating the business events pipeline and long-term investment is critical, says the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB), which has released its latest Forward Calendar. While a calendar of 373 confirmed wins represents a strong list of international business events for Australia’s future, 35% have been postponed into 2021 and beyond. Unprecedent...

Socio launches streaming solution for online and hybrid

Socio has announced the launch of Socio Streaming, a fully integrated solution with StreamYard that aims to give event organisers “the tools to level up online and hybrid event production”. Socio Streaming was designed following the pivot to online and hybrid events as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Yarkin Sakucoglu, Socio CEO and co-founder, said: “Socio is the first-ever platform...

Double win for Melbourne at the World Travel Awards

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) was recently named ‘Oceania’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre’ at the World Travel Awards 2020, alongside Melbourne which was named ‘Oceania’s Leading Meetings and Conference Destination’ for a seventh year. MCEC Chief Executive, Peter King said: “We want MCEC to be known as more than an incredible space, but the home of unexpected experienc...