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Accor Northern Europe appoints new CEO

Accor has announced that Duncan O’Rourke, previously COO for Germany, Austria and Switzerland has been promoted to CEO of Accor Northern Europe. Accor Northern Europe is a merger of the previous Northern, Central, East and New East Europe teams. In his new role, O’Rourke will be responsible for 29 countries including Scandinavia, UK, Benelux, Ireland, Poland and Russia in addition to h...

KLCC helps first digital ITA-AITES World Tunnel Digital Congress attract 1,000 attendees

The annual ITA-AITES World Tunnel Congress 2020 (WTC2020) was recently hosted at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) and attracted 1,000 participants from 54 countries with up to 16,000 visits to the 262 technical papers and 8,000 visits to the 80 exhibition companies. Co-organised by The Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) and the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Ass...

EventWell and Glisser announce strategic partnership

EventWell Ltd, a charitable social enterprise which educates and campaigns for better mental health and wellbeing in the UK events industry, is to partnner with global meetings technology company Glisser on a new mental health strategy. The partners said they will aim to, “bring together skills in mental health, stress management, workplace wellbeing, event technology strategy, event technol...

Inaugural PCMA Convening Asia Pacific announces speakers and programme for November

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has announced the speakers and programme for its inaugural hybrid event, Convening Asia Pacific: The Global Recovery Forum. The programme will feature panels, seminars and workshops. Speakers include: Nicki Kenyon, board member for the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and marketing and growth strategist; Rebecca Hallett, APAC head of event...

Ashfield and IPCAA study reveals what HCPs think about online congresses

Ashfield Meetings & Events (part of UDG Healthcare PLC) and the International Pharmaceutical Congress Advisory Association (IPCAA) have partnered on a study into what healthcare professionals think about online medical congresses. Through a survey of more than 300 physicians from six countries and across 14 therapy areas, Ashfield and IPCAA gained insights that can help medical societies, prof...

Ras Al Khaimah – first city to offer free Covid-19 tests to international visitors

Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE has become the first global destination to offer free PCR Covid-19 tests to guests and visitors. Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) and RAK Hospital are partnering to provide free (PCR) testing to international visitors staying in and departing from Ras Al Khaimah until 31 December, 2020. There is one free PCR test per guest. Subsidised by RAKTDA, the f...

Web Summit moves on to… the Web

Europe’s largest technology conference will move fully online this year, the organisers have said. Founded in 2009, by Paddy Cosgrave, David Kelly and Daire Hickey, Web Summit was originally held in Dublin, Ireland, until 2016, when it moved permanently to Lisbon, Portugal. The decision followed discussions with the Portuguese authorities. “Lisbon is still Web Summit’s home but with growing ...

Singapore sets sail towards a safe and gradual resumption of cruising

Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has developed a mandatory CruiseSafe certification for cruise lines and sailings are set to restart with a pilot in November for Singapore residents. The STB’s new CruiseSafe certification programme sets out stringent hygiene and safety measures throughout the passenger journey – from prior to boarding, to after disembarkation. The pilot cruises will start on 6 Novemb...

Calgary convention venues to receive GBAC STAR

Calgary TELUS Convention Centre (CTCC) and BMO Centre at Stampede Park (BMO Centre) have announced that both Calgary-based venues have achieved the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR. Under the guidance of GBAC, the venues join a group of venues that have implemented GBAC-approved protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention in their facilities. GBAC STAR helps o...

MCEC named Employer of Choice fourth year running

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has been named as an Employer of Choice in the annual Australian Business Awards for the fourth consecutive year. Chief executive of MCEC, Peter King, said: “This has been a really tough year for many, and I’m so incredibly proud of the culture of support that we have built as an organisation. “Our people play a big part in that; without them we wo...

Travel safety sentiment on the rise in US, according to MMGY Global research

MMGY Global, a travel and hospitality marketing agency, has been tracking the impact of Covid-19 on US traveller sentiment and behaviours since March 2020 and finds that, for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began, its Domestic Travel Safety Barometer score rose above 50, indicating that travellers are “increasingly confident” about the idea of travelling. The latest findings...

DGHO keeps its link to Basel despite digital switch

The Annual Meeting of the German, Austrian and Swiss Societies for Hematology and Medical Oncology (DGHO) will become Switzerland’s first large-scale digital congress when it runs 9-11 October. DGHO is the biggest physicians’ congress in the German-speaking world and a true long-runner for Basel. The meeting will gather most  of the speakers on site at the Congress Center Basel (CCB), with partici...