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New Zealand stages Covid-safe BE Reconnected showcase without social distancing

New Zealand’s BE Reconnected brought together over 420 event organisers and suppliers to its business events showcase today, 1 December. Organised by Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA), the event showed business events are not only safe, but also a vital component for widespread economic recovery. Every attendee scanned the Covid tracer app on arrival, before walking past a thermo-imaging ca...

Meetings & Events Australia goes ahead with ‘reshaped’ 2020 awards programme

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has announced that its awards programme will go ahead, in a ‘reshaped’ format that will recognise both the impact of Covid-19 and the evolution of virtual/hybrid events. The awards recognise and reward the outstanding work of individuals and businesses in Australia that have delivered excellence for meetings and events during 2020, despite the many...

Hyve’s revenues halve but cost controls and insurance help bottom line

International events business Hyve has reported FY20 results, including revenues of £105.m and savings of £63m. The figures compared with revenues of £220.7m in the previous. Year to September 2019. Hyve posted a headline loss before tax of £18.7m (2019: profit of £50.4m) after the receipt of £22.0m of insurance proceeds in respect of cancelled events. Q1 like-for-like growth of 7% was the highlig...

New venue CENTREPIECE Melbourne to be showcased in virtual events

New Australian venue CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park will be showcased in a series of upcoming virtual and hybrid events. The PCOA 2020 Annual Conference (7 December), Associations Forum National Conference (14–16 December) and AIME 2021 (15–26 March) will all showcase the venue. A series of presentations will update delegates on the latest news from the venue. Registration for hard hat tours of the...

Up to 500 posts to go at Reed Exhibitions

The Financial Times (FT) of London has reported at least 500 staff have already left Reed Exhibitions or will be gone by the end of the year. The world’s second largest exhibition organiser, Reed Exhibitions’ redundancy programme can be seen as a result of the industry’s slow recovery from the pandemic. Reed Exhibitions gave CMW the following statement: “The many thousands of employees at Reed Exh...

#PurpleLightUp: 24-hour global broadcast event kicks off this week

A 24-hour broadcast event is to run 2-3 December around the world in an effort to celebrate disability and inclusion, to coincide with UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The event is being run by PurpleSpace, a global organisation supporting the Employee Resource Group (ERG) network leaders to drive cultural change, is free to join and will bring together disabled thought leaders, ...

Recruitment: new platform will “revolutionise” the way the industry finds talent

A new recruitment platform designed specifically for the events and experiences industry launched, 30 November. The Hub, its founder says, will “revolutionise” the way in which the industry finds talent and has been created to connect employers and recruiters to active and pre-qualified candidates via a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform: a cloud-based method of providing a service. It is the f...

VisitOSLO releases Henrik Ibsen augmented reality city tour

VisitOSLO has announced a new augmented reality app ‘Oslo Spex’, which allows visitors to join famous Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen on a tour of the city. OsloSpex combines stories about Ibsen’s life, art and relationship with Oslo. Visitors to the city can explore these as they walk around the city using an app on their phones. It is free of charge in English and Norwegian. The app was develo...

The Berlin boys are back in town!

https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/berlinssleepingbeauties/BSB-S2-001.mp3   We welcome back our Berlin correspondent, Mark Felstead, who informs and entertains us again with Episode 1, Series 2 of Berlin’s Awakening Beauties. Mark returns to the events ether fresh from his own summer challenges to open a brand new podcast series in conjunction with Conference & Meetings World. Despite the ...

Berlin government and Lufthansa pursue rescue deal, sources say

Germany’s national airline Lufthansa and the Berlin government are pursuing a €9bn ($9.7bn) rescue package, company and government sources said, 28 April, but gave no timing for an agreement after a report overnight said the deal was complete. Lufthansa declined to comment and a spokeswoman for the economy ministry had no immediate comment. A government source said talks would continue. Sources cl...

Blackstone’s Q1 profit rises but coronavirus weighs

NEC owner Blackstone Group, the world’s largest manager of alternative assets such as private equity and real estate, reported a 4% rise in first-quarter distributable earnings on Thursday, driven by a surge in management fees, even as its funds took a hit in the coronavirus-induced downturn. Blackstone, whose shares were up 5.3% at US$48.78 in early afternoon, posted a 16% rise in managemen...

Facebook enters video conference platform market

Facebook has introduced a new video conference tool and expanded its live streaming features in an update rolled out 24 April. The video conference tool, Messenger Rooms, will enable as many as 50 people to participate in a call, the company said in a statement. It will display a tiled layout of participant videos, up to 16 on desktop and 8 on mobile, resembling the design offered by competitor Zo...