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ICCA presidential report covers Covid, congress, community and co-operation

International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) president James Rees delivered the following presidential report to association members at the 59th General Assembly on Monday 19th October which, for the first time, was held in a virtual format. In preparing for today’s General Assembly, I have found it difficult to believe that a year has passed since we gathered for our annual congress i...

HSMAI Europe Curate puts issues of discrimination and diversity centre stage at online conference

Hospitality, events and travel professionals across the UK and Europe have been invited to take part in two research projects ahead of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International’s HSMAI Europe Curate online conference, which will be taking place 3-4 November this year. The research focuses on both discrimination and diversity in the industry as well as the future of events...

Glasgow partners with EarthCheck to benchmark city’s environmental and social performance

Glasgow has announced that it has partnered with EarthCheck, a business advisory group specialising in sustainability and destination management, to assist the city to “benchmark its environmental and social performance and to deliver higher standards of health and hygiene in a Covid-19 recovery environment”. The EarthCheck Sustainable Destinations programme helps communities to measur...

Melbourne’s scientific sector to put two new, big conferences under the microscope

Victoria’s scientific community will take centre stage at two international business events, following Melbourne’s selection as host city for the International Mass Spectrometry Conference 2024 and International Symposium on Lepton and Photon Interactions 2023. The host city expects the two events to deliver a collective economic contribution to the state of AU$13.2m (US$9.3m), 6,650 room ni...

Bvlgari Hotel London launches B.Business workation

Adding to its B. staycation and daycation series, Bvlgari Hotel London is to launch B.Business, an elevated workation that provides use of an expansive suite, the hotel’s pool and gym, and includes refreshments throughout the day and lunch. Designed for those who may no longer hold offices in London and day workers alike, B.Business offers guests the ability to work, meet, entertain and relax safe...

Kew Green sees the Light with new management partnership

International hotel management company Kew Green Hotels has announced a global partnership with Light Human Hotels, an international brand claiming to be ‘inspired by the millennial spirit’. Kew Green Hotels will provide hotel management services for the portfolio, with hotels launching from the end of 2021 in destinations including Paris, Miami, Toulon, Corsica, São Paulo, Vila Real, ...

Ireland moves to highest level of restrictions, with business counting the economic cost

The Republic of Ireland is to move into the highest level (5) of coronavirus restrictions for six weeks as the Dublin government battles to curtail the spread of Covid-19. Announcing the lockdown, Taoiseach (leader) Micheál Martin said the intention was to subsequently to move back to Level 3. The new restrictions, which include curtailing the hospitality industry could lead to 150,000 people losi...

Zoom to launch ticketed events platform OnZoom across US

US-based video communications company Zoom has announced that it will be launching OnZoom, an events platform and marketplace able to hold ticketed online experiences. The new platform is launching in beta with live events for fitness, music and more. Events can host up to 1,000 attendees, and the number of attendees allowed at each event is dependent on the host’s Zoom subscription level. While t...

Asia Pacific Regional Hub selects keynote speaker for ICCA Congress 2020

The Asia Pacific Regional Hub for the 59th International Convention and Congress Association (ICCA) Congress 2020 has selected Alena Murang, a Sarawak-born musician and creative artist as the keynote speaker. Her keynote session, ‘Sarawak Tribal Wisdom’ aims to “inspire the delegates to learn and garner tribal values and see where it can be applied to the business world of today”. The ...

Mash Sessions: NHS Nightingale: Events industry is vital to towns like Harrogate

Paula Lorimer, director at Harrogate Convention Centre, UK, is in the process of seeing her venue transform back into an NHS Nightingale hospital. While proud to play a role in supporting the NHS, it is time for the UK government to repay the favour by providing the events industry with a targeted support package. Harrogate is a great example of a destination that relies on events for its local ec...

80% of event planners support hybrid events, Cvent Australia planner report reveals

The Australia Edition of the Cvent Planner Sourcing Report 2020 has revealed that nearly 80% of event planners support a future of hybrid events, with 40% saying they are an ideal transition back to in-person, and 38% saying they are a viable permanent option to increase attendance. This year’s report compiles data and survey responses that were collected in August 2020 from event planners across ...

Malaysia announces 46 event bids won in 3rd quarter

Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) has announced a raft of new bids won for the country’s business events industry. Despite experiencing a significant shift, due to the Covid 19 pandemic over the past few months in the global business events landscape, MyCEB has announced 21 bids won for conventions and exhibitions, 19 bids won for meetings and incentives and six bids won for trade ...