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GainingEdge awarded three-year BestCities management contract

Meeting destination network BestCities Global Alliance has extended its management contract with meetings industry consultancy GainingEdge following a competitive bidding process. GainingEdge has been managing the alliance since 2009, and has won a new three-year contract to continue its work. BestCities aims to help international associations and destinations build legacies and expand its global ...

Tarsus Connect acquires Bizbash

Tradeshow organiser and digital destination marketing specialist Tarsus Connect has purchased North America-based event media company BizBash. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

ISO launches new international standard for major events

The International Standards Organisation (ISO) is developing a new International Standard for major events.

Applications up 68% for Faroes’ voluntourism Maintenance Crew

Within 24 hours of registration opening for the 2020 initiative, 5,886 voluntourists had signed up to be part of the Faroe Islands’ Maintenance Crew project. The figure represents 2,000 more people than took part in the 2019 project. People from 95 different countries applied to take part in the 2020 effort to preserve this remote nation in the North Atlantic. With just 100 places available for th...

HotelREZ niche marketing leads to big boost in revenues and reservations

Booking website HotelREZ says its niche marketing programme has led to a 39% growth in reservations and yielded 32% growth in revenues for participating hotels. The marketing programmes, says HotelREZ, allow hoteliers to focus on guest preferences, such as pet-friendly, gourmet, golf and spa or hotel type such as boutique or airport hotels for corporates. Niche markets have seen a steady rise in r...

Revenues up at Compass despite 3,000 redundancies

Revenue and profits have increased at global catering group Compass in what Chief Executive Dominic Blakemore (pictured) described as “another strong year” for the company.

The Olympics announces nine-year partnership with Airbnb

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Airbnb have announced a new partnership that will extend through to 2028.

IBTM World 2019: in pictures

CMW was in attendance at IBTM World in Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, from 19-21 November.

IBTM World 2019 closes after 74,000 meetings held

IBTM World 2019 closed 21 November with over 74,000 pre-scheduled business meetings having taken place and a 3% increase in the number of visitors attending the three-day event compared with 2018. Sixty-four percent of Hosted Buyers participated in IBTM World for the first time this year and 51% of them were completely new to the entire IBTM portfolio. Over 2,600 exhibitors from 150 countries atte...

The IBTM 2019 Tech Watch Award winner is…

IBTM announced Silicon Valley-based start-up Wordly as the overall winner of its IBTM World Tech Watch Award, and Lineup Ninja as the People’s Choice Award winner. The awards were presented on stage at IBTM World 2019, taking place at Fira Gran Via Barcelona,19-21 November. Wordly was crowned the judge’s winner for its intelligent interpreting services, leveraging voice recognition and artif...

IBTM World commits to Barcelona

IBTM has signed a new three-year contract with Barcelona Convention Bureau and Fira de Barcelona that will see its flagship IBTM World event take place in the city until 2022. IBTM World’s event director, David Thompson, said: “We look forward to continuing to evolve IBTM World to ensure it remains at the forefront of the industry when it comes to delivering the best opportunities to do business, ...

Houston’s giant ICCA leap

International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) President James Rees welcomed almost 1,000 attendees to the association’s 58th Congress in Houston, Texas – a record number for North American hosts. Delegates from 75 countries attended a four-day programme of education, networking and business opportunities. This year’s congress theme was ‘Innovation and Technology’, and the congress heard...