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Hard Rock Hotels appoint “VIBE Managers” to curate events

Hard Rock Hotels feature a dedicated “VIBE Manager” for events and meetings at each of its international venues – a Visionary Individual Behind Energy. A VIBE manager’s role is to curate the hotel atmosphere with lighting, music, decor, entertainment and surrounding memorabilia. They are at the helm of delivering unique events at the venues. Adam Zengel, VIBE Manager for Ha...

Aventri launches partnership with Uber and new Marketplace

Event tech company Aventri has launched a new partnership with Uber for Business, which will offer customers the opportunity to use Uber vouchers. This web-based tool allows organisers to give attendees to their events vouchers redeemable in Uber taxis. It aims to cut down logistics and time spent transporting attendees for organisers. The partnership is part of the company’s new platform Aventri ...

CWT Secures Cyber Essentials certification

CWT, the B2B4E travel management platform, has secured a UK Cyber Essentials certification. This UK Government-backed scheme is designed to protect organisations and their data against a wide range of cyberattacks. Harshal Mehta, CWT’s Chief Information Security Officer, said: “Compliance with this scheme highlights our strong commitment to cybersecurity. Various laws around the world, like the EU...

#CSRshareday campaign drives events industry towards a sustainable future

Tuesday 23 April is #CSRshareday, an initiative designed to get companies talking about how they promote corporate social responsibility in their business. The initiative is set up by Positive Impact Events, a global not-for-profit which exists to provide education and collaboration towards a sustainable event industry. 24-hourly conversations from professionals passionate about sustainability wil...

Events Industry Council announces new Chief Executive Officer

The Events Industry Council (EIC) has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer after a global executive search process, which considered 50 qualified potential candidates from around the world. Candidates were considered by an EIC board appointed search committee chaired by Carina Bauer, CEO, IMEX Group, which eventually chose Amy Calvert, who currently serves as Senior Vice-Pres...

ICCA appoints Senthil Gopinath as new CEO

The Board of Directors of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has selected Senthil Gopinath to serve as the organisation’s new CEO. The Board made the selection in a closed-vote process, with Gopinath winning by majority vote. He will begin the new role in April 2019. “Senthil brings the qualities that we most need in a leader at this juncture,” said James Rees, ICCA Presi...

ICCA’s Balci Fisunoglu receives ACE of M.I.C.E Outstanding Service Award

Elif Balci Fisunoglu has been handed Turkish exhibition ACE of M.I.C.E’s Outstanding Service Award in recognition of her contributions to the growth of the international meetings industry. Fisunoglu is ICCA Regional Director Europe and received the award in Istanbul on 4 April at the exhibition’s seventh annual awards. Under her leadership, ICCA Europe has experienced fast-paced growth, welcoming ...

Global Meetings Industry Day celebrated across the conference sector

Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), 4 April, has seen industry leaders seize this big opportunity to celebrate the business events industry. Meetings and event professionals experience every day how business events can drive economic outcomes for communities. More than 200 events spanning 41 countries signalled GMID in 2018; this year GMID is set to be even bigger. PCMA President and CEO Sherrif ...

American Express GBT appoints new Director of Global Hotel Strategy

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has appointed Margaret Bowler as Director, Global Hotel Strategy. In this newly created London-based role, Bowler will report to Wes Bergstrom, Vice-President, Hotel Strategy. Bowler has extensive experience in leadership roles in the hotel and travel management sectors, including more than 18 years at HRG, where she served as Global Director of Hotel ...

Air Partner appoints new Chair

Global aviation services group Air Partner has announced Ed Warner (pictured), OBE, as Non-Executive Chair of the company with effect from 1 April 2019. He will also chair the Nomination Committee and join the Remuneration Committee. Warner is currently Chair of Grant Thornton UK LLP, Blackrock Commodities Income Investment Trust PLC and derivatives exchange LMAX Ltd, as well as a Director of a su...

IMEX chairman Ray Bloom receives EN Pioneer Award

Ray Bloom, chairman of IMEX Group, has been awarded the EN Pioneer Award at the 13th edition of the EN awards, held in London on 22 March. The award was presented by Julian Agostini, managing director of Mash Media. The exhibition industry is full of inspiring entrepreneurs, individuals who are innovative, risky and brave, who trust their intuition, possess incredible foresight, exude self-belief ...

Dubai conference to focus on China’s One Belt, One Road trillion-dollar projects

With more than 1,700 projects worth US$1 trillion, China’s ambitious One Belt, One Road Initiative is set to impact 4.4 billion people, or 65% of the world’s population across 70 countries. The One Belt, One Road Initiative has been allocated $340bn in construction contracts secured by Chinese companies. These statistics were released ahead of the upcoming Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) which wil...