UBM CEO Tim Cobbold

Informa close to sealing deal for merger with UBM to create $12.5bn events giant

PUBLISHED: 16:55 16/01/18 UPDATED: 09:17 19/01/18 Shares in international event organiser Informa dropped 8% on 17 January, the day after a statement was released by UBM’s group company secretary Mark Peters announcing that two of the world’s largest events organisers, UBM and Informa, were in merger discussions. It is understood Informa had made a £3.8bn ($US5.29bn) offer…


Ready to jet in to Davos for WEF?

One of the world’s most prestigious meetings in the global conference calendar returns to Davos in Switzerland 23-26 January 2018. The annual World Economic Forum (WEF) will bring business leaders from around the world to the Swiss resort, and Air Charter Service (ACS) jet hire company is predicting the event will see at least 1,000…


drp’s venuepot bubbles up nicely

Over the last six months, UK-based creative communications agency drp reports continued growth within its venue-sourcing division, venuepot. Drp also appointed Alison Norledge as an international venue consultant. Norledge’s previous roles including handling the delegate management for a large IT conference and creating proposals for incentive trips, team building days and other events both in the UK and abroad. Welcoming Norledge…


BestCities: Building global connections across cultures

International convention destination network BestCities Global Alliance held its Global Forum over four days in Tokyo in December. Hosted alongside BestCities Global Alliance partner, Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB), the Forum’s theme was ‘Building Global Connections Across Cultures’. The Forum focused on building greater cultural awareness and adaptability, with practical insight sessions aimed to…


Maritz Travel hires new VP of technology

Global IT veteran, John Wahle, has joined Maritz Travel, a Maritz Global Events Company.  As the new vice-president of technology, Wahle will lead all aspects of the company’s information technology and systems, serving on the Maritz Travel senior leadership team. Wahle said he was, “looking forward to collaborating and building relationships in order to deliver the best possible technology…


Strong figures for PCMA

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has announced strong financial growth and record revenue numbers at the final press conference held during its annual Convening Leaders event, taking place in Nashville, TN at the Music City Center this week, 7-10 January. Reporting on its membership, there are now more than 7,000 Business Event Strategists globally. More…


oneworld scores timely awards win

oneworld – one of the major alliance of airlines – has ranked as most punctual airline alliance for fifth year running, according to FlightGlobal Incorporating FlightStat. The airline industry data services and solutions technology company has acclaimed oneworld is the best alliance for on-time flights, with its FlightStats’ Airline Alliance On-Time Performance Service (OPS) Award for…


MPI selects new vice-president of community

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has selected Nicole Edmund to lead the association’s membership and chapter operations teams as vice-president of community, effective, 8 January, 2018. It is a newly created position. Edmund has more than 20 years of experience as an association management professional. She most recently served as the associate vice-president of membership and…

Rosanna Amico

New talent acquisition director at Travix

Travix, the online travel company behind websites including and has appointed a new talent acquisition director, Rosanna Amico. Amico (pictured) will be responsible for recruitment and was previously financial director at the agency. She had previously worked at The Nielsen Company, Microsoft and FrieslandCampina. “We are pleased with Rosanna’s promotion, which will allow…

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