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In pictures: EMEC 2019 in The Hague

CMW was at the World Forum in The Hague this week to attend the European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC), which took place from 8-12 February. The event featured keynotes from Dutch artist and environmentalist Daan Roosegarde, MCI Experience managing director Kim Myhre, and Irfan Van Erwijk, of Mysteryland founders ID&T. It gathered together over 400 eventprofs from across the industry...

AAE publishes progressive programme for Associations World Congress

Organisers of the Associations World Congress, the Association of Association Executives (AAE) has today published the complete progressive Programme of educational content and prominent keynote speakers. The event will take place 7-9 April 2019 at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden. You can download the programme here: https://sforce.co/2EbQVj5. AAE has arranged tw...

FUTR Group sells ‘significant’ stake

MP International, part of the Pico Group, today announced the acquisition of ‘a significant stake’ in FUTR Group (formerly Millennial 20/20), the global trends, innovation and summit business. The move comes after three-years of growth for FUTR Group. FUTR will continue to be led by the co-founders Rupa Ganatra and Simon Berger. FUTR Group is a global platform covering the future trend...

Amex M&E expands tech partnership

American Express Meetings & Events, a division of American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), has announced it has expanded its attendee engagement portfolio via new partnerships with leading mobile event tool, Attendify, and the world’s first event marketing automation platform, Splash. With these new partners, American Express Meetings & Events clients now have a more robust suite of ...

AEG to merge with SMG to create new global venue behemoth

AEG has announced a merger of its venue management subsidiary AEG Facilities with SMG. The move creates a new standalone global facility management company – ASM Global. SMG is an Onex portfolio company and Onex and AEG’s subsidiary will each own 50% of the new entity, following the completion of the transaction. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The new diversified portfolio include...

RoomIt by CWTÒ appoints new VP of Global Sales

RoomIt by CWTÒ, the hotel distribution division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), has appointed Brian Zacker as Vice-President of Global Sales. Based in Chicago, Zacker joined RoomIt and the CWT business finance organisation last June, as Vice-President of finance for RoomIt. He will remain a member of the RoomIt leadership team. “I am thrilled that Brian will now be taking on this new leadership ...

CWT Meetings & Events appoints new Senior Director, CFO Global

Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) Meetings & Events has appointed Rafael Sueiro (pictured) as Senior Director, CFO. In this new role, he joins the M&E Leadership and Customer Business Finance Leadership teams. “I am delighted to welcome Rafael Sueiro to CWT Meetings & Events. He brings a wealth of experience which will help us super-charge our growth strategy,” said Derek Sharp, CWT Meetin...

Event tech platform Slido doubles usage and increases global reach

Audience interaction specialists Slido has said its Q&A and polling platform was used at more than 125,000 events in 2018. The figure signifies a doubling of the number of events where Slido was used compared to the previous year. Events using Slido were held in 136 countries in 2018, the company says. Other statistics released for Slido include the number of active users topping 7.6m in 2018,...

Wyndham Grand to debut in six new destinations in 2019

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel company, is to roll out half a dozen of its ‘upper-upscale’ brand hotels in California, U.S.; Vietnam; Mexico; Turkey; Georgia; and the Greek Islands during 2019. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has over 9,000 hotels in 80 countries and will manage these new properties under the Wyndham Grand brand, which already embraces 39 existing properties ...

Airbnb acquisition evidence of platform’s move deeper into business events

Airbnb, the San Francisco-based online hospitality service reportedly worth US$30bn, has moved further into the MICE space with the acquisition of Denmark’s Gaest venue booking platform. The Aarhus start-up offers venue booking options by the hour or daily increments. Gaest was founded in 2015 by Anders Boelskifte Mogensen (CEO), Chris Kjær Sørensen, Christian Schwarz Lausten and Jonas Grau Sigten...

Global expansion for newly branded DRPG

Creative communications group DRPG are opening four new offices, including Cologne, Illinois, Dublin and Belfast, increasing the groups locations to seven. The group has also announced a multimillion-pound expansion plan for 2019, which includes a 15,000sqft extension to the Worcestershire Global Headquarters. This will include digital design and motion graphics studios, a team wellbeing centre, a...

FCM agency sets up global distribution team

FCM Travel Solutions and parent company Flight Centre Travel Group have established a Global Airline Distribution Team to spearhead industry collaboration between technology and GDS providers, TMCs and airlines in developing solutions to book and service NDC (New Distribution Capability) content. Jason Toothman, Executive General Manager – Global Air Distribution for Flight Centre Travel Group, ba...