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Social responsibility at forefront of ICCA post-pandemic White Paper

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has announced that eight members of the ICCA Future Leaders Council have completed their first project on the centrality of social responsibility in meeting the post-pandemic needs of association meetings. The ICCA Future Leaders Council was launched in March 2021, with the aim to provide a platform to extend the influence of young leade...

GL events 2021 annual revenue figures point to strong recovery

Global event organiser and venue management company GL events has reported annual revenue at 31 December 2021 of €741.2m, up 54.6% year-on-year. Q4 2021 sales amounted to €303.4m, nearly tripling in relation to Q4 2020 and almost back up to the level of 2019. This performance, against the backdrop of a continuing complex health situation, highlighted a strong recovery, noted Olivier Ginon, chairma...

VOK DAMS agency creates new position of global head of sales and consulting

Global events and communications agency VOK DAMS has appointed 360-degree marketing expert Sebastian Adam (pictured) to the newly created position of global head of sales and consulting. Adam was previously associated with companies such as Volkswagen Latin America and Springer & Jacoby International. He has over 20 years of know-how gained mainly in Asia, North and South America and Europe. H...

CWT and Etihad initiate carbon offsetting partnership

The travel management platform CWT and Etihad Airways have announced a carbon offsetting partnership initiative, as part of the launch of Etihad’s Corporate Conscious Choices programme. This initiative will see all CWT client bookings made on Etihad-operated flights automatically offset by the airline using the ICAO Carbon Emissions Calculation methodology. This programme, 1 January-31 March, will...

HotelREZ partners with Cvent to offer members transient sourcing tool

The sales, marketing and distribution company HotelREZ Hotels & Resorts has announced a new partnership with the global meetings, events and hospitably technology provider Cvent. Under the agreement, HotelREZ will aim to leverage Cvent’s transient sourcing platform to set and promote corporate hotel rates and manage RFPs. Cvent Transient (formerly Lanyon), is an all-in-one platform through whi...

ASM Global acquires majority stake of Anthony James Partners

Venue management and event strategy specialists ASM Global, has acquired a controlling interest in the Virginia, US-based Audio-Visual (AV) consultancy company Anthony James Partners (AJP). AJP specialises in the design, procurement and implementation of large-scale AV technology and related systems. ASM Global aims for this acquisition to support the increasing demand for strategic technology sol...

GRI and Support the Goals report on progress of SDGs

A new study has revealed that four-in-five companies assessed include a commitment in their sustainability reports to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), yet fewer than half set measurable targets for how their actions contribute towards fulfilling the SDGs. The publication State of Progress: Business Contributions to the SDGs, produced by Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and Support the Go...

2021 ICCA Destination Performance Index – rankings reinvented

In its annual statistical report last year, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) made a conscious decision not to include a destination ranking, saying it wanted “to ensure proper representation of what happened that year among the ICCA community”. However, as the pandemic is nearing its second year, the association says the global community has revived and reinvented itsel...

Events Industry Council elects new Board for 2022

The Events Industry Council (EIC) has elected  its 2022 Board of Directors, with Cathy Breden, executive vice-president and COO at the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)  and CEO of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) transitioning to chair. Breden will support EIC’s CEO, Amy Calvert (pictured) and EIC’s standing committees and taskforces in  creating new res...

Virgin Atlantic to send 400 careers flying with cabin crew recruitment drive

Virgin Atlantic has opened applications to recruit 400 new cabin crew members for an initial six-month fixed term contract with the view to extend. The airline says it is aiming to bring back as many people as possible following the loss of colleagues as a result of the pandemic. In 2021, Virgin Atlantic welcomed more than 750 returning cabin crew members who were placed in a holding pool, with 23...

ATPI Sports Events appoints new commercial head of global sports business

Event management company ATPI Sports Events has announced the appointment of Niels Grevenstuk (pictured) as its new commercial head of global sports business. Grevenstuk joins ATPI with experience in the sports and events sector, having previously worked for AFC Ajax as head of international brand partnerships, and formerly as global sponsorship manager at Heineken International. With Heineken Int...

ASM Global names new vice-president of diversity, equity and inclusion

Venue management and event strategy specialists ASM Global has named Jessica Ragsdale (pictured) vice-president of diversity, equity and inclusion. Ragsdale comes to ASM Global from Microsoft where she worked for eight years, most recently as a key member of the company’s global diversity and inclusion team. In her new role at ASM Global, she will be working with the team to turn ideas into action...