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Events Industry Council takes a stand against child trafficking

The Events Industry Council (EIC), a global non-profit association for the business events industry, announced, 30 July, it had joined The Code, a multi-stakeholder initiative to prevent the sexual exploitation of children. The Code is a voluntary set of six criteria that members commit to in order to keep children safe. The Code is supported by ECPAT, a US-based anti-child trafficking organisatio...

New PCMA appointments to lead expansion in APAC, EMEA and LATAM regions

Global industry association PCMA announced, 29 July, a new and expanded leadership structure designed to support business events communities throughout the APAC, EMEA and LATAM regions. President and CEO, Sherrif Karamat, said: “There has never been a greater need for people and communities everywhere to come together to confront our economic and social challenges.” With the intention of growing P...

Québec City to welcome in-person Agro-Geoinformatics conference in 2022

Québec City will host the 10th International Conference on Agro-Geoinformatics, organised in conjunction with the 43rd Symposium of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society. This is a first for Canada, as previous editions of Agro-Geoinformatics have been held in China, Turkey, or the United States.  More than 300 experts, engineers, students, and decision-makers interested in remote sensing and geomat...

Ireland makes host shortlist for 2024 America’s Cup, although economic impact not plain sailing

Ireland has made it to a final list of potential host destinations for the America’s Cup sailing competition in 2024. The America’s Cup, which was first contested in 1851, has taken place in New Zealand on the past three occasions but is expected to be held elsewhere in 2024. It is hoped a decision on where to hold the 2024 event will be made in the second half of September. A confidential s...

Cvent’s SPAC deal with Dragoneer values company at $5.3bn

Global event management software and technology provider Cvent is returning to the public markets with a Special Merger Acquisition Company (SPAC) deal announced 23 July. Cvent’s SPAC merger is with Dragoneer Growth Opportunities Corp. II (NASDAQ:DGNS) and values the company at USD$5.3bn. Cvent, founded in 1999, expects to use $801m of the capital raised by the transaction to accelerate innovation...

ANTOR celebrates its 70th anniversary and welcomes new Board

The Association of National Tourist Offices (ANTOR), a UK-based association, celebrated its 70th anniversary on 18 July 2021. ANTOR was founded in 1951 by 10 destinations, and today membership totals nearly 60 destinations. ANTOR says it aims to increase membership to 70 destinations during its 70th anniversary year.   New opportunities and benefits for 2021/22 include reviewing ANTOR’s Brand DNA ...

BCD Travel remains Platinum for sustainability

For a second year, corporate travel management company BCD Travel has earned the special distinction of Platinum from EcoVadis, a sustainability ratings provider. The rating was gained via an independent sustainability assessment and the Platinum rating, maintains BCD’s position in the top 1% of the 75,000 companies currently assessed by EcoVadis. Sharon Dirks, director of sustainability at BCD, s...

Cvent merger on the cards, reports WSJ

Cvent has reportedly agreed a merger with a ‘special-purpose’ acquisition company in a deal that would take the event technology company public. According to the Wall Street Journal, Cvent is slated to merge with Dragoneer Growth Opportunities Corp. II in a transaction that values the private-equity-owned company at more than $5 billion including debt. Cvent, founded by Reggie Aggarwal (pictured) ...

ICCA announces deadline for Board vacancy applications

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) is calling for candidates interested in standing for election for vacancies on its Board of Directors. Elections will take place at the ICCA General Assembly 2021.  Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the General Assembly, on 11 October 2021, will be held digitally and will be accessible for all members via live online access.   The de...

Bizzabo become Agents of Hybrid

“When you cater to everyone, you cater to no one. That’s key to events as we navigate a hybrid environment,” said Dara Treseder, chief marketing and communications officer at Peloton, regarding digital event platform Bizzabo’s recent hybrid event. On 13-14 July, Bizzabo, hosted its Agents of Hybrid event both virtually and in-person on in Boston, Massachusetts. The event brought together 5,000 mar...

Registration open for ITBM World’s in-person return

Hosted Buyer registration is now open for IBTM World 2021, a global event for the meetings and events industry, which will be held for the first time in a hybrid format. The IBTM World in-person event returns at Fira, Barcelona, 30 November-2 December 2021. The physical show, last held in 2019, will be followed by IBTM World Virtual, 7-9 December 2021. This year’s theme of ‘New Business, New Tech,...

Virgin Atlantic reopens the bar as its Loft takes flight

As England marks a significant milestone in the lifting of the Government’s Covid-19 restrictions, Virgin Atlantic, an internationally operating British airline, will reopen the bars on-board its aircraft for the first time in 15 months on 19 July. The airline’s social spaces, open to those travelling in Virgin Atlantic’s Upper-Class cabin, will reopen on all Green and Amber Virgin Atlantic routes...