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Boosting remote engagement at integrated events

By Gregory Crandall, senior vice-president, at global brand activation specialists Pico’s Global Activation Team offers some insights from work with Coca-Cola, Midea and the recent Olympics:   The MICE industry is already on the path of integrated events which seek to equalise the experience between their online and offline audiences. Increasingly, it means that engaging an online audience wi...

Upskilling: a never-ending story

Michael Jones breaks down the differing and fast-changing approaches to professional training and advancement in the events industry: Event management education whether through university courses, on-the-job apprenticeship-style training, or upskilling, offers an avenue for individuals to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to flourish in the meetings industry.  Many professionals have tried t...

Recovery for DMCs – time to look in our own backyard?

The UK declared ‘Freedom Day’ in late July and, following a series of unprecedented  lockdowns, attempted to re-start life as we know it, accepting the consequences of a rampant virus mutation balanced, this time, by a successful vaccination programme. Following an initial period of rapidly escalating Covid case numbers, almost four weeks later we can see this calculated risk seems to be paying of...

International MICE boost as US confirms it is to open to vaccinated travellers from 8 November

The White House assistant press secretary Kevin Munoz has confirmed the United States’ new travel policy that requires vaccination for foreign national travellers to the US will begin on 8 November. The date applies to both international air travel and land travel and is part of a policy guided by public health, he said. Under the new rules announced by the White House, vaccinated people who have ...

IAPCO global strategic task force publishes Covid-19 factsheet of national guidelines for industry

The International Association of Professional Conference Organisers (IAPCO) has launched a Covid-19 factsheet of national guidelines from different countries in a new publication from its Strategic global task force. In June 2020, IAPCO assembled a small group of national PCO associations from around the globe into a strategic task force. The objective was to facilitate the communication and disse...

Hubilo set to accelerate development with new £92m tranche of funding from private equity partners

Fast-growing global virtual events platform Hubilo has announced that in a funding round led by Alkeon Capital and including Lightspeed Venture Partners and Balderton Capital, it has raised £92m ($125.35m) in Series B funding. This investment demonstrates the growing attractiveness of the event technology sector and brings Hubilo’s total funding to £113m in less than 18 months. The investment, one...

Krakow to host the 61st ICCA Congress 2022

The Polish city of Krakow has been chosen to host the 61st ICCA Congress in 2022, in the final analysis, ahead of Athens and Bangkok. The Congress will be hosted at the ICE Congress Centre, 13-16 November. “Krakow clearly demonstrates commitment to two of ICCA’s core values: working together and embracing innovation. For this reason, the city was an obvious choice for next year’s congress. 2022 IC...

Cardiff City Hall welcomes the return of conferences

The ninth annual meeting for the International Cytokine and Interferon Society (ICIS) is due to take place at the Cardiff City Hall, Wales, 17-20 October. The medical conference is the world’s largest multidisciplinary organisation which aims to advance clinical research specific to the role of cytokines in health and disease. The conference will take place in a hybrid format and will be hosted th...

Events Industry Council gives its CMP stamp of approval to 37 professionals

The Events Industry Council (EIC) has recognised 37 professionals who have earned the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation. The CMP programme was launched in 1985 and aims to provide education, increased professionalism, and enhanced career opportunities in all sectors of the industry by: Identifying a comprehensive body of knowledge in the meeting management profession. Promoting indu...

Blackstone acquires visa for majority stake in VFS Global

Blackstone, EQT and the Kuoni and Hugentobler Foundation (KHF) have announced that funds managed by Blackstone have signed a definitive agreement with EQT VII fund and KHF to acquire a majority stake in the world’s largest provider of visa outsourcing services, VFS Global. EQT Private Equity will remain indirectly invested in the Company with a minority position. VFS Global is headquartered in Zür...

ICE launches annual report 2021

Ensuring the sustainability of events has risen to become the key challenge corporate organisers are looking to tackle between now and 2024, according to this year’s ICE Annual Benchmarking Research Report, sponsored by Cvent. The sustainable events objective was shared by 77% of the respondents of the annual survey and sat ahead of ‘the ability to deliver hybrid events’ (73%) and ‘educating inter...

BCD Travel and Spain’s Ávoris travel group reinforce partnership

Spanish travel group Ávoris and travel management company, BCD Travel have announced a strengthening of their partnership with Ávoris becoming the exclusive official representative of BCD in Spain. Part of the Barceló Group, Ávoris merged with Globalia’s outbound travel and tourism division earlier this year. “As a globally trusted leader in corporate travel management, we rely on experience...