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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...

Totem event tech brings Climate Week NYC centre stage

Totem, a London-based technology company, has described how it provided the virtual and hybrid events platform used to bring Climate Week NYC, 20-26 September, to the global stage. The virtual platform enabled 3,000 registrations for the event from senior business and government leaders from across the world. This year’s event had a focus for the global sustainability movement ahead of COP26 in No...

Egencia launches tool for saving money with dynamic pricing in hotels

Artificial intelligence (AI) is already being used to automatically generates price-per-night limits and offering time saving over manual research. Now business travel management company Egencia®, part of Expedia Group™, has launched a new hotel policy configuration feature that uses an AI-powered algorithm to automatically and dynamically adjust hotel price caps according to the local market medi...

Planning events that don’t cost the earth

Ingrid Guepin, special project manager at ATPI Corporate Events NL, shares tips on making events more sustainable in a post-Covid-19 world:   The opportunities presented by the return of events also brings with it a chance to re-think past approaches and ensure that sustainability is integrated into all aspects of planning. Events taking place after this hiatus can and should be redesigned in...