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Swapcard acquires registration platform Avolio

Online event platform Swapcard has acquired Avolio, a registration platform based in the USA. Swapcard says the acquisition will allow them to provide event organisers with one technology partner that can run all their hybrid and virtual events. The acquisition comes following a 400% increased in projected turnover between June 2020 and January 2021 for Swapcard. The company has also expanded from...

ICCA launches new certification programme

Coming off the back of a difficult year, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) is delivering on its promise of a new focus on innovation and business opportunities for members and has launched a new certification programme, ICCASkills. ICCA says it has launched the certification programme to meet the challenges of the need for new business models, enhanced professionalism an...

PCMA’s CL21 opens up its omnichannel showcase via MBS Singapore’s Global Broadcast Center

PCMA’s Convening Leaders (CL21) has kicked off, 11-15 January, this year as a global omnichannel showcase of business events.  Audiences this year have the flexibility to participate how and where they choose. While Houston, Texas, had initially been chosen to host the in-person event, the spread of the Covid pandemic, meant that PCMA moved to connect its CL21 participants in different regions/cou...

IMEX Frankfurt 2021 cancelled

The IMEX Group chairman Ray Bloom and CEO Carina Bauer released the following statement, 11 January: It is with regret that we announce the cancellation of IMEX in Frankfurt 2021, due to take place at Messe Frankfurt from 25–27 May. We know the timing of our announcement comes as a blow so early in 2021. More than anything, and like you, we’re eager to deliver some good news and mark a fresh start...

Canada tops list of best countries for remote working in 2021

Canada has been crowned the best country for remote working in 2021 in a new ranking of the best places to be a digital nomad by UK-based Circle Loop. Cloud-based telephone systems technology provider Circle Loop looked at a range of factors from the cost of internet speed and the Global Happiness Index, to the monthly rent of a one-bedroom apartment and the number of searches for remote jobs amon...

Kenes Group mourns the loss of founder and president, Gideon Rivlin

Global PCO Kenes Group has announced, 11 January, the passing of its founder and president Gideon Rivlin. “On behalf of the management, staff, and industry partners, we extend our deepest sympathies to Dan Rivlin, CEO, and son of Gideon, and their family,” a statement from the company said. Gideon Rivlin founded Kenes Group in 1965 in Tel Aviv and served as its president and chairman of the board....

Reed Exhibitions Russia, Turkey and Middle East CEO to lead UK business

Reed Exhibitions has announced announced that the CEO of its Russia, Turkey and the Middle East, Anna Dycheva-Smirnova, has taken on the role of CEO of Reed Exhibitions UK. The appointment was effective from 1 January 2021. Dycheva-Smirnova (pictured) joined Reed Exhibitions as deputy general manager of Reed Exhibitions Russia in 2008 and became CEO of Reed Exhibitions Russia in 2017. In 2019, she...

Adweek acquires Social Media Week

Adweek, a publication covering marketing, media and technology, has acquired Social Media Week (SMW). Social Media Week organises SMW Conferences, SMW News & Insights and recently launched streaming platform SMW+. Social Media Week hosts in-person events across six continents, with nearly 100,000 attendees – SMW also held its first virtual conference this past May with over 175 hours of ...

ICCA announces a series of new senior appointments

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has announced a number of new senior appointments. Caroline Stanners has been appointed to the newly created role of Chief Business Development Officer. She will be leading and supporting the Regional Directors, ICCA’s events, marketing and communications activities. Frances van Klaveren will serve as the association’s new Communit...

Asia Pacific comes out on top for 2020 in Henley Passport Index

The Asia Pacific region has come out on top in the 2021 edition of the Henley Passport Index, which ranks passports according to the number of destinations its holders can access without a visa. Japan holds the top spot, with Japanese passport holders able to enter 191 countries without a visa. Singapore comes in second with 190 countries, followed by South Korea and Germany with 189. This year’s ...

Ashfield to launch Eventsafe Covid-19 screening for F2F events in Europe from January

Global healthcare event specialists, Ashfield Meetings & Events (part of UDG Healthcare plc), and sister company Ashfield Patient Solutions, have launched a joint effort to offer rapid Covid-19 screening at face-to-face events. EventSafe – as the service will be called – will be available at events in Europe starting in January 2021. The group says the news is likely to be welcomed by many of ...

INVNT forms group-wide international business development team

Global branding agency INVNT Group, launched in June 2020, has announced the formation of a portfolio-wide global business development team. It will be based in five countries and led by Scott Kerr, the former INVNT managing director of business development, who has been promoted to the role of chief sales officer. The group’s new international team will develop campaign solutions for clients leve...