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MPI welcomes Nevada re-opening as it prepares for WEC Vegas and 1,500 attendees in-person in June

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has said it anticipated the Nevada governor’s announcement (reported by CMW 15 April) for a full, 100% reopening of the state’s convention facilities from 1 June, and is ready to run its annual North American signature event in Las Vegas. The association stressed it would maintain strict safety disciplines at its World Education Congress (WEC) event. MPI i...

Barbados joins first 2021 ANTOR event to reconnect with the MICE market

ANTOR, the association of National Tourism Offices and Representatives in Britain, has announced that Barbados will be joining their featured destinations, Miami, Hungary, Slovenia and Taiwan at the first ANTOR Meets MICE 2021, a digital-only event taking place next Tuesday 20 April from 10am-2pm. The event is free to MICE buyers, planners and corporates. To attend ANTOR Meets MICE, click this lin...

Positive Impact fundraising for event climate framework ahead of Earth Day

Positive Impact Events, a group which advocates for sustainability in the events industry, is fundraising to create a carbon target and reduction framework. Positive Impact says that the target is a requirement to ensure future generations can still attend events. It will be developed alongside the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and will provide event professionals with goa...

CMW Sessions: EMEC 2021 preview with executive producer Paul Cook

For the latest in our video series of CMW Sessions, Stuart Wood spoke to Paul Cook, executive producer of MPI’s upcoming virtual European Meetings and Events Conference. Cook gave us a run through of what to expect from the programme, and the challenges involved in moving a hands-on globetrotting event to a virtual format.

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SITE’s chief marketing officer Pádraic Gilligan on why it’s good to be an incentive travel professional in 2021.   Like all incentive travel professionals, I’m looking forward to better times in 2021. Realistically, it cannot get any worse as the pandemic, has thoroughly devastated the incentive travel industry.  This was graphically illustrated by the Incentive Travel Industry Index (ITII) w...

Nextech AR Solutions confirmed as International Confex hybrid partner

International Confex has confirmed it will be partnering with Nextech AR Solutions, which will manage the event’s hybrid elements in 2021. The event, which will take place at ExCeL London, 22-23 June, will be the UK’s first major show once England reopens on 21 June. Organisers Mash Media expect to host more than 8,000 event professionals in person with a further 5,000 joining online. The event in...

EventsAIR adds 3D mode to its hybrid platform OnAIR

Event technology company EventsAIR has released the latest version of its OnAIR hybrid platform. The new version adds 3D environments, which delegates can move around in to explore an event. Other new features include custom scenes that can match brands, events or real-life environments, clickable areas to guide, inform and interact, an AIRTouch device, a virtual personal assistant, and an inbuilt...

GainingEdge launches online training

Global business events industry consultancy, GainingEdge, has announced its first round of instructor-led, online courses, beginning 10 May. The 90-minute courses will provide industry professionals an opportunity to upskill their expertise through practical and interactive learning sessions. The first courses offered will include: business events branding; bid process and strategy; and local host...

Swapcard publishes ‘The Business of Virtual Events’ report for GMID

Online event platform Swapcard has published a new report, ‘The Business of Virtual Events’, to mark Global Meetings Industry Day. The guide provides detailed advice and key takeaways on how to monetise virtual events, taking in topics such as the event lifecycle, sponsorships and exhibitor management. The results are taken from an analysis of virtual events that took place on the Swapcard platfor...

Industry celebrates Global Meetings Industry Day

Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) is taking place today, 8 April. Find out how you can get involved with GMID at this link. GMID is a celebration of the meetings industry and the economic benefit that it brings, taking place across the world. The day is organised by Meetings Mean Business, a coalition of meetings industry eventprofs that started in Canada, but now has a global reach. This year’s...

Global Meetings Industry Day 2021: Get involved!

Thursday 8 April is Global Meetings Industry Day, where all around the world we celebrate the work of the many conference and meetings professionals involved in the production of creating meaningful and impactful face-to-face and online experiences. As the meetings industry looks forward to getting back to business, we want to hear what conferences and meetings you are working on or looking forwar...

SportAccord summit moves from May to November, but stays in Ekaterinburg

New dates in Ekaterinburg, Russia, have been confirmed for the SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit 2021. The influential global sports gathering will now take place 7-12 November 2021 at the IEC Ekaterinburg-Expo. The decision to push back the dates for the Summit from May to November was taken by the SportAccord executive committee. SportAccord is in close dialogue with its partners in ...