IBTM World accelerates into mentorship programme

IBTM World has launched an investment and mentoring programme for young entrepreneurs, ‘Event Business Accelerator’.

Ascential reports growth for Cannes Lions and Money 20/20

Global information, data and events company Ascential plc’s interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2019, point to strong strategic progress and organic growth in revenue and profit.

Seasoned travellers most likely to book flights on mobile apps

The most active business travellers are most likely to book flights on their smartphone, according to research conducted by travel management platform CWT. Travellers who make more than five trips a year are 13% more likely to book on their smartphone, according to the research, while travellers revisiting a location are 11% more likely to do so. “The findings are clear: the more you travel, the m...

New Chair for BestCities as Karina Lance steps down

Beverley Williamson, General Manager of Business Development and Bids at Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), has been appointed as Chairperson for the BestCities Global Alliance Strategic Business Development group (SBD). She will take over from Karina Lance of Dubai Tourism, who had been the Chair since May 2017. Williamson (pictured) will bring a wealth of experience, with 25 years in the busines...

Cvent launches interactive floorplans

Hotels and venues featured on the Cvent Supplier Network now have the ability to feature an interactive floor plan for any space at their property.

Marriott to be fined £100m for data breach

US hotel group Marriott International is to be fined £99.2m, reports the BBC.

Giant iTab expands its reach with new partners

Giant iTab, the event technology provider of giant touchscreens, tablets and smartphones for enhanced digital engagement, has expanded into South Africa, Scandinavia, Japan, Greece and Cyprus, with new partnership agreements. The partnerships with a range of AV rental companies, creative agencies and technical solutions providers means The Giant iTab network now covers four continents and 12 count...

Business travellers all charged up for innovation

Research by travel management platform CWT shows that 71% of global business travellers embrace travel innovation. Travellers from the Americas and Asia Pacific are in the vanguard, with 75% and 71%, respectively, keen to embrace innovation. Europeans, on the other hand, are warier of the changes – 7% of them stating a reluctance to embrace travel innovation versus 5% of Asia Pacific and 3% of Ame...

AIPC hosts awards during 2019 Annual Conference

The International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) recently hosted its annual conference and 61st general assembly, in Antwerp, Belgium.

Consortium including Blackstone and LEGO owner to acquire Merlin Entertainments

A consortium of investors comprised of Blackstone, owner of Clarion Events; KIRKBI, owner of the LEGO brand; and global investor CPPIB has agreed terms of a recommended offer for Merlin Entertainments plc, which would take the company private.

Industry reacts to Theresa May’s Tourism Sector Deal

EIB chairman Michael Hirst and UKinbound chair James Aitken react to today's big news from 10 Downing Street.

DBpixelhouse celebrates Bring Your Dog To Work Day

DBpixelhouse celebrated Bring Your Dog To Work Day last week, raising money for animal charities All Dogs Matter and Animals Asia, a charity which works to protect animal rights in China and Vietnam. DBpixelhouse graphic designer Katie McNaught first suggested the company take part: “The idea came from a colleague – that as part of DB’s corporate social responsibility, we should support an animal ...