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BCD Meetings & Events releases ‘The Green White Paper’ sustainability report

BCD Meetings & Events (BCD M&E) has unveiled its latest report, ‘The Green White Paper’, which explores how sustainability affects and plays a part in the meetings, travel and events industry. The report draws on quantitative and qualitative research from more than 350 corporate and event professionals. This is a key example of their continued investment in the industry and their ethical a...

WomenPresent to reverse speaker gender disparity

A not-for-profit platform that aims to connect event organisers and female speakers has been launched with the aim to bring more female voices to industry conferences and events. Quoting research by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA), that suggests that 30% of speakers at industry events are women, new tech platform WomenPresent is out to tackle gender disparity at events. Failing...

Leading industry associations pool resources to develop MICE in emerging markets

With ever more regions and cities around the globe recognising the vital role Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) plays in spurring economic growth (MICE delegates contribute as much as four times more per visit than leisure tourists), there is also an increasing demand for experienced MICE professionals worldwide. In response to this, three leading industry associations ̵...

American Express Meetings & Events forecasts steady events growth for 2019

American Express Meetings & Events (Amex M&E) has predicted a ‘new normal’ of stable and steady growth for the events industry in its 2019 Global Meetings and Events Forecast. Global meetings activity is expected to increase alongside increases in budget allocation. Consolidation across the industry and the rise of disruptive suppliers is expected to create an environment where meeting pla...

Cvent acquires Social Tables

Cvent has announced that it has acquired Social Tables, an event diagramming, seating, and collaboration platform. More than 5,000 organisations and hospitality brands, including Under Armour, Live Nation, Hyatt, The Venetian, ClubCorp, and Forbes, have utilised Social Tables to help them develop and plan nearly 4.5m events. Cvent acquired Social Tables to help event planners and venues better col...

IBTM announces new exhibition director for IBTM World

IBTM, part of global exhibition organiser Reed Travel Exhibitions, has announced that it has appointed David Thompson as exhibition director for IBTM World. Thompson has spent the last 14 years in the industry producing award-winning events for the likes of Haymarket Exhibitions, BBC, Informa, Daily Mail Group and Clarion Events. He brings with him an international perspective having organised exh...

New ICCA report on 55-year history of international association meetings tells story of continued growth

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)’s newest industry report A Modern History of International Association Meetings – Update: 1963-2017, released to celebrate the global association’s 55th anniversary, reveals the results of an extensive study on the 55-year growth of the international association meetings industry. The report celebrates the continued influence of internat...

HRS chosen by Airbus to digitise its Global Hotel Programme

Global hotel booking agency HRS has announced it has been selected by Airbus to oversee the digital transformation of the aircraft manufacturer’s hotel programme. HRS will manage the company’s hotel negotiations and existing booking tools, as well as new mobile applications. HRS and Airbus will also collaborate on implementing virtual payment for travellers across its preferred hotel properties. W...

IMEX CEO Carina Bauer honoured at Spirit of Hospitality Awards

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, has been presented with the Leadership Award in Collaboration by the Timothy S.Y. Lam Foundation (TSYLF) at the annual Spirit of Hospitality Rockin’ Celebration Awards. The presentation was made by Julius Solaris (pictured with Bauer), Editor of Event Manager Blog, at the Awards Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas on the eve of IMEX America 2018. Cari...

GO Beyond Group announces three new DMC partnerships

Newly-created sales, marketing and representation company GO Beyond Group has announced new partnerships with three destination management companies: Destination Fabulous (Las Vegas), Insiders Tourism (UAE) and The Winners Group Southern Africa. Co-founded by Kate Moss and Michelle Lawrie in 2018, GO Beyond Group will help drive each DMC’s conference, meetings and incentive sales in the UK. Moss c...

BMA finalists lined up for biggest ICCA Congress outside Europe

Three leading ICCA member suppliers are set to compete live on 13 November to be named the 21st winner of the association’s Best Marketing Award. They will all present at the 2018 ICCA Congress in Dubai, which, with a 1,000-plus delegates is shaping up to be the biggest Congress held by ICCA outside of Europe. The shortlisted finalists for the ICCA Best Marketing Award are: VisitScotland: ‘Scotlan...

AlliedPRA morphs into PRA following brand acquisition

Global business event management company AlliedPRA and its acquired offices of DSC, Briggs and Destination Nashville have now launched a new, unified brand, PRA. PRA marks a new chapter of a growth story for a group now working in all major destinations in North America, and beyond. The rebrand to PRA comes after a busy couple of years for the company, including the acquisition of DSC, based in Co...