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Celebrating AME in Istanbul

Over 15,000 event professionals, hailing from 40 countries, gathered in Istanbul, Turkey to celebrate the 5th ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition (AME) at the Istanbul Congress Center (ICC), from 21-23 February 2018. President of Tourism Media Group and TETKID, Volkan Ataman, commented: “A total of 617 international hosted buyers came to ACE of M.I.C.E.” The event brought 112 national and 57 international ...

EEAA 2018 celebrates the contribution women make to Australia’s business events industry

To mark International Women’s Day 2018, the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) hosted the EEAA 2018 International Women’s Breakfast at Doltone House Hyde Park in Sydney on 8 March. The association’s annual event celebrated the contribution women make to the Australian business events industry. EEAA chief executive, Joyce DiMascio, said women fulfil many and varied roles across ...

Speaking the language of International Women’s Day

By Lara Bushell, director & MC member, Conference Interpreters UK (CIUK) As we mark International Women’s Day, there is at least one branch of industry where everything is hunky-dory on the equality side. This remarkable exception is called ‘conference interpreting’. Indeed, to paraphrase George Orwell, in our farmyard women are more equal than others. We are in overwhelming majority here. It...

New revenue discussed at UFI Asia-Pacific Conference in Malaysia

More than 280 delegates from over 20 countries and regions attended the 13th UFI Asia-Pacific Conference at the Shangri-La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 1–2 March 2018, to discuss the future direction of the exhibition industry in Asia. The UFI Asia-Pacific Conference, UFI’s second largest event, featured two days of networking and learning as well as an Educational Forum, held on 28 Febru...

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux celebrates International Women’s Day

As people around the world unite to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018, the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) speaks to industry leaders to pay tribute to women in the business events industry. Anna Case, director, Gold Coast Business Events Case has had extensive experience in both business events and leisure tourism, having previously worked with Tourism Austra...

Incredible Impacts Programme opens submissions for 2018 Grants

The Incredible Impacts Programme, developed by the BestCities Global Alliance and the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), is again looking for associations to share examples of how they are leaving long-term legacies. Factors such as sustainability, environmental considerations and knowledge sharing are fundamental elements of international associations and the Incredible Imp...

PCMA appoints new VP of Knowledge and Experience Design

Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has announced the appointment of Tonya Almond as its VP of Knowledge and Experience Design. Almond will lead the events and education teams and will engage with its global audience to help PCMA evolve its education content and event experiences. She reports to Joyce Winnecke, PCMA’s chief content officer. Almond first served on the Greater Midw...

Attendance hit but quality hailed at Confex 2018

Organisers of International Confex received outstanding exhibitor and visitor feedback for the show despite the exhibition suffering from some of the worst weather conditions in 30 years. More than 5,000 event professionals braved the snow to attend Confex, from 28 February-1 March at London Olympia, to see one of the event’s best received conference programme and do business with the 223 exhibito...

Oscars facing crisis of viewership, claims Wochit

Dror Ginzberg, co-founder & CEO of video creation platform Wochit believes that falling views for the Oscars offer an opportunity for mobile video providers. “The Oscars, like many special TV events in the calendar, has suffered from falling TV viewership figures in past years,” Ginzberg said. “Last year, just 32m people in the US tuned in, the smallest audience for the Academy since 2008,” he...

Capturing #Confex18

International Confex saw thousands of event professionals brave blizzards for Day One (28 February) and Day Two (1 March) at Olympia London. Despite London being easier to navigate than other parts of the country, many event professionals travelled from afar, using different modes of transport to get to the show come what may. “It was really impressive the lengths some of our visitors went through...

Freeman wins 3-year Mobile World Congress deal

Global provider of brand experiences, Freeman, has been named an official approved partner for all Mobile World Congress (MWC) events worldwide, in a new three-year deal with event producer, the GSMA. The agreement will see Freeman act as a recommended agency for the flagship MWC event in Barcelona beginning in 2019. The company will work with exhibitors as preferred creative agency and stand buil...

Midsize cities on the move, according to new Skift research

A new research report ‘The Rise of Midsize Cities in the Meetings Industry’ in North America and Europe, commissioned by the IMEX Group and developed by Skift, examines how some midsize cities have managed to position themselves as ‘innovation’ or ‘knowledge’ hubs. The 40-page report also examines how they leveraged their local innovation economies to elevate their destination brands, and develop ...