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Barnett to depart Reed Exhibitions

Following an internal restructure, it has been confirmed that senior exhibitions director of the IBTM Events portfolio, Graeme Barnett, will leave the company at the end of May after 22 years with Reed Exhibitions. “I leave with a sense of excitement for the future and a sense of pride in the past,” said Barnett. “I am looking forward to reconnecting with the many colleagues that I have enjoyed th...

International hotel chain offers special rate for all events booked directly

Following the cutting of booking agency rates to 7% by Marriott and Hilton, International hotel chain Maritim, part of Germany’s largest owner–managed hotel group, is offering an exclusive 5% discount to meetings planners who book directly via their website or through a Maritim representative.  Maritim has 33 properties across Germany as well as hotels in Mauritius, Egypt, Turkey, Malta, Spain and...

Nourishing business

CMW welcomes IACC CEO Mark Cooper who kicks off the first in a series of columns from the international venue association. There is plenty of nourishment in this inaugural article. Food and wellness-based trends throughout the globe can be fleeting by nature; however we’re seeing an unprecedented increase in them and they may be here to stay. In recent months I have delivered live educational even...

Conference hurricane hit leads academic drop

The last minute cancellation of an academic conference due to an approaching hurricane in 2012 caused a sizeable decline in collaboration and research, a study from the University of Kent in England has claimed. The research highlighted how industry conferences are key for building networks, sharing knowledge and helping form new ideas and innovations that will not occur if conferences do not take...