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American Express Global Business Travel acquires DER BT

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has completed the acquisition of DER Business Travel (DER BT).

Comexposium splits into three regional divisions, CEO Simon Foster to leave

French organiser Comexposium has announced it is splitting into three regional divisions – Comexposium Americas, APAC and EMEA.

Thailand cave rescuer announced as keynote speaker at IBTM World 2019

IBTM has announced that John Volanthen, the world-record holding British cave diver who played a major role in the astonishing 2018 Tham Luang Thailand cave rescue of the youth football team, will be the first keynote speaker for IBTM World 2019, which takes place at Fira Barcelona from 19-21 November. John will deliver a session at IBTM World as part of the event’s Knowledge Programme. John’s tal...

New Board President elected at Incentive Marketing Association

A new slate of officers and directors has been announced for the 2019-2020 Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) Board, led by new President Don Killingback.

American Express M&E report dives deep into maximising the event experience

American Express Meetings & Events has released a report on how meeting planners can maximise the event experience with similar or lesser resources/budgets and still meet the objectives of meeting/marketing owners. The report explores:

Do travellers maintain wellness routines on business?

Research by CWT, a business travel management platform, shows that awareness of maintaining healthy eating habits is growing momentum amongst business travellers. Overall 38% of business travelers eat healthier while on the road. Asia Pacific travelers are the most likely to eat healthier when traveling for business (46%) compared to travelers in Americas (35%) and Europe (29%). “Maintaining healt...

WeWork losses revealed ahead of stock market float

WeWork, the international flexible office provider, has revealed large losses as it attempts to float on the stock market. Its co-working space provider parent holding, We Company, announced the financial news on 14 August, news that has been met with a storm of criticism, most notably on Twitter. Releasing its financial information ahead of an IP, WeWork reported a $1.9bn pre-tax loss for in 2018...

Europe hotel construction up 52.4% in July

Data benchmarking and analytical specialists for the hospitality sector STR have reported the hotel pipeline data for Europe showed 1,504 projects accounting for 192,352 rooms in construction as of July 2019.

Pacific World introduces #BringchangewithME

The DMC says its #BringchangewithME campaign is a ground-up commitment to socially focused programmes based on individual action. 

Hampton by Hilton opens hotel number 2,500

Global hotel brand Hampton by Hilton has reported reaching the ‘2,500 hotels open’ mark and its largest pipeline in history - 700 properties and more than 93,000 rooms.

Cvent CEO Reggie Aggarwal named top SaaS CEO for second year

Reggie Agarwal, CEO and Founder of Cvent, has been named SaaS (software as a service) CEO for the second year in a row, by The Software Report.

World’s busiest day for flying?

More than 17m passengers set to fly on 9 August as the peak summer travel season for many parts of the world gets underway.