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60th ICCA Congress 2021 goes meta and maximises multi-hub format potential

Global associations and meetings industry professionals came together for the 2021 ICCA Congress across five different cities and via a virtual platform. Twelve hundred from 83 countries were united at the Congress 24-27 October and enjoyed 100 hours of live content and 120 speakers to the stages. Hopes for one big unifying Congress in Cartagena, Colombia, were dashed by Covid travel restrictions ...

COP26 and the sustainable future of events

Alex Hughes, Co-founder, Totem Hybrid Events, says the situation should not be about damage limitation but about seizing an important opportunity   Covid-19 was a ‘reset’ moment for the events industry. We stopped, we worried, and we all responded in different ways to that moment – and we are still adapting to the ripples of change. Alongside that reset, something else happened – someth...

IBTM World reveals 65-session Knowledge Programme

Organisers of IBTM World, which opens in Barcelona later this month, have announced the Knowledge Programme will include 65 sessions and the CMP-accredited conference programme will feature three keynote speakers. The content sessions will be built around four topical themes: Trends and technology; gamification and engagement; the future of event planning (including sustainability, safety and secu...

Saudi Arabia to host WTTC 22nd Global Summit

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced that its 22nd Global Summit will take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at the end of 2022. The summit in Riyadh will see industry leaders gathering with key government representatives to drive support for the sector’s ongoing recovery. The event in Saudi Arabia will follow the next highly anticipated Global Summit, which is taking place in ...

HVS says hotel values won’t return to pre-pandemic levels until at least 2023

A webinar held by hospitality consultancy HVS and EP Business in Hospitality, 27 October, predicts that hotel values will not make a full return to pre-pandemic levels until 2023-25, with some regions showing faster signs of recovery than others. HVS consultants from across the global revealed the impact of the pandemic on hotel performance in their regions and the factors impacting recovery. Whil...

SITE elects new leadership roster for 2022

Following elections for open board positions at Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), Marcella Zuniga, director of sales, The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue (North America); Melissa Moten, global sales director, PRA Business Events (North America); Michael Dalton, CIS, CITP founder, MICDrop (Europe) and Nitin Sachdeva executive director, Venture Marketing, (Asia), have been elected to s...

IAPCO and AIPC announce strategic collaboration

The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) and AIPC, the association representing international convention centres have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a strategic partnership designed to better understand members activities around research, visibility, and education. Julianne Jammers, board member of AIPC, said: “Alliances will be important to our ...

Global events industry pledge ready for COP26

In the run-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, the global events industry has adopted a ‘Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge’ to commit actors in the sector to targets aligned with the Paris Climate Accord. The pledge has broad industry support, with a range of members from the events industry supply chain involved in developing and executing the plans. On 10...

Gothenburg tops Global Destination Sustainability Index for fifth time in a row

The Global Destination Sustainability Index 2021 awards were presented at the ICCA World Congress in Paris, 26 October, with Gothenburg ranking at the top for the fifth time in a row. GDSI is a broad measure of how cities are at working with sustainability. Assessment and scoring are based on 69 different criteria that cover everything from recycling, greenhouse gas emissions, accessibility, inclu...

Web Summit to provide digital platform for CES 2022; show to require vaccination proof for in-person attendees

CES, the world’s largest consumer electronics show, which was forced to go digital in 2021 due to Covid-19, is returning to Las Vegas for an in-person and digital event from 5-8 January, 2022 and will require in-person attendees to show proof of vaccination. Organisers, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® have also announced they have selected Web Summit as the digital platform provider for...

Boosting remote engagement at integrated events

By Gregory Crandall, senior vice-president, at global brand activation specialists Pico’s Global Activation Team offers some insights from work with Coca-Cola, Midea and the recent Olympics:   The MICE industry is already on the path of integrated events which seek to equalise the experience between their online and offline audiences. Increasingly, it means that engaging an online audience wi...

Upskilling: a never-ending story

Michael Jones breaks down the differing and fast-changing approaches to professional training and advancement in the events industry: Event management education whether through university courses, on-the-job apprenticeship-style training, or upskilling, offers an avenue for individuals to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to flourish in the meetings industry.  Many professionals have tried t...