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Association for conference interpreters doubles delegates

The international association of conference interpreters (AIIC) Private Market Sector (PRIMS) meeting doubled its delegate numbers when the conference came to London’s IMO earlier this month. With remote/distant interpreting an area of great concern for the profession, the London conference drew 170 members and meant organisers had to find a larger venue than initially envisaged. The IMO venue on ...

hotel republic announces record £10.2m turnover

Hotel sales and marketing and representation company, hotel republic, has posted record turnover of £10.2m (US$13.10) its hotel conference portfolio for last year, including invoicing £1.2m in hotel fees alone. The agency also booked its biggest ever event worth £1.7m during the period, as well as 75,000 room nights which translated into £8.2m million for its Leisure hotel portfolio. Managing Dire...

GL events graduates to €1 billion club and targets acquisitions

Global integrated event industry group GL Events has announced 2018 consolidated revenues topping €1bn. The €1.041bn total figure represented a rise of 9% like-for-like and completion of the group’s ZZX acquisition in China. The company reported an adverse exchange rate effect of €34m offset by contributions from new acquisitions. International markets accounted for 50% of annual revenue. Olivier ...

One night in Bangkok: SITE Crystal Awards

At a ceremony earlier this month in Bangkok, CWT Meetings & Events and Ovation Switzerland were among the agency winners at the SITE Crystal Awards. The award for CWT M&E stemmed from a CSR opportunity that the company organised for client 3M, in Maui in March 2018, while Ovation worked with Michelin USA to deliver a top driving incentive. A video of Ovation and Michelin’s ‘Gra...

American Express Meetings & Events launches Meetings Express

American Express Meetings & Events (M&E), a division of American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), today announced the launch of Meetings Express. The platform provides users with a single global interface for sourcing small, simple, and recurring meetings. To provide the most relevant local content, Meetings Express is supported by carefully selected third-party technology providers i...

ATPI reports year of growth, new offices and new hires

New strategic partnerships, significant investment in market-leading technology and a series of senior appointments led to growth and global expansion in 2018, reports global travel and events management business, the ATPI Group. In the first quarter of the year ATPI added to its network through strategic partnerships. Direct ATPI Global Travel, a joint organisation with US based Direct Travel was...

Reed moves to acquire Mack Brooks Exhibitions

Following weeks of speculation of Mack Brooks Exhibitions being up for sale, Reed Exhibitions, a division of RELX Group, has officially announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mack Brooks Exhibitions. The parties have not disclosed the value of the deal, although industry insiders have estimated the price to be around the £200m mark. Once the deal is finalised, it will add ...

2018 PCMA Chairman’s Award goes to…PCMA!

Claire Smith, Chair of PCMA’s Board of Directors, presented the 2018 Chairman’s Award at the Convening Leaders event in Pittsburgh to the association’s own staff, for hard work and dedication. “Last year was exciting, yet challenging, for the organisation as it embarked on a journey of self-reflection and realignment towards achieving our vision,” Smith said. “But PCMA employees persevered and emb...

Events Industry Council searches for new CEO

The CEO of the Events Industry Council (EIC), Karen Kotowski, has resigned her post, the association has announced. She has led the 30-plus member EIC for 10 years. Chair of the EIC’s Board of Directors Tina Wehmeir, said a search for a new CEO has begun. “We plan to identify a new CEO who brings a global perspective and background to help in further broadening the reach of our organisations and c...

Aventri and Sciensio announce partnership

Event management software provider Aventri has joined forces with event chatbot company Sciensio to create an end-to-end management solution which leverages ‘EventBots’ to provide answers to thousands of common event questions. The EventBots use artificial intelligence technology to answer commonly asked questions such as ‘Where should I park?’ and ‘What’s the d...

Air Monitor predicts stable air fares for 2019

Competition from low-cost carriers on long-haul routes are helping to hold down rates, according to American Express Global Business Travel’s newly released Air Monitor 2019. However, the report finds there are exceptions, including growing demand on North American routes. In contrast, fares to Middle East destinations are forecast to fall from all regions, in both business and economy classes. Ov...

New Year, new look and new strategy for JMIC

The Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) has set a new course for the New Year, including a new Charter, revised constitution and streamlined Strategic Plan. The new approach was agreed at JMIC’s final meeting of 2018, where members reached a consensus on a number of key structural changes intended to guide the ongoing development of the industry representation body. The new Charter sets out the...