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Reed Exhibitions Russia, Turkey and Middle East CEO to lead UK business

Reed Exhibitions has announced announced that the CEO of its Russia, Turkey and the Middle East, Anna Dycheva-Smirnova, has taken on the role of CEO of Reed Exhibitions UK. The appointment was effective from 1 January 2021. Dycheva-Smirnova (pictured) joined Reed Exhibitions as deputy general manager of Reed Exhibitions Russia in 2008 and became CEO of Reed Exhibitions Russia in 2017. In 2019, she...

Adweek acquires Social Media Week

Adweek, a publication covering marketing, media and technology, has acquired Social Media Week (SMW). Social Media Week organises SMW Conferences, SMW News & Insights and recently launched streaming platform SMW+. Social Media Week hosts in-person events across six continents, with nearly 100,000 attendees – SMW also held its first virtual conference this past May with over 175 hours of ...

ICCA announces a series of new senior appointments

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has announced a number of new senior appointments. Caroline Stanners has been appointed to the newly created role of Chief Business Development Officer. She will be leading and supporting the Regional Directors, ICCA’s events, marketing and communications activities. Frances van Klaveren will serve as the association’s new Communit...

Asia Pacific comes out on top for 2020 in Henley Passport Index

The Asia Pacific region has come out on top in the 2021 edition of the Henley Passport Index, which ranks passports according to the number of destinations its holders can access without a visa. Japan holds the top spot, with Japanese passport holders able to enter 191 countries without a visa. Singapore comes in second with 190 countries, followed by South Korea and Germany with 189. This year’s ...

Ashfield to launch Eventsafe Covid-19 screening for F2F events in Europe from January

Global healthcare event specialists, Ashfield Meetings & Events (part of UDG Healthcare plc), and sister company Ashfield Patient Solutions, have launched a joint effort to offer rapid Covid-19 screening at face-to-face events. EventSafe – as the service will be called – will be available at events in Europe starting in January 2021. The group says the news is likely to be welcomed by many of ...

INVNT forms group-wide international business development team

Global branding agency INVNT Group, launched in June 2020, has announced the formation of a portfolio-wide global business development team. It will be based in five countries and led by Scott Kerr, the former INVNT managing director of business development, who has been promoted to the role of chief sales officer. The group’s new international team will develop campaign solutions for clients leve...

SITE announces new leadership roster for 2021

The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) has announced its leadership line-up for 2021, welcoming four new directors to the SITE International Board of Directors and three new Trustees to the Board of the SITE Foundation. Following the resignation of Didier Scaillet in September 2020, Rebecca Wright, head of chapter Engagement at SITE, has been appointed interim executive director. She s...

Hybrid City Alliance launches in response to growth of multi-hub meetings

A Hybrid City Alliance has been launched in a collaboration that sees four like-minded destinations come together with a new creative offer for meetings buyers. The Hague Convention Bureau, Ottawa Tourism Business Events, Prague Convention Bureau and Geneva Convention Bureau are behind the initiative at a time when multi-hub hybrid meetings and conferences continue to grow in popularity, particula...

Smart Badge: The Australian innovation for events in the Covid era

What started as an idea for a simple social distancing alert system developed by an Australian production company to help restart events in the wake of a global pandemic has evolved into a dynamic, automated safety device being adopted by multiple industries navigating the challenges of Covid-19. “Harry the hirer was looking for something to try and help the events industry get back up on its feet...

#WeCreateExperiences: launch video a hit with UK media

The UK’s One Industry One Voice (OIOV) #WeCreateExperiences B2B campaign kicked off on the 7 December with its key messages of education, inspiration and reassurance receiving media coverage across national and regional broadcasters and publications, with organisers lauding that launch as an “overwhelming success”. The launch video, narrated by BBC TV presenter Clare Balding and including a ...

Destination marketing survey: take part now

The closing date for the Destination Marketing Post-Covid-19 Survey is fast approaching. The survey has been created to assist destinations, and the business and travel sectors within those destinations, in planning recovery activity after the Covid-19 pandemic. The survey takes approximately three minutes to complete and is part of a wider global engagement campaign by davies tanner entitled R...

Cvent signs multi-year tech partnership with Radisson Hotel Group

Event technology provider Cvent and Radisson Hotel Group (RHG) have announced a multi-year agreement for Cvent Transient Business Intelligence. Under the agreement, Radisson Hotel Group will use Cvent’s business intelligence software to evaluate and enhance property-level transient performance for 85 of its properties across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Gianni Di Fede, RHG EMEA VP o...