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Global Reporting Initiative releases new SDG reporting tool

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has made it easier for companies to report on how they are meeting the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). A new version of GRI’s report ‘Linking the SDGs and the GRI standards’ has been released as a free resource. It gives a breakdown of the targets under each of the 17 SDGs and maps them to the GRI Standards. There are also a suite of tools on how to i...

MCI unveils new look, new vision

Global engagement and marketing agency has unveiled a new brand design which it says is to “reflect marketplace demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. MCI says it is helping brands, associations and non-for-profits realise success by developing multi-channel strategies and delivering ongoing engagement for their customers, employees, sponsors and partners. MCI notes that its refreshed brand...

Ad astra! Tsar Events DMC and PCO team blaze a trail for Sputnik V vaccine

Russian destination marketing company and global PCO Tsar Events has been leading the way for the Sputnik V vaccination campaign. The team were among the first volunteers on the first day (13 January) of Phase 2 of Russia’s mass vaccination programme, which sees travel and hospitality industry workers among those eligible to be vaccinated (along with IT and science specialists, social worker...

June G7 summit worth £50m to UK host county Cornwall

Prime minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that the G7 summit scheduled for 11-13 June 2021 will take place in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, England. The three-day summit, to attended by leaders from the UK, US, Germany, France, Canada, Italy and Japan, is thought to be worth some £50m (US$67.65m) in economic benefit to the southwestern county. Delegates will be staying at the Tregenna Castle Resort, St I...

Swapcard acquires registration platform Avolio

Online event platform Swapcard has acquired Avolio, a registration platform based in the USA. Swapcard says the acquisition will allow them to provide event organisers with one technology partner that can run all their hybrid and virtual events. The acquisition comes following a 400% increased in projected turnover between June 2020 and January 2021 for Swapcard. The company has also expanded from...

ICCA launches new certification programme

Coming off the back of a difficult year, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) is delivering on its promise of a new focus on innovation and business opportunities for members and has launched a new certification programme, ICCASkills. ICCA says it has launched the certification programme to meet the challenges of the need for new business models, enhanced professionalism an...

PCMA’s CL21 opens up its omnichannel showcase via MBS Singapore’s Global Broadcast Center

PCMA’s Convening Leaders (CL21) has kicked off, 11-15 January, this year as a global omnichannel showcase of business events.  Audiences this year have the flexibility to participate how and where they choose. While Houston, Texas, had initially been chosen to host the in-person event, the spread of the Covid pandemic, meant that PCMA moved to connect its CL21 participants in different regions/cou...

IMEX Frankfurt 2021 cancelled

The IMEX Group chairman Ray Bloom and CEO Carina Bauer released the following statement, 11 January: It is with regret that we announce the cancellation of IMEX in Frankfurt 2021, due to take place at Messe Frankfurt from 25–27 May. We know the timing of our announcement comes as a blow so early in 2021. More than anything, and like you, we’re eager to deliver some good news and mark a fresh start...

Canada tops list of best countries for remote working in 2021

Canada has been crowned the best country for remote working in 2021 in a new ranking of the best places to be a digital nomad by UK-based Circle Loop. Cloud-based telephone systems technology provider Circle Loop looked at a range of factors from the cost of internet speed and the Global Happiness Index, to the monthly rent of a one-bedroom apartment and the number of searches for remote jobs amon...

Kenes Group mourns the loss of founder and president, Gideon Rivlin

Global PCO Kenes Group has announced, 11 January, the passing of its founder and president Gideon Rivlin. “On behalf of the management, staff, and industry partners, we extend our deepest sympathies to Dan Rivlin, CEO, and son of Gideon, and their family,” a statement from the company said. Gideon Rivlin founded Kenes Group in 1965 in Tel Aviv and served as its president and chairman of the board....

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 ...