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#PurpleLightUp: 24-hour global broadcast event kicks off this week

A 24-hour broadcast event is to run 2-3 December around the world in an effort to celebrate disability and inclusion, to coincide with UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The event is being run by PurpleSpace, a global organisation supporting the Employee Resource Group (ERG) network leaders to drive cultural change, is free to join and will bring together disabled thought leaders, ...

IBTM World launches online platform ahead of virtual December event

IBTM has launched its first online platform, ahead of IBTM World Virtual 2020 which will take place 8-10 December. The platform is created by Sector Global, an international marketing agency; Features of the platform include pre-event matchmaking, HD video meetings during the event, exhibitor directories and an exhibitor zone. There will also be fully integrated live conference streaming and on-de...

UK government announces new testing plan for high-risk international arrivals

The UK government has announced a new strategy for managing internationals arrivals into England during the Covid-19 pandemic. Passengers arriving from high-risk countries (those not on the travel corridor list) must self-isolate upon arrival. They will then take a test on day 5 of landing, either at home or at a testing site. If they test negative, they can exit self-isolation. Those being tested...

IBTM Events appoints new Director as Shane Hannam steps down

Reed Travel Exhibitions has announced that Shane Hannam is stepping down from his position as Portfolio Director of IBTM Events after almost three years in the role. As a result, the IBTM Events portfolio will now be managed by Claude Blanc. Claude Blanc commented: “While the past few months have been incredibly challenging and a huge test of our industry, once again we have proved just how adapta...

IBTM launches global survey ahead of recovery

Global event brand IBTM and specialist PR and communications agency davies tanner have launched a global survey on destination marketing as part of a new IT’S TIME campaign. The Destination Marketing Post-Covid-19 Survey launched 17 November and has been created to assist destinations, and the business and travel sectors within those destinations, in planning recovery activity post the Covid-19 pa...

UK One Industry One Voice campaign partners with Major Events Summit

One Industry One Voice (OIOV), the UK coalition of associations and businesses created to champion the events industry, has formed a strategic partnership with the Major Events Summit, an online meeting place for the sports and event community. Up to 500 delegates are expected to attend the Major Events Summit on 2 December, which will discuss overcoming the challenges posed by the coronavirus pan...

IBTM World Virtual 2020 announces new keynotes

Reed Travel Exhibitions’ IBTM has announced Cecilia MoSze Tham (pictured) and Mike Wittenstein as its latest two keynote speakers for IBTM World Virtual, the online-only event replacing the traditional live show this year, 8-10 December. Cecilia, a social technologist at Alpha Telefonica, has been described as an ‘innovation activist’ and serial entrepreneur, and will present a session on the futu...

Vaccine breakthrough pushes up Informa shares 27% with hoteliers and airlines also making gains

With news breaking this morning, 9 November, of a ‘Milestone’ vaccine offering 90% protection against Covid-19, exhibition organiser Informa plc was the third highest riser on the FTSE100 share index, putting on gains of over 30% at one point before settling setting at 27% up at noon in London. Large companies in the events sector, hospitality and airlines also put on big gains, with Compass Group...

Konduko, Shocklogic and ICC Belfast among the winners at Event Technology Awards 2020

Global provider of Kontactless Smart Event technologies, Konduko, was the big winner at the UK-organised Event Technology Awards (ETA) 2020’s virtual ceremony taking home – or staying at home with – three: Best use of Technology for Engagement & Interaction (B2B), Best use of Wireless Technology and Best Exhibition Technology. ICC Belfast won the ‘Most innovative and tech-friendly venue’ categ...

AIM Communication acquires Gas Communication

AIM Communication, part of AIM Group, has acquired the majority stake in Gas Communication, a PR and media relations agency specialising in the health sector. AIM Communication takes over the management of Gas Communication and Gianluca Scavo, new CEO of AIM Communication said: “This additional investment in the area of communication and digital enhances our capacity to help our clients achieve th...

Industry draws big endorsement from Luxembourg prime minister speaking at ICCA Congress

ICCA’s multi-hub, hybrid 59th Congress continued the process of ‘Transforming Together’ and, on its second day, 2 November, attracted a message of support delivered in person by Luxembourg prime minister Hon. Xavier Bettel (pictured), who showed that some politicians really do get our industry. Speaking at the European hub in Luxembourg, 2 November, he greeted ICCA delegates and acknowledged the v...

ICCA Transforming Together in 2020

The 59th ICCA Congress has opened with the hosts in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, thrilling the audience both physical and virtual with a musical feast of an Opening Ceremony. The spirit of Kaohsiung City shone through whatever the medium of connection. ICCA’s London-based President James Rees beamed in his welcome to delegates thanks to holographic technology. A metaphor for the overarching theme of this ye...