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Why you should forget about the digital platform, and focus on experience

Christopher Bo Shields, chief creative officer and co-founder, Totem, says we should forget about which digital platform we are using, and focus on what matters – the experience.   Perhaps one of the most unexpected outcomes of 2020 – a year that was full of them – is the fact that virtual event platforms have become a huge point of discussion. But I’m going to say this: for...

IACC announces Mark Cooper will chair Events Industry Council board

IACC has announced that its CEO, Mark Cooper, has been appointed 2021 Chair of the board of the Events Industry Council (EIC). The EIC is the global voice of the business events industry on advocacy, research, professional recognition and standards. The EIC board is comprised of nominated members of the overall EIC, including more than 30 organisations in the events industry. These leaders are the...

GES launches Global Event Tracker to map where in the world events can take place

GES has launched a new interactive Global Event Tracker, covering key trade show cities over the last 90 days. The tracker shows where events are taking place across the world, and is updated twice a month. It makes use of a traffic light system to show where events are and are not permitted as per Covid-19 restrictions. The tracker can be viewed at this link. Currently, cities showing green are S...

A date to remember

Nick Gold, MD of Speakers Corner and president of the International Association of Speaker Bureaus, discusses how to use special dates to bind teams and communities together in 2021.   The calendar is full of important dates to celebrate achievements, such as International Women’s Day (8 March), or to highlight key issues within society, such as World Mental Health Day (10 October). Pre-Covid...

CMW Sessions: Launching the Virtual Event Directory

CMW is launching a new series of short video interviews, the CMW Sessions, alongside our sister publication Exhibition World. Each week will see a new eventprof speaking to Conference & Meetings World’s Features Editor Stuart Wood. This week we spoke to Max Fellows, an eventprof who has co-founded a virtual event directory, set up his own consultancy and is also part of a mentoring scheme in t...

ICCA to host global hybrid event from Dubai in February

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) is to host its first global hybrid event of 2021 in Dubai, 17 February. Titled ‘ICCA – from Resilience to Revival’, the event will run 10am-4pm (GST) and is designed to share knowledge of new business models, new technology and new strategies. The association says that as the world begins to recover from the pandemic, “we must be v...

New online event platform TeeVid launches

A new online event platform, TeeVid, has launched. The platform features a studio providing video production tools, multi-channel streaming across major platforms such as Facebook and YouTube, and chat rooms for delegates. TeeVid Events’ USP is its customisability, which its creators say allows users to “create, produce & broadcast immersive experiences.” Event planners can easily rebrand the ...

Aparthotels Adagio plans new venue, with ‘no slowdown’ in plans

Aparthotels Adagio has announced plans for a new aparthotel in Stuttgart, Germany. The hospitality venue is set to open in 2024. It will provides guests with the “services of a hotel but the freedom of an apartment”, according to the developers. The new property will also feature a co-working space called The Circle, where guests can cook and interact together. Guests can also make use of a so-cal...

How to deliver a successful virtual event 

By Erik Strömbäck, director of OnBrand and Bynder’s global events marketing manager.   Just as event professionals were getting up-to-speed with the latest developments in the experience economy – from building brand activations to creating immersive experiences – everything in the events playbook shifted. In the B2B world especially, physical was traded for virtual, exhibition bo...

Cvent releases ‘Virtual Event Strategy for Dummies’

Cvent has launched a new e-book, Virtual Event Strategy for Dummies, in partnership with publishing brand Wiley. The book provides organisations with strategies and advice for developing virtual events and hybrid experiences. Cvent unveiled its virtual meeting solution, the Cvent Virtual Attendee Hub, in August 2020. It also recently expanded its Cvent Certification programme to include virtual ev...

GL events annual financial results show revenues down 59.1% y-o-y

Global events solutions and services provider GL events has reported annual revenue of €479.4m, down 59.1% year-on-year. The Q4 result was even starker figure, denoting a 65.3% drop in revenues y-o-y to €112m. The Q4 figure, however, was up in relation to the third quarter of 2020. The Group was keen to sound upbeat about its potential for rebounding and hailed its winning bid for the 30-year mana...

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...