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IBTM World Virtual crowns winner of TechWatch programme

IBTM World Virtual crowned the winner of its TechWatch programme, which sees a series of event tech startups pitching to a panel of judges. The finalists were narrowed down to five, with CLIPR being picked as the eventual winner. CLIPR uses machine learning to analyse lengthy videos of recorded event content, breaking it down into more easily consumable chunks. It also creates ‘meeting recaps’ to ...

IBTM World to showcase 2021 Trends Report on IBTM TV

IBTM World will be unveiling its 2021 Trends Report during a session on its virtual IBTM TV platform tomorrow, 10 December. The report will look at future trends and how the meetings and events industry can build back better in the wake of Covid-19. It analyses different industries, geographical locations and consumer trends, and weaves this information into the performance of our own industry to ...

PCMA acquires Corporate Event Marketing Association

Professional convention management association, PCMA has announced it has acquired, 8 December, the Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA), a community for event marketers. It becomes a wholly-owned division of PCMA. The deal between the two organisations was signed after members of CEMA voted overwhelmingly in favour of the acquisition by PCMA. Based in Sacramento, California, CEMA began ov...

Davos World Economic Forum to fly to Singapore for 2021

Organisers of the traditional global gathering of political and economic elite, World Economic Forum, which is usually hosted in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, have moved the 2021 event to Singapore for health and safety reasons. Switzerland is still very much in the grip of coronavirus, with up to 10,000 cases a day reported in early November. Singapore has just 28 people being treated in hospita...

IBTM World Virtual announces TechWatch Live finalists

IBTM World has announced the five finalists for this year’s Tech Watch Live Award, the winner of which will be announced during IBTM World Virtual 2020 on 10th December. The finalists are all technology companies with new products or services designed to inspire and revolutionise the meetings and events industry. Finalists will have the chance to showcase their products to global buyers, influence...

Covid fast-track means a lively future for brands with hybrid, according to Ericsson

Brands have every reason to be optimistic about live marketing and its ability to work in their favour, due to an emerging blend of physical and virtual experiences. That’s according to senior marketers from telecoms giant Ericsson who spoke at the recent ‘The Future is Lively’ virtual event organised by the live marketing agency, Lively. Matt Smith, vice-president of global marketing at Ericsson,...

ENIT announces global partnership with IBTM Events

The Italian Tourist Board, ENIT and IBTM Events have agreed a year-long partnership which will include ENIT participation at the Reed shows IBTM World Virtual 2020, IBTM Asia Pacific 2021, IBTM Americas 2021, and IBTM World 2021. The partnership kicks off at IBTM World Virtual, 8-10 December 2020, with ENIT bringing its strong spirit of Italy to meet with event buyers in the shape of 23 Italian co...

How to build an inclusive and interactive digital conference

Evan Gappelberg looks at some best practices for building an inclusive and interactive global conference.   The Covid-19 pandemic changed the event landscape drastically, forcing conferences and meetings to digitalise for the health and safety of attendees. While born out of necessity, this trend will likely continue beyond 2020 as we see the cost and logistical benefits that virtual events o...

On first looking into… Incentive Travel Industry Index Edition 2020

Pádraic Gilligan, chief marketing officer at SITE, breaks down the associations recent survey of the incentive travel industry.   It’s certainly a stretch to attempt a solid connection between that sublime poet of the Romantic era, John Keats, and a modern day survey of incentive travel, but here goes regardless! Keats’ stunning sonnet ‘On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer’ tries to capture ...

Five event trends for 2021 from the UFI crystal ball

MD and CEO of the global association of the exhibition industry, UFI, Kai Hattendorf looks into the association’s crystal ball and gives us five trends to watch in 2021:   We are in unchartered territory with a global pandemic disrupting lives and livelihoods. But, with successful trials paving the way for mass vaccinations, with better knowledge around Covid-19 and faster and more efficient ...

IBTM World Virtual 2020 all set to go online 8-10 December

Organisers of IBTM World Virtual expect 10,000 meetings to take place over the three days of the event, which this year is online only and runs 8-10 December. The virtual event aims to bring together online the world’s best-known destinations and suppliers with hosted buyers from global corporations, associations and agencies, as well as offering a comprehensive programme of education sessions. Or...

Hyve’s revenues halve but cost controls and insurance help bottom line

International events business Hyve has reported FY20 results, including revenues of £105.m and savings of £63m. The figures compared with revenues of £220.7m in the previous. Year to September 2019. Hyve posted a headline loss before tax of £18.7m (2019: profit of £50.4m) after the receipt of £22.0m of insurance proceeds in respect of cancelled events. Q1 like-for-like growth of 7% was the highlig...