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Now is the summer of European airport discontent?

As a result of staff shortages, security issues and flight delays, thousands of passengers have experienced travel chaos across Europe and America in recent weeks with signs that the situation could get worse in the summer months ahead. Amsterdam’s Schiphol, Europe’s third-busiest airport, has been struggling to cope with overwhelming post-Covid demand, with queues spilling out beyond the terminal...

World PCO Alliance confirms academic partnership with Morressier

A leadership organisation for meetings management, the World PCO Alliance, has confirmed an agreement with Morressier, a global scientific platform for conferences. Based in Europe and the US, Morressier offers solutions that help academic organisations increase their impact before, during, and after conferences. Comprised of peer review workflows, conference hubs and research libraries, Morressie...

‘On such a full sea are we now afloat’

Pádraic Gilligan (pictured), chief marketing officer, SITE, says it’s time for incentive travel professionals to get serious about sustainability In Julius Caesar, Shakespeare talks about “a tide in the affairs of men”. He’s referring to the swell of opportunity that presents itself at given moments of our lives. Hesitate, you miss it and then risk the voyage of your life being bound “in shallows ...

Events industry reflects on sustainability progress on Earth Day

The events industry is reviewing its impact on the environment and celebrating initiatives towards creating a more sustainable industry, as it looks to take action on this year’s Earth Day, 22 April. Earth Day is an annual event that raises awareness for people, industries and governments to support environmental protection. Six months after COP 26, the events industry is taking Earth Day as an op...

MPI World Education Congress (WEC) 2025 and 2026 city destinations confirmed

Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the world’s largest industry association for meeting and event professionals, has confirmed its destinations for the next four editions of its World Education Congress (WEC), including announcing the two cities hosting the 2025 and 2026 editions. WEC is MPI’s signature event, drawing approximately 2,500 event professionals annually. The event aims to prov...

Ireland and its sectoral strengths

International associations are now seeking destinations with large clusters of aligned industry leaders. Ireland is home to some of the brightest minds in the world and is a centre for innovation and inspiration, thanks to a nation with a ‘can do’ attitude. Ireland’s award-winning researchers, numerous regional corporations and 1,200+ multinationals all come together to produce an international, m...

6Connex Survey assesses impact of virtual/hybrid events

The virtual events solutions company, 6Connex conducted a survey of meeting and event planners, in conjunction with BizBash in Q4 2021, which indicated that more than 75% will host at least a portion of their events virtually in 2022. More than half the respondents said they expect most of their 2022 events to be produced in a hybrid format, and another 25% said they expect their events to be full...

Chess masters at CTICC planning several moves ahead

The team at Cape Town ICC outlines how it is promoting forward thinking and moving ahead together to meet the challenges:

Counting down to AIME 2022

With a few weeks to go before the events industry reunites at Asia pacific mice show, AIME, we ask hosted buyer manager Jackie Caldwell for the inside scoop on what’s new for 2022 Jackie Caldwell comes to the AIME team with a passion for facilitating opportunities and helping people thrive, and AIME’s hosted buyer programme is designed to create just those kind of meaningful connections. So, with ...

South African Tourism appoints MMGY Hills Balfour for PR strategy in UK and Ireland

South African Tourism (SAT) has appointed MMGY Hills Balfour as its new PR agency for the UK and Ireland with a three-year contract. London-based MMGY Hills Balfour is an integrated communications agency specialising in travel and tourism. The agency will aim to implement a creative PR strategy for South Africa focused on storytelling, profiling the people of South Africa, and implementing campaig...

New Tourism NI strategy targets lucrative Republic of Ireland visitor market

Tourism NI and industry partners have published a new Republic of Ireland Market Strategy to chart a growth plan for Northern Ireland’s closest out of state tourism market, with a revenue target of £193m (US$254.5m), 10% of the value of all trips made by Republic of Ireland residents on the island, by 2026.  The Market Strategy Taskforce, an independent and industry led group, was chaired by Judit...

Ivo Ferriani elected SportAccord president

SportAccord, an international event for sports federations and organisations, has confirmed Ivo Ferriani as its newly elected president. Ferriani succeeds Dr. Raffaele Chiulli as president of SportAccord and the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) following the conclusion of the latter’s term. Ferriani has served as the president of the International Bobsleigh and Skelet...

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