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Northern Ireland unveils £1m conference support scheme

Northern Ireland’s Department for Economy has confirmed a £1m (USD$1.37m) conference support scheme to help secure more business events in Belfast, Derry and the region. The scheme will provide conference organisers with £50 for each out-of-state delegate to bring their association conference to the region, with awards ranging between £5,000 and £100,000 for all eligible events. Open to not-for-pr...

International Wheat Congress comes to Adelaide in 2024

Adelaide, Australia has been chosen as the host city for the International Wheat Congress 2024. Agtech is one of the South Australian government’s key economic growth pillars and the win is important as an economic driver for the state. The event will attract around 1,000 delegates to South Australia over its five-day programme and provide an economic benefit in excess of $5 million. SA Premier Ho...

Berlin’s Awakening Beauties, episode 11: Futurehain

In this, the final edition of BAB series 2, our host Mark Felstead channels his inner starship Enterprise as he is clearly inspired and extra enthused by two exceptional members of the Berlin ‘events intelligentsia’, the co-founders of the Futurehain agency. As Mark, in a typical flight of fancy puts it: Berlin, the final frontier This is the podcast of the digital agency Futurehain Their 10-year ...

UK’s #WeCreateExperiences campaign launches with celebrities voicing support for industry

A new campaign is being launched in the UK today, 7 December, to promote the country’s £84bn events and experiences industry, which employs more than 1.5m across all disciplines people but has effectively been mothballed since March. The #WeCreateExperiences campaign will raise awareness of the unique power of business events to educate, inspire, celebrate, support society and add value. The...

Palacongressi di Rimini wins European College of Sports Science congress

The 29th congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS) has been officially awarded to the Palacongressi di Rimini. The congress is scheduled to take place 3-5 July 2024. Interest in hosting the congress was initially expressed by Professor Claudio Stefanelli, director of the Faculty of Sciences for the Quality of Life at the University of Bologna, Rimini Campus, and ambassador of the Ev...

CINZ welcomes new minister of tourism

Hon. Stuart Nash has been recently appointed as the new minister of tourism for New Zealand. Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive Lisa Hopkins (pictured) said the business events industry is “looking forward to working with minister Nash” and “having direct dialogue on the role this sector will have in supporting New Zealand’s economic recovery”. Ho...

Glasgow partners with EarthCheck to benchmark city’s environmental and social performance

Glasgow has announced that it has partnered with EarthCheck, a business advisory group specialising in sustainability and destination management, to assist the city to “benchmark its environmental and social performance and to deliver higher standards of health and hygiene in a Covid-19 recovery environment”. The EarthCheck Sustainable Destinations programme helps communities to measur...

Australian Covid budget offers support for tourism businesses

The Australian government has announced new measures for the federal budget, including a number of initiatives which will support businesses within the tourism industry. Managing director for the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC), Peter Shelley, said: “ATEC is pleased to see a number of measures outlined in the budget which will provide support across the economy and for regional tourism bu...