Europe

NDC failing to win over travel buyers, according to BTS poll

The new IATA standard New Distribution Capability (NDC) is failing to win over European travel buyers, with increasing numbers now expressing doubts that NDC is a good thing. A poll by the UK’s Business Travel Show (BTS) illustrates a huge surge in the number of buyers who are still apparently uninformed about this major change. It had been hoped that NDC would finally offer personalisation and pr...

Prague Convention Bureau honoured with national tourism award

The Prague Convention Bureau’s ‘Congress Prague’ website was awarded third place in the Digital Project category at the Czech Tourism Grand Prix. The awards ceremony took place on 17 January, 2019 at the GO and REGIONTOUR travel trade show in Brno, Czech Republic. The PCB website www.pragueconvention.cz was launched in April 2018 and marked the organisation’s 10th anniversary. First prize in the d...

JTB agency forges new European unified identity

Provider of MICE and business travel management solutions, JTB Europe, has launched a new website www.jtbeurope.com as part of a restructure of its operations on the continent. The interactive site displays a fresh corporate identity and is designed to unify the agency’s 15 European offices, which will now all be operating under the official JTB Europe umbrella rather than individual office locati...

MCI Group expands into Italy with new office and appointments

Congress and events management company MCI Group has announced the expansion of its service offering in Italy. The group has an active presence in the country through Ovation Global DMC, with an office in Rome, and will focus on offering national and regional conferences and congresses to its clients from a new office in Florence. To spearhead the new service, the company has appointed Luigi Cammi...

MPI launches European Road Show

Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the world’s largest meeting and event industry association, has launched its European Road Show, with its first stop in Barcelona at IBTM World. As part of the Road Show, MPI leadership will travel throughout Europe to meet with industry leaders and influencers to share industry trends, research, tips and the value of MPI member networking and educational...

Organisers claim rise in first-stage appointments for IBTM World 

Organisers of IBTM World, Reed Travel Exhibitions, have announced that first-stage appointments for exhibitors are up 7% against last year, with over 3,500 more business meetings booked than at the equivalent stage in 2017. The meetings have been facilitated using an appointment system which pairs exhibitor and buyer preferences to ensure that meetings are arranged between people with whom there i...

IACC Europe Knowledge Festival reports record first-time attendees

The IACC Europe Knowledge Festival, which took place in Lisbon from 5-7 October, recorded its highest ever number of first-time attendees, at over 40%. Over 130 delegates attended, from IACC-certified conference and meeting venues throughout Europe, Australia and the Americas. The strongest contingent was from Sweden, closely followed by the UK. First time attendees included Lane End Conference Ce...

Leave mush-room in your calendar for Europe’s biggest plant nutrition conference

Europe’s biggest scientific conference on plant-based nutrition is coming to the UK for the very first time. VegMed will be held at King’s College London on 12 and 13 October 2019. It will be the sixth edition of VegMed, and the first outside of Germany. The event will be organised by the ProVeg UK, an international food awareness organisation that aim to tackle world issues through the knowledge ...

FIRST appoints Jon Reid to manage all European operations

Global events agency FIRST has announced today that Jon Reid has been named regional general manager, Europe. In his new role, Reid will have overall accountability for both FIRST and Clive brands in Europe, and he will report to Maureen Ryan Fable, CEO-Group and CEO-Americas of FIRST. Reid has previously worked as managing director of agency Evoke, managing partner of Wolf Brand Experience and gl...

Dublin to host the European Congress of Immunology in 2024

The Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) will host the European Congress of Immunology (ECI) in Dublin in 2024. The Irish Society for Immunology (ISI) has a proud tradition of immunology research and helped the city beat off competition from Madrid, Florence, Prague and Geneva to win the conference. This will be the 7th ECI, and takes place, 1-4 September 2024. The ISI committee submitted the winning bi...

UK’s biggest agency announces change in leadership

BCD Meetings & Events, the UK’s biggest booking agency in the sector, has appointed Geert Jan Jongeneel (pictured) as its new Managing Director, EMEA. He replaces Nigel Cooper, who takes the newly created role of SVP, Global Strategic Development. Jongeneel will continue to serve as BCD M&E’s global Chief Financial Officer in addition to his new role and responsibilities. Bruce Morgan now ...

Former White House head of events headlines Cvent CONNECT Europe

UK-based meetings, events, and hospitality technology company Cvent is set to welcome hundreds of industry professionals to the second annual Cvent CONNECT Europe in October. The event will take place in the Business Design Centre in London from 1– 2 October. It has nearly doubled in size following the sell-out success of the inaugural event in 2017. Cvent has also announced that Laura Schwartz, f...