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UKCAMS report: UK Conference business dropped 86% in 2020

The 28th annual UKCAMS report has revealed a drop of 86% in the volume of conferences and meetings held in 2020 compared with 2019. At the same time, the estimated value of the sector fell from £17.6bn in 2019 to £1.7bn in 2020. The report suggests half of venues indicated that they expect their conference and meetings business to recover to 2019 levels by 2023, with a quarter more optimistic and ...

Cvent merger on the cards, reports WSJ

Cvent has reportedly agreed a merger with a ‘special-purpose’ acquisition company in a deal that would take the event technology company public. According to the Wall Street Journal, Cvent is slated to merge with Dragoneer Growth Opportunities Corp. II in a transaction that values the private-equity-owned company at more than $5 billion including debt. Cvent, founded by Reggie Aggarwal (pictured) ...

Crowd Connected partners with Konduko for active and passive tracking solutions

Event technology suppliers, Crowd Connected and Konduko have agreed a strategic partnership, designed to help exhibition organisers adopt attendee tracking and data capture solutions. Both Konduko and Crowd Connected deliver real-time and post-show insight from attendee tracking, but in different ways. Switzerland-based Konduko provides a contactless attendee engagement via QR- or NFC-engaged ‘sma...

Hopin launches free plan – an interview with Anthony Kennada

The pandemic has been a turbulent time for many events businesses, however virtual platforms have thrived in this time of great change. One such platform is Hopin, which has grown rapidly over the last 15 months. Now one of the major players in the digital space, the company has launched a free plan for its events solution. To find out what digital events look like once we return to live, as well ...

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts to partner ITB China for a third time

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has again become the Official Partner Hotel of ITB China 2021. The event is set to take place as a physical event in Shanghai, 24–26 November 2021, with a virtual extension, 8 November-31 December 2021.  With 8,900 hotels and 21 brands across nearly 95 countries, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts becomes the official partner hotel of ITB China for a third year in a row and ...

EIC appoints new director for certification and education

On 6 July, the Events Industry Council (EIC), a global voice on the business events industry, announced the appointment of Augustine (Gus) Chijioke as director of certification and education.  Chijoke’s remit for the EIC includes directing the CMP and CMP-HC credentialing programme, ensuring the examination programme adheres to the highest test development and administration standards and continui...

Liverpool becomes first UK city to join Hybrid Cities Alliance

The Liverpool Convention Bureau has signed up to become the first city in the UK to join the Hybrid Cities Alliance. The city on the Mersey joins the likes of Geneva, Sydney and Seoul. The Alliance brings together more than 20 cities from around the world to work together on ‘multi-city hub’ events; where attendees can meet face-to-face in hubs located in different cities or countries, all connect...

Florence to host International FOSS4G Conference 2022

The 16th annual congress of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), the non-profit organisation that supports and promotes the collaborative development of free and open source geographic technologies and open geospatial data, will be held in Florence at the Palazzo dei Congressi, Palazzo degli Affari and the University of Florence, 22-27 August 2022. The FOSS4G annual conference will addre...

Glisser launches Hybrid Events Ignited

Glisser, a virtual and hybrid event platform, has announced the launch of Hybrid Events Ignited, designed to educate and inform in-house corporate event planners on how to run their own hybrid events. The event will take place in London, New York City and online on 13 July 2021. Across seven sessions, Hybrid Events Ignited will cover: The challenges of event design; Supplier requirements; Software...

Hubilo makes six senior management appointments

Hubilo, the virtual and hybrid events platform, has announced six senior appointments, continuing a recruitment drive that has seen its headcount increase by 270 employees in just 12 months. The key senior hires include: Cathy Song Novelli, SVP, marketing and communications; Anita Menon, SVP, culture and talent; Abhishek Jain, VP, finance; Sudip Mitra, SVP, engineering; Greg Volm SVP, sales; Shail...

Adopting a post-pandemic shift to a citizen-centred approach

Many parts of the business events industry need to embrace the citizen-centred approach now adopted by many destinations in the wake of the pandemic. That’s according to Professor Greg Clark CBE who delivered a thought-leadership session at the Virtual Advocacy Discussion hosted recently by the IMEX Group. Adopting the citizen-first concept Cities across the world, Professor Clark explained, are n...

Host City Americas aims to ‘bring back joy’

Under the conference theme of ‘Investing in Events’, speakers at the inaugural Host City Americas digital conference voiced great optimism about the future of the events industry, offering ideas and solutions to the challenges of the pandemic, digitalisation and sustainability. Host City is the event and media brand that connects the owners, hosts and organisers of major events. A global audience,...