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In conversation: AIME’s new management

Talk2 Media took over the running of AIME 2019 for the first edition in March. CEO Matt Pearce spoke to CMW in Melbourne about the huge effort involved.

How Abu Dhabi’s long-term vision is focusing on events

Simon George spends three days in Abu Dhabi, investigating Sheikh Zayed’s long-term vision for the UAE, and its growing focus on events.

Top tips for perfect event photography

Event photographer Maria Zhytnikova provides CMW with some top tips for shooting the perfect event photographs.

The world’s smartest conference venues

CMW embarks on a globetrotting tour of some of the world’s smartest conference venues to find out what sets them apart, and how they stay on the cutting-edge. Stuart Wood reports.   What makes a venue ‘smart’? In this modern age, there are many ways we could define the innovations taking place in conference and congress centres around the globe. One thing is certain, however – venues are adap...

People, planet & profit in Oslo

Oslo’s decision to address its infrastructure issues has been the catalyst for its growing MICE confidence. Simon George reports.

Everything you need to know from the Associations World Congress 2019

CMW travelled to Gothenburg, the world’s most sustainable meetings destination, where the Associations World Congress 2019 served up some food for thought. And spiky lobsters.   The concept of Fika is an important part of Swedish culture. Translated literally, it means a “coffee and cake break” – but it has a greater significance than that. Fika is a ritual. It means taking time to refresh th...

Meeting in the French Alps of Megeve

CMW, in collaboration with Atout France (the French CVB), led a contingent of agencies to Megève in the French Alps for a taste of cheese, wine and sledging down a mountain in the dark. Martin Fullard reports.   Familiarisation trips can be quite par for the course, but ones that involve skiing always have an extra edge. Of course, there is no shortage of ski resorts which offer delegates the...

Brexit and events: Nick de Bois weighs in

Nick de Bois, former MP for Enfield North, former chief of staff to Dominic Raab, Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, and former MD of Rapier Group, talks through what the latest Brexit news might mean for companies operating in the events industry. Interview by EN editor Nicola McDonald   What is your advice for events businesses at this point? I think businesses that are taking steps to ...

Bed tax: funding stream or destination nightmare?

Phillip Cooke (pictured below left) investigates the contentious issue of bed tax, which has sprung up in many destinations around the globe. But is it a solution, or a further problem?   Many countries and cities are able to  devote large sums of money to promoting and developing their tourism industries via a system that taxes the visitor, not the host. These competing regions, most notably...

Changing the conference game at EMEC 19

CMW’s Stuart Wood hurried to The Hague in February, host city of MPI’s 2019 European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC). It was a conference that took a healthy dose of inspiration from the festival industry.   The tagline of EMEC 19 was ‘Changing the game’, and organisers – the MPI Netherlands Chapter – made a concerted effort to break down traditional conference formats ove...

Who were the winning associations of 2018?

Jane Cunningham, Director of International Associations at BestCities, breaks down 2018’s winning associations, trends, and the key to success for Incredible Impacts 2019.   What are the key factors judges look for in a winning submission? We had 19 fantastic Incredible Impacts submissions in 2018, and in each there are six key areas that we analyse. These are the objectives, a clear descript...

Why Portugal is on the rise for MICE business

‘Desenrascanço’ describes the Portuguese national virtue of finding unconventional solutions to demanding situations – a useful trait when creating an adaptable MICE industry, as Ramy Salameh discovers.   Lisbon, Porto and Braga’s city-break tourism industries are booming. New airlift, especially from national carrier Air Portugal (TAP), as well as renewed confidence and investment in v...