New CEO for Cologne Tourist Board

Dr. Jürgen Martin Amann will become Chief Executive Officer of KölnTourismus GmbH (Cologne Tourist Board), at the beginning of 2020.

Booking platform Spacebase acquires Okanda

Spacebase, a booking platform for meeting and event spaces, has acquired Okanda, an online portal for hotel meeting rooms.

German Convention Bureau launches ‘Future Meeting Space’

The German Convention Bureau has launched the third phase of its Future Meetings Space research project, which will explore the value of meetings and events in a changing business environment.

DVV to acquire RBI’s aviation conferences

German-owned, Surrey-based DVV Media International (DVV) has announced its intention to acquire the publishing activities and conferences in the aviation sector from Reed Business Information.

Event tech company Crystal Interactive expands into Germany

Event tech specialist Crystal Interactive has opened its first office outside the UK, in Düsseldorf, Germany. Crystal Interactive provide smart badges that can connect delegates at events by touching their devices. Their details are then shared to an easy-to-access app with the delegates name, email and other information. Since acquiring IML Interactive in 2017 the company has continued to grow an...

IMEX fires the imagination in Frankfurt and announces date change for 2020

IMEX Chairman Ray Bloom described the 2019 show in Frankfurt, which drew to a close on 23 May, as “an outstanding week of business, learning and experiences to stir the imagination”. Bloom reported a high level of engagement between exhibitors and buyers, with 70,000 individual and group appointments, 72% of which had a mini RFP attached. The IMEX Chairman claimed the show as the largest ever IMEX...

IMEX Frankfurt 2019 is live!

IMEX 2019 is officially under way in Germany, where the MICE industry has gathered under the roof of the enormous Messe Frankfurt to network, learn and do business. CMW will be providing live updates throughout the three-day event, so keep your eyes peeled for relevant content from keynotes, panels, the show floor and beyond. Auf geht’s!

Düsseldorf Convention launches new website ahead of IMEX Frankfurt

Düsseldorf Convention has launched a website for marketing the destination to the MICE industry, ahead of its appearance at IMEX Frankfurt in May. can better demonstrate to event planners all the factors that advocate staging an event in the city, says Dusseldorf Convention. The new website is a result of the partner programme that was successfully initiated ...

Messe Frankfurt Middle East appoints new Managing Director

As of March, Simon Mellor will be the new Managing Director of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, Messe Frankfurt’s subsidiary in Dubai. He will be taking over from Ahmed Pauwels, who has decided to leave the company for personal reasons.  As Wolfgang Marzin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Messe Frankfurt, explains: “We are delighted to have secured Simon Mellor for our subsidiary in the Middl...

New ground handler announced for IMEX Frankfurt

The IMEX Group has announced it is changing its ground handler for its Frankfurt show, awarding the contract to Germany based DMC Compass Tours Incoming. Compass Tours Incoming has been awarded the contract to provide transportation for attendees and exhibitors at IMEX in Frankfurt which takes place 21–23 May 2019, with a special focus on transfers for hosted buyers. Compass Tours Incoming has off...

German Convention Bureau releases ‘Future Meetings Space’ research

The German Convention Bureau (GCB) presented the results of the second phase of its ‘Future Meetings Space’ research project recently, at the 2019 PCMA Convening Leaders conference. The research provides insights into attendee types and success factors, as well as recommendations for action. The core question in the report was ‘How to create successful events’. The answer, in a nutshell: to satisf...

Messe Frankfurt centralises its sales operations

Messe Frankfurt has announced it will be centralising sales operations for its Locations business field, and has appointed Silke Calder to head the sales department. Locations encompasses all trade fairs, congresses/conferences and other events that are held as guest events at the company’s Frankfurt base. Every year, Messe Frankfurt hosts over 260 such events. Johann Thoma, vice president of Gues...

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