Government

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 ...

Government professionals to hold 2020 national conference in St Louis 

The US Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) has announced that its 38th National Education Conference (NEC) will take place in St Louis, Missouri. The event will be held 19-21 May, 2020, at the Cervantes Convention Center at America’s Center. The Marriott St Louis Grand has been named the conference hotel. “The SGMP National Board is looking forward to bringing the NEC to St Louis,” ...

Marketing Edinburgh’s chair reacts to council’s proposed budget cuts

Edinburgh city council has recently back-pedalled on some of its plans to cut budgets across the city, as it attempts to fill a £33m funding gap left by the Scottish Government. Many sectors are facing cuts in the proposed new budget, including schools, hospitality and tourism. Marketing Edinburgh, an organisation that promotes tourism to the city of Edinburgh, are among those hit hardest by the p...

Going Beyond Tourism 2020 in Australia

Consultations are now open on Australia’s next long-term national tourism strategy, with industry stakeholders being encouraged by the Minister of Trade, Tourism and Investment to have their say on a draft report developed by the Beyond Tourism 2020 Steering Committee. The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) says it has ensured business events are front and centre in the draft repo...

Fever pitch on Brexit

James Heappey MP, chair of the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for Events, tells CMW about the UK event industry’s Brexit concerns.   The Brexit debate has reached fever pitch, and I’m not sure that anyone is really enjoying it beyond those few politicians and journalists for whom this defines their politics. My constituents tell me that they’re sick of it. Many of them oppose the deal tha...

Queues mount at US airports as government shutdown affects air travellers

The partial US government shutdown is beginning to affect air travel, American news outlets have widely reported. Travellers have been experiencing even longer queues than normal at some US airports, seemingly caused by a shortage of security officials many of whom are staying away due to not getting paid. Aviation safety inspectors have also been reportedly staying away from their jobs. A Federal...

Scientists grounded for conference following US government shutdown

The partial shutdown of the US government has continued to affect airport services, which is now having a knock-on impact on conferences and events across the country. The 233rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society was supposed to play host to a Boeing 747 outfitted with a massive telescope – the world’s largest airborne observatory. But the plane was not able to make the journey following...

US Government shutdown closing D.C. attractions

Venues in the US capital, including museums and galleries are set to start closing this week if the partial shutdown of the federal government continues. Around 800,000 federal workers were furloughed as of 4 January 2019 – that is, temporarily laid off due to a lack of funding – or working without pay. The Smithsonian Institution posted on its website that its museums and galleries wo...

Luxembourg becomes first nation to make all public transport free

Luxembourg has become the first nation which will make all public transportation free, after a new environmental initiative was announced by prime minister Xavier Bettel. Luxembourg City, the capital, suffers from extremely bad traffic congestion, as a large number of commuters enter the city – which has a tiny population of 110,000 – from outside via car. Many come from neighbouring countri...

drp white paper ‘Perception vs Reality’ debated in UK Parliament

Creative communications agency drp has released a new white paper, which was debated in the United Kingdom’s Parliament. The white paper is titled ‘Perceptions vs Reality’, and focuses on the gap between perception and reality in communications, technology and engagement within modern organisations. The paper was discussed during the All Party Parliament Group (APPG) for the events industry,...