International

Paris ranked number one city in the world for association meetings

​​​​​​​Paris has returned to the top of the ICCA City Rankings, with the USA continuing to top the Country Rankings. The French capital previously held the top city spot in 2016, and now returns in the newly released rankings covering 2018 to claim first place. The new ICCA’s 2018 Country and City Rankings also mark another successful year for the association meetings market, with the global meeti...

GL Events revenue increases to €340.2m in Q1 2019

Global organiser GL Events has announced its revenue for the first quarter of 2019 grew 19%, to €340.2m. This included 8% from organic growth and 12% from acquisitions, with the adverse impact of foreign exchange on sales 1%. Olivier Ginon, GL events Group’s Chairman, commented: “I wish to thank our teams for the strength of their engagement which contributed to the good business momen...

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...

Brunei-owned Dorchester Hotel faces LGBT backlash

The London Evening Standard newspaper is facing pressure to cancel an event planned at the Brunei-owned Dorchester Hotel, following backlash against the country’s anti-LGBT laws. Brunei installed a new penal code on 3 April, which allows for the punishment of gay sex with stoning to death. The newspaper had planned its annual New Homes awards at the Dorchester hotel for 17 May, but the venue has s...

Olympic Games event organisers gather for Host City Asia conference

The second Host City Asia conference was recently held in Beijing, bringing together the organisers of the Olympic Games from across the region. The event, on 11 April, kicked off with insights from the hosts of the next three Olympic Games: Tokyo, Beijing and Paris. They all convened to share best practice, under a theme of “faster, stronger growth through event hosting”. The number of Chinese ci...

INVNT to produce 10th anniversary edition of TEDxSydney

Agency INVNT has been appointed official production partner for TEDxSydney, an event which will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the TED talk series. The event will take place on 24 May 2019 at the ICC Sydney. Its theme this year is ‘Legacy’, and INVNT will be demonstrating this theme with creative concepting, technical production and AV. INVNT is also designing and producing The Hub, a dedicated...

Rotterdam Ahoy presents major e-sports viewing party

Major e-sports event IEM Katowice is taking place in Katowice Poland on 3 March. As part of Rotterdam Games Week, venue Rotterdam Ahoy is hosting a pop-up viewing event, which will be showing the match on big screens at the Ahoy Arena. Gamers can ‘meet & beat the pro’ competitor Melania Mylioti, and ask CS:GO expert and shoutcaster Jerre ‘Dynz’ van den Berg about the game and...

Confex keynote: capturing the long-term value of meetings

The first of a series of talks was delivered at Confex’s International Pavilion by Martin Boyle, director – Europe at Business Events Sydney. Boyle opened by talking about how difficult it can be sometimes be to measure the value of meetings, showing a Google search of “how to measure ROI” which returned over 440 million results. But the meetings industry as a whole, he said, shouldn’t have anythi...

Disneyland Paris reimagines its events offer

Disneyland Paris has announced the creation of a new division, designed to serve the events industry. Disneyland Paris Event Group will create live events and experiences which harness the power of Disney storytelling and the impressive Disneyland Paris venue. Events have been a part of the Disney offering for the last 26 years, after Disney Business Solutions launched the group into the industry....

Be inspired by CMW’s Pavilion at International Confex

CMW will be part of the International Pavilion at International Confex in London next week (26-27 February), and invites all those visiting to come along, meet the team and take in some of the education and panel sessions on the stand. The 2019 line up of sessions on the Pavilion (C15C) includes:   Day 1, 26 February 10:00 – 10:40 Capturing the real, long term value of meetings Business events hav...

Susan Kirby to present Evolve keynote in Brisbane

Events industry association Meetings and Events Australia has announced that Susan Kirby, CEO of Ireland’s National St Patrick’s Festival, will be an international keynote presenter at Evolve 2019. Evolve 2019 is the event industry’s largest conference Down Under and will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, 31 March to 2 April. “We are delighted to have Susan as one of the ...