interview

The Big Interview: Fiexpo’s Sergio Baritussio

CMW travelled to Santiago, Chile to meet Sergio Baritussio, director of Fiexpo – a regional meetings show with ‘no competitors’.   How did you first come into the MICE industry? I started working in the industry in 1987, when I was in charge of the MICE department of one of the leading travel agencies in Uruguay. There I also started working with ICCA, as our agency was 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 ...

The great conductor – ICC Sydney’s Geoff Donaghy

CMW receives some insight from the long and distinguished career of industry leader, ICC Sydney CEO and Director Convention Centres, AEG Ogden, Geoff Donaghy How did you arrive in the events/hospitality industry and what were your first roles? I began my career as a teacher and I loved it. However, I didn’t see it as my life long career. I moved to Cairns, which was in the midst of its early and e...

A new paradigm in Calgary

Paul Colston meets Clark Grue, president and CEO of Calgary Telus Convention Centre, a key figure offering direction at Alberta’s Conference Crossroads   Clark Grue is the man in charge of the the first purpose-built convention centre in Canada, the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre (CTCC).  No time for resting on laurels, however, and Grue is the first to acknowledge the age of the facility and the...

What does the future hold for IMEX?

Fresh from a new edition of IMEX America in Las Vegas, managing director Carina Bauer looks to the company’s future growth. IMEX America has grown considerably since its first edition. What have been the key landmarks? When we launched in 2011, it was uncharted territory. Buyers in North America have responded well to the format, particularly the appointment system. We moved into a larger ha...

Polishing Amsterdam’s pearl

Paul Colston meets the COO of RAI Amsterdam, Maurits Van de Sluis, who explains the venue’s new strategy, two years in the making. [hr gap=”30″] I met Maurits van der Sluis at RAI Amsterdam’s South Beach, just as the venue was hosting the AIDS2018 world congress. It was an event that showed off the full power of Holland’s flagship convention venue. However, as the chief operating offic...

Brazil reaching for its Olympic legacy

Vinicius Lummertz, Brazil’s state minister for tourism, talks to Ramy Salameh about brand Brazil, its recent sporting event legacy, the future of the MICE sector and the nation’s continued destination appeal. [hr gap=”30″]   Brazil’s use of events (FIFA World Cup/Summer Olympics) has been the single most important way to re-position the destination’s profile internationally...