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Austria Center Vienna Sails into the future on the back of record returns

Austria’s largest congress centre has posted a record year (2018) for the third time, while 2019 will be marked by the venue’s major danubeSAIL modernisation project.

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...

The top 100 meeting and event venues in the United States

Aventri has released “The Top 100 Meeting and Event Venues in the United States,” a free guide that highlights the event tech company’s top venue picks

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...

Abu Dhabi welcomed more than 10 million international visitors in 2018

Abu Dhabi welcomed more than 10 million international visitors in 2018, with the emirate also posting figures showing incredible growth over the last three years. These figures were powered by the addition of a host of world-class events and enhancements to all of its specialised tourism sectors, as well as massive improvements to its infrastructure and significant development of its cultural asse...

hotel republic announces record £10.2m turnover

Hotel sales and marketing and representation company, hotel republic, has posted record turnover of £10.2m (US$13.10) its hotel conference portfolio for last year, including invoicing £1.2m in hotel fees alone. The agency also booked its biggest ever event worth £1.7m during the period, as well as 75,000 room nights which translated into £8.2m million for its Leisure hotel portfolio. Managing Dire...

GL events graduates to €1 billion club and targets acquisitions

Global integrated event industry group GL Events has announced 2018 consolidated revenues topping €1bn. The €1.041bn total figure represented a rise of 9% like-for-like and completion of the group’s ZZX acquisition in China. The company reported an adverse exchange rate effect of €34m offset by contributions from new acquisitions. International markets accounted for 50% of annual revenue. Olivier ...

London hotel growth predicted to outpace rest of Europe

London’s MICE offering has received a further boost with the news that a significant number of new hotels and venues are set to open in the capital over the next few years, says London & Partners. According to findings from a new report monitoring hotel capacity across European cities, London is set to add 11,600 rooms to its hotel market by 2020, providing meeting and event planners with an e...

Thailand Convention Bureau showcases the country’s events power

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau showcased 13 years of MICE development through its history at Thailand MICE Forum 2018: Redefining Our Industry. TCEB reported more than one trillion baht of MICE revenue had been generated since its inception, and the country has hosted 20 international MICE events per year. Support has also been granted to more than 5,000 MICE events in Thailand and ...

Big jump in delegate numbers Down Under for new minister to build on

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has announced an increase of 32% in visitors arriving to attend a conference in the country. The figures cover the 12 months to June 2018 y-on-y. And, for the single month of June this year, alone, there were a total of 21,100 arrivals in June 2018 whose main purpose of coming to Australia was a convention/conference. This translates to a 19% increase against Ju...