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CTICC makes cashless system available for all clients

The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) is rolling out its cashless services to all clients, having initiated a cashless system for all food and beverage stations last year most notably during the Cape Town International Jazz Festival on site. Julie-May Ellingson, CEO of the CTICC, says that experiment was such a success, they are taking it a step further. “The cashless system, which...

Cybersecurity profs choose The Hague for pan-EMEA Secure Summit

(ISC)², the world’s largest non-profit membership association of certified cybersecurity professionals, is to bring its Secure Summit EMEA, 15-16 April 2019, to the World Forum in The Hague. Organisers of the two-day event expect to welcome over 400 visitors, who will discuss topics including privacy, cybercrime, cloud, incident response and forensics, and professional development. “The Hague is t...

Seoul ups subvention funding and offers app/VR development help for planners

The Seoul Convention Bureau has this month officially rolled out its new 2019 PLUS SEOUL programme with increased subvention funding designed to boost business events. In addition to an expanded core benefit of up to KRW250m (US$220,360) (previously KRW150m) for qualifying international conferences and up to KRW200m for corporate/incentive groups (previously KRW100m), the Seoul Convention Bureau h...

RainFocus hires Kevin O’Rourke as Executive Vice President of Global Sales

Events marketing platform RainFocus has announced the appointment of Kevin O’Rourke as executive vice president of global sales. O’Rourke, who brings with him an established background in the events industry, will drive the sales strategy behind the company’s go-to-market plan as well as expansion into new markets. His career, which spans 18 years of sales leadership, started with 10 years at Dell...

San Diego Convention Center brings turnkey option to HD signage

The San Diego Convention Center has selected Digital Conventions, LLC  as its in-house service provider for digital signage. The new amenity will allow event organisers, advertisers and sponsors to have a ‘turn-key approach’ to High-Definition video advertising, wayfinding and announcements. A five-year agreement took effect on 7 January, 2019, with signage scheduled to be up and running by summer...

Streampoint boots up Event Technology Week for first online edition

Washington DC-based Streampoint Solutions launches its first online Event Technology Week (ETW), 25-29 March 2019. ETW will incorporate a series of online conferences on data, insights and technology and will target event technologists, planners, and tradeshow organisers. Streampoint is a digital initiative provider of event management software and its Co-Founder Dharmesh Dayabhai says: “As events...

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...

How facial recognition can benefit your event

Pim Schoonderwoerd (pictured) and Paul Hassink of RAI Amsterdam discuss facial recognition, an emerging piece of technology with exciting applications for events and conferences.   As an organiser, you are always looking for ways to improve the visitor experience. Facial recognition is a technique that offers great opportunities to enhance the reception of event visitors. We recently conducte...

Event tech platform Slido doubles usage and increases global reach

Audience interaction specialists Slido has said its Q&A and polling platform was used at more than 125,000 events in 2018. The figure signifies a doubling of the number of events where Slido was used compared to the previous year. Events using Slido were held in 136 countries in 2018, the company says. Other statistics released for Slido include the number of active users topping 7.6m in 2018,...

L.A celebrates 50m visitors… with a hologram of Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles welcomed 50m visitors in 2018, according to the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (LATCB). The Board celebrated the milestone, which was achieved two years ahead of target, by enlisting LA-based VNTANA to create a hologram of basketball superstar Kobe Bryant, delivering a message about LA being the ‘sports capital of the world’. A video of the hologram can be viewed above. Thi...

American Express Meetings & Events launches Meetings Express

American Express Meetings & Events (M&E), a division of American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), today announced the launch of Meetings Express. The platform provides users with a single global interface for sourcing small, simple, and recurring meetings. To provide the most relevant local content, Meetings Express is supported by carefully selected third-party technology providers i...

Aventri and Sciensio announce partnership

Event management software provider Aventri has joined forces with event chatbot company Sciensio to create an end-to-end management solution which leverages ‘EventBots’ to provide answers to thousands of common event questions. The EventBots use artificial intelligence technology to answer commonly asked questions such as ‘Where should I park?’ and ‘What’s the d...

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