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The event industry’s mental health problem

The HBAA held a mental health awareness event at the UK’s Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum, 15 May. The event saw a number of speakers touch on topics surrounding mental health, and what the events and hospitality industries can do to collectively improve ours. It was part of Mental Health Awareness Week, which ran from 13-17 May. It was mentioned that events have been voted the fifth mos...

In pictures: Blitz Connection in London

Blitz, a GES company, held its annual AV showcase Blitz Connection on 7 May at The Brewery, London. The event saw a number of high-profile companies in attendance including Barclays, Facebook and Samsung. The event was moderated by BBC journalist and presenter Helen Fospero, and headlined by keynote speaker Caryn Franklin MBE. Franklin is a fashion industry journalist, broadcaster and activist. Ot...

UK’s ICC Birmingham secures five association contracts in three weeks

The ICC Birmingham team has secured five association contracts in three weeks, marking the team’s most successful year for medical events. The record end to the financial year saw the team secure The Royal College of Physicians (April 2020), Psychological Society (July 2021), Association of Surgeons in Training (March 2020), British Orthodontic Society (October 2021) and the UK Interdisciplinary B...

Major international medical congress comes to ExCeL London

The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) has announced that it will return to ExCeL London in 2020. The five-day event is expected to bring together over 10,000 hepatologists, doctors and medical professionals, to share recent data, present studies and findings, and discuss the hottest topics on liver disease. EASL’s decision is a huge vote of confidence in London’s position as a...

Business travel on the rise in the UK despite Brexit

Advantage Travel Partnership, the UK’s largest independent travel agent and travel management company (TMC) consortium, has revealed the findings of its 2018 Hotels Market Report. The report shows that the UK regional capitals are performing strongly, with overall room nights booked growing by 8% across the top 250 UK cities. London continues to be business travellers’ favourite capital for work t...

Centaur sells HR business to DVV Media International

In the latest of a series of disposals, Centaur Media has announced that it has entered into a conditional agreement to sell Centaur Human Resources, the owner of the Employee Benefits brand and the rest of its HR business, to DVV Media International for a cash consideration of £5m (subject to customary post-completion adjustments). Completion of the disposal is expected to take place on 30 April ...

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 ...

Conference News hosts inaugural CN Agency Awards in London

CMW’s sister publication Conference News recently hosted the inaugural CN Agency Awards on Thursday 21 March at London’s Cafe De Paris in Leicester Square. The event was a glamorous celebration recognising the agencies that work behind the scenes of the events industry, no matter their size or specialty. Entertainment on the evening included actors in monkey costumes and cabaret dress,...

LGBT Meeting Professionals Association announces VisitBritain/VisitEngland as sponsor

VisitBritain/VisitEngland has become the first continental sponsor of the USA’s LGBT Meeting Professionals Association (LGBT MPA). LGBT MPA is an organisation with 1,200 professional members and sponsored by 56 North American CVBs and travel-related businesses. The organisation says a recent independent survey of its membership estimated the buying power of the organisation’s members at US$2m per ...

Bed tax: funding stream or destination nightmare?

Phillip Cooke (pictured below left) investigates the contentious issue of bed tax, which has sprung up in many destinations around the globe. But is it a solution, or a further problem?   Many countries and cities are able to  devote large sums of money to promoting and developing their tourism industries via a system that taxes the visitor, not the host. These competing regions, most notably...

New Events Industry Board survey to help identify EU funding infrastructure

The UK Events Industry Board’s (EIB) Working Group for Infrastructure has launched a survey to help collate the value of EU grants, funding infrastructure and service-related projects that have benefited business events across the UK. Since Britain joined the European Union in 1973, the European Investment Bank has lent €118bn to help fund UK infrastructure projects. The EIB subgroup is keen to un...

Ottawa’s UK roadshow cements long-term partnerships

Ottawa Tourism has completed a week-long European roadshow involving reaching out to key association clients. The team from the Canadian capital gained valuable face time with both current and potential clients as part of Ottawa’s ongoing business development strategy to win long-term business. Representatives of the Shaw Centre, Ottawa’s main convention centre, were part of the delegation and Nin...