Paul Colston

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New event director to spearhead TAG expansion in LA

Travel and event management company TAG, has announced the expansion of its Events division to Los Angeles and the promotion of Bethany Chamberlain as Event Director. Chamberlain will move to LA in January 2019 and will work closely with the agency’s existing team in New York. The agency, founded in 1988 and formerly known as The Appointment Group, also has offices in the UK, Singapore and Austral...

Park MGM’s Ideation Studio creates new conference experience with Cisco

Park MGM and Cisco are partnering in Las Vegas to provide a new intuitive type of meeting experience at the hotel’s 650sqm Ideation Studio. A new member of elite meetings association IACC, Park MGM is the world’s first hotel to offer groups Cisco Webex™ Boards and Cisco Webex Teams, which offer a real and virtual meeting space for collaborating, video calling, whiteboarding and sharing notes, file...

New GM to lead two Aberdeen TECA hotels

Ahead of The Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA) opening in 2019, hotel management company, RBH has appointed Mark Leyland as General Manager of its two new hotels on the site. Leyland, who started his management career as Food and Beverage Manager for the Aberdeen Marriott Hotel in 2003, will manage Hilton Aberdeen TECA and Aloft Aberdeen TECA. With eight years of experience as a General Manager, he ha...

Vienna the standout in European hotel market, says STR research

Vienna’s hoteliers have been cheered by a swathe of big events in November driving occupancy and rates. In fact, most of Europe’s hotel industry reported positive results in the three key performance metrics during November 2018, according to fresh data from STR. Occupancy rates in Europe rose over the year to November 2018 1.7% to 71.8% and the average daily rate (ADR) was up 4% to €105.84....

Drones ground 10,000 passengers at UK’s Gatwick Airport as chaos reigns

The UK’s Gatwick Airport and security services have proved woefully unable to deal with a drone threat at Gatwick Airport, with 10,000 passengers facing delays and disruptions on 19 December. Flights in and out of the airport were suspended at about 9pm on 19 December after two drones were sighted near the airfield. The chaos has continued into 20 December and local, Sussex Police described it as ...

M&OP serves up refurbished Rod Laver Arena

Melbourne & Olympic Parks (M&OP) has announced the completion of Rod Laver Arena’s eastern-facing entrance and new food and beverage facilities. Rod Laver Arena, which stages the Australian Open, has debuted its new three level pod-style guest entrance – which will welcome 700,000 tennis fans to the Open commencing 14 January 2019. Rod Laver Arena’s new dining spaces will then open to the ...

ICCA sees big charity contribution in Dubai

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) continued its a strong tradition of giving back to the local community during its annual congress, collecting a €5,555 (US$7,044) contribution to the blindness prevention charity Noor Dubai Foundation at its 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai in November. ICCA also donated 591 pairs of glasses. Dubai Business Events, the city’s official convent...

#DigiDay18 uses the human factor to make digital heroes in Frankfurt

The German Convention Bureau (GCB)’s ‘Digital & Innovation Day’ in Frankfurt, 11 December, offered more than 100 participants a platform to network, inspire and be inspired by the digital transformation in the meetings industry. Under the motto ‘How to be become a Digital Hero’, the GCB developed a Fitness Program 4.0 for #DigiDay18, enabling participants to put together their own agenda from ...

Blippar goes bust

UK augmented reality start-up Blippar has gone into administration. Investors failed to agree on emergency funding for a much hyped company that had claimed it would be ‘bigger than the internet’. The company was founded in 2011 by Ambarish Mitra and Omar Tayeb. Their technology allowed users to scan objects with their smartphones to generate animations. Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Na...

New President & CEO appointed at Metro Toronto Convention Centre

  The Board of Directors of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Corporation (MTCC) has announced the appointment of General Manager Lorenz Hassenstein to the position of President & CEO. The move is part of succession planning as incumbent Barry Smith steps down on 1 February, 2019. Hassenstein joined as GM a year ago, and has more than 23 years of experience in general management, trade/...

Valencia Conference Centre celebrates its 20th anniversary with ambassadors

The Mayor of Valencia, Joan Ribó, and the Chairwoman of the Valencia Conference Centre’s board of directors, Sandra Gómez, attended a commemorative gala to mark the 20th anniversary of the municipal venue. It was a year in which the VCC was given AIPC’s APEX Award for the World’s Best Convention Centre in 2018. Members of the venue’s Ambassadors’ Club, a group of leading individuals from the...

ICC Belfast, Diabetes UK, TFI Group and Brightelm win at ABPCO Awards

A hundred invited guests attended the Association of British PCO’s annual Chairmen’s Lunch and Excellence Awards at the SEC Glasgow, 13  December. They represented PCOs as well as suppliers from across the UK industry. The winners were chosen on the day by an audience vote following presentations by finalists in each of three categories. The winners were: Best Industry Partner – ICC Belfast ...