Stuart Wood

2019 – the year of gamification?

Having devised cutting-edge events for blue chip companies such as Nationwide Building Society, Vodafone and IBM for over two decades, leading creative agency UKSV has its finger firmly on the pulse of the business events universe. Here’s what they have to say about gamification, a trend which is set to explode in 2019.   If you haven’t already been involved with ‘gamification’, then get read...

Industry leaders gather for ICC Wales’ Taste of Christmas

Secretary of State for Wales, the Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP, joined top level meetings and events professionals for ICC Wales’ ‘Taste of Christmas’ event at the prestigious Lancaster House in London. The evening delivered festive cocktails, canapes, and updates from Welsh government and the venue’s senior management team on the progress of Wales’ first international convention centre. It was compered ...

A bright future for business events in Latin America

Latin America is rapidly emerging as a vibrant player on the business events scene and one that is grasping all the many opportunities for growth. David Hidalgo, Show Director, IBTM Americas, looks forward to the future of business events in the region and reveals his passion for turning LATAM into a driving force in the business events sector   What’s hot in business events at the moment? Gr...

ACC Liverpool celebrates decade of events at Abbey Road

The UK’s ACC Liverpool celebrated its 10th birthday year at its annual Showcase in London. The venue invited guests to the iconic Abbey Road Studios to mark the milestone anniversary. Around 100 attendees in the association, corporate and exhibition sectors, along with agency representatives and entertainment and sport promoters, attended the event from a variety of organisations such as the...

Brisbane to host leading environmental science conference

The world’s most respected freshwater scientists will be heading to the river city of Brisbane to attend the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) Annual Meeting in 2021. The Brisbane conference will be the very first time the American-based SFS has held its annual meeting outside of North America. Australia’s reputation in water management and strong freshwater science community were behind the hi...

Committing to quality

IACC CEO Mark Cooper identifies some of the unexpected benefits of quality standards.   You’d think answering the question, ‘Why are quality standards important?’ would be simple and straightforward – of course they are important. And, on a basic level, this is perfectly correct, but to truly understand the benefits to conference and meetings venues requires a deeper understanding of th...

How to design an effective incentive programme

Director of Strategic Partnerships at Ovation Global DMC, and former SITE President, Hugo Slimbrouck, offers a guide to building the most informed perspective for designing and delivering effective incentive programmes.   Designing an incentive programme begins with understanding the customer, his or her business, the company’s leadership and a profile of the programme participants.  Knowing ...

UK’s ACC Liverpool Group appoints new chair of the board

The UK’s ACC Liverpool Group has appointed Max Steinberg CBE (pictured right) as its new chair of the board. The organisation confirmed that he will take over from the previous chair, former Liverpool Football Club chief executive Ian Ayre, who left in June 2018. Steinberg recently stood down as chief executive of regeneration agency Liverpool Vision after eight years, following a restructur...

Dubai venue launches interactive and virtual reality tours

E2 Dubai South, a venue in Dubai, has launched a new 3D virtual tour of its space, available at this link. The programme allows prospective visitors to explore the venue’s space digitally, navigating the exhibition, concert and conference setups. The venue hopes the new technology will allow event organisers to examine the space in advance, looking at staging, ceiling, AV installation, multimedia ...

In pictures: SITE in Rwanda

Rwanda hosted this year’s Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) Executive Summit, 1-4 December. The annual event takes members of the SITE Board of Directors and SITE Foundation Board of Trustees to new and emerging destinations that can leverage the experience and knowledge of global industry leaders to grow its incentive travel business. The 2018 event was sponsored by Rwanda Convention...

BECA targets federal MPs in fresh advocacy campaign for business events

Members of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) launched a pre-election campaign at Parliament House in Canberra last week, calling on MPs to unequivocally support policy and funding of the sector. A delegation of business events industry leaders met with 12 key MPs and their advisors, from all sides of politics, with a united message about the need for a strong policy for business even...

TV star and restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump opens new Vegas venue

Television star and restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump is to open her first Las Vegas venue in early 2019, partnering with Caesars Palace to create Vanderpump Cocktail Garden. The venue will be available for buyouts, accommodating meetings and events for up to 100 people. Bringing a taste of Los Angeles to Las Vegas, the cocktail garden will take a page from Vanderpump’s successful restaurants and...