Europe

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 ...

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...

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 ...

#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 ...

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...

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...

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 ...

Gowin-Becker to take over as Director of Messe Frankfurt’s Congress business

Romina Gowin-Becker will be taking over at the helm of Messe Frankfurt’s department for congress and conference business, as of 1 January 2019. She will be replacing Claudia Delius-Fisher, who is retiring after 31 years of service to Messe Frankfurt. A Business Administration graduate, Gowin-Becker began her career at Messe Frankfurt in 2001, where she completed a dual work and study programme, sp...

Season three of Elevate mentoring programme launches

The team behind the UK’s Elevate mentoring programme has announced the launch of its third season and intake for new mentees and mentors. Registrations are open until 18 January with all partnerships to be announced by the first week in February. Elevate has run for two seasons and created over 120 mentoring pairs with people from across the events industry. The next intake is to be capped at 50 a...

Raven swoops on £65k investment from Scottish EDGE final

A software brand whose technology has been used at the Ryder Cup and 2018 European Championships, has scooped £65,000 from the latest Scottish EDGE funding round. UK-based Raven, which provides crisis management software for digital integrated command and control of events, joins a range of enterprising small businesses as Sottish EDGE alumni, including Brewgooder, Gin Bothy and MiAlgae. With the ...

Gothenburg readies a sustainable welcome for Associations World Congress 2019

On 7–9 April 2019, Sweden’s second city, Gothenburg, will welcome the Associations World Congress & Expo (AWC). It will be a first visit to Scandinavia for the AWC, which will be held in the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre (SECC). “We are very excited to launch a new and progressive programme for the next congress and to have the opportunity to share an amazing venue and city with our...