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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...

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....

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...

IAPCO appoints new CEO

The International Association of PCOs (IAPCO) has announced the appointment of Martin Boyle (pictured) as its new CEO. The appointment will become effective 1 April 2019. Boyle goes to IAPCO with a wealth of experience across a number of countries in the events and meetings industry. He has launched start-ups in Canada, driven sales at an international convention centre, worked with international ...

CWT says Predictive Analytics can save 10% on client spend

Global travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel has introduced Predictive Analytics capabilities, designed to improve the accuracy of forecasts and provide better visibility over key travel metrics and give clients new opportunities to control travel spend. CWT Solutions Group, CWT’s consulting division, says it has built an advanced data model that sifts through large historic travel dat...

Food and medicine feature big in eventful December start for ADNEC

The Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has been hosting four major events in early December at its ADNEC centre in the Emirati capital. The 13th International Society of Hemodialysis Congress closed on 8 December, having showcased the latest technologies in the field of hemodialysis and nephrology, in addition to advancements in research and clinical practices. Under the patronage of H...

PCMA sets economic progress and social prosperity as goals for first Leadership Summit

Civic and corporate leaders from four continents will gather January 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for a two-day forum on how business events can create diversified and sustainable opportunities for economic and social prosperity. The 6 and 7 January programme was created by Chicago-based PCMA to bring together a core international group of association CEOs, corporate leaders and municipal lea...

IMEX expects to see more asset leveraging

2018 has been the year when interest in live events, experiential activities, women in leadership, mental wellbeing and robots skyrocketed. In 2019, IMEX Group expects all these trends to continue; but what other trends does the international exhibition organiser see on the horizon? According to IMEX, there’s one unifying storyline that can help us all make sense of 2019 before it arrives: how to ...

Geo-data specialist selects ATPI to manage its corporate travel

Global geo-data specialists Fugro has signed a new agreement for travel management services with international agency ATPI Group. The deal follows a bid process involving several Travel Management Companies (TMCs) over a 12-month period. Fugro said it awarded the contract to ATPI based on its worldwide marine and energy sector expertise, specialist tools and processes, and a well-balanced service ...

Airbnb’s business travel trends for 2019

Airbnb has released a new report detailing business travel trends which have been on the rise in 2018, and are set to continue in 2019. One notable change that occurred in 2018 was the rise in travel to destinations in Latin America and Africa. While hubs such as London, Paris and New York remain prominent, a number of cities such as Mar Del Plata in Argentina, Guaruja in Brazil and Aguascalientes...

ITE Group places $1m Bett investment

Global event organiser ITE Group, organiser of the UK’s leading edtech event, Bett, has announced it is to lead a $1m investment in Learnit. Learnit is a new event for the global learning ecosystem that will take place the same week as Bett. Learnit will be held, 24-25 January 2019, at the QEII Centre in London, and organisers hope to attract 1,000 attendees. Anil Aggarwal, co-founder and Chairman...

Ascential in line for high-growth from acquisitions

B2B events and information group Ascential announced, in a trading update 4 December, that it is trading in line with market expectations. The company said full-year revenue was expected above consensus driven by recent ‘high growth’ acquisitions. Following the completion of its two editions in the second half, the Money20/20 congress is expected to grow by 37% for the full year with the US editio...