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Berlin’s Sleeping Beauties Podcast

Berlin’s Sleeping Beauties     Episode 11: Thanks for the memories In this, our final episode before a short summer break, our host Mark Felstead introduces us to Kieran Dennis – once a legend of Berlin’s event scene upped anchor and moved back to London where he now works as a DMC for Incentives and Cruise Ships. Kieran explains it is a business sub-sector that has been literally strand...

Okinawa Japan – where inspiration meets

The islands’ tagline for MICE is ‘Okinawa Japan – where inspiration meets’, and that inspiration certainly attracts a business events wave: 1,238 MICE events were held in 2018. Okinawa Prefecture is located in the southern most region of Japan and represents a group of 160 islands, 47 of which are inhabited by around 1.4m people. The Main island offers the main business events opportunities and th...

Korea turns on the tech turbo as CVBs step up their support

Korea offers more subvention funding and technology support as it eyes new normal for MICE, CMW reports. South Korea has won many plaudits for its response to the global Covid-19 crisis. One of the first countries outside of China to report cases of the disease, South Korea has been more active than most in harnessing its high technology capabilities to track the spread of the virus and its report...

Dreaming of a future destination

Because dreams can eventually come true… Many of our prominent destinations have not cancelled the flow of their creative juices and have produced some stunning videos to remind us all that there will be a time to meet again and remind us of what we’re missing…   Abu Dhabi During such unprecedented times, our imagination allows us to stay together, to stay adventurous, indulgent, enlightened,...

Time to retain and retrain

Keith Tan, Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board, discusses the biggest challenge ever to face the state’s tourism sector. Just 18 months into your role and the STB is having to deal with the impact of Covid-19. Do you feel that the organisation was well-prepared having learned from the SARS outbreak? Much of the learning, protocols and procedures from SARS helped to guide our actions but...

From face-to-face to virtual

Silke Hoersch on how to turn your event into a virtual experience. Just a few weeks ago, we were feeling optimistic about holding Ungerboeck’s yearly APAC and EMEA Unite conferences in March. What happened next was out of our hands, with the Covid-19 pandemic. We did not want to give up on Unite, so we worked on a virtual conference concept that would still cover the great content we were eager to...

Ad astram: IMEX launches new virtual experience

IMEX CEO Carina Bauer talks to CMW about the Frankfurt show cancellation and beyond to the launch on 6 May of PlanetIMEX. Was postponement of IMEX Frankfurt to another date possible? I assume the Messe and the GCB were supportive to the last? Firstly, Messe Frankfurt have been amazing partners to IMEX. First, in their rapid response as we began to look into the options available to us, as well as ...

Forward thinking with a mindful walk

After our recent gentle walk through the AXICA in Berlin with Mark Felstead (and you can still watch that video on this platform), Mark takes us now a second tour through the AXICA. This time it is a ‘mindful walk’, where we can learn, on our journey, about the venue’s actions and precautions to run save and secure events as soon as allowed to do so. AXICA is an ideal venue for events, even with e...

Are we ready for the next downturn?

Aloysius Arlando, President of AIPC, imparts some lessons learned during the financial crisis.   As most of the world seems to teeter on the edge of a growing expectation of economic downturn, if not recession, it is an interesting time to reflect on what we may have learned through the last cycle. We would certainly be coming off a high – recent industry surveys having shown some of the high...

Neringa: re-thinking business trips

It is time for CMW to delve deep into the sense-tingling experiences of an unexplored corner of the world as special as Lithuania’s Curonian Spit. This Baltic resort haven is now delivering a truly unforgettable business events and conference experience too. Global MICE opportunities have long moved on from the exclusive privilege of senior executives, to an accessible option for employees of all ...

Striking a chord

MPI’s European Meetings and Events Conference asked delegates to push their boundaries in the home of flamenco. Amilio, the old flamenco master, is sitting on stage in a loose suit jacket, his weather-beaten face almost concealed behind a straggly, grey beard. We’ve come to meet him at the headquarters of the Alala Foundation, an NGO based in the Poligono Sur district of Seville, Spain. He is teac...

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