Olivia Powell

PCMA signs partnership with Korea MICE Association

Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and the Korea MICE Association have announced a two-year strategic agreement, aimed at equipping their members for the post-Covid-19 return through specialised training programmes. A key component of the partnership will focus on the delivery of PCMA’s Digital Event Strategist (DES) course in Korea. Karen Bolinger (pictured), PCMA managing dire...

Ascott to offer Work in Residence and ‘space-as-a-service’

CapitaLand’s lodging business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott) has launched its ‘Work in Residence’ initiative at participating properties worldwide. The scheme aims to transform selected apartments into conducive work suites for those seeking alternative an location to work-from-home or study within over 60 participating properties in 30 cities and 10 countries. The apartments are available for ...

MCI takes a new deep D.I.V.E into events methodology

Global events management agency MCI, has announced the launch D.I.V.E.© by MCI (D.I.V.E.), which it describes as a new methodology for redefining the future of brands’ audience engagement in the virtual world. D.I.V.E.stands for ‘Define. Ideate. Visualise. Engage’ and aims to “build an agile, effective and scalable framework tailored to brand’s objectives; whether it is to enhanc...

Hotel Okura to partner with Tokyo Management College on training programme

Hotel Okura Co., Ltd. (Hotel Okura) has announced it is entering into a partnership with Tokyo Management College, a  practical vocational education institution in Chiba, Japan. Tokyo Management College and Hotel Okura will be establishing a curriculum offering tourism and hospitality training at the college from April 2021. Hotel Okura will also be establishing an education and training programme...

Manchester Central cleared for take-off to manage event spaces at Runway Visitor Park

UK convention complex, Manchester Central, has announced that it will be delivering events and hospitality services at Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Park and Concorde Conference Centre. Home to the Concorde aircraft, the Concorde Conference Centre can host dinners, conferences, weddings and parties for up to 700 people. Shaun Hinds, chief executive at Manchester Central said: “We are absolut...

Wellington CEC honoured with Māori name

The Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre (WCEC) in New Zealand has recently been bestowed the Māori name Tākina. The city selected the name after working with local iwi (indigenous) partners based near Wellington. Tākina means ‘to invoke’ which “reflects the city as a place people come together to talk and think”. Wellington mayor, Andy Foster, said: “Tākina will prove extremely...

WTTC calls on G7 leaders to take a lead in saving travel and tourism sector

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has “urgently” called on the UK and nine other major governments for strong leadership and international collaboration to save the travel and tourism sector. Over 100 of the world’s major travel and global business leaders, from airlines, airports, hotels, tour operators and travel companies, have backed the WTTC and its letter calling for ur...

On the Newcastle:Gateshead waterfront – big reveal

New images have been revealed showing the green and public open spaces which will be created on the Newcastle:Gateshead waterfront, in the North East of England, as part of Gateshead Council’s arena-led regeneration scheme, Newcastle Gateshead Quays. The 7,4000sqm scheme includes a 12,500-seat arena, a conference and exhibition centre, two hotels, bars, restaurants and car parking all linked by ov...

First keynote speaker announced for IBTM World 2020

Organiser Reed Travel Exhibitions has announced that Pancho Campo, former tennis professional turned events producer, will be the first keynote speaker for its IBTM World 2020 in Barcelona. In a talk titled ‘The future of events: Lessons learned from working with Barack Obama’, Campo will draw on his more than 30 years’ experience organising events to explore how to run an event with high profile ...

Kenes Group publishes guidebook to producing virtual experiences

Kenes Group, a global live, virtual and hybrid event management company, has published a new White Paper: ‘Strategy for Associations Going Virtual: a guidebook to producing compelling virtual experiences’. The guide aims to “explore the evolution of online meetings” and to “demystify the notion of a virtual conference” by answering questions that those in the ev...

Cypress Vending introduces Touchless Mask Station

Cypress Vending, a Canadian vending machine supplier, has announced the introduction of the Touchless Mask Station. The Touchless Mask Station was created by company founders Brad Simon and Travis Grubb. The machine can be mounted on a wall or stand, and can be branded to fit the needs of the space. Each station comes stocked with disposable, three layer, non-medical masks. The machine aims to hel...

70% of conferences in Italy cancelled due to Covid-19, research reveals

Research by the Graduate School of Economics and International Relations of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (ASERI) has revealed the extent to which the Italian conference and meetings industry has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Conference and events venues have seen 69.7% of conferences and events cancelled, while 16.9% have been postponed until 2021, and 13.4% to a date later in 20...