Paul Colston

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Industry slams Canberra Tax and VISA fee hike as ‘Enormous own goal’

AUSTRALASIA – The Australian tourism industry is “fighting with one hand behind its back” after the federal government announced plans to increase visa fees and taxes, industry professionals have warned. The  revealed it would increase visa application fees from July as part of its 2015-16 federal budget. The move is expected to raise AUS$437.1m (US$350.5m) over four years. Visitors from China are...

Paris retains top spot in ICCA city rankings

WORLD - Paris has retained its No.1 slot at the head of the ICCA city rankings.

MPI selects Atlantic City for 2016 WEC

AMERICAS - Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is to take its 2016 World Education Congress (WEC) to Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Jihadist attack at Texas convention centre

AMERICAS - Two jihadist gunmen were shot dead after opening fire outside a conference on cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a suburb of Dallas at the weekend.

Art in meetings

It may sound a bit peculiar but art is – and always has been – part of meetings. I am not just talking about art to ‘wow’ the audience, AKA entertainment, but real art in all its shapes and forms. Since art reaches deep into people’s emotions, and since emotions are a driver of purpose, art has a place in what we do as meeting professionals. Art is considered to be the third segment in...

Neverending story

Great events are like great stories – unfolding into some pretty memorable moments. Undoubtedly social media has, in recent times, played an integral part in helping us get to this stage. Yet despite being increasing social media savvy, I believe the industry is still missing a trick when it comes to fully engaging with attendees and making sure they in turn are embracing the experience. I’v...

Exhibitions – why do you attend?

There are a huge number of industry exhibitions that take place throughout the year, but how do you approach these? Do you have great intentions of attending all the key exhibitions, expanding your knowledge, networking with suppliers and potential clients, attending the seminars and making the most of the entire event? Or do you, like some people, avoid them like the plague deciding you don’t hav...

Switzerland Meeting Trophy celebrates 10th year with Belgium on top

EUROPE - A cow, pride and a year's supply of cheese was at stake at the annual Switzerland Meeting Trophy on 3-6 July.

Congrex Switzerland wins new projects and clients

EUROPE - The cantonal hospital of St Gallen, in Switzerland, is starting to plan for hosting the first edition of the 'Advanced Prostate Cancer Consensus Conference', an event focussing on the treatment options for patients with advanced prostate cancer.