Paul Colston

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New senior national account directors join Philadelphia CVB

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) has filled two important sales roles. Kelly Blecke will be joining the PHLCVB as the senior national account director focused on the Washington, D.C. area, and Rosa Luke has been appointed senior national account director with a focus on the Chicago market. In 2019, the PHLCVB drove US$600m in economic impact from group sales and both the Ch...

ICCA reveals regional hubs for 59th Congress

ICCA has announced its list of regional hubs for its 59th Congress. While the main venue is in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, travel is clearly a major concern and ICCA is, therefore, showcasing a hybrid model complementing the mothership host destination with regional hub events around the globe. The association aims to coincide these hub events with and share the experience for those unable to attend the ma...

Marina Bay Sands launches hybrid event broadcast studio

Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands resort has launched a new hybrid event broadcast studio at its Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The venue management believes the initiative paves the way to redefine the future of meetings. Designed to accommodate a live studio audience with a maximum capacity of 50 persons at any one time, the hybrid broadcast studio – which offers broadcast-quality live-streaming c...

Government urged to provide more support to Hong Kong convention industry

Nine out of ten members (91%) of the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) surveyed on the impact of Covid-19 to their businesses have described the government’s Subsidy Scheme for the sector as “insufficient”. The full results of the Impact of Covid-19 to Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry was presented to representatives of the Commerce and Economic Develo...

Singapore selected for 110th Lions Clubs International Convention in 2028

Singapore has been re-selected to host one of the world’s largest annual conventions following the cancellation of this year’s event. Singapore has won the right to host the 110th Lions Clubs International Convention in 2028. The Lions Clubs of Singapore will partner with the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau (SECB), and Marina Bay Sands (MBS) to host the convention. The Singapore editi...

Marina Bay Sands launches hybrid event broadcast studio

Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands resort has launched a new hybrid event broadcast studio at its Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The venue management believes the initiative paves the way to redefine the future of meetings. Designed to accommodate a live studio audience with a maximum capacity of 50 persons at any one time, the hybrid broadcast studio – which offers broadcast-quality live-streaming c...

Digital marketing, with a side of virtual event

Snöballer-in-chief at snöball event influencer marketing, Rachael Stephan, shares some advice on tailoring your message to the virtual event experience.   Different delivery, different expectations, different experiences. We’re all intimately familiar with the difference between virtual and in-person events. But, what about when it comes to marketing your virtual event – are the same tried an...

Melbourne CEC steps up the virtual pace with Stage 4 restrictions in place until 13 September

As Victoria state appears to be the worst affected region of Australia for coronavirus currently, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is leveraging its technical expertise to push its virtual event offering to the fore to help customers connect with their audiences. From ticketed online events to corporate launches, large-scale conferences and even virtual gala dinners, MCEC is offer...

Absolute occupancy levels for London hotels in July lowest on STR records

Hospitality industry data benchmarking company STR’s preliminary July data for London hotels showed record low occupancy for July 2020. In comparison with July 2019, occupancy dropped by 74.8% to 22.8%. Average daily rate more than halved (52.4%) to £83.61 (US$109.14), while revenue per available room (RevPAR) was down 88% to £19.02. The absolute occupancy level would be the lowest for any month o...

French Premier maintains ban on public gatherings over 5,000 until 31 October

International event management and venue grou, GL events has responded to the French prime minister’s announcement of 11 August 2020 maintaining the ban on public gatherings of more than 5,000 people until 31 October 2020. Premier Jean Castex indicated that, in accordance with the strict application of public health measures, French regional authorities (préfets) will have the authority to grant e...

Conference Compass points to new community VEP

Holland-based software developer Conference Compass has launched a new association and event platform. The company says its new product, which took five months to develop, is an inclusive, intuitive, and customisable #OneCommunity Virtual Event Platform (VEP). “When the pandemic hit the spring conference season and most of our customers had no choice but to cancel or postpone their events, we deci...

GDS-Movement picks up IMEX-EIC Innovation in Sustainability Award

“A unique and innovative approach to driving sustainability through competition – and with potential beyond the industry.” That was what the judges had to say about the winning entry to the IMEX-EIC  (Events Industry Council) Innovation in Sustainability Award 2020. The Award has gone to GDS-Index, a benchmarking and performance improvement programme for business tourism and events destinations. T...