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Event insurance: time to adjust the equation?

Paul Cook asks whether it is the beginning of the end of unreasonable legal clauses. Covid-19 has impacted people and businesses in many ways. While there have been some positives, such as dolphins appearing in the Bosphorous and pollution levels decreasing, for most, the impact has been adverse. Event delegates, planners and event service providers of all types have been affected. Large or small,...

‘Nobody told me there’d be days like these’

I took the reins as CEO of SITE at the beginning of 2019 and, as you do when you start a new job, I expected the usual roller coaster ride with upswings and downswings. But, to quote John Lennon, “Nobody told me there’d be days like these”. Following two full years of upswings at SITE, during which we reached historically high membership numbers and retention percentages, our entire industry is no...

Thanks for the memories: Berlin’s Sleeping Beauties, Episode 11

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 stranded over the last few months. Kieran believes these businesses were unfairly d...

Virtual CAREhab Singapore Rehabilitation Conference 2020 gathers 1,200 delegates

The recent digital edition virtual CAREhab Singapore Rehabilitation Conference 2020 drew 50 speakers and 1,200 members of the healthcare community for two days of live learning, networking and collaboration. A fifth of attendees came from abroad, representing 30 countries and took part in more than 200 meetings facilitated over the two-day virtual event. Nine hundred participants attended the in-p...

Learning to speak with one voice

CMW reports on the Joint Meetings Industry Council’s global webinar series that has been driving the soon-to-be-published Manifesto for Economic Recovery Using Business Events. These unprecedented times have brought about an unprecedented collaboration. On 2 July, the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) and its Iceberg project, with the support of four global industry trade events – AIME, IBTM,...

Paris good to go from September

Pablo Nakhlé Cerruti, CEO of Viparis, announced that, on 1 September 2020, Viparis would reopen its doors to tradefairs, exhibitions, congresses and other major events. The venue will be making up for lost time with 300 of its events having been affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Viparis is operator of nine major event venues in the Île-de-France region, including Paris-Expo Porte de Versailles and ...

Recipe for legacy eco-system

Denmark meetings industry leaders have combined forces to produce a report that signposts a pathway for realising conference legacies. Denmark has new tools for creating meeting legacies, but what are the actual steps involved for associations wanting to take advantage of them? A new report from MeetDenmark attempts to provide some answers. A legacy report and tools are part of a new study by nati...

Transforming to virtual inside a week

Event management agency MCI China recently entirely redesigned, coordinated and delivered an offline product launch event into a combination of live and virtual attendee experiences within a week of the event date. MCI China was the mandated agency for the management and design of a global product launch event for a Chinese multinational technology company and faced a situation whereby certain ele...

Meet the busy bees at PanUP, in episode 10 of Berlin’s Sleeping Beauties

    “If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.“ – Albert Einstein.   This week, in our AXICA/Mash Media podcast episode, you can hear about how one of Berlin’s leading DMC’s is coping with the current situation and how clients are slowly but surely moving towards online and hybrid events. And it seems that it could be the Fr...

Soak up a slice of Australia from your couch

While travel restrictions are still in place, Tourism Australia offers six ways for event planners soak up Australia from the comfort of their own homes. Managing director of Tourism Australia, Phillipa Harrison, said: “Storytelling is embedded in Australian culture. Thanks to our brilliant creative industry, there are many different means of soaking up our rich culture – even from the comfo...

New meeting normal at NH Hotels

CMW looks at how NH Hotel Group has redesigned its meetings experience with digital and health and safety to the fore. The NH Hotel Group has redesigned its hotels’ meeting and events experience, with the accent on health and safety and digitalisation of services. The work comes of the back of an action plan following a survey of 1,000 meetings and events specialists and expert recommendations. Ma...

Take your seat on the Cloud for Berlin’s Sleeping Beauties podcast, Episode 9

    AXICAA’s Mark Felstead this week talks to Sabine Reise, MD of AllSeated Germany, a digital company dedicated to supporting suppliers and buyers and bringing them together digitally and interactively on a virtual, cloud-based platform to sell or plan better their events. Turn to hear how to upgrade your floor plans/event plans simply, to make them comply with Covid-19 social dis...