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American Express GBT expands messaging app, enhances mobile platform

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has expanded messaging capabilities and made enhancements to the Amex GBT Mobile platform. The move signals increased on-the-go options for travel managers and business travellers. The option to message with a GBT travel counsellor via the Amex GBT Mobile App has expanded to more than 24 countries where GBT has a proprietary presence. A new push notifi...

ICCA partners on biorisk programmes with global cleaning industry association

International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) is partnering with the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC), a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, to bring essential business reopening resources to ICCA members. ICCA’s members include venues, tourism bureaus, airlines, and other event-related organisations and the new agreement, will see the association promo...

IBTM World reports new exhibitor sign ups as intense safety campaign for 2020 show continues

Organiser Reed Travel Exhibitions has announced “a raft of new exhibitors,” including Meliá Hotels International, Titanic Hotels, Ibiza Convention Bureau and Canary Islands for its IBTM World 2020, due still to take place in Barcelona 1-3 December and widely seen as an opportunity for the wider global industry to gather in person again. The task for organisers will clearly be to persuade corporate...

Swift downsizing positions CTM for recovery

Global business travel management agency Corporate Travel Management (CTM) has reported underlying earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of US$65m for the FY20 financial year. CTM management says the company’s rapid response to the impacts of Covid-19 has helped rationalise the cost base and maintain a strong liquidity position. There was an underlying net profit ...

ICCA call for board candidates and lines up AES Live in Singapore

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) is calling for candidates interested in standing for election for the following vacancies on its board of directors. The elections will take place at the ICCA General Assembly 2020: Presidency – one vacancy, as James Rees comes to the end of his two-year elected term, although he may stand for re-election. SECTORS Destination marketing &...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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