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Paul Colston

MCEC’s $200m expansion to host Malaria World Congress
in Australasia, News

MCEC’s $200m expansion to host Malaria World Congress

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) A$200m (US$150m) expansion site is a few weeks away from opening, the venue’s chief executive said at an update press conference during the IMEX trade show last week (16 May). The new space will cement MCEC ’s position as the largest convention and exhibition space in Australia, with an increased total size of over 70,000sqm. The 20,000-square-metre expansion includes 9,000sqm...

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21 May 2018
IBTM appoints new portfolio director
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IBTM appoints new portfolio director

IBTM, part of global exhibition organiser Reed Travel Exhibitions, has announced the appointment of Shane Hannam (pictured) as portfolio director effective 1 June 2018. He replaces Kerry Prince, who has been promoted within Reed Exhibitions and will retain strategic oversight on the portfolio. Hannam began his career with Reed Exhibitions and has over 16 years’ experience in the international events industry. His most recent role...

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13 May 2018
WONDER London kicks off 2018 Google Cloud Summit in Madrid
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WONDER London kicks off 2018 Google Cloud Summit in Madrid

Independent UK Shoreditch-based events producer WONDER London has launched the first in its Google Cloud Summit EMEA event series of 2018. It is a series that will span six cities. The first 2,000 delegate-strong event opened in Madrid 8 May at the Kinepolis Ciudad de Imagen. WONDER London produced the 2017 Google Cloud Summit series, and the first event in the new series involves keynote speakers, including...

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13 May 2018
Water experts gather in Brisbane
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Water experts gather in Brisbane

Leading global experts on water met in the river city of Brisbane for the Australian Water Association’s Ozwater’18 Conference and Exhibition, 8-10 May. The three-day event attracted record delegate numbers, with 1,400 water professionals, including delegates from 16 countries, coming to the conference at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC). Brisbane and BCEC last hosted the conference in 2014 and were the host venue for the IWA World...

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10 May 2018
Barcelona leapfrogs Paris to head new ICCA rankings city list
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Barcelona leapfrogs Paris to head new ICCA rankings city list

Barcelona has claimed first place in the latest, 2017 ICCA city rankings for the first time since 2004. The city overtook Paris and Vienna to claim the first spot. The top five cities remain the same, albeit in a different order. Berlin (4th) and London (5th) make up the others in the top five. The association meetings market continues to show robust growth, according to the...

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09 May 2018
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 25:  (EDITOR'S NOTE: Image was processed using digital filters.) A general view prior to the Opening Ceremony ahead of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles on September 25, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Rockpool takes controlling stake in UK-based agency Smyle

Multi award-winning event agency Smyle has agreed an investment deal by Smyle Creative Group Ltd, a new holding company backed by private equity firm Rockpool. The deal sees Chad Lion-Cachet, formerly of the Events International Group, appointed executive chairman of the group. Founded by Matt Margetson and Rick Stainton in 2003, Smyle has offices in Hertford, London and a satellite office in San Francisco. It...

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07 May 2018
Cvent CEO Reggie Aggarwal at the company offices in Reston, Virginia on December 16, 2013.
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Cvent adds QuickMobile to its Event Cloud

Meetings and hospitality technology provider, Cvent, is to acquire QuickMobile, the Vancouver-based mobile event apps specialist for an undisclosed price. The acquisition of QuickMobile, with its 100 employees, will broaden Cvent’s mobile event app and onsite solution capabilities and help the company extend its reach through QuickMobile’s extensive partner network. The acquisition is expected to close before the end of May 2018. Together, the combined...

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07 May 2018
UFI elects its first female president for 2019/20
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UFI elects its first female president for 2019/20

Global exhibition industry association UFI’s Board of Directors has elected Mary Larkin as its next president for 2020. She will be the first woman to hold the post in the association’s history. The decision was made at the board meeting during the UFI European Conference in Verona (Italy). The UFI presidential trio for the 2018/19 term will, therefore comprise of: Craig Newman (Johannesburg Expo Centre,...

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05 May 2018
Reed Exhibitions extends contract with GES
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Reed Exhibitions extends contract with GES

Event organiser Reed Exhibitions has announced a new contract with Visit and Poken by GES for its Airport Show portfolio of events in Dubai. Airport Show is the latest of a series of technology-enabled events already delivered by Visit and Poken across leading organisers in EMEA. The GES technology package, which combines SaaS registration software, NFC-enabled smart badges, NFC touchpoints, and Visit Connect lead capture app and intelligence dashboards, is designed to...

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24 Apr 2018
Celebrating Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID)
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Celebrating Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID)

Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), 12 April, is a campaign to recognise and unite the entire business events industry across the world, bringing leaders and eventprofs together to showcase the real impact that fact-to-face meetings have on people, business and communities. GMID was established by Meetings Mean Business, an industry wide coalition. This international day of advocacy saw more than 120 events held across six...

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