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Paul Colston

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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12 Apr 2018
Australia celebrates multi-million dollar bid fund ‘game-changer’
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Australia celebrates multi-million dollar bid fund ‘game-changer’

Australia’s multi-billion dollar business events industry has received a huge boost with the creation of a A$12m national bid fund. The funds will be made available over the next three years to support bids for new, high-value international incentive, association and exhibitions. The new Bid Fund Program will be live from 1 July 2018 for releasing funds and was announced by the federal minister for...

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15 Mar 2018
She means business at IMEX Frankfurt
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She means business at IMEX Frankfurt

Speakers from the UN, European Astronaut Centre and UBS are among the list of inspirational women down to speak at She Means Business, which takes place as part of EduMonday at IMEX in Frankfurt on 14 May. Gender equality and female empowerment have never been higher on the news agenda and these issues are now being given due recognition across the meetings and events sector...

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08 Mar 2018
World ATM Congress to continue flying into Madrid until 2022
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World ATM Congress to continue flying into Madrid until 2022

Now in its sixth year, the World ATM Congress is running 6-8 March at IFEMA in Madrid, and is the world’s largest international air traffic management (ATM) exhibition and conference. Over 7,500 participants are expected this year. IFEMA is the permanent venue for the World ATM Congress until 2022 and the venue management believes the Congress’s tenancy has helped establish Madrid as a world-class city...

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06 Mar 2018
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