New Operator for New, Flagship Venue in NewcastleGateshead

July 3, 2019

New Operator for New, Flagship Venue in NewcastleGateshead

SMG Europe will operate a new arena, conference and exhibition centre in NewcastleGateshead, Gateshead Quays (pictured), due to open in 2023. The complex, developed by Ask Real Estate and PATRIZIA UK, includes 6,300m2 of conference and exhibition space together with additional 2,800 m2 of flexible meeting space. Extensive public realm will link all buildings including a 12,500-capacity indoor arena, hotels and restaurants.

The site for the new £260m waterfront complex on Gateshead Quays is being hailed as one, if not the most, truly exciting events settings in the UK. Located directly opposite the Gateshead Millennium Bridge on the banks of the River Tyne and at the heart of Newcastle Gateshead Quayside, the scheme will nestle in between Sage Gateshead and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art whilst being minutes from Newcastle City Centre.

Paul Szomoru, Director of Business Events at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau said: “Adding to our already outstanding business events offer of venues and hotels, our accessible location this is realising our long-held ambitions to be able to host major national and international events which align to the business and research strengths of our region and the UK government’s industrial strategy.”



July 2, 2019

All Hands on the Palacongressi di Rimini

Palacongressi di Rimini, the Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) conference facility, has won the bid for the 28th congress of the Federation of the European Societies of Surgery of the Hand – FESSH, scheduled from 17 to 20 May 2023. The event is set to attract at least 1,500 participants, including doctors, surgeons and European and international experts, for a total of 6,000 overnight stays.

Voting took place on June 19th last in Berlin during the combined international medical congress of IFSSH and IFSHT – the federations that bring hand surgery experts under one roof. Rimini’s characteristics – with the positive reputation it has built up as a dynamic destination, a seaside resort and an art city –  its infrastructure and a conference facility with cutting-edge services, location and  versatility, all helped bring home the coveted prize.

The win extends the list of international events that will be hosted at the Palacongressi di Rimini in the coming years: ISS – International Strawberry Symposium (May 2020), CINC International Conference on Computing in Cardiology (September 2020), SWESD – Joint Conference on Social Work Education & Social Development (June 2020), ICCC – International Conference on Coordination Chemistry (July 2020), ESPN – European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (September 2021).


June 27, 2019

The Future of Military Medicine Discussed in Basel

At the 43rd ICMM World Congress on Military Medicine, 1000 participants from 90 countries debated the future of medicine in the Congress Centre Basel. The venue convinced the organisers with its security standards and with the Event Hall as a top location for the gala dinner. The Congress, which was held from 19 to 24 May 2019 under the motto “Medicine on the Move”, is dedicated to a worldwide exchange and update on the innovations in military medicine.
At a congress where the leading figures of international military medicine are meeting up, security issues play an overriding role. High security thus prevailed at the CCB for the duration of the congress. The military police took charge of access controls among other things. The fact that the buildings are protected by electronic locking mechanisms was particularly appreciated.
Photo : Congress Centre Basel

June 26, 2019

Lausanne Montreux Celebrates 50 Years of Technology

With 2019 marking the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) 50th anniversary, the federal institute of technology is celebrating its golden anniversary with a series of events and festivals that showcases its successes in the science, research, education and innovation industries to members of the public. Key events include open science days, where technology enthusiasts can learn at the hands of  researchers about the vision for reproducible science as well as immersing themselves in innovative research events and celebrating the Alumni 50th day to honour previous graduates at EPFL.
Located in the Lausanne Montreux region, the EPFL is one of Europe’s most renowned science and technology establishments. For more than 20 years, the EPFL has been a key player in innovation and technology that also hosts one of the largest conference centres in Lake Geneva region, the SwissTech Convention Centre. The centre also acts as an educational base for students as well as a venue for business delegates.

SwissTech is just one of four convention centres partnered with Lausanne Montreux Congress (LMC), alongside the Beaulieu Convention Centre, The Olympic Museum and Montreux Music & Convention Centre (2m2c), with each centre showcasing different aspects of the region. With its strong reputation in the innovative technology industry, the SwissTech Convention Centre is already set to host a series of engaging conferences, including The 11th World Congress Science Journalists (WCSJ). The five day event will take place 1st-5th July 2019, providing delegates with the opportunity to network and discuss the future of science.

June 24, 2019

Archaeology Experts Discover Belfast

Belfast has been chosen to host Europe’s largest annual gathering of archaeologists, joining Barcelona, Istanbul and Lisbon in a strong international line-up of cities to bring up to 2,500 delegates together in one place. The European Association of Archaeology (EAA) will reach the city in August 2022 for this major week-long event.
ICC Belfast will host the main four-day conference event, supported by other venues across the city including Queen’s University Belfast. Visit Belfast, Queen’s University Belfast and ICC Belfast, with funding support from Tourism Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council, secured the conference for the city. Through its Belfast and Northern Ireland Ambassador Programme, Visit Belfast worked with Professor Eileen Murphy, Head of Archaeology and Palaeoecology, which lies within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Queen’s University, to bid for the conference.

 EAA President, Felipe Criado-Boado, said he was looking forward to Belfast hosting its annual event. “Belfast is a modern city that looks to the future with confidence, as we do in the EAA. By coming to Belfast, we wish to acknowledge the support of our large number of members from the UK and Ireland and endorse their support of the EAA over the past 25 years.”

June 21, 2019

Medical Oncology Congress Confirmed for Paris in 2021

ESMO, the European Society for Medical Oncology, is organizing for the first time ever its annual congress in Paris from 17 to 21 September 2021 at the Paris Convention Centre and other pavilions of Paris Expo Porte de VersaillesThe ESMO 2021 program will be developed by a committee composed of more than 300 international experts and will span from basic research to the latest discoveries in immunotherapy of cancer, from oncology nursing to palliative care, from rare cancers to approval of medicines. It will count on the scientific and research excellence of specialists, including among others those at the Gustave Roussy Cancer Campus Paris, Europes leading cancer care centre.
Paris offers the perfect background for the largest international conferences, in terms of accessibility, accommodation and transport networks in the city. Paris Convention Centre, the largest convention centre in Europe, connected to the exhibition halls of Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, allows all the necessary space for the growing ESMO congress. The venues continuing transformation program will bring more hotels, restaurants and services to improve the visitor experience.
ESMO is delighted to hold its Congress in Paris in 2021. The Society was founded in 1975 and the first Congress was held in Nice the same year, with pioneers in oncology gathering to exchange knowledge. The goal was, and remains, after more than 40 years, to provide a platform to bring the oncology community together to improve patient care. The ESMO Congress has grown dramatically and is now the leading oncology event in Europe attracting nearly 30,000 clinicians, researchers, oncology nurses, patient advocates, journalists and representatives from the pharmaceutical industry from all over the world, said Keith H. McGregor, ESMO Chief Executive Officer.

June 20, 2019

Brussels Greets New Association Headquarters

Brussels Greeters and have announced the creation of the International Greeter Association (IGA). The Brussels Greeters network is a free, participative tourism service, that relies on the volunteering work and enthusiasm of the people of Brussels. Coordinated by, its mission is to welcome and help visitors discover the city. The creation of the IGA in Brussels confirms the capital’s international standing and further boosts its active approach to local partnerships.

The Global Greeter Network has more than 140 members in all 4 corners of the globe. Brussels can boast about being one of the 6 Global Greeter destinations to have seen the biggest rise in visits, along with Paris, New York, Chicago, Brisbane and Hamburg. (and the Brussels Greeters), CDT Pas-de-Calais, Hamburg Greeters, Cicerones of Buenos Aires, Paris Greeters and Choose Chicago are the founding members, who will soon bring the 140 existing networks together. The global network is expected to grow by 5% in the next two years.

June 18, 2019

ESAE’s Strong Ambitions for the Future

European Society of Association Executives‘s General Assembly took place last Friday. On this occasion, Giuseppe Marletta, Managing Director Europe at the Association of Corporate Counsel, took over as new President of ESAE. Giuseppe is an association leader with 15+ years of experience in management of professional societies and trade associations, with a pan-European and international scope. 

Following his election, Giuseppe presented ESAE 2019-2021 Strategic Plan which includes an organisational restructuring, bold goals for stronger membership and activities, as well as the development of additional initiatives, dedicated to Association Leaders only. He commented: «At ESAE, we have strong ambitions for upcoming three years. Not only we are on a mission to increase the number of our members – and in Brussels, with the strong base of headquarters of European and international associations, there is definitely something to do! – but we will also expand our education offering. It’s our plan to organize one workshop a month for association executives to learn and network with their peers. I believe no-one else offers this at the moment.»

ESAE also welcomed three new members, Alexander Mohr (FEFA) Rafael Plata (EACH) and Caroline Teugels (FIP-IFP), who join Béatrice Richez-Baum (ecoDA), Wouter Lox (AIJN), Chloe Menhinick(GainingEdge), Maria Rosa Gibellini (EiF), Stylianos Filopoulos (Wine in Moderation), and Attilio Caligiani (WiA) to form an energetic and charismatic team to help ESAE fulfill its ambitions. 

ESAE invites its members to register to an interactive workshop that will explore what the new balance of power the European Elections bring, a session that will help association leaders identify the key players and best plan their advocacy and monitoring strategies. ‘Who will be the next EU leaders?’ is the second in a row in the series “Roadmap for the EU super-Year“, led and presented by Interel’s Richard Steel, and will take place on 25 June at the Interel House on Rue Luxembourg 22-24, 1000 Brussels. You can find more information and register here.

June 12, 2019

Digital Innovation Flows Through Palacongressi di Rimini

The Palacongressi di Rimini has lined up a dozen appointments including seminars, congresses, medical-scientific events, training courses, organised by the Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) Event & Conference division, for an estimated total of 33 thousand visitors and about 15 thousand participants.

The highlight, with the presence of 21,000 visitors already confirmed, will be the seventh edition of the Web Marketing Festival, the largest digital innovation event in Italy scheduled from June 20-22, offering over 70 training courses, shows, entertainment, business and networking events, hosting both Italian and international guests. For this year’s edition, over 55 training rooms have been created, ten more than in the previous edition, with new entries such as Robotics, Influencer Marketing, eSports and Gaming, Design, Digital Transformation, Sustainability and the Non-Profit sector. More than 500 speakers and guests from all over the world will be present at the event.

On June 12th and 13th, the Palacongressi di Rimini will welcome two thousand participants to the IT Forum, the largest free event in Italy dedicated to consultancy professionals, traders and savers, gathering the major players in FinTech under one roof. Among the conferences scheduled are those dedicated to the new themes of digital finance. The event within the event will be the Forbes Digital Summit, with global players in digital innovation, demonstrating how tomorrow’s technology – artificial intelligence – will affect the investment sector.

Photo : Palacongressi, Rimini

June 11, 2019

Third GDS-Index Whitepaper Released

At the European Cities Marking Conference, the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) released their third Whitepaper that details the case studies, data analysis and the actions taken by 47 Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) and municipalities to become destinations of choice for meetings, events and business tourism.

The whitepaper defines six converging mega trends that present destinations and the Event Industry with opportunities to improve their performance and adapt to the risks presented by climate breakdown, ecocide, demographic shifts, social change and digitalisation. It highlights four fundamental building blocks for DMOs to become sustainable destination stewards and changemakers and defines eight tactics on how destinations can integrate sustainability into their core strategy and become leaders in future-oriented collaboration.

Guy Bigwood, Managing Director of the GDS-Index adds: “Driven by concerned students, citizens, local governments and corporations a new era of sustainability is rising, and will touch every corner of the events industry. We believe that a better and more restorative global future lies in urban innovation and collaborative action. The GDS-Index plays a key role to engage, inspire and enable destinations to become more sustainable places to visit, meet and thrive in.”