Our 5 Must-Reads in January 2015!
1. Oil industry events cancelled in Aberdeen as prices slump
The dramatic fall in oil prices has resulted in a reduction in the number of energy-related events in Aberdeen, the city’s leading venue has said. Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC), which can be reliant on the energy sectors for up to 50 per cent of its turnover in years when it hosts the huge SPE Offshore Europe, says some oil companies have cut back on events in response to the fall in oil prices from around USD$110 (£73) per barrel to under USD$50 (£33) per barrel.
2. Shanghai releases list of conference organisers evaluated for compliance
Source: TTG Asia
Shanghai’s meetings industry can only get better following the release of a list of the city’s first Conference Organizers in Compliance with Management & Service Standards of the Meetings Industry on January 5.The list comprises 13 meetings management and service organisations which have passed the evaluation in compliance with applicable standards.
3. BestCities Global Alliance unveils new brand positioning
The world’s oldest CVB alliance – BestCities Global Alliance – has announced its new brand positioning and strap line – “When the world wants to meet, we set the standard.”
Mr John Donnelly, Chief Executive of Marketing Edinburgh who led the rebranding exercise explains: “BestCities is a strategic collaboration between the world’s premier meetings destinations. Our commitment to delivering the highest possible standards and achieving the best results for our clients.
4. New Medical Meetings Database Debuts
A recently launched search-based Web site from startup eMedEvents wants to make it as easy for docs and other healthcare professionals to find the meetings—and the continuing medical education credits they need—as Orbitz or Travelocity have made it to find flights.
5. Spanish tax change welcomed as a boost to event industry
Event organisers could be making savings of up to 21 per cent in Spain thanks to new tax laws.The new regulations mean that there are more possibilities for Spanish destination management companies (DMCs) to invoice clients without the addition of VAT. The change comes after four years of lobbying by travel agencies in the country.
– ENDS. Extracts from international trade media publications
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