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There are many things you might expect to do during a trade show – find out new information, explore new opportunities, check out the competition and network. But one thing you might not normally expect to do is have a sleep. However, at the Aquatech trade show, which is taking place in Amsterdam, this is exactly the recommendation. The organisers actively promote and embrace the concept of the powernap.

Read more: HCCE recommends power napping to improve trade show experience

With Hollywood recently rocked by numerous allegations of sexual harassment, other sectors are taking a good look at their own procedures and the events industry is no exception. Event planners have countless tasks, from choosing amazing venues to booking speakers. But the well-being of attendees should always be a priority and stamping out sexual harassment is part of this.

Read more: Keeping conferences harassment free

The City of Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB) has started a series of events to highlight how the city is developing as a destination, with its first stop last week in London. Among the speakers were Demetrios Karamitsos-Tziras, Greece’s ambassador to London, and the president of the City of Athens Development and Destination Management Agency, Maria Logotheti. Future events will take place in Brussels and The Hague.

Read more: Roadshow showcases Athens as a conference destination

Recent research by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Foundation, partnered with Sabre, revealed common complaints business travellers have about their experiences. Those companies arranging events in HCCE’s unusual conference venues can be assured of an excellent service. But, there are many other factors from the journey itself to the accommodation which make up a successful business trip.

Read more: Improving the business traveller experience

At conferences, it is common for schedules to be broken into different sections with speakers, interspersed with workshops. HCCE’s historic conference venues often have dedicated rooms where smaller groups can gather to participate in more interactive events. However, ensuring that these are effective and not a waste of time is not always easy.

Read more: Ways to increase participation at workshops at HCCE venues
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