Welcoming Paul Stoddart, Chris Goundrill and Ana Carolina Zappa to their new roles

CWT Meetings & Events is delighted to kick off the New Year with some exciting new positions within the team.

Paul Stoddart 

Paul Stoddart has been appointed as the new CWT Meetings & Events managing director for the UK, Ireland and Benelux. Bringing over 20 years of meeting and events experience, Paul is looking forward to:

“Joining such a fantastic team and to help grow our M&E business around the world”

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Paul Stoddart

Chris Goundrill

Chris Goundrill is the new commercial director for the UK and Ireland. Chris initially joined CWT Meetings & Events as account manager, and most recently took on the role of head of account management. A few words from Chris:

 “With my experience in leading client facing teams and the motivation I get from our customers getting the most out of our their M&E programs, I look forward to leading the UK team to further growth.”


Chris Goundrill

Ana Carolina Zappa

Ana Carolina Zappa is joining the team as EMEA implementation & special projects manager. Ana has transitioned from her previous role as events coordinator for CWT. A few words from Ana:

“My objective is to use my operational knowledge in events to lead all EMEA client implementation projects driving efficiencies, best practices and high level services in conjunction with my global colleagues.”


Ana Carolina Zappa

 On behalf of everyone at CWT Meetings & Events we wish them success in their new roles.

Why is experiential education key to event success?

Eva Aimable-Kolosko, director of event operations, North America shares her insights into experiential education and the importance of it to event success. She believes it is key to explore the ‘why’, an essential reason that companies choose to integrate experiential education into their programs.

So, what are the two reasons? Eva explains:

  1. Of course, the first is to provide inspiration to attendees.
  2. Secondly, it allows them to grasp the bigger picture. Experiential education lets them unite the company’s vision with the company’s day-to-day operations.

She also adds that it prepares sales teams to confidently share product knowledge, when customers want to know how a product is manufactured, created or how it can be used.

Take a look at the full article here.


Eva Aimable-Kolosko, director of event operations, North America

Impact of Brexit will be minimal on events industry


The impact of Brexit will not stop events growth, agreed by a panel of experts speaking at ibtm world in Barcelona which took place last month. The panel included our very own Ian Cummings, vice president, CWT Meetings & Events EMEA.

Ibtm world is the leading global event hosted for the meetings, incentives, conferences, events and business travel industry. This three day event unites meeting industry professionals to focus on: business opportunities, thought provoking professional education and networking.

The panel concluded that the meetings industry is well positioned to survive any economic outcomes created by Brexit, “we work in a very resilient industry. We have come back from lots of difficult times, particularly the financial crash of 2008. There is an inherent desire for people to meet face-to-face and that will continue. Our outlook for 2017 is positive.” said Cummings.

Check out the full article on the discussion in C&IT magazine here.




What will your 2017 M&E menu look like?

Our fifth annual CWT Meetings & Events forecast was recently published. The forecast provides insights into current industry drivers and trends, as well as offering regional insight and ideas to help gain even greater success in 2017 Meetings & Events programs.

A key trend around the globe, highlighted in the forecast was that food & beverage prices are expected to rise. However, meeting professionals are already concerned that these costs already account for a large portion of their budgets.

Diet-friendly, flavorful, ethical and snack success are just some of these growing requests from attendees.


What will your 2017 M&E menu look like? Check out the full forecast here