Martin Fullard

IBTM World confirms online switch

IBTM Events has confirmed that IBTM World 2020 will transition to an online event this year. Organisers said the decision has been made in close consultation with partners and is a result of the incredibly unpredictable travel restrictions that continue to be in place across the globe because of Covid-19. “While we have been planning positively for a live event in December, and we know that people...

DCMS confirms events for up to 30 can continue in the UK, amid industry confusion

The UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has confirmed that business meetings and events for up to 30 people can continue, following some confusion over the government’s ‘Rule of 6’ announcement which went into force 14 September. UK industry body, the Meetings Industry Association (mia) said that clarification received from the government meant that business events could still take p...

UK’s 1 October restart date to be reviewed

The UK’s hoped-for event restart date of 1 October is to be reviewed, prime minster Boris Johnson announced at a Downing Street press conference, 9 September. The prime minister outlined plans to restore life to as “normal as possible”, which included testing on a mass scale and would see those testing negative allowed more flexibility. “We must revise plans to pilot larger audiences in venu...

UK association survey reports 126,000 industry job losses and £2.4m per venue

A survey by the UK’s Meetings Industry Association (mia) has reported that the average venue value loss reported as a result of coronavirus pandemic is £2,398,600 (US$3.14m). The association also estimates that 126,000 events jobs have already been lost in the UK during this period. Over a third of 197 responding venues (34%) are reporting values between £1m and £5m for lost business as a result o...

Business events sector wins VisitEngland’s Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award

The business events industry has won the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism prize in VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence 2020. For the first time, the awards took place online, with the national advisory body’s chair, and former chair of the Events Industry Board, Nick de Bois, announcing the winners. The sector was praised for its contribution in supporting the public and National Health Servic...

Government relaxes lockdown restrictions in England, pilot scheme for events to continue

The UK government has confirmed a relaxation of lockdown restrictions in England, paving the way for business and sport pilot events to resume. Exact details of the pilot business events have not been publicly revealed. In an announcement on 13 August prime minister Boris Johnson said that the government “will not hesitate to put on the brakes if required, or to continue to implement local measure...

Survey suggests UK venues are more flexible with cancellation, contracts more robust

Venues within the UK will be more flexible on cancellation terms but are adding more robust contract clauses to cover potentially similar issues, according a survey on venue attitudes to commercial terms following the Covid-19 crisis. The survey, conducted by the UK Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA), spoke to 35 member venues, including 18 venue groups and 17 independent venues, revealed tha...

UK #WeCreateExperiences campaign up and running with Action Group confirmed

UK #WeCreateExperiences campaign begins to take shape Work on a new awareness campaign for the UK events industry is moving at pace as the Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) confirmed the provisional member representation of the Action Group, 3 August. Selected representatives from across the UK events and experience industry will meet in the second week of August to discuss and finalis...

UK events industry seeks clarity as government puts brake on easing of restrictions

This story was updated at 17.07, 31 July 2020 UK prime minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that proposed changes to the easing of lockdown restrictions, due to come into force on 1 August, are to be postponed to 15 August “at the earliest”. However, despite initial confusion, business events for up to 30 people are allowed to take place. An update from the Tourism Alliance read: “The abilit...

Birmingham’s NEC to reopen for events in October as emergency hospital decommissioning gets underway

The NEC in Birmingham, UK, has confirmed that the NHS Nightingale emergency hospital currently occupying the venue is to be decommissioned as the venue gets ready to reopen for events on 1 October. In a letter to its clients, the Birmingham venue noted that the field hospital has been in hibernation since May and did not receive a single patient. However, the venue said it would continue to suppor...

Prime minister confirms UK events industry restart date

Prime minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that conferences and exhibitions will be permitted in England from 1 October 2020. Addressing the nation from Downing Street, 17 July, the prime minister said the decision would depend on data and that Local Authorities would have powers to close events if there was a danger to the public. The Nightingale hospitals, which currently occupy ExCeL London, th...

ICC Wales and Celtic Manor make 450 redundancies as Welsh MP criticises owner

UK  venues Celtic Manor Resort and ICC Wales have announced that they will be making 450 workers redundant. The Celtic Collection, which is the parent company of the neighbouring venues, released a statement, 9 July, saying it had advised its staff of a redundancy programme. It comes as a major blow to the £70bn UK events industry, for which £32bn comes from business events such as conferences and...