Martin Fullard

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...

UK venue secures $210m worth of future conference business

The UK’s Scottish Event Campus (SEC) has said it has secured new conference business for the future in partnership with Glasgow Convention Bureau and the city’s academic institutions. The business secured amounts to 189,944 participant days for the city and will contribute £144m to the Scottish city of Glasgow’s economy. These wins, the venue says, will deliver £168m ($210m) and £196m ($245m...

Call to action: #GetBritainMeeting

UK-based publisher of CMW, Mash Media Group has released an industry support video as part of its #GetBritainMeeting campaign to showcase the true value of the UK events industry. During the Covid-19 crisis, the UK events industry  has suffered disproportionately, as not only have events in all forms been banned, but a lack of understanding as to the value and depth of the sector to the UK economy...

IAPCO unites global PCO associations

The International Association for Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) has united eight National PCO Associations for the first time in its 52-year history to connect and share Covid-19-related data and case studies. The primary focus of the international strategic task force, chaired by Monica Freire, IAPCO Council Member, is to use combined expertise to create and distribute safe practice gu...

Mayor Andy Burnham says events are ‘critical to success’ of Manchester

The mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham, has said supporting events is critical to the success of the Northern UK city. In 2019, Marketing Manchester unveiled a five-year strategy which targets 40% growth, adding £345m to the city’s existing business tourism value of £862m (according to figures taken from 2017). This would be mainly driven by an increase in conference, meetings and exhibition busine...

New dates announced for MEETINGS 2021 in Christchurch

The countdown for MEETINGS 2021 in Ōtautahi Christchurch has begun with the announcement of new dates for the New Zealand business events exhibition run by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ). The 2020 MEETINGS show, due to take place in Auckland in April, was postponed due to coronavirus.  MEETINGS 2021 will be held 30 June-1 July 2021, at Te Pae Christchurch, the city’s new world-class...

Denmark opens its doors a little wider for tourism

The Danish authorities have followed up the 15 June opening of the country’s border to tourists and other visitors from Germany, Iceland, and Norway, and, from 27 June are allowing citizens from a range of other EU countries to visit also. There are some conditions, however. The Danish border is open to citizens from EU countries with fewer than 20 confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitan...

Events industry debated in UK Parliament

Further measures to support UK industries have been discussed in the House of Commons, 25 June. Ministers agreed that there are gaps in support and said they hoped the events industry would receive specific measures. In response to a petition signed by more than 150,000 people, the events industry was put centre stage as an industry in need of further support, as a restart date is yet to be confir...

Short term Covid-19 pain generates long term gain for associations

Association expert, Belinda Moore, has released a comprehensive report, 26 June, on the current and future impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the association sector which shows that the disease may not have been all bad for many associations. Research into 426 associations found the initial impact of the crisis to be negative with an intensive amount of innovation required to adapt to the new operat...

WTTC lays out guidelines for safer travel

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has laid out its new guidelines for Safe & Seamless Travel including testing and tracing to ensure people can enjoy Safe Travels in the ‘new normal’. Following medical evidence, the guidelines will ensure that the travel sector is provided with an extensive framework to help governments and private business work in collaboration to create aligned t...

Austria Center Vienna reports strong 2019

Vienna’s Austria Center has announced a strong set of results in 2019 despite ongoing modernisation work being carried out at the venue. Throughout the first half of 2020 the coronavirus pandemic has had a notable impact both on the congress industry and Vienna as a destination for tourism, with the majority of large-scale international events either cancelled or postponed. Unlike trade shows and ...

PLASA launches #WeMakeEvents campaign

PLASA, (the Professional Lighting and Sound Association) has announced the launch #WeMakeEvents, a new campaign with the aim of amplifying the voice of the event and  entertainment technology industry and gaining meaningful government support. The campaign includes a video highlighting the vital role of supply chain companies, along with the freelance community, to the live events industry and the...