Olivia Powell

Italy opens to British visitors on 3 June

The Italian Tourist Board has announced that, from 3 June, British visitors will be able to travel to Italy without quarantine restrictions. Flavio Zappacosta, ITB Manager for UK and Ireland said: “The tourism industry is one of Italy’s key economy drivers so it is with utmost importance that we open for business as soon as it is safe to do so. We know how popular Italy is for Brits and hope...

Austria Centre Vienna increases its digital focus

The Austria Centre Vienna has revealed a new website, aimed at organiser, exhibitor and visitor, needs, while bringing a sharper focus to the venue’s digital communications. The centrepiece of the new site is an interactive presentation of the various rooms and halls, levels and event concepts. This aims to help organisers who are not currently able to visit the venue due to international tr...

New Zealand to allow multiple groups in conference venues

The New Zealand government has now moved to Alert Level 2 of its Covid-19 response, meaning that large events with separate groups of 100 people will now be allowed to go ahead. Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Chief Executive, Lisa Hopkins, said: “These new guidelines give our industry much more confidence to plan forward, knowing we can deliver larger events. We can now go ahead a...

CWT announces partnership with Concur Travel

Travel management platform CWT has announced its expanded integration with Concur Travel, an expense, invoice, and travel management solution company. The integration involves a phased roll-out through to the end of the year. Following the launch, CWT clients using Concur Travel will be able to have all hotel content from RoomIt. CWT says clients will be able to access savings as well as additiona...

June reopening for Caesars Palace and Flamingo Las Vegas

Caesars Entertainment Company has announced that it will be resuming gaming and hospitality operations in Las Vegas at its Caesars Palace and Flamingo Las Vegas properties from 4 June. The company also anticipates that several dining and retail outlets along the LINQ Promenade in addition to the High Roller Observation Wheel, will be reopening. The reopening of operations at the two venues is in a...

CINZ approved PCO Group appoints new Chair

The Conventions and Incentive’s New Zealand (CINZ) approved Professional Conference Organisers (PCO) Group has appointed Arna Wahl Davies as its new Chair. Wahl Davies (pictured) beings over 20 years’ worth of experience in event management, being co-founder and director of Composition, a professional conference organising company which manages mid to large-size conferences throughout ...

Te Pae Christchurch committed to helping economic recovery

The $475m Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is continuing to secure new conferences, despite losing some events due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. The 67 contracted or confirmed events represent a 30% increase to the number of bookings announced at the end of 2019, and are projected to bring over NZ$40m (US$24.9m) of economic benefit to the city. Te Pae Christchurch General Manager Ross Ste...

HKCEC ready to welcome events back

The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) has announced that it is ready to welcome events back to Hong Kong, following the city’s first exhibition since the Covid-19 pandemic. The 98th Hong Kong Wedding Fair, a three-day local consumer exhibition, was held successfully, 22-24 May. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Management Limited (HML), the private management compan...

ICCA, AIPC and UFI release Good Practice Guide

The International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC), the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) have announced the release of a global good practice guide for business events. The ‘Good Practice Guide: Addressing Covid-19 Requirements for Re-Opening Business Events’ was jointly produced by all three or...

ICC Sydney to host Stand Tall 2020 livestream

Stand Tall, an Austalian youth mental health charity, has announced that its 2020 event will be live-streamed to thousands of high school students across Australia from the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney). The event has been converted into a digital format so that it may still go ahead under Covid-19 restrictions. Stand Tall 2020 will bring together young musicians, athletes an...

Iceland’s Harpa centre set to spring back to action

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavík, Iceland, is reportedly ready to reopen following closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The venue had to close temporarily due to social distancing measures put in place by the Icelandic government on 16 March. Before this, 2020 was set to be a record year for the conference centre. CEO of Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Svanhildur Ko...

EventsAIR bags ‘Best Event Technology Solution’ at CODiE Awards

Centium Software’s EventsAIR 6th Gen has been named the best Event Technology Solution of 2020 at the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards. The CODiE Awards recognise the companies producing the most innovative business technology products across the US, and around the world. The awards are the software and digital content industry’s only peer-reviewed aw...

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