Olivia Powell

Kenes Group publishes guidebook to producing virtual experiences

Kenes Group, a global live, virtual and hybrid event management company, has published a new White Paper: ‘Strategy for Associations Going Virtual: a guidebook to producing compelling virtual experiences’. The guide aims to “explore the evolution of online meetings” and to “demystify the notion of a virtual conference” by answering questions that those in the ev...

Cypress Vending introduces Touchless Mask Station

Cypress Vending, a Canadian vending machine supplier, has announced the introduction of the Touchless Mask Station. The Touchless Mask Station was created by company founders Brad Simon and Travis Grubb. The machine can be mounted on a wall or stand, and can be branded to fit the needs of the space. Each station comes stocked with disposable, three layer, non-medical masks. The machine aims to hel...

70% of conferences in Italy cancelled due to Covid-19, research reveals

Research by the Graduate School of Economics and International Relations of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (ASERI) has revealed the extent to which the Italian conference and meetings industry has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Conference and events venues have seen 69.7% of conferences and events cancelled, while 16.9% have been postponed until 2021, and 13.4% to a date later in 20...

ExCeL London expands senior leadership team

ExCeL London has expanded its senior leadership team with the appointment of Anna Clover as head of event management and Simon Callow as head of technology. Clover has 27 years of industry experience, and previously worked as director of venue operations and customer experience at The Queen Elizabeth II Centre. She has also been a main board director for the Association of Event Venues (AEV). Call...

Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board appoints new president and CEO

Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board (Los Angeles Tourism), the official destination marketing organisation for the City of Los Angeles, has appointed Adam Burke as president and CEO, removing his interim title. Burke joined Los Angeles Tourism as COO in 2016 and was named interim president and CEO in April 2020 after previous president and CEO, Ernest Wooden Jr., retired 30 June, 2020. Board ...

WTTC calls for comprehensive testing facilities at airports

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is calling upon governments to begin a “substantial programme of investment” to ensure that comprehensive testing can take place at airports to combat Covid-19. Gloria Guevara, WTTC president and CEO said: “It is imperative that all airports, catering for international travel, implement globally recognised testing standards for both inbound...

Virtual Events Institute launches global platform to educate and inspire

The Virtual Events Institute (VEI) has been launched as a global platform to bring those in the global event industry together to “educate, discuss, inspire and do business”. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, virtual events and experiences now play a crucial role within the event industry. The VEI aims to provide a platform to discuss virtual and hybrid events and deliver summits, market i...

China outbound tourism expected to recover in 6-12 months, ITB China report reveals

The latest ITB China travel trends report, conducted by ITB China, has examined the impact the coming recovery phase will have on the planned travel behaviour of Chinese outbound tourists, with the largest group of those surveyed expecting recovery in this market in 9-12 months. The 2020 China Market Recovery Special Edition is based on an annual survey among 200 Chinese outbound travel agencies a...

‘Medieval’ app takes congress virtual in Leeds

The International Medieval Congress (IMC) was recently held as a virtual event, due to the restrictions put in place as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The event is usually held at the University of Leeds, UK, but this year it was hosted via a digital app that was produced by the University of Leeds’ conference and events facilitator, MEETinLEEDS. The app enabled 3,000 attendees to virtually at...

Recipe for legacy eco-system

Denmark meetings industry leaders have combined forces to produce a report that signposts a pathway for realising conference legacies. Denmark has new tools for creating meeting legacies, but what are the actual steps involved for associations wanting to take advantage of them? A new report from MeetDenmark attempts to provide some answers. A legacy report and tools are part of a new study by nati...

Transforming to virtual inside a week

Event management agency MCI China recently entirely redesigned, coordinated and delivered an offline product launch event into a combination of live and virtual attendee experiences within a week of the event date. MCI China was the mandated agency for the management and design of a global product launch event for a Chinese multinational technology company and faced a situation whereby certain ele...

New €2m visit.brussels venue rental subsidy fund available for organisers

Tourism organisation visit.brussels recently launched €2m (US$2.3m) fund to encourage organisers to choose Brussels as a destination for future events. Authorities in the Belgian capital have announced a call for projects,  open until September 2020, with the aim of offering financial support to B2B event organisers (for events with at least 200 participants, and an overnight stay in Brussels). Th...