Olivia Powell

Kobe to use robots to combat Covid-19

Kobe, Japan, is turning to robots to help increase the city’s PCR testing capabilities for Covid-19. The initiative, set to go live in October 2020, is a collaboration between Kobe city and medical robot manufacturer Medicaroid. The idea is to reduce the risk of infection for medical personnel while also increasing the city’s current testing capabilities by up to four times. This use o...

Designs unveiled for Calgary’s BMO Convention Centre expansion

Calgary Stampede and Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) have revealed the renderings for the expanded Calgary BMO Centre. CEO of Tourism Calgary, Cindy Ady, said: “The addition of the BMO Centre expansion to the Culture and Entertainment District is critical to developing Calgary as a destination for visitors and meeting planners, and a great place to live for Calgarians.” “We are proud of ...

CINZ and BECA announce Trans-Tasman bubble collaboration

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) and the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) have announced a joint agreement to work together on issues mutually affecting their markets. CINZ Chief Executive Lisa Hopkins (pictured) says, although Covid-19 has impacted business events in both Australia and New Zealand, “it has also created opportunity and conversation amongst organisatio...

Public transport to be free for conference delegates in Tallinn

The Baltic city of Tallinn has announced that under a new support scheme delegates to international conferences can ride the city’s buses, trolleys and trams free of charge. Event organisers who apply through the city’s Transport Department will receive QR code tickets which can be sent to delegates before their arrival. The tickets are valid for the entirety of the delegate’s of...

Nordic MICE Summit postponed to 2021

The Nordic MICE Summit has announced that the event will be rearranged, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The summit had been planned for 5-7 November 2020. Now the plan is to run it in March 2021. The postponement follows a statement made by the Danish Prime Minister, Mette Frederickson, on 29 May, regarding travel restrictions to the country. Restrictions on Norwegian nationals entering the country,...

Valencia Conference Centre launches SDG project

The Valencia Conference Centre has recently announced a new project aligned with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The new project launch was announced on World Environment Day (5 June). It will be focused on continuing to promote new sustainability initiatives that guarantee compliance with the United Nations’ SDGs within the framework of conferences and congresses....

IBTM Americas postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic

Reed Exhibitions Mexico, organiser of IBTM Americas, has announced that IBTM Americas 2020 has been postponed due the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of the effects that would ‘significantly impact the quality of the event’ include international travel restrictions. Instead of a live event, IBTM Americas will be offering a series of virtual events throughout the rest of ...

Faroe Islands welcome 700,000 virtual visitors

Following it’s launch in April, the Faroe Island’s Remote Tourism tool has allowed 700,000 people from 197 countries to explore the island remotely. Of the 700,000, over 1,000 people have had the chance to explore the nation with a Faroese guide via a live video camera and a remote control. The virtual visitors were able to ‘control’ the exploration by transforming their PC...

Messe Wien Congress Centre increases its digital offering

Austria-based venue Messe Wein Congress Centre has added to its digital offering via a new digital planning and visualisation tool. Based on the software of an app developed by Austrian company ViewAr, the tool allows users to define and configure a wide range of technical and design-related options, including the precise determination of room dimensions, fixtures and fittings. Director of Congres...

New Zealand to allow events of any size

New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden, has announced today that gatherings of any scale will be allowed to take place from next week, as the country has been successful in eliminating Covid-19. Conventions and Incentives New Zealand Chief Executive Lisa Hopkins said: “Getting to this level has taken less time than we originally envisaged back in March, and we are now the envy of the world. New...

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...