Olivia Powell

Time to maximise events house-keeping tasks

By Lara Burnes The events industry is undoubtedly experiencing its biggest challenge to date. In Australia, the term ‘two’s company, three’s a crowd’ has never been more apt, with the Federal Government banning all social gatherings of more than two people for the current time. For events professionals, working from home is the new normal and many across the country are now looki...

#GMID goes virtual in 2020 with world record-breaking attempt 

By Paul Cook The Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), which was created to be an international forum for advocacy, awareness and celebration for the meetings and events industry, has traditionally brought event professionals from around the world together in April to raise the collective voice of their community. Clearly, in 2020 with the ongoing fallout from the Pandemic – Covid-19, GMID was neve...

Santjer to head communications for the NürnbergMesse Group

From 15 April, Dr Ulf Santjer will be the Executive Director of Corporate Communications and Corporate Marketing at NürnbergMesse. Santjer comes to Exhibition Centre Nuremberg following his work for sporting goods company Puma in Herzogenaurach. As executive director of corporate communications and corporate marketing, he will be responsible for both the company’s brand strategy in addition to its...

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre rearranges 66 events before end of 2020

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (known as ‘the Centre’) has worked with its clients to reschedule 66 major meetings and events for later in the year that have been impacted by Covid-19. The Centre’s team has been working closely with its clients to find their preferred dates and offer solutions. They have also used their specialised knowledge to help organisers to ‘reimagine’ events, making adj...

CINZ Reconnects with new December event

New Zealand’s business events industry association, CINZ is launching a new event, BE Reconnected, for December 2020. BE Reconnected will focus on ‘re-engaging and reconnecting’ industry relationships to help businesses recover in a post-Covid-19 world. The event will be hosted at Vodafone Events Centre in Auckland on 1 December, and will replace its traditional MEETINGS exhibition tha...

Glasgow’s November COP26 postponed due to Covid-19

COP26, a major climate summit due to take place in Glasgow from 9 November 2020, has been postponed. The postponement was announced in a joint statement from the UK and the United Nations, following a virtual meeting of officials. The announcement comes after it was revealed that the Scottish Event Campus, where COP26 was to have taken place, will become a temporary hospital in order to take care ...

MEA supports Re-Imagine Events hack-a-thon

Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) will be teaming up with its international partner the Sustainable Event Alliance (SEA) to promote the Re-Imagine Events hack-a-thon on 15 April. The SEA is inviting people within the event industry to unite for “supportive and therapeutic sessions” to discuss and imagine what the future for events could be. During the free, two-hour hack-a-thon, host...

21 venues turned blue in emotional show of support for NHS

In a moving show of support for NHS workers, 21 event venues, up and down the UK, took part in the #lightitblue campaign. The Association of Event Venues has collected images to create the powerful tribute. In all over 60 theatres, bridges and cathedrals, castles, sports stadiums, venues and national landmarks were contacted by the #lightitblue campaign, including 20 AEV member venues who joined t...

UK venues follow ExCeL hospital lead in fight against Covid-19

The Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow, The NEC Birmingham and Manchester Central are all British convention and exhibition centres that are set to begin operation as temporary hospitals within weeks following the lead already set by ExCeL London. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on 30 March that the SEC could be refitted as a new field hospital within two weeks. It would be run by the...

Stress Matters launches mental health hotline during COVID-19

A free, dedicated support line for the events industry has been launched today by UK-based company Stress Matters.

AEV signs three year deal with Vividink

The Association of Event Venues (AEV) has agreed a three-year agreement for PR services with event industry PR and social media specialists Vividink.