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Paul Colston

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India daily hotel occupancy drops to 11%

As Covid-19 concerns and restrictions have intensified in India, the country’s daily hotel occupancy dropped to 11% during the period 23-29 March, according to preliminary data from hospitality research analysts STR. “India remained resilient in February – in comparison with other APAC markets that were more deeply affected – thanks largely to robust domestic demand coupled with the lo...

Copenhagen’s oxygen robot helping hospitals in the fight against Covid-19

Not our usual meetings news fare I grant you, but this tale of innovation success from Denmark provides a welcome uplift in these difficult times. And, let’s not forget, all good inventions inevitably spring from conferences and meetings. It is often in times of crisis that we see new and innovative ideas come to fruition. Copenhagen-based company, O2matic, has – in collaboration with one of...

Venue closures extended in Melbourne and Brisbane, while QODE goes virtual

Management of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), which closed to the public last month in response to the current COVID-19 outbreak, has taken the decision to extend the closure until the end of June. MCEC said it took the decision “to provide our customers and employees with clearer timelines so we can all plan accordingly. As always, we will continue to monitor the situation and ...

UK NHS adds Harrogate Convention Centre to Covid-19 hospital list

Harrogate Convention Centre in Yorkshire, England, is the latest major UK convention centre to be transformed into a National Health Service hospital for treating Covid-19 patients. The HCC has been transformed into the NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and the Humber. Paula Lorimer, Director of Harrogate Convention Centre, said: “As Covid-19 has spread around the world, the impact has been devas...

Monaco CVB partners waive cancellation fees for organisers struggling with Covid-19 effects

Most of the hotels and the main convention centre in The Principality of Monaco have waived cancellation fees and postponement deposits for event organisers struggling with the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak. Meetings professionals and the Principality’s convention bureau and partners say they have been working hard to mobilise and to propose new dates for their clients, while guaranteeing...

UK government department partners on Business Events recovery survey

A UK survey in partnership with the government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and leading industry association, Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP), has been commissioned to understand post Covid-19 recovery planning for the UK events industry. The survey is designed to provide a snapshot of sentiment across the sector, with the results being shared with both DCMS...

Marriott International reports fresh data breach

Global hotel chain Marriott International has reported a second major data breach, within 18 months. The company is emailing those affected and said the new breach involved up to 5.2m guests. It said the breach was started in January at a franchise property, but halted in February. An investigation is ongoing. In November 2018 Starwood Hotels & Resorts (acquired by Marriott in 2016) data was i...

ICCA’s CEO says meetings can facilitate change during challenging time

ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath has said meetings can be a facilitator of change at a time of economic challenge in this message to the worldwide ICCA community: With Covid-19 continuing to affect ICCA members and associations globally in both professional and personal terms, there has never been a more important time for ongoing communication and support amongst our membership. As an industry we freque...

Yokohama galvanises to land 12th APGGC conference 2022

The Japanese city of Yokohama has won its bid to host the 12th Asia Pacific General Galvanising Conference (APGGC) in 2022. The APGGC will be held in Yokohama 29 May-2 June 2022 and is expected to attract 350 participants from around the world. It will be the second time for Japan to host the conference, the last time being in 1994. The conference will be held under the concept of ‘For a Sustainab...

Expo 2020 Dubai to explore date change as Covid-19 impacts preparations

Expo 2020 Dubai has released the following message regarding a possible date change to the big event: We continue to face a global situation that is both fast moving and unpredictable. Over the last several weeks, we have been working hard, both internally and in consultation with key UAE and international stakeholders, to review the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on our plans and preparations for Exp...

JMIC creates portal for accessing Covid-19 resources

The Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) website (themeetingsindustry.org) has been re-purposed to create a point of access for a wide range of Covid-19 related materials, information and resources for industry members. “This is simply about facilitating sharing,” said JMIC President Kai Hattendorf. “Our intent is not to replicate content – we are all awash in information right now. Instead we a...

Australia’s tourism industry associations united in new demands for support measures

A powerful alliance of Australian peak associations active in the tourism industry has welcomed the federal government’s announcement of a fortnightly wage subsidy of A$1,500 per person, saying it would help to save the jobs of the thousands of Australians employed in tourism. The industry represented by the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF), the Accommodation Association (AA), Cruise Lines Intern...