Coronavirus Updates

Thailand to lift testing requirement for international arrivals from 1 May

Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved the lifting of the RT-PCR testing requirement for international arrivals, 1 May 2022, and the country has introduced two new entry schemes specifically customised for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers. International travellers who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to show proof of a pre-arrival negative ...

New Zealand opens borders and ends capacity restrictions

The New Zealand government, 13 April, has ended Covid-19 restrictions that had put capacity limits on events. Lisa Hopkins (pictured), chief executive of Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA), stated: “For the first time since mid-August 2021, the business events industry can finally breathe a sigh of relief. This announcement by minister for Covid Response, Chris Hipkins, coupled with the open...

FCM backs the removal of pre-departure testing in Australia

The global corporate travel management brand for the Flight Centre Travel Group, FCM has welcomed the Australian government’s announcement that pre-departure Covid-19 testing for international arrivals will be removed from 17 April 2022. Melissa Elf, general manager of FCM Australia, stated: “The removal of pre-departure tests for international arrivals is the last major step in Australia truly re...

New Zealand business events sector welcomes government easing of restrictions

The business events sector in New Zealand has welcomed its government’s decision to end vaccine mandates from 4 April and increase indoor event capacity to 200 people from 25 March. Lisa Hopkins, chief executive of Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA), stated: “This positive news from the prime minister will start to bring back vital confidence and clarity for event decision-makers. “Our secto...

Events industry set to bite back Down Under as Australian borders reopen

The city of Darwin has welcomed the first flight from London, UK to the Northern Territory since the start of the pandemic, as Australia reopens its international borders to visitors, 21 February. In the coming years the Northern Territory is set for a busy period of international business events, as confidence grows and a number of events have already been confirmed: International Foster Care Org...

New Zealand’s business events industry calls for ‘radical change’ to isolation policy

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has cautiously welcomed the New Zealand government announcement, 3 February, to begin a phased opening of international borders. BEIA still believes that this announcement will not help revive New Zealand’s hard-hit industry unless there is a radical change to isolation requirements. Lisa Hopkins, chief executive of BEIA, stated: “Currently NZ$150m (US$100m...

Malaysia shortens quarantine period for vaccine boosted travellers

Travellers to Malaysia who have received booster shots are now only required to undergo a five-day quarantine upon arrival, effective 24 January. Travellers with booster shots would need to undergo a Covid-19 PCR test two days prior to travelling, on the arrival day and on the fourth day of quarantine; or use a Rapid Test Kit (RTK) on the fifth day supervised by health officers. Travellers will be...

Brussels International Association Forum moved to March 2022

The launch of the first edition of the Brussels International Association Forum (BIAF) has been moved from 6-7 December 2021 to 14-15 March 2022. All delegates have been informed and have the option of either transferring their purchased BIAF ticket or to receive a full refund. Kai Troll, president of ASSOCIATIONWORLD, the association organising BIAF, said: “A large number of delegates raised conc...

BTA reveals £3.38bn loss to UK GDP due to lower levels of business travel

The Business Travel Association (BTA) has revealed that the UK lost £3.38bn (US$4.49bn) in GDP in the final week of November, due to the lower level of business travel trips following the continued impact of Covid-19. Data from Travelogix shows that, in the final week of November 2021 international business travel trips from the UK were 54.83% lower than the same week in 2019, and there were 279,5...

AUD$15m governmental funding package to assist BE Perth’s recovery

Premier of Western Australia (WA), Mark McGowan, has announced a new tourism recovery package that will see the State’s official convention bureau, Business Events Perth (BE Perth), receive AUD$15m (US$11m) in funding. The aim is to assist the attraction of lucrative business events to WA, which will help to support the state’s business event, hotel and hospitality industry. Speaking at the WA Sta...

Ireland triples financial support for business events

Failte Ireland’s (National Tourism Development Authority) Meet in Ireland team has increased funding for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE), offering up to €100,000 (US$114,000) per international event for applications received before December 2022. Failte Ireland is hoping the support will assist international business events in the post-pandemic recovery. To qualify, corpor...

IMPACT, Thailand welcomes return to in-person events

IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Centre, Thailand, has welcomed the return of face-to-face events for the first time since April 2021. After Thailand opened its borders to fully vaccinated international travellers from over 63 countries on 1 November, the in-person event sector is now seeing a gradual return of activities. IMPACT has confirmed 49 events to take place between November-December. Of ...

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