Coronavirus Updates

Asia Pacific’s first post-Covid international travel conference and tradeshow opens in Singapore

TravelRevive, which opened at Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore 25 November, is the first international travel tradeshow to take place physically in Asia Pacific since Covid-19, Paul Colston reports from Singapore. Close to 1,000 local and international attendees are expected on site over two days to exchange ideas, bridge knowledge gaps, and reimagine the future of travel. Powered b...

Covid-19 vaccine news creates increase in meeting bookings

etc.venues, London and US-based venue operator, is reporting a “noticeable” increase in bookings for meetings and events for both its UK and New York venues following the news of the imminent availability of a Covid-19 vaccine. Adam Simpson, director of marketing and US sales for etc.venues, said: “The organisers of several major events provisionally booked for Q2 and Q3 2021 confirmed...

Chinese president pledges to open up ‘super-sized’ economy and slams ‘protectionism’

As China sets the pace in bringing tradefairs back to our show floors, the country’s president Xi Jinping has said his country is keen to sign free trade pacts with more countries. His message follows the recent signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) 15-country free trade deal (the largest ever signed in the world) with Southeast Asia states and Japan, Australian, New Ze...

Hybrid alchemy in Dubai as region’s largest gold convention set to gather in Armani Burj Khalifa

The gulf region’s largest gold convention will go ahead as a hybrid event in Dubai on 23 November. Host venue is Armani Burj Khalifa, which will welcome gold industry companies, mine representatives, refiners, traders, and government officials and regulators from across the world. The event is organised by IBMC International who claim that Global Gold Convention 2020 is the first ‘hybrid’ industry...

Tourist hotspots most resilient following pandemic, research reveals

The latest edition of the ECM-ForwardKeys Quarterly Barometer, published jointly by ForwardKeys, a travel analytics company, and non-profit organisation, European Cities Marketing, has revealed that Europe’s most resilient destinations following the Covid-19 pandemic are leisure hotspots. As of 27 October 2020, total inbound flight bookings for the EU and the UK, for the fourth quarter of 2020, we...

Australia opens A$50m grant programme for events, as PM speaks in support of sector’s critical role in recovery

Following the Australian government’s announcement of a AU$50m (US$36m) Business Events Grants Programme in September, Phase one of the scheme has now commenced with Phase two to follow in mid-December. As a first phase, Austrade has opened an Expression of Interest (EOI) process to business event owners to establish a schedule of approved business events. The Business Events Council of Aust...

UK call to action: #Eventprofs urged to join email campaign

Event professionals from all across the UK are being urged to join in a mass email send on Tuesday 17 November. In an attempt to put more pressure on the UK Government to allow events to run safely under its own Covid-secure guidance once the national lockdown comes to an end, the entire UK events industry is asked to send the below template to several national news programmes between 7.30-9am GMT...

Fifteen Asia-Pacific countries sign free trade deal that covers 28% of global trade

As Asia-Pacific leads the way to reopening for multi-country business events, the leaders of 15 countries in the region have signed one of the biggest free trade deals in history, The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The free trade pact was signed on 14 November and covers 2.2 billion people and 30% of the world’s economic output. Signatories to the deal were China, Australia, J...

US travel demand to rebound strongly in H2 2021, but full RevPAR recovery likely only in 2024

Benchmarking and analytics agency STR’s upgraded final 2020 US hotel forecast was released during the recent online NYU Hospitality Conference and found leisure demand stronger than anticipated. Despite the slight upgrade, the forecast for 2021 remains functionally unchanged and full recovery in revenue per available room (RevPAR) has been deemed ‘unlikely’ until 2024. Amanda Hit...

IBTM Asia Pacific reinvents its future to June 2021 in Singapore

IBTM, part of Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE), has said it has listened to its stakeholders and has rescheduled IBTM Asia Pacific, which will now take place from 8–9 June 2021 in Singapore, at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The show had previously been set for a 13-14 April 2021 date at the same venue. The organiser said dates have been moved to allow time for travel restrictions t...

New Cvent research shows what European event planners will be demanding of venues in 2021

Over half (58%) of event planners across the UK and Europe are struggling to reschedule in-person events in 2021 because of “insufficient health and safety protocols at venues”. The data comes from Cvent’s 2020 Planner Sentiment and Sourcing Report: Europe Edition, which also shows that planners now expect venues to provide a clean, sanitised environment, offer daily temperature checks...

ICC Sydney gets the green light to expand capacity

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has  received clearance from the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Health to host up to 2,400 patrons for seated ticketed events in its Aware Super Theatre. ICC Sydney will immediately increase the theatre’s seated capacity to welcome back larger events, the first of which will be Carols in the Domain. In line with current NSW Government regula...