Coronavirus Updates

UK’s first live meditech event of 2021 to open in Liverpool on 17 May

European Health-Tech Innovation Week, will run as a major live event in Liverpool, 17-21 May. The ACC Liverpool will be the venue, before the series of live and virtual events moves on to Berlin, Paris, Barcelona and Stockholm. Organiser GIANT Health said it chose Liverpool to launch its landmark event because of the thriving regional medical technology industry in the North West of England. Barry...

500 eventprofs expected in person, in Melbourne, for July’s MEA’s Evolve 2021

Australia’s conference for event professionals, Evolve, will take place in Melbourne, 1 July,  Melbourne supported by major partners, Melbourne Convention Bureau, Accor and EventsAIR. The conference theme this year is ‘Building Confidence through Best Practice’ and content has been developed, organisers said, from feedback taken from an industry survey conducted by MEA in December 2020. Now in its...

5,000-cap Barcelona pilot show had no impact on Covid spread

​ In news that bodes well for the UK Government’s Events Research Programme, organisers have found there was “no sign” of increased Covid-19 infections following a pilot test event with 5,000 fans at a Love of Lesbian show at Barcelona’s Saint Jordi Arena (cap. 17,000), during which there was no requirement for social distancing. The event, which was organised by Festivals per la Cultura Seg...

Seoul’s new package puts accent on hybrid as bureau looks to support organisers long term

The Seoul Convention Bureau (SCB) has beefed up its support programme for the year, although it says part of the support for event organisers may not be used due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19. Rather than sitting around watching and waiting how the situation might change, the SCB says it is, nevertheless, making long-term plans to build on the city’s specialised strengths for MICE in the ...

‘Vegas You’ campaign launch as confidence returns and resort broadcasts its re-opening

With Nevada’s governor announcing (13 April) a return to 100% venue capacity in the state from 1 June, many Americans are starting to move beyond dreaming of travel to travelling. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is also looking ahead and has launched a new ad campaign, Vegas You. This campaign will serve as a reminder that Las Vegas is ready and excited to welcome visitors ...

Hong Kong-Singapore Air Travel Bubble cleared for take-off in May

Singapore’s Ministry of Transport (MOT) said, 26 April, that the much-anticipated Air Travel Bubble (ATB) to allow quarantine-free travel between Singapore and Hong Kong can begin on 26 May. Originally planned for last November, the scheme was deferred due to the worsening Covid-19 situation in Hong Kong. Now the go-ahead has been given for the ATB arrangement from 26 May 2021 provided the C...

EULAR European Congress of Rheumatology returns to Copenhagen in 2022

Copenhagen welcomes back the the EULAR European Congress of Rheumatology in 2022, as the association marks its 75th anniversary in the city where it all began. EULAR was born in the Danish capital back in 1947 and most recently held its congress there in 2009. The congress is the largest of its kind in rheumatology in Europe and, in 2019, attracted over 14,500 participants. Ms. Kit Lykketoft, dire...

Doctor in Denmark launches partnership with venues for rapid indoor testing

A leading doctor in Denmark specialising in vaccinations says rapid testing could be key to keeping hospitality and events safe when doors reopen for indoor use. The idea is not to use a centralised testing facility but to take the tests on site to the venues. With restrictions easing, Dr Jonas Nilsen says rapid testing at events should be introduced to both keep people safe and hospitality moving...

UK Government confirms further details for Event Research Programme

The UK Government has revealed finer details regarding the Event Research Programme – the series of pilot events which will determine the manner of which events will be allowed to operate in the UK post 21 June. Spectators are attending a series of scientific pilot events as part of the Government’s plan to get big crowds back this summer, with a single pilot business event taking place at ACC Liv...

IMEX announces new BuzzHub digital platform

The IMEX Group is aiming to create a buzz among the global meetings community with the launch of a new digital platform, IMEX BuzzHub, on 12 May. The new digital experience will run for over four months from May to September and is powered by Swapcard and managed by creative agency, Smyle. The IMEX BuzzHub will offer the global events community a platform of opportunities to learn, share knowledge...

Pico research shines light on how pandemic has changed event and experiential marketing

Global brand activation agency, Pico Group has released new industry research that reveals fundamental changes in event and experiential marketing. One year on from the start of the pandemic and the Pico study illustrates the extent to which professionals are equipped to deal with challenges, and where brands are seeing success and room to improve. The new findings follow up on earlier client rese...

MPI welcomes Nevada re-opening as it prepares for WEC Vegas and 1,500 attendees in-person in June

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has said it anticipated the Nevada governor’s announcement (reported by CMW 15 April) for a full, 100% reopening of the state’s convention facilities from 1 June, and is ready to run its annual North American signature event in Las Vegas. The association stressed it would maintain strict safety disciplines at its World Education Congress (WEC) event. MPI i...