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Virtual events for the events industry: 27 March-22 April

Following last week’s list of virtual events and webinars, Mash Media highlights some new events to look out for over the coming weeks. A listing is not an endorsement, and Mash Media accepts no responsibility for the content or any changes. Send your virtual event or webinar listing to Martin Fullard, editor, Conference News, on mfullard@mashmedia.net 27 March & 1 April 11am: EventMind EventM...

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...

UK Business Secretary tells banks to ease access to coronavirus load scheme

The UK Secretary of State for Business Alok Sharma (pictured) has called on the country’s banks to ease access to funding for good businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. His intervention came amidst reports from some businesses in the UK that their banks were making it increasingly difficult for businesses to access the recently created Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan scheme. Speaking fro...

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...

Long read: UK government must publicly recognise events industry

The events industry has entered a holding pattern. Time seems to be moving at a rapid pace: what we thought may be the case two weeks ago seems as outdated as a 1987 episode of Tomorrow’s World. It seems we are all waiting for our daily updates on the latest figures of reported Covid-19 cases to see if the now infamous curve shows any sign of ‘flattening’. I’m terrified to even note where we are t...

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...

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...

Copenhagen: Facing the virus and its challenges

Marie Dyhr, Manager Travel Trade & PR, Wonderful Copenhagen, offers an exclusive insight for CMW on how her city CVB is adapting and continuing to think long-term for the destination. Like a growing number of destinations, Copenhagen is currently trying to curb the Covid-19 outbreak and the mounting socio-economic impact brought on by the virus. Since the first Dane tested positive in late Feb...

Caesars donates food and supplies during Covid-19

Caesars Entertainment has donated more than 250,000lbs of food and thousands of personal protection supplies across the United States to combat Covid-19.

GL events announces measures to protect business and employees; postpones AGM and dividend

Integrated events industry group GL events has announced the postponement of its proposed AGM and cancelled the dividend as the company moves to “protect all employees and stakeholders” in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. Olivier Ginon, GL events Group’s Chairman commented: “GL events is taking all necessary measures in accordance with the recommendations of the competent health and govern...

IBTM Americas bumps 2020 show to August date 

Reed Exhibitions Mexico has announced that IBTM Americas 2020, which had been scheduled for 27–28 May 2020, will now take place on 26-27th August 2020 at Centro Citibanamex.

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