Coronavirus Updates

IBTM World confirms online switch

IBTM Events has confirmed that IBTM World 2020 will transition to an online event this year. Organisers said the decision has been made in close consultation with partners and is a result of the incredibly unpredictable travel restrictions that continue to be in place across the globe because of Covid-19. “While we have been planning positively for a live event in December, and we know that people...

Arinex brings Australia’s business events sector back with biggest event of 2020

Australia’s business events sector came together to attend ‘The Turn of Events, Bringing Business Events Back’ in a nationwide hub and spoke format on 16 September. The collaboration aimed at kickstarting the business event sector in Australia and organiser Arinex’s CEO, Nicole Walker said she was proud to bring together 25 organisations to showcase business event readiness. Live and virtual event...

Austria Center Vienna to trial 15-minute test for large-scale events with help of 3,000 students

Three thousand students from the Vienna University of Economics and Business will be tested for coronavirus as part of a pilot project to see if rapid testing at the Austria Center Vienna is possible. The idea is to take a swab just before an event starts and get the results back within 15 minutes. Researchers say that if the testing proves successful it will be a venue first. Students beginning t...

AIME appoints new event director

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has announced the appointment of its new event director, Silke Calder. She will lead the show’s first hybrid event taking place from 15 March 2021. With over 20 years of experience across creative agencies, international trade conventions and venues, Calder joins the team at Talk2 Media & Events after previously working as head of sales g...

Heavent Meetings: the first major MICE event held in France since coronavirus hit

The French MICE event Heavent Meetings was able to open its doors in the Palais des Festivals Cannes at the beginning of September. (A)LIVE, the outdoor conferences which involved speakers from the event industry and the mayor of Cannes, was an integral part of an event that attracted 350 exhibitors, 500 speakers and 1,850 participants in person. In order to comply with French government health co...

Veritas Events launches new campaign Down Under

Sydney and Melbourne based event management company, Veritas Events, has announced the launch of the Create an Experience – Australia 2021 campaign, an initiative which aims to “encourage Australian businesses to start planning their event stories for 2021 and help revive the domestic event economy”. The video promotes Australian hotels, venues, event professionals and destinations tha...

Dubai Tourism director general to lead new business events stakeholders committee

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has announced the formation of a new Business Events Stakeholders Committee. His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, director general of Dubai Tourism, chaired the committee’s inaugural meeting on 14 September at Dubai World Trade Centre, updating members on the latest progress in reactivating the sector in the aftermath of the Covid...

PCMA launches forum to support business events industry recovery

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is to host a one-day hybrid event to help event professionals and businesses through the industry’s recovery phase. Convening Asia Pacific – The Global Recovery Forum, will be held at ICC Sydney on 10 November and available online, and will feature workshops that aim to help attendees build practical skills and knowledge. PCMA managin...

GL events moves fast to preserve liquidity as H1 revenues fall sharply

International event organiser and venue company GL events has released its (H1) approved financial statements, which show a big drop in revenues and a company strategy focused on preserving liquidity. Chairman and CEO Olivier Ginon (pictured), announcing the results approved by the GL events’ Board of Directors on 15 September 2020, said: “After a record performance in 2019, the Group entere...

Hong Kong gears up its tourism strategy and confirms seven MICE events

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has announced that it is gradually resuming promotions in local and source markets, reviving tourism through a combination of short-term and long-term strategies. The Board also noted seven MICE events had been confirmed. Locally, the HKTB is restarting promotions with the ‘Holiday at Home’ campaign, which it says is designed to “create a positi...

Valencia Conference Centre resumes events ‘grounded in safety’

The Valencia Conference Centre in Spain has resumed event activities, following implementation of strict health and safety protocols and measures in all areas of its operations. In order to hold meetings, the venue had to be adapted to meet health and safety guidelines, with procedures put into practice including: cleaning and hygiene protocols, signage to guide traffic flows, social distancing at...

Malaysia runs first major business event during Covid-19 Recovery Movement Control Order

The Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) successfully hosted the country’s first major business event during the Covid-19 Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). The one-day event gathered 4,500 people and took place in a highly-controlled environment with stringent safety and security protocols in place, proving that a big event can run safely in a highly-controlled environm...