Coronavirus Updates

Singapore’s Constellar announces job losses due to impact of Covid

Constellar Holdings, the recent rebrand of SingEx-Sphere Holdings, has announced 21 job losses as it “rightsizes” due to prolonged impact of Covid-19. The redundancies affect 12% of all employees in the Singapore headquarters and come just days before new group CEO Jean-François Quentin takes up his new post. Events in Singapore have been largely suspended during the pandemic and were ...

No quarantine needed for fully vaccinated travellers to England from amber list countries from 2 August

The UK Government announced that fully vaccinated travellers to England from an amber list country will no longer need to isolate. The new guidance will come into force on 2 August, 2021. The new guidance is expected to have the widest application to travellers from the EU or US. Though isolation will no longer be mandatory, those entering the country will still be required to take a Covid-19 test...

Hong Kong CEC introduces Lucky Draw to boost vaccination drive

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (HML), has introduced a lottery incentive prize to promote the city-wide vaccination drive.  HML launched the Lucky Draw on 14 July to encourage Hong Kong residents to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Prizes valued at over US$64,000 include year-round unlimited dinner buffets and dining vouchers at HKCEC’s restaurants. Participants mu...

Malaysian events one step closer to normality

Malaysian CVB Business Events Sarawak reports that over 2,000 of Sarawak’s tourism and business events industry frontliners will be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a result of the final phase of the Industrial Covid-19 Vaccination Programme which took place 15-18 July 2021 at the Association of Churches Sarawak, Kuching. Nancy Shukri, Malaysia’s minister of tourism, arts and culture, said: “T...

Scotland’s Event Industry Advisory Group calls on Government for more support

Representatives from Scotland’s events industry have appealed to the Scottish Government to provide further financial support. Scotland’s Event Industry Advisory Group (EIAG) has recommended an extra £40m in restart funding be made available along with a raft of other initiatives including the continuation of the Job Retention Scheme on a flexible basis from this September to March next year. EIAG...

Chiba attempts to catch the Olympic legacy wave

Chiba, a Japanese city 40km from Tokyo, has been organising some big events in June, as the Olympic Games prepares to throw the world’s spotlight on Japan and its events infrastructure. The Chiba Convention Bureau and International Center (CCB-IC), recently helped facilitate the Japanese Society of Clinical Cytology’s 62nd Annual Spring Meeting. The conference was held as an in-person event at Chi...

Wales to lift event restrictions

Events in Wales will be able to resume from 17 July with capacity caps before all restrictions are lifted on 7 August, first minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed. From 17 July, Wales will move to Alert Level 1, which permits organised indoor events for up to 1,000 seated or 200 standing take place. Six people can also meet indoors. From 7 August the country will move to Alert Level 0 where most o...

Fully vaccinated travellers to Qatar no longer need to quarantine on arrival

Qatar has reopened its borders to international travellers who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with vaccines approved by the Qatar Ministry of Public Health. Qualifying travellers to the country no longer need to quarantine. All visitors – vaccinated or non-vaccinated – will be required to undertake a PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure. International visitors must register and...

HANG out with Scotland’s first ever hip-hop conference

Organisers of HANG (Hip-Hop Aimed Networking with Grime), Scotland’s first ever hip-hop conference, have announced new additions to its inaugural all-day educational and cultural event, set for 31 July. The announcement, 14 July, also signals a new partnership between AIM, the not-for-profit trade body representing the UK’s independent music sector, and HANG, which is presented by the Scotti...

Sun shines on Tourism Whitsundays with AUD$3m funding and key hire

Tourism Whitsundays has appointed an industry development manager thanks to funding from the Australian government’s Recovery for Regional Tourism Fund. Nicole Riksman, a brand and product development leader with over 12 years’ national travel industry experience, will take up the role. Funding of AUD$3m (USD$2.25m) was secured by Tourism Whitsundays to deliver a range of regional initiatives, inc...

The theatre of hygiene

Sanitation practices must be robust and visible to regain confidence in large scale events, says Jarek Salek   The return to large-scale public events is imminent and much awaited, but organisers must be aware that a more hygiene-conscious mentality is likely to continue beyond the end of the pandemic. Rebuilding public confidence in events with big crowds, in close contact, will require hygiene m...

Dutch dynamism gives head-start to events reopening

The event sector is reopening and the EU Digital Covid Certificate is set to make travels and events in the EU much easier. This is the sentiment expressed by RAI Amsterdam, international organiser and Amsterdam’s largest conference and exhibition venue, following the reopening of the Dutch event sector on 1 July. This reopening was assisted through the holding of successful pilot events organised...