Coronavirus Updates

Tourism Industry Association of Canada welcomes new president & CEO

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) has announced the appointment of Beth Potter as its new president and CEO. She starts in the role March 15, 2021. Most recently Potter served as the president and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario. She is a recognised leader with more than 30 years of experience in the not-for-profit and tourism industries and has worked with a var...

Staycity reports UK bookings surge

Dublin-based aparthotel operator Staycity has reported that it has seen UK bookings surge this week following the UK government’s recovery roadmap, announced on 22 February. Bookings across the group’s 11 UK properties rose by 333% in the 24 hours after the announcement, compared with the previous week, with £312,000-worth (US$360,680) of business taken on 23 February alone. Staycity co-founder an...

New health and wellbeing advisor appointed at Melbourne CEC

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has appointed a health and wellbeing advisor. Tina Blythman (pictured) will take on the role with a brief to achieve the highest standards and performance in employee mental health and wellbeing by providing a healthy and safe working environment throughout the Centre. Blythman will lead large-scale and targeted health and wellbeing projects and su...

Brisbane CEC in business with 22,000 visitors in first two weeks of February as live events roll out

As one of the first Australian convention centres to reopen in 2020 following the Covid-19 lockdown, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) is reporting a strong comeback and hosting an increasing numbers of events into 2021. The Centre finished the 2020 year having welcomed 60,000 guests attending 165 events following its re-opening in August. Since the beginning of February 2021, the...

Accor and Microsoft ALL CONNECTING on launch of hybrid meeting concept

Global hotel and hospitality group Accor has announced it is collaborating with Microsoft on the of launch ALL CONNECT, a hybrid meetings concept supported by Microsoft Teams. Currently over half (55%) of Accor hotels with meeting rooms are providing hybrid meetings solutions to their clients. Launching in April 2021, the new ALL CONNECT concept will signify a resetting of the Accor hybrid meeting...

WA businesses urged to apply for federal funding to support local business events

The opening of applications for the Australian federal government’s AUD$50m Business Events Grants Programme has prompted the Western Australian business events leaders to encourage organisers and planners to apply for support. Twenty Western Australian business events have made it onto the approved schedule of business events, which are eligible for the programme that is offering between AUD$10,0...

England could lift event restrictions from 21 June

Most restrictions on events taking place in England could be lifted by 21 June, UK prime minister Boris Johnson has said. However, some events may be permitted to go ahead with restricted capacities, with up to 1,000 people or 50% capacity permitted from 17 May. Further pilot events will be run from this time, with testing. Addressing the House of Commons, 22 February, the prime minister revealed ...

Belfast to host MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Europe conference for three years

MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Europe conference will be hosted in Belfast for the next three years, highlighting the city’s position as a rapidly growing tech hub. Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Review magazine hosts an annual conference in Europe to explore recent advances in the world of tech and has chosen the Northern Ireland capital, Belfast as host for the ne...

SITE provides platform for new Destination Poland information resource for incentives market

The Poland Convention Bureau (part of the Polish Tourism Organisation) in co-operation with incentives association chapter SITE Poland, has introduced a new tool dedicated to promoting the country and its meeting and incentives products and opportunities. Built around the existing offers of municipal and regional convention bureaux, and backed up by the resources of the national CVB and SITE Polan...

ANTOR partners with International Confex on first virtual MICE event

ANTOR, an organisation that represents national and regional tourist offices in the UK is to host its first virtual MICE event in partnership with International Confex. The virtual event, which will take place 17 March, from 10am until 5pm, London Time, will be hosted on the ezy virtual events platform. It will allow the ANTOR members and a variety of industry partners to reconnect and network wit...

World Travel & Tourism Council moves its Global Summit to April in Cancun

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) 20th Global Summit, will now take place at the end of April – one month later than the originally planned date. The Global Summit is being organised in partnership with the government of Quintana Roo in Mexico and will be held in Cancun, 25-27 April. WTTC, which represents the global travel and tourism private sector, moved its Global Summit from March...

Reliability in numbers: global agencies come together for better event marketing measurement

As we see significant investment by brands in digital events and experiences, amid a period of seismic change for the meetings and events industry, a new affiliation of event marketing companies is launched. Two years in the making, the Experiential Marketing Measurement Coalition (EMMC) will dedicate itself to promoting better measurement practices across the industry. “There were two factors imp...