Coronavirus Updates

IMPACT, Thailand welcomes return to in-person events

IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Centre, Thailand, has welcomed the return of face-to-face events for the first time since April 2021. After Thailand opened its borders to fully vaccinated international travellers from over 63 countries on 1 November, the in-person event sector is now seeing a gradual return of activities. IMPACT has confirmed 49 events to take place between November-December. Of ...

BECA pushes for insurance scheme as Australian state borders ease

Representatives of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) have met to discuss business survival and retention of specialist industry skills, risk mitigation and confidence, and how recovery needs to stimulate demand. Geoff Donaghy, deputy chair of the BECA, from ICC Sydney, said: “Given the significant lead time required for the national restart of the business events industry, many parts...

More than a feeling: events return to Boston

Since 29 May 2021, all pandemic restrictions have been lifted in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. As a result, the city’s two convention centres, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC), and the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center (Hynes), were able to resume hosting events and meetings at full capacity.  Both venues did actually stay open throughout the pandemic. The...

Thailand events set to return under safety protocols

Thailand’s Centre of Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau’s (TCEB) proposal to allow the return of in-person MICE events to be held under ‘Covid-19 Free setting’ protocols. The approval follows the government’s announcement, 11 October, that fully vaccinated overseas visitors will be allowed to enter Thailand from 1 November with...

Sector welcomes New South Wales decision to lift international quarantine restrictions

In Australia, the New South Wales (NSW) state government has announced the lifting of quarantine for international travellers from 1 November. This announcement has been widely welcomed throughout the travel and MICE industry, which has been affected by tight border restrictions since the start of the pandemic 19 months ago. Peter Shelley (pictured), managing director of the Australian Tourism Exp...

IAPCO global strategic task force publishes Covid-19 factsheet of national guidelines for industry

The International Association of Professional Conference Organisers (IAPCO) has launched a Covid-19 factsheet of national guidelines from different countries in a new publication from its Strategic global task force. In June 2020, IAPCO assembled a small group of national PCO associations from around the globe into a strategic task force. The objective was to facilitate the communication and disse...

Kuala Lumpur one step closer to re-opening

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) has welcomed the recent Malaysian Government announcements about domestic travel and tourism bubbles, on the back of the Centre closing as a large-scale vaccination centre (PPV). Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri, the Malaysian prime minister, announced the update allowing domestic and overseas travel for all fully vaccinated Malaysians from 11 October. The Governmen...

Vienna Meeting Fund doing the business

Five months on from the announcement of the Vienna Meeting Fund, which provided €4m (US$4.6m) to support national and international organisers host meetings in the Austrian capital, there are early positive signs for the scheme. Two hundred and forty-two congresses and corporate conferences have already received preliminary funding approval from the Vienna Convention Bureau (VCB), amounting to nea...

BEIA’s 45th Annual Conference postponed until 2022

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) and Hawke’s Bay Tourism have announced the postponement of BEIA’s 45th Annual Conference in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand until 2022. Lisa Hopkins, BEIA chief executive and Hamish Saxton, chief executive of Tourism Hawke’s Bay, said the risks associated with the current Covid-19 outbreak, the continued lockdowns in Auckland and Waikato and the uncertainty around...

NTIA calls for Welsh Parliament revote on Covid passport implementation

After yesterday’s 28 to 27 vote by the Welsh parliament in favour of the introduction of a Covid Pass to enter nightclubs and live events venues, the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) Wales Commission said it was outraged a Tory member in Senedd, who was set to vote against the move, was denied a vote by the Speaker due to a technical error. The Labour-led Welsh government has suggested the...

Australia to ease border restrictions

Australia’s export tourism industry, 1 October, welcomed the announcement of the reopening of international borders beginning next month. The move is being seen as the first phase of the roadmap for reopening international borders for both outbound and inbound travel. The announcement confirmed restrictions will be lifted in November for fully vaccinated Australians on all inbound and outbound tra...

Viszeralmedizin in-person event gives wings to Leipzig

Viszeralmedizin, 16-18 September, was the first large conference to take place after the pandemic at the Congress Center Leipzig (CCL) in Germany. This meeting attracted more than 4,000 visitors and around 100 exhibitors, creating an example of how complex in-person meetings can be held during the backend of the pandemic. The congress combines the annual meetings of the German Society for Gastroen...