Coronavirus Updates

Open letter from World Travel & Tourism Council calls for immediate action

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has implored governments around the world in an open letter to take drastic and immediate action to protect and preserve the travel and tourism sector.

Cisco comes back Live with digital event in June

Following the cancellation of Cisco Live Melbourne, 3-6 March, Cisco has relaunched the event as a complimentary, full-scale digital event.

Clarion reschedule Africa Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa to November

Clarion Events Africa has rescheduled Africa Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa. The events, due to have originally run in May, will will now run 24-26 November 2020, CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa.

Open letter to UK Prime Minister: urgent financial support needed for events industry

​Mash Media’s portfolio of magazines, Conference News, Conference & Meetings World, Exhibition News, Exhibition World and Access All Areas have collectively sent an open letter to prime minister Boris Johnson calling for further financial support for the events industry and freelancers.

Russian events industry leaders petition Kremlin to support sector through Covid-19 crisis

The Russian National Convention Bureau Director has joined the Union of Exhibitions and Tradefairs (RUEF) President in signing a Memorandum directed to the Russian government urging support for the congress and exhibition business during the Covid-19 crisis. The Memorandum underlines the sector’s crucial importance for the Russian economy. The Memorandum pledges the industry’s support for governme...

UK government advises nation to avoid mass gatherings

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that people should “avoid mass gatherings” in a statement made to the public, 16 March.

Penang Bureau advises all business events in Malaysia postpone

Ashwin Gunasekeran, CEO of Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau, has advised all organisers in Malaysia to postpone their events.

‘Community is critical’ and we must prepare for path of recovery, says MMBC

There may be few magic wands around in the globally challenging situation around Covid-19 and its effects, but the industry is showing, at least, that it is important to feel each other’s pain and reiterate that we are not alone.

Australian government announces $17.5bn stimulus package

The Australian federal government has announced a $17.5bn stimulus package to help support the economy during the coronavirus pandemic.

Denmark to provide €12m compensation for event cancellations

The European Commission has given its approval for a €12m state aid programme put forward by Denmark to compensate damages caused by cancellations of large public events due to Covid-19 outbreak.

Australia to cancel gatherings of over 500 and non-essential overseas flights

Australia’s federal and state governments have agreed to cancel non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people across the country and non-essential travel overseas.

Thousands sign petition for government support in UK

More than 13,000 eventprofs in the UK have signed a petition to government, asking for economic assistance to the events industry during COVID-19.