Coronavirus Updates

New €2m visit.brussels venue rental subsidy fund available for organisers

Tourism organisation visit.brussels recently launched €2m (US$2.3m) fund to encourage organisers to choose Brussels as a destination for future events. Authorities in the Belgian capital have announced a call for projects,  open until September 2020, with the aim of offering financial support to B2B event organisers (for events with at least 200 participants, and an overnight stay in Brussels). Th...

MCEC unveils VenueSafe Plan, but extends closure to end of August

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has launched its VenueSafe Plan, designed to ensure the venue will be ready when it is safe to reopen. Chief executive of the MCEC, Peter King, said: “We’ve been working hard to ensure we have the right health measures in place to give our customers, visitors and people the confidence they need when our doors reopen”. “It’s safe to say that things ...

klik introduces tech solution to help prevent the spread of Covid-19

klik, a Montreal-based smart event management platform, has launched a new hybrid event solution that aims to create a safer physical environment event attendees. The solution builds on the company’s existing smart wearable tech through additional safety capabilities including contact tracing, touchless interactions, and crowd management features. klik also aims to create a collective experience f...

Postponed Tokyo Olympics to keep venues and schedules from 2020 in 2021

Organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, now pushed forward into 2021, have announced that all venues and competition schedules for the postponed event will be unchanged, aside from being pushed back a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Tokyo Olympics will feature a record 33 sports and 339 events, and all the 42 planned venues are secured for 2021, including the Athletes Village and the Ma...

Prime minister confirms UK events industry restart date

Prime minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that conferences and exhibitions will be permitted in England from 1 October 2020. Addressing the nation from Downing Street, 17 July, the prime minister said the decision would depend on data and that Local Authorities would have powers to close events if there was a danger to the public. The Nightingale hospitals, which currently occupy ExCeL London, th...

The very viable results from virtual events

John Saunders argues that virtual events are not a passing fad in response to the coronavirus pandemic but a very real offering that meets the needs of the ‘new normal’.   There is no doubt that events have taken a huge hit because of the pandemic, with forced cancellations seen across the board from corporate conferences, tradeshows, meetings and more. With live events generally off the cale...

PCMA Compass report offers eventprofs framework of fresh insights

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has released a Business Events Compass. The inaugural report aims to provide an actionable framework of insights and strategies for business event professionals and their business partners during the pandemic and beyond. The report sees a best case economic recovery scenario, where Covid-19 is contained, that would give a recovery date with...

Over 90% of UK journalists have attended virtual events, survey reveals

A survey recently conducted by onebite, a UK B2B technology and telecommunications marketing agency, has revealed that 91% of journalists have attended virtual events during the Covid-19 pandemic. The survey was specific to UK journalists and was answered by 45 people. Two thirds of those surveyed said that virtual events delivered what they needed in terms of content, but that the approach they h...

Small steps are not big enough or bold enough for the UK event industry, says BVEP

The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP), the umbrella body and advocacy group for the UK’s £70bn (US$88bn) events industry, is now calling on the UK Government to save the industry from complete collapse by providing further targeted and long-term support for the sector. After a week during which the UK event industry had been expecting some positive news from its government around a t...

Brisbane CEC set to welcome back events in August 2020

Queensland Treasurer, the Hon. Cameron Dick, has announced the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) can reopen in August 2020, following the approval by Queensland Health of its Site Specific Covid Safe Plan. Dick called the reopening of the BCEC a ‘significant milestone’ for Queensland. He said: “As we unite and recover from the pandemic, it’s cause for celebra...

Call to action: #GetBritainMeeting

UK-based publisher of CMW, Mash Media Group has released an industry support video as part of its #GetBritainMeeting campaign to showcase the true value of the UK events industry. During the Covid-19 crisis, the UK events industry  has suffered disproportionately, as not only have events in all forms been banned, but a lack of understanding as to the value and depth of the sector to the UK economy...

UK must be at Level 2 before events can run, says minister

The UK events industry may need to wait until the Government’s Covid-19 alert level is dropped to Level 2 before live events can run, CMW’s UK sister title Conference News can reveal. In a letter seen by this magazine, Conservative Member of Parliament for Daventry and minister of state for transport, Chris Heaton-Harris (pictured), responded to a constituent, saying that while the Governmen...