Coronavirus Updates

Denmark first country in EU to end Covid restrictions

Denmark has become the first EU country to announce the end of Covid-19 restrictions, with vaccine passports being abolished on 10 September. With vaccination rates the third highest in the EU – over 80% of the e population over 12 years old have had two jabs, and hospitalisations and deaths due to Covid the second lowest per million of the population of EU countries –  Denmark has said restrictio...

Melbourne’s CEC paying it forward during vaccination drive

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has been running a ‘pay it forward’ campaign at its Shed Café. While people are lining up for their vaccinations at the venue, the Shed Café is offering a great opportunity to pay it forward. Visitors to the vaccination centre can shout a nurse a coffee and include a heart-warming message of support. Since March, MCEC has been home to o...

BEIA requests clarity from New Zealand government for event industry’s future

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) suggests the move to a more restricted Level 2 for regions outside of Auckland will make additional support crucial for the country’s business events industry. Under Level 2 from 8 September, gatherings outside of Auckland will need to be under 50 persons in a defined space, down from 100 in previous guidelines. Mask-wearing will be mandatory and all ...

Northern Ireland relaxes quarantine restrictions and welcomes back conferences

It was announced that, effective 16 August, individuals in Northern Ireland who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to quarantine for 10 days if someone they have been in contact with tests positive for Covid-19. Instead of quarantining, they must take a PCR test on days two and eight of what would have been their 10-day quarantine period. The Northern Ireland government re-emphasised the imp...

BECA requests targeted support for Australian events industry

Representatives of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) met, 16 August, online with the Hon Dan Tehan MP, minister for trade, tourism and investment to request targeted support for businesses reliant upon income from business events. Geoff Donaghy (pictured), BECA deputy chair and CEO of ICC Sydney, stated: “Survival of the complete visitor and events supply chain is our number one prio...

Australian hotel occupancy rates see rapid decline

After being one of the highest-performing countries during the early portion of 2021, Australia’s hotel occupancy has been on a rapid decline amid the latest Covid-19 lockdowns across the country, according to data from STR through 1 August. Matthew Burke, STR’s regional manager for the Pacific region, said: “New and extended restrictions amid the latest outbreaks have undoubtedly affected perform...

WTTC and BTA respond to UK’s Covid-19 traffic light update

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the Business Travel Association (BTA) have both responded to the UK’s latest Covid-19 traffic light update. Today, 5 August, France has been moved from the UK’s amber-plus list to the amber list. Double vaccinated passengers returning to England, Scotland and Northern Ireland from France will not need to quarantine after Sunday (8 August). Moreover...

ASM Global builds up safety procedures with Honeywell alliance

Global venue and event management company ASM Global announced, 26 July, a strategic alliance with Honeywell, a building management solutions company, with the stated intention of creating smarter, safer and more sustainable venue operations and more enjoyable audience experiences across ASM’s international portfolio. ASM Global will work with Honeywell to establish new standards related to indoor...

ATEC promotes mass vaccination as Australian tourism industry’s solution

While regional lockdowns are affecting people in many, largely localised areas of the country, Australian tourism businesses nationwide are feeling the enormous financial impact of the recent round of border closures. With the Federal Government last week outlining a national COVID transmission plan, Peter Shelley (pictured), Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) managing director, said: “Witho...

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...