Coronavirus Updates

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...

MyCEB pleads with the Malaysian government to reopen the business events industry

The Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), as the lead agency for the business events industry, has pleaded to the Malaysian Government to reopen the fully vaccinated business events industry as soon as possible. Since the pandemic, Malaysia has recorded 57 postponements and 66 cancellations of significant international events. With the increase in immunisation over the last few months...

Optimistic AIM: Event management group predicts ‘sharp restart’ to in-person events

The last part of 2021 is proving to be a restart period for international event management specialists AIM Group International, which is reporting a reboot of in-person events including international conferences with large audiences. From the end of August to December, AIM Group is managing 35 major events involving over 15,000 participants. Events are still taking place in virtual, but increasing...

In veritas: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre first out of the blocks

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) is Malaysia’s first venue, 20 September, to be granted the Safe Business Events (SafeBE) certification, a hygiene and safety label, by Bureau Veritas. The SafeBE certification programme recognises a venue’s implementation of the Government endorsed Business Events Standard Operating Procedures (BE SOPs) and the team’s operational excellence in event manage...

TravelTech Show announces return to in-person after 2021 virtual event

The TravelTech Show, which was virtually streamed this year, has announced its plans to return to an in-person event in London, 28-29 June, 2022. The virtual TravelTech Show 2021, 14-15 September, reported hosting 692 active participants, with 80 leading voices from the travel tech industry sharing their insights and knowledge. Fabio Zecchini, chief technology officer of TUI Musement, said: “I had...

Australian Convention Bureaux given Whitsunday boost

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has been strengthened with the addition of Tourism Whitsundays. AACB represents 18 leading business events destinations – the highest number in the association’s 36-year history. Tourism Whitsundays, representing one of Queensland’s most premium business events regions, hopes to contribute to the strategic direction of Australia’s business ev...

UKCAMS report: UK Conference business dropped 86% in 2020

The 28th annual UKCAMS report has revealed a drop of 86% in the volume of conferences and meetings held in 2020 compared with 2019. At the same time, the estimated value of the sector fell from £17.6bn in 2019 to £1.7bn in 2020. The report suggests half of venues indicated that they expect their conference and meetings business to recover to 2019 levels by 2023, with a quarter more optimistic and ...

CWT reaches financial agreement to recapitalise business

CWT, the travel management platform based in Minneapolis, has announced it is recapitalising the business following an agreement with financial stakeholders representing over 90% of the company’s outstanding debt. The company hopes the move will strengthen CWT’s financial position as the recovery in business travel continues to gain momentum in key markets around the world. The Recapitalisation Pl...

Call for Malaysia’s Government to allow purpose-built venues to resume operations

The Venue Sector of the Business Events Council Malaysia (BECM) has sent an appeal letter to the country’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) seeking assistance in allowing purpose-built venues to resume operations. Malaysia has a four-stage National Recovery Plan (NRP) which only allows the business events sector to re-open in the final stage, phase four. Currently Kuala Lumpur i...