Coronavirus Updates

Iceland’s Harpa centre set to spring back to action

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavík, Iceland, is reportedly ready to reopen following closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The venue had to close temporarily due to social distancing measures put in place by the Icelandic government on 16 March. Before this, 2020 was set to be a record year for the conference centre. CEO of Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Svanhildur Ko...

EventsAIR bags ‘Best Event Technology Solution’ at CODiE Awards

Centium Software’s EventsAIR 6th Gen has been named the best Event Technology Solution of 2020 at the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards. The CODiE Awards recognise the companies producing the most innovative business technology products across the US, and around the world. The awards are the software and digital content industry’s only peer-reviewed aw...

Mash Session: #ChooseLive

Ten Thousand Hours’ Dom Garner talks to Martin Fullard about how the event landscape may be different in the future, but that a business will need to consider how events fit into their strategies. Digital events are not strictly the new normal, but can complement a live experience. But how do you hit the sweet spot? Learn more about Ten Thousand Hours here.

Fiji keen to join Australia-NZ travel bubble

The Pacific Island of Fiji has said it is keen to join the proposed Australia-New Zealand Trans Tasman travel bubble, and sees it as a route to reopening its devastated tourism industry. Australian and New Zealand visitors account for about 75% of Fiji’s tourists and 100,000 people on the island have thought to have lost their jobs due to the impact of Covid-19. The Rosie Travel Group, opera...

Is your content enough to re-energise the virtual world?

By Nick Gold   Humans are social creatures, so it is no wonder that being kept within our four walls is something that does not come naturally to most. A live and face-to-face experience is something people crave. Shared moments and experiences between audiences are something that forever stick in our minds like photographs. However, Covid-19 has halted those one-off experiences, the curated ...

Steigenberger Hotels to reopen in Germany before the end of May

Deutsche Hospitality has said it will reopen many of its Steigenberger Hotel and Resorts properties in Germany before the end of May. CEO Thomas Willms said: “We have been trialling and revising a new hygiene concept on an ongoing basis over the past few weeks.. final tweaks are being made in order to ensure that the best possible preparations are in place as we get ready to reopen. The whole of t...

Covid-19 Recovery Task Force for Canadian sports tourism

To combat the way the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the sport tourism industry, the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) has formed a Covid-19 Recovery Task Force. The task force is working on an action plan for the responsible, safe and effective reopening of the CA$6.8bn (US$4.8bn) sport tourism industry. The task force will include representatives from stakeholders, including national/multi-...

New Zealand allows business events of up to 100 to go ahead

The New Zealand Government has confirmed ticketed large events, including domestic business events and conferences, can now go ahead with a 100-person limit, following easing of restrictions on social gatherings and travel this week. Contact tracing in essential, and there will also be a one-metre distancing requirement for all events. Conventions & Incentives New Zealand’s (CINZ) Chief ...

Destinations International 2020 will be virtual

Destinations International, a resource for official destination organisations, convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) and tourism boards, has announced that it’s 2020 Annual Convention will take place virtually. President and CEO of Destinations International, Don Welsh, said: “The safety of our members is our number one priority. We made the decision to host the Annual Convention virtually ...

UK furlough scheme extended until October

The UK job retention scheme will be extended, for four months, until the end of October, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has confirmed. Addressing the House of Commons, 12 May, the Chancellor confirmed that the level of support to employees will not be reduced but did say employers would be asked to contribute more. The news will bring some relief to UK events businesses which have seen th...

EventsCase launches employee aid fund

EventsCase, a UK event management software company, has announced that a £50,000 (USD$61,665) relief fund has been made available to its employees worldwide, to meet the economic needs that may arise from the Covid-19 pandemic. The EventsCase management said the fund aimed to “transmit a message of support and confidence” to its more than 50 employees across the UK, Spain, UAE and USA....

Industry professionals should ‘adopt a flexible mindset’ to succeed post-pandemic

Senior Vice-President and CMO of meetings technology provider Cvent, Patrick Smith, has said that event professionals will need to ‘adopt a flexible mindset’ and’ be prepared to adapt and evolve their business practices in order to succeed in a post-pandemic world’. Smith made his comments at PlanetIMEX, 11 May, during his session ‘Adapt, Evolve, Accelerate’, which formed part of EduMonday. He off...