Coronavirus Updates

Confex webinar: Working from home – doing it better the second time around

Working from home is the focus of the latest (15 October) International Confex webinar. The session, 4pm UK Time, is moderated by Heidi Williams, director at Remote360.com, and will look at the key challenges of not having teams working in one place and what steps the panel have taken in their own businesses to make things run more smoothly. The topic is again prominent on the agenda with many gov...

Restrata at the wicket in UAE providing a biosecure environment for India’s relocated 2020 IPL

British technology firm Restrata has announced that it is providing the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) a biosecure environment for the recently relocated Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, which is taking place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) until 8 November. The biosecure environment aims to keep IPL players and staff safe during the competition period, and to reduce and manage th...

3,200 event and hospitality professionals registered for November’s Cvent CONNECT Europe Virtual

Global meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider, Cvent has unveiled the agenda for its two-day online industry conference, Cvent CONNECT Europe Virtual, which it says has already attracted 3,200 MICE and hospitality professional registrations. Cvent CONNECT Europe Virtual is free and open to all MICE, events, hotel and marketing professionals and key topics under discussion this year ...

94% of UK businesses plan to run an online event within the next 12 months

Survey results released by speaker bureau Speakers Corner reveal that 94% of UK businesses plan to run an online event within the next 12 months. In addition, 79% of organisations have already organised an online event since UK lockdown began in March 2020 in an attempt to slow the spread of Covid-19. Moreover, 78% of respondents rate the performance of online events they have already hosted as a ...

2nd Chungju International Martial Arts and Action Film Festival back online and offline

The 2nd Chungju International Martial Arts and Action Film Festival will open, 22-26 October, 2020, in South Korea. Held for the first time in August last year in Cheongju and Chungju the event was the only film festival in martial arts and modern action genre in Korea. The Covid-19 pandemic has meant pushing back this year’s 2nd Festival to October and films will be screened both online and offli...

Malaysia government gets right behind cyber security strategy launch and CYDES 2021

What organisers claim to be the world’s first integrated cyber defence, cyber security and emerging technology event for the global community, CYDES 2021, will be staged in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1–3 June 2021. Cyber security experts from around the globe will be invited both in-person and digitally to address the challenges of the threat landscape. Co-hosted, organised and supported by Malaysia’...

Inaugural PCMA Convening Asia Pacific announces speakers and programme for November

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has announced the speakers and programme for its inaugural hybrid event, Convening Asia Pacific: The Global Recovery Forum. The programme will feature panels, seminars and workshops. Speakers include: Nicki Kenyon, board member for the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and marketing and growth strategist; Rebecca Hallett, APAC head of event...

Ashfield and IPCAA study reveals what HCPs think about online congresses

Ashfield Meetings & Events (part of UDG Healthcare PLC) and the International Pharmaceutical Congress Advisory Association (IPCAA) have partnered on a study into what healthcare professionals think about online medical congresses. Through a survey of more than 300 physicians from six countries and across 14 therapy areas, Ashfield and IPCAA gained insights that can help medical societies, prof...

Ras Al Khaimah – first city to offer free Covid-19 tests to international visitors

Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE has become the first global destination to offer free PCR Covid-19 tests to guests and visitors. Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) and RAK Hospital are partnering to provide free (PCR) testing to international visitors staying in and departing from Ras Al Khaimah until 31 December, 2020. There is one free PCR test per guest. Subsidised by RAKTDA, the f...

Web Summit moves on to… the Web

Europe’s largest technology conference will move fully online this year, the organisers have said. Founded in 2009, by Paddy Cosgrave, David Kelly and Daire Hickey, Web Summit was originally held in Dublin, Ireland, until 2016, when it moved permanently to Lisbon, Portugal. The decision followed discussions with the Portuguese authorities. “Lisbon is still Web Summit’s home but with growing ...

Calgary convention venues to receive GBAC STAR

Calgary TELUS Convention Centre (CTCC) and BMO Centre at Stampede Park (BMO Centre) have announced that both Calgary-based venues have achieved the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR. Under the guidance of GBAC, the venues join a group of venues that have implemented GBAC-approved protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention in their facilities. GBAC STAR helps o...

MCEC named Employer of Choice fourth year running

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has been named as an Employer of Choice in the annual Australian Business Awards for the fourth consecutive year. Chief executive of MCEC, Peter King, said: “This has been a really tough year for many, and I’m so incredibly proud of the culture of support that we have built as an organisation. “Our people play a big part in that; without them we wo...