Coronavirus Updates

Caesars Entertainment invests $325m to transform Harrah’s New Orleans

Caesars Entertainment, Inc., parent company of Harrah’s New Orleans, says it will invest US$325m in transforming the property into a Caesars New Orleans. The reconstruction project is set to be completed by 2024. The plans have been presented the New Orleans Building Corporation and detail a large-scale renovation of Harrah’s, the only land-based casino in New Orleans. Embracing the iconic Caesars...

AIME announces AIMEbassador programme for 2021

Melbourne-based industry tradeshow AIME has announced the launch of its new AIMEbassador programme for its 2021 event. The role of an AIMEbassador, organisers say, will be to unite communities in coming together to help kick-start business in 2021 and beyond. Sharing their insights and expertise with the AIME community, the idea is that they can spark inspiration, creativity and get people talking...

Ergonomics in the age of the virtual meeting

Are you working extra-hard through the pandemic to plan a conference or meeting? Then taking a moment to listen to your body and making changes to reduce your risk of musculoskeletal injury have never been more important, says leading UK health ergonomist Nichola Adams Like so many others, I have had to pivot to provide my services remotely rather than face-to-face. My team at my consultancy Inspi...

ENIT announces global partnership with IBTM Events

The Italian Tourist Board, ENIT and IBTM Events have agreed a year-long partnership which will include ENIT participation at the Reed shows IBTM World Virtual 2020, IBTM Asia Pacific 2021, IBTM Americas 2021, and IBTM World 2021. The partnership kicks off at IBTM World Virtual, 8-10 December 2020, with ENIT bringing its strong spirit of Italy to meet with event buyers in the shape of 23 Italian co...

UK events industry to return to normality by Easter, says secretary of state Dowden

On the day that the UK’s regulatory authorities gave the green light for the roll out of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine across the country, the UK secretary of state for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden said he expected a return to normality for the events industry by Easter. Dowden was delivering the keynote speech at the UK’s Major Events Su...

STB appoints new area director for Northern and Western Europe

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has appointed Michael Rodriguez (pictured) area director for Northern & Western Europe. He will oversee the board’s marketing, partnerships and business development efforts in the region and assumes the role from December 2020. Jason Chan, who was STB regional area director from 2016 to 2020, will return to Singapore in the role of assistant director, Travel A...

IBTM World Virtual 2020 all set to go online 8-10 December

Organisers of IBTM World Virtual expect 10,000 meetings to take place over the three days of the event, which this year is online only and runs 8-10 December. The virtual event aims to bring together online the world’s best-known destinations and suppliers with hosted buyers from global corporations, associations and agencies, as well as offering a comprehensive programme of education sessions. Or...

Hyve’s revenues halve but cost controls and insurance help bottom line

International events business Hyve has reported FY20 results, including revenues of £105.m and savings of £63m. The figures compared with revenues of £220.7m in the previous. Year to September 2019. Hyve posted a headline loss before tax of £18.7m (2019: profit of £50.4m) after the receipt of £22.0m of insurance proceeds in respect of cancelled events. Q1 like-for-like growth of 7% was the highlig...

Mixed Reality addition to Marina Bay Sands Hybrid Broadcast Studio toolbox showcased in Singapore

Marina Bay Sands rolled out Mixed Reality (MR) capabilities at its state-of-the-art Hybrid Broadcast Studio at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, 26 November. The glimpse into a new future for our industry was offered both online and live during Singapore’s first hybrid travel tradeshow, TravelRevive. CMW’s editor was on the spot in Marina Bay Sands to see the demonstration of the MR technology set...

Asia Pacific’s first post-Covid international travel conference and tradeshow opens in Singapore

TravelRevive, which opened at Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore 25 November, is the first international travel tradeshow to take place physically in Asia Pacific since Covid-19, Paul Colston reports from Singapore. Close to 1,000 local and international attendees are expected on site over two days to exchange ideas, bridge knowledge gaps, and reimagine the future of travel. Powered b...

Covid-19 vaccine news creates increase in meeting bookings

etc.venues, London and US-based venue operator, is reporting a “noticeable” increase in bookings for meetings and events for both its UK and New York venues following the news of the imminent availability of a Covid-19 vaccine. Adam Simpson, director of marketing and US sales for etc.venues, said: “The organisers of several major events provisionally booked for Q2 and Q3 2021 confirmed...

Chinese president pledges to open up ‘super-sized’ economy and slams ‘protectionism’

As China sets the pace in bringing tradefairs back to our show floors, the country’s president Xi Jinping has said his country is keen to sign free trade pacts with more countries. His message follows the recent signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) 15-country free trade deal (the largest ever signed in the world) with Southeast Asia states and Japan, Australian, New Ze...