Coronavirus Updates

Australia’s AACB announces scholarship winners

Understanding consistent communication and buyer behaviours were the winning themes as the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB)  announced its 2021 AACB Staff Scholarships this week. The scholarships have been awarded to Mia Oesterberg, project and events executive at Northern Territory Business Events and Taryn Reid, business development manager at Business Events Tasmania. The ann...

Singapore PET project to facilitate resumption of large MICE events from 24 April

Larger B2B events are set to return to Singapore under a new pre-event testing (PET) framework announced by Singapore’s Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF). MICE events for up to 750 attendees will be permitted to resume at selected business settings from 24 April 2021, provided safety protocols are in place. This represents an increase from the current limit of 250 attendees. The MTF announcement of t...

ONE Esports turns to Singapore for Dota 2 Major

ONE Esports, Asia’s largest championship esports series and a subsidiary of ONE Championship™ (ONE) is hosting the first round of participating teams and invited talent to Singapore for the ONE Esports Dota 2 Singapore Major, 27 March-4 April. The event will be a closed door, physical event at the Fairmont Hotel. Presented by PGL, it will be the first major event of the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit featu...

€300m ‘protective umbrella’ for organisers rolled out in Austria

The Austrian federal government has signalled its backing for the meetings industry with the announcement of a new protective umbrella for event organisers, a €300m endowment allowing for more security in planning in-person events in Austria. This international support is a clear signal of strength is being sent by Austria as a business and event location. “All national and also international even...

NSW government gets in on the act at Sydney’s Get Local in July

Australian MICE market show Get Local Expo has announced it is to partner with government tourism and major events agency Destination NSW (New South Wales). The agreement will bring 20 industry partners including Hunter Valley, Central Coast and the Orange region, to be showcased at the inaugural event, at ICC Sydney, 29-30 July 2021. NSW minister for jobs, investment, tourism and Western Sydney S...

Geo Connect Asia to showcase Singapore’s first large-scale hybrid event of 2021

By adopting a hybrid format that provides both interactivity and a robust level of safety, organisers of Geo Connect Asia 2021 are heralding the resumption of major events in Singapore. Montgomery Asia’s two-day event runs 24-25 March at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre and both organiser and the Singapore Tourism Board are hoping it will signal a turning point for the region’s MICE...

Messe Frankfurt India reunites industry players with back-to-back physical conferences

Messe Frankfurt India hosted its first series of live events – in the form of NGV India Summit and Rail India in New Delhi, in early March. With its next major conference ‘India Refining Summit’ scheduled 25-26 March 2021, the Indian subsidiary is taking bold steps towards resuming B2B physical platforms. As Messe Frankfurt India’s first physical event in the new normal, the Natural Gas Vehi...

IBTM Asia Pacific now aiming its inaugural event at 2022

Reed Exhibitions has announced that it has moved the date of the inaugural edition of IBTM Asia Pacific in Singapore, once again, this time to 5-6 April 2022. The show had originally been planned for April 2021, and then moved to June 2021. The latest decision was taken following government coronavirus advice and discussions with customers and hosted buyers from the region and globally. Commenting...

Hawaii Convention Center offers a safe welcome back as Oahu island eases Covid-19 restrictions

The Hawaii Convention Center (HCC), USA, says it is ready to welcome guests again with new health and safety protocols adopted for meetings and an easing of Covid-19 restrictions. Effective 11 March, 2021, the City & County of Honolulu eased Covid-19 restrictions for the Island of Oahu to allow for select gatherings, meetings and events under the Tier 3 reopening strategy. Tier 3 allows venues...

Year in the life of a speaker bureau

By Nick Gold, MD of Speakers Corner   As a speaker bureau, our company prides itself on focussing on ensuring the best possible outcome for our clients, but we are also dependent on maintaining the best relationships with our speakers and artistes to ensure we can continue to negotiate and book them for our clients in the best way for both parties. The last 12 months therefore placed us in th...

Governor clears way for organisers to run large events in Vegas to 50% capacity

State officials in Nevada, USA, have confirmed they will loosen restrictions and increase permissable capacities for large gatherings from 15 March. The news means major events can operate on the Las Vegas strip at 50% capacity provided organisers get approval for their plans, which must include a Covid mitigation strategy. The changes were announced in Carson City and adopted in Emergency Directi...

Luxury Hilton resort breaks ground in Orlando

A new resort coming to Central Florida broke ground near Disney, 11 March. Construction of the 433-room Conrad Orlando hotel was launched by US real estate developer Dart Interests, marking the start of the first phase for Evermore Orlando, a billion-dollar, 10,000-room resort set to open in 2023. In addition to Conrad Orlando, the resort complex will feature a large-scale community of homes for v...