Coronavirus Updates

Brisbane CEC set to welcome back events in August 2020

Queensland Treasurer, the Hon. Cameron Dick, has announced the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) can reopen in August 2020, following the approval by Queensland Health of its Site Specific Covid Safe Plan. Dick called the reopening of the BCEC a ‘significant milestone’ for Queensland. He said: “As we unite and recover from the pandemic, it’s cause for celebra...

Call to action: #GetBritainMeeting

UK-based publisher of CMW, Mash Media Group has released an industry support video as part of its #GetBritainMeeting campaign to showcase the true value of the UK events industry. During the Covid-19 crisis, the UK events industry  has suffered disproportionately, as not only have events in all forms been banned, but a lack of understanding as to the value and depth of the sector to the UK economy...

UK must be at Level 2 before events can run, says minister

The UK events industry may need to wait until the Government’s Covid-19 alert level is dropped to Level 2 before live events can run, CMW’s UK sister title Conference News can reveal. In a letter seen by this magazine, Conservative Member of Parliament for Daventry and minister of state for transport, Chris Heaton-Harris (pictured), responded to a constituent, saying that while the Governmen...

ICC Sydney launches hybrid event solution

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), Australia, has announced the launch of a new hybrid on-site and virtual event solution. The new solution will allow clients to host more than 300 people at the venue in accordance with social distancing measures, while also live streaming to an unlimited number of remote attendees. Following the Covid-19 outbreak, ICC Sydney developed a virtual ...

Valencia Conference Centre goes back to work with 75% capacity cap

The Valencia Conference Centre has officially restarted its activities, following the announcement of new regulations from the Valencian Government. The venue will now be able to use 75 per cent of the building’s capacity for events. The majority of the Valencia Conference Centre’s clients have moved their events to 2021, allowing the centre to maintain around 80 per cent of its schedu...

Philadelphia CVB launches PHL Health Pledge to welcome visitors back

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) has launched the PHL Health Pledge, an initiative to help safely welcome back visitors to the city as it reopens for business. To support the initiative, the PHLCVB has partnered with dean emeritus of the Jefferson College of Population Health, Dr David Nash, who will be serving as the PHLCVB’s chief health adviser, to provide direct advice ...

MCM London Comic Con cancelled

The October 2020 edition of MCM London Comic Con has been cancelled, according to a statement released by organisers. The statement said the “tough decision” had been taken “after many discussions”. “It has become clear that due to the restrictions and guidelines put in place due to Covid-19, we would not be able to deliver the high quality experience you expect and deserve,” the statement ran. “W...

PCMA extends its Covid-19 survey into APAC region

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has announced that it will extend its Covid-19 Recovery Dashboard research initiative from 30 June, with the initiative expanding into the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. Since March, PCMA have been conducting industry-wide surveys among the global business events community every two weeks in order to document and analyse the growing impacts of...

New global collaboration to drive joint messaging for the meetings industry

The Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC), together with industry tradeshows AIME, IBTM, IMEX and Meetings Africa, have announced a two-part webinar showcasing the industry speaking with one voice. Input from industry leaders and commentators is being used to complete an Industry Manifesto delivering joint messaging for our sector. A joint statement issued by JMIC notes that the Covid-19 pandemic...

Berlin government and Lufthansa pursue rescue deal, sources say

Germany’s national airline Lufthansa and the Berlin government are pursuing a €9bn ($9.7bn) rescue package, company and government sources said, 28 April, but gave no timing for an agreement after a report overnight said the deal was complete. Lufthansa declined to comment and a spokeswoman for the economy ministry had no immediate comment. A government source said talks would continue. Sources cl...

Blackstone’s Q1 profit rises but coronavirus weighs

NEC owner Blackstone Group, the world’s largest manager of alternative assets such as private equity and real estate, reported a 4% rise in first-quarter distributable earnings on Thursday, driven by a surge in management fees, even as its funds took a hit in the coronavirus-induced downturn. Blackstone, whose shares were up 5.3% at US$48.78 in early afternoon, posted a 16% rise in managemen...

Facebook enters video conference platform market

Facebook has introduced a new video conference tool and expanded its live streaming features in an update rolled out 24 April. The video conference tool, Messenger Rooms, will enable as many as 50 people to participate in a call, the company said in a statement. It will display a tiled layout of participant videos, up to 16 on desktop and 8 on mobile, resembling the design offered by competitor Zo...