Coronavirus Updates

Calls for Recovery Framework as Covid-19 threatens $35.7bn hit on Australia’s business events sector

New figures from the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) show that the Australian economy is set to lose AU$35.7bn (US$22.6bn) in direct expenditure over the next 12 months. These figures are due to of 96% of business events scheduled for 2020 being cancelled or postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The data was derived from a study of businesses across the business events industry. The ...

Monaco missing you!

Monaco’s Tourist & Convention Authority wants to keep in touch, with a message to professional event organisers around the world: ‘Take care of yourself, we miss you!’ With more than three billion people around the world under lockdown, airlines grounded and global tourism has ground to a halt, The Principality of Monaco is one of many destination that has been heavily affected. During this hi...

BIE Executive Committee backs postponing Expo 2020 Dubai for a year

The Executive Committee of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), organiser of the world Expo, has unanimously agreed to propose the postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai by one year to 1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022. As changing the dates of an Expo requires the support of a two-thirds majority of Member States of the BIE (Article 28 of the Paris Convention of 1928), the organisation’s General...

Mash Sessions: Event Catering: Trends and Charity

Conference News editor, Martin Fullard, talks to Jens Nisson, executive chef director at UK-based Bubble Food. From 15 April 2020, Bubble Food has been working on an initiative to support the fridge and Food Bank at St George the Martyr Church on Borough High Street, London. The facility operates as a distribution centre for people with Food Bank vouchers from the Waterloo Food Bank, serving vulne...

UK furlough scheme funds to be released within six days

The UK government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has opened for applications 20 April. All businesses are eligible and will receive money within six working days of making an application, the government has said. Under the furlough scheme, the UK government will cover 80% of the wages of employees, up to a maximum of £2,500 (US$3,118) a month. The condition states that furloughed employ...

New tool allows tourists to visit the Faroe Islands virtually

The Faroe Islands are allowing people from all over the world to visit – from the comfort of their own homes. The islands, which are situated between Iceland and Norway, are using a new tourism tool to allow people to explore the landscape. The tool allows people to visit the Faroe Islands via mobile phones, tablets or PCs by interacting live with a local Faroese people, who act was their eyes, ea...

ATEC tutors its members on road to recovery as it ‘Builds Back Better’

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) have created an online tutorial series entitled ‘Road to Recovery’. As of 20 April, 1,200 people had registered to take part in the free weekly tutorials. The tutorials are part of ATEC’s ‘Build Back Better’ strategy, which offers a 12-week programme of learning opportunities designed to give individuals and businesses tools to strengthen themselves, fo...

Lausanne’s watchman again rings Clemence bell of comfort

Lausanne Notre Dame Cathedral Night Watchman Renato Häusler is reviving a tradition from the Middle Ages, by shouting out from the top of the Cathedral’s 153 steps on the hour, from 10pm to 2am, to the four points of the horizon and then ringing the Clemence bell. It is a tradition which dates back to 1405 – where a watchman would keep vigil and ring the bell if there were something amiss such as ...

Virtual events for the events industry: 6-21 April

Following the previous list of virtual events and webinars, Mash Media highlights some new events to look out for over the coming weeks. A listing is not an endorsement, and Mash Media accepts no responsibility for the content or any changes. Send your virtual event or webinar listing to Martin Fullard, editor, Conference News, on mfullard@mashmedia.net 1-30 April: NSC The National Sales Conferenc...