Coronavirus Updates

Italy opens to British visitors on 3 June

The Italian Tourist Board has announced that, from 3 June, British visitors will be able to travel to Italy without quarantine restrictions. Flavio Zappacosta, ITB Manager for UK and Ireland said: “The tourism industry is one of Italy’s key economy drivers so it is with utmost importance that we open for business as soon as it is safe to do so. We know how popular Italy is for Brits and hope...

China hosts international webinar and shares strategy of staging Hunan Auto Show

CMW Managing Editor Paul Colston was one of the speakers taking part in a webinar organised 30 May by the China Convention/Exhibition/Event Society (CCEES). International ‘virtual’ panelists also included: David Zhong, UFI Global Vice-Chairman and Chairman of its Asia-Pacific Chapter  Noor Ahmad Hamid, Regional Director, Asia Pacific, International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Michae...

Lithuania eases incoming travel from 24 European countries

In a move to ease its lockdown measures, the Lithuanian government has approved that travellers coming from 24 European countries will not be subject to 14 days of self-isolation upon arrival.  The move follows the lifting of restrictions on the arrival of neighbouring Latvian and Estonian nationals and residents on 15 May.  “The ‘Baltic Travel Bubble’, has been a success and had no negative impac...

Airlines poised to exit FTSE 100 as virus hammers travel firms

UK budget airline easyJet and US cruise operator Carnival are set to tumble out of the FTSE 100 after being battered by travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. Despite a slight lift in value in recent weeks amid optimism about loosening restrictions, both firms have more than halved in value over the past three months. The travel operators could also be joined on their way out, 27 May...

New Zealand to allow multiple groups in conference venues

The New Zealand government has now moved to Alert Level 2 of its Covid-19 response, meaning that large events with separate groups of 100 people will now be allowed to go ahead. Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Chief Executive, Lisa Hopkins, said: “These new guidelines give our industry much more confidence to plan forward, knowing we can deliver larger events. We can now go ahead a...

June reopening for Caesars Palace and Flamingo Las Vegas

Caesars Entertainment Company has announced that it will be resuming gaming and hospitality operations in Las Vegas at its Caesars Palace and Flamingo Las Vegas properties from 4 June. The company also anticipates that several dining and retail outlets along the LINQ Promenade in addition to the High Roller Observation Wheel, will be reopening. The reopening of operations at the two venues is in a...

Te Pae Christchurch committed to helping economic recovery

The $475m Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is continuing to secure new conferences, despite losing some events due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. The 67 contracted or confirmed events represent a 30% increase to the number of bookings announced at the end of 2019, and are projected to bring over NZ$40m (US$24.9m) of economic benefit to the city. Te Pae Christchurch General Manager Ross Ste...

HKCEC ready to welcome events back

The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) has announced that it is ready to welcome events back to Hong Kong, following the city’s first exhibition since the Covid-19 pandemic. The 98th Hong Kong Wedding Fair, a three-day local consumer exhibition, was held successfully, 22-24 May. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Management Limited (HML), the private management compan...

ICCA, AIPC and UFI release Good Practice Guide

The International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC), the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) have announced the release of a global good practice guide for business events. The ‘Good Practice Guide: Addressing Covid-19 Requirements for Re-Opening Business Events’ was jointly produced by all three or...

Engagement: found in translation and ‘transcreators’

By Alan White Face-to-face meetings and events already feel like a distant memory for many businesses due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But for international organisations that rely on engaging with clients, employees, suppliers and other stakeholders on a global scale, how can they effectively communicate when much of the world is in lockdown? Companies can, however, continue their operations and str...

What can the UK learn from other countries?

The International Viewpoint: what can the UK learn as countries begin to open up for international business? As part of Hire Space’s digital event series, Conference & Meetings World and Exhibition World editor Paul Colston was joined by two representatives who share insights into the current situation in both Germany and China. What the guidance is for the events sectors locally, how it...

ICC Sydney to host Stand Tall 2020 livestream

Stand Tall, an Austalian youth mental health charity, has announced that its 2020 event will be live-streamed to thousands of high school students across Australia from the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney). The event has been converted into a digital format so that it may still go ahead under Covid-19 restrictions. Stand Tall 2020 will bring together young musicians, athletes an...