Coronavirus Updates

Optimistic AIM: Event management group predicts ‘sharp restart’ to in-person events

The last part of 2021 is proving to be a restart period for international event management specialists AIM Group International, which is reporting a reboot of in-person events including international conferences with large audiences. From the end of August to December, AIM Group is managing 35 major events involving over 15,000 participants. Events are still taking place in virtual, but increasing...

In veritas: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre first out of the blocks

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) is Malaysia’s first venue, 20 September, to be granted the Safe Business Events (SafeBE) certification, a hygiene and safety label, by Bureau Veritas. The SafeBE certification programme recognises a venue’s implementation of the Government endorsed Business Events Standard Operating Procedures (BE SOPs) and the team’s operational excellence in event manage...

TravelTech Show announces return to in-person after 2021 virtual event

The TravelTech Show, which was virtually streamed this year, has announced its plans to return to an in-person event in London, 28-29 June, 2022. The virtual TravelTech Show 2021, 14-15 September, reported hosting 692 active participants, with 80 leading voices from the travel tech industry sharing their insights and knowledge. Fabio Zecchini, chief technology officer of TUI Musement, said: “I had...

Australian Convention Bureaux given Whitsunday boost

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has been strengthened with the addition of Tourism Whitsundays. AACB represents 18 leading business events destinations – the highest number in the association’s 36-year history. Tourism Whitsundays, representing one of Queensland’s most premium business events regions, hopes to contribute to the strategic direction of Australia’s business ev...

UKCAMS report: UK Conference business dropped 86% in 2020

The 28th annual UKCAMS report has revealed a drop of 86% in the volume of conferences and meetings held in 2020 compared with 2019. At the same time, the estimated value of the sector fell from £17.6bn in 2019 to £1.7bn in 2020. The report suggests half of venues indicated that they expect their conference and meetings business to recover to 2019 levels by 2023, with a quarter more optimistic and ...

CWT reaches financial agreement to recapitalise business

CWT, the travel management platform based in Minneapolis, has announced it is recapitalising the business following an agreement with financial stakeholders representing over 90% of the company’s outstanding debt. The company hopes the move will strengthen CWT’s financial position as the recovery in business travel continues to gain momentum in key markets around the world. The Recapitalisation Pl...

Call for Malaysia’s Government to allow purpose-built venues to resume operations

The Venue Sector of the Business Events Council Malaysia (BECM) has sent an appeal letter to the country’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) seeking assistance in allowing purpose-built venues to resume operations. Malaysia has a four-stage National Recovery Plan (NRP) which only allows the business events sector to re-open in the final stage, phase four. Currently Kuala Lumpur i...

A taste of association events to come

The Global PCO Kenes Group shares some insights on running association conferences again after the Covid-19 enforced hiatus. These events were held in Europe and the US, with proof of vaccination and negative PCR test results required in Paris, and attestation forms in Baltimore:   The first hybrid annual conference of the American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology (A...

Cairns Convention Centre mass vaccination hub gets underway

The Cairns Convention Centre in Australia has become a mass vaccination hub, as the venue team does its bit to help the business events industry get back on its feet. Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS) will be using the Centre as a Vaccination Hub for at least four weekends to boost the vaccination numbers in the region. As of 15 September, only 34% of Australia’s population...

CTICC secures 15 international conferences in uncertain times

Over the past 17 months the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has secured 15 international conferences and will welcome approximately 22,000 delegates to the Mother City. The events will bring an estimated R594m (USD$41.9m) into the local economy over the next six years. Even with many businesses and associations worldwide re-evaluating their position on business travel, the CTICC ...

ESOT 2021 – Hybrid congress put to the test in Milan

The 20th edition of the European Society for Organ Transplantation’s (ESOT) congress was held as a hybrid event, 29 August-1 September, at the MiCo Convention Centre in Milan, Italy. The biennial ESOT Congress, organised by AIM Group International, is the largest gathering of the transplant community in Europe, with 2,600 participants from 74 countries. The ESOT Congress 2021 was one of the first ...

Denmark first country in EU to end Covid restrictions

Denmark has become the first EU country to announce the end of Covid-19 restrictions, with vaccine passports being abolished on 10 September. With vaccination rates the third highest in the EU – over 80% of the e population over 12 years old have had two jabs, and hospitalisations and deaths due to Covid the second lowest per million of the population of EU countries –  Denmark has said restrictio...