Coronavirus Updates

Northern Ireland relaxes quarantine restrictions and welcomes back conferences

It was announced that, effective 16 August, individuals in Northern Ireland who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to quarantine for 10 days if someone they have been in contact with tests positive for Covid-19. Instead of quarantining, they must take a PCR test on days two and eight of what would have been their 10-day quarantine period. The Northern Ireland government re-emphasised the imp...

BECA requests targeted support for Australian events industry

Representatives of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) met, 16 August, online with the Hon Dan Tehan MP, minister for trade, tourism and investment to request targeted support for businesses reliant upon income from business events. Geoff Donaghy (pictured), BECA deputy chair and CEO of ICC Sydney, stated: “Survival of the complete visitor and events supply chain is our number one prio...

Australian hotel occupancy rates see rapid decline

After being one of the highest-performing countries during the early portion of 2021, Australia’s hotel occupancy has been on a rapid decline amid the latest Covid-19 lockdowns across the country, according to data from STR through 1 August. Matthew Burke, STR’s regional manager for the Pacific region, said: “New and extended restrictions amid the latest outbreaks have undoubtedly affected perform...

WTTC and BTA respond to UK’s Covid-19 traffic light update

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the Business Travel Association (BTA) have both responded to the UK’s latest Covid-19 traffic light update. Today, 5 August, France has been moved from the UK’s amber-plus list to the amber list. Double vaccinated passengers returning to England, Scotland and Northern Ireland from France will not need to quarantine after Sunday (8 August). Moreover...

ASM Global builds up safety procedures with Honeywell alliance

Global venue and event management company ASM Global announced, 26 July, a strategic alliance with Honeywell, a building management solutions company, with the stated intention of creating smarter, safer and more sustainable venue operations and more enjoyable audience experiences across ASM’s international portfolio. ASM Global will work with Honeywell to establish new standards related to indoor...

ATEC promotes mass vaccination as Australian tourism industry’s solution

While regional lockdowns are affecting people in many, largely localised areas of the country, Australian tourism businesses nationwide are feeling the enormous financial impact of the recent round of border closures. With the Federal Government last week outlining a national COVID transmission plan, Peter Shelley (pictured), Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) managing director, said: “Witho...

Singapore’s Constellar announces job losses due to impact of Covid

Constellar Holdings, the recent rebrand of SingEx-Sphere Holdings, has announced 21 job losses as it “rightsizes” due to prolonged impact of Covid-19. The redundancies affect 12% of all employees in the Singapore headquarters and come just days before new group CEO Jean-François Quentin takes up his new post. Events in Singapore have been largely suspended during the pandemic and were ...

No quarantine needed for fully vaccinated travellers to England from amber list countries from 2 August

The UK Government announced that fully vaccinated travellers to England from an amber list country will no longer need to isolate. The new guidance will come into force on 2 August, 2021. The new guidance is expected to have the widest application to travellers from the EU or US. Though isolation will no longer be mandatory, those entering the country will still be required to take a Covid-19 test...

Hong Kong CEC introduces Lucky Draw to boost vaccination drive

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (HML), has introduced a lottery incentive prize to promote the city-wide vaccination drive.  HML launched the Lucky Draw on 14 July to encourage Hong Kong residents to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Prizes valued at over US$64,000 include year-round unlimited dinner buffets and dining vouchers at HKCEC’s restaurants. Participants mu...

Malaysian events one step closer to normality

Malaysian CVB Business Events Sarawak reports that over 2,000 of Sarawak’s tourism and business events industry frontliners will be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a result of the final phase of the Industrial Covid-19 Vaccination Programme which took place 15-18 July 2021 at the Association of Churches Sarawak, Kuching. Nancy Shukri, Malaysia’s minister of tourism, arts and culture, said: “T...

Scotland’s Event Industry Advisory Group calls on Government for more support

Representatives from Scotland’s events industry have appealed to the Scottish Government to provide further financial support. Scotland’s Event Industry Advisory Group (EIAG) has recommended an extra £40m in restart funding be made available along with a raft of other initiatives including the continuation of the Job Retention Scheme on a flexible basis from this September to March next year. EIAG...

Chiba attempts to catch the Olympic legacy wave

Chiba, a Japanese city 40km from Tokyo, has been organising some big events in June, as the Olympic Games prepares to throw the world’s spotlight on Japan and its events infrastructure. The Chiba Convention Bureau and International Center (CCB-IC), recently helped facilitate the Japanese Society of Clinical Cytology’s 62nd Annual Spring Meeting. The conference was held as an in-person event at Chi...