Coronavirus Updates

Boris Johnson says government’s intent is to resume full capacity events in England from 19 July

The events industry is poised to fully reopen in England on 19 July once the Government makes its final decision on moving to Step 4 on 12 July. Addressing the public from Downing Street, 5 July, prime minister Boris Johnson said that once Step 4 is enabled, all restrictions would be lifted, becoming optional in most circumstances, and that there would be no legal requirement for any form of Covid...

Barcelona’s BforPlanet congress to promote implementation of UN SDGs

On 7-8 July the BforPlanet congress, organised by Fira de Barcelona in collaboration with Barcelona City Council, will bring together experts, institutions and companies from all over the world to debate the best ways of working towards sustainability. Organisers see the main challenge being to promote the full implementation of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within t...

Understanding analytics: tracking the attendee journey around your event

By Vanessa Lovatt, chief evangelist at Glisser   Event success was once measured by attendee numbers rather than what attendees actually did once they were in the room. However, the transition from in-person to online events has created a wealth of new opportunities to track and measure attendees’ event behaviour and engagement, offering greater insight into how the event has performed. Many ...

Adopting a post-pandemic shift to a citizen-centred approach

Many parts of the business events industry need to embrace the citizen-centred approach now adopted by many destinations in the wake of the pandemic. That’s according to Professor Greg Clark CBE who delivered a thought-leadership session at the Virtual Advocacy Discussion hosted recently by the IMEX Group. Adopting the citizen-first concept Cities across the world, Professor Clark explained, are n...

Host City Americas aims to ‘bring back joy’

Under the conference theme of ‘Investing in Events’, speakers at the inaugural Host City Americas digital conference voiced great optimism about the future of the events industry, offering ideas and solutions to the challenges of the pandemic, digitalisation and sustainability. Host City is the event and media brand that connects the owners, hosts and organisers of major events. A global audience,...

Austria relaxes event restrictions

From 1 July 2021 almost all event restrictions are lifted across Austria. The vaccination programme and falling infection rates across the country have paved the way for a full return to in-person events. These relaxations, coupled with the Vienna Meeting Fund 2021-2023’s contribution of €4m in aid of national and international event organisers hosting meetings in the city, reflect a sustained eff...

Accor research points to 25% revenue hike within the sector

Research from international hospitality group, Accor, reveals workers expect to make 25% more in revenue with the return of face-to-face interaction. As many await a decision regarding the easing of Covid regulations, Accor has revealed that sector professionals anticipate they will make an average of 23% more deals a year when they are able to speak to their contacts face-to-face, rather than usi...

Australasia’s Get Local expo moves to August

Australasia meetings and event expo, Get Local has been pushed back a month from its end of July date to 24-25 August 2021, due to the recent Covid-19 outbreaks and various government imposed lockdowns in Australia. The show is to remain at the original venue, ICC Sydney. Donna Kessler and Gary Bender, co-owners of Get Local, said they believed the new dates in August are in the best health and sa...

Penny Lion to leave Tourism Australia as pressure of pandemic forces Business Events reorganisation

As financial pressures from the pandemic continue to hit business events, Tourism Australia is the latest organisation to report a number of changes at the top of its business events operations, including the departure of its executive general manager events, Penny Lion. The changes will see a reorganisation of Tourism Australia’s international, events and business events operations from 1 July 20...

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