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Events Industry Council takes a stand against child trafficking

The Events Industry Council (EIC), a global non-profit association for the business events industry, announced, 30 July, it had joined The Code, a multi-stakeholder initiative to prevent the sexual exploitation of children. The Code is a voluntary set of six criteria that members commit to in order to keep children safe. The Code is supported by ECPAT, a US-based anti-child trafficking organisatio...

Positive signs for US hotel industry as occupancy rates rise

US weekly hotel occupancy reached its highest level since October 2019, while room rates hit an all-time high, according to hospitality research specialists STR‘s latest data through 24 July. 18-24 July 2021 (percentage change from comparable week in 2019): Occupancy: 71.4% (-7.8%) Average daily rate (ADR): US$141.75 (+4.0%) Revenue per available room (RevPAR): $101.24 (-4.2%) Historically, the mi...

MEA announces Tim Campbell as MEA Awards Night host

Industry association Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has announced that Tim Campbell will host the upcoming 2020 MEA Awards Night, 8 September, at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins in Melbourne. A star Down Under both on-screen and off, Campbell is best known for his leading role in Home and Away TV soap and as host of national prime time shows Celebrity Singing Bee, Wheel of Fortune and Nati...

Green is the word: Avantgarde launches new sustainability agency

Global brand experience agency, Avantgarde, announced, 29 July, the launch of Green Game, the first German agency focused on sustainability in sponsoring, in partnership with former professional skier, Felix Neureuther, and cemano communication founder, Marc Socher. The new agency was founded to make a contribution to sustainability topics such as social justice, inclusion and education. Avantgard...

IACC Americas Connect hosts trans-US hybrid event

The 40th edition of the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC ) Americas Connect took place on 20 July using IACC’s MultiPOD format, enabling the event to take place across three in-person meetings across the US as well as virtually. IACC partnered with Encore, a hybrid event specialist, to stage the one-day conference, which had in-person sessions in Chicago, Dallas and Delaware a...

New Zealand launches new Oceania Summit on back of its strong agri-food-tech sector

The 2035 Oceania Summit, a new event for 2022 was launched during Fieldays 2021 in New Zealand, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest agricultural event. Organisers say the new summit, to be held in Auckland, will aim to showcase local solutions for global climate impact and embraced New Zealand’s role as a world leader in agri-food-tech. The new Summit will draw on the experience of New Zealand-based...

New PCMA appointments to lead expansion in APAC, EMEA and LATAM regions

Global industry association PCMA announced, 29 July, a new and expanded leadership structure designed to support business events communities throughout the APAC, EMEA and LATAM regions. President and CEO, Sherrif Karamat, said: “There has never been a greater need for people and communities everywhere to come together to confront our economic and social challenges.” With the intention of growing P...

Birmingham appoints DRPG as official promotional event services provider for Commonwealth Games 2022

DRPG, a global creative communications group based in the West Midlands, UK, has been appointed as the official promotional event services provider for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. DRPG will support promotional events in the run-up to the Games and the agency has already worked together with Birmingham 2022 organising committee on the design and launch of the mascot, Perry, and on a spo...

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...

Québec City to welcome in-person Agro-Geoinformatics conference in 2022

Québec City will host the 10th International Conference on Agro-Geoinformatics, organised in conjunction with the 43rd Symposium of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society. This is a first for Canada, as previous editions of Agro-Geoinformatics have been held in China, Turkey, or the United States.  More than 300 experts, engineers, students, and decision-makers interested in remote sensing and geomat...

Ireland makes host shortlist for 2024 America’s Cup, although economic impact not plain sailing

Ireland has made it to a final list of potential host destinations for the America’s Cup sailing competition in 2024. The America’s Cup, which was first contested in 1851, has taken place in New Zealand on the past three occasions but is expected to be held elsewhere in 2024. It is hoped a decision on where to hold the 2024 event will be made in the second half of September. A confidential s...