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UK’s West Midlands tourism sector outlines route to recovery

A team of ministers, tourism chiefs, athletes, entrepreneurs and artists from across the West Midlands, UK have addressed more than 80 hospitality delegates and business leaders at the Queen’s Baton Relay, Birmingham. At the event, they outlined plans to support tourism recovery in the wake of Covid-19, and ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Fiona Allan, chair of West Midlands Region...

International MICE boost as US confirms it is to open to vaccinated travellers from 8 November

The White House assistant press secretary Kevin Munoz has confirmed the United States’ new travel policy that requires vaccination for foreign national travellers to the US will begin on 8 November. The date applies to both international air travel and land travel and is part of a policy guided by public health, he said. Under the new rules announced by the White House, vaccinated people who have ...

IMEX, MMGY Hills Balfour and MMGY Travel Intelligence Europe to undertake new industry survey

Global integrated marketing company MMGY Hills Balfour and MMGY Travel Intelligence Europe are collaborating with the IMEX Group on a new 2021/22 survey titled ‘A Portrait of European Meetings and Convention Travel: Perspectives from travellers and planning professionals’. the survey is designed to investigate beyond existing parameters, examining not only meeting planner sentiment but also the in...

EFEA to restart a new chapter in January 2022 in St Petersburg

The 11th Europe+Asia Event Forum (EFEA) returns to St Petersburg, 19-21 January 2022, with the key conference theme being ‘Restarting. A new chapter.’ Since 2012 EFEA has brought together leaders of the event community, experts of business and incentive tourism at the start of the year. Organiser R&C Market Research Company will again coordinate the forum, working under the patronage of the Ch...

Sector welcomes New South Wales decision to lift international quarantine restrictions

In Australia, the New South Wales (NSW) state government has announced the lifting of quarantine for international travellers from 1 November. This announcement has been widely welcomed throughout the travel and MICE industry, which has been affected by tight border restrictions since the start of the pandemic 19 months ago. Peter Shelley (pictured), managing director of the Australian Tourism Exp...

IAPCO global strategic task force publishes Covid-19 factsheet of national guidelines for industry

The International Association of Professional Conference Organisers (IAPCO) has launched a Covid-19 factsheet of national guidelines from different countries in a new publication from its Strategic global task force. In June 2020, IAPCO assembled a small group of national PCO associations from around the globe into a strategic task force. The objective was to facilitate the communication and disse...

Harrah’s Cherokee tower and convention centre opening completes $330m expansion project

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, North Carolina, USA, and invited dignitaries have officially opened the resort’s fourth hotel tower, the Cherokee, and the 83,000sq.ft. Cherokee Convention Center. The opening ceremony signifies the completion of Harrah’s Cherokee’s $330m expansion project, which has brought more than 450 jobs to the community. Brooks Robinson, regional senior vice-president and ge...

Osaka puts emphasis on its WaO factor with new tools for planners

With Expo 2020 Dubai underway, Osaka is seizing the opportunity to step further into the spotlight as the city’s own Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai moves onto the event horizon. Osaka’s aim is to become Japan’s number one MICE destination and that aspiration is backed up by the Osaka Convention and Tourism Buerau’s (OCTB) creation and release of a new MICE promotional video showcasing Osaka’s vibrant app...

Marina Bay Sands launches the Virtual Meeting Place

Marina Bay Sands (MBS) has unveiled a new Virtual Meeting Place, which allows event organisers to customise a virtual venue to replicate a real-life space. MBS claims to be the first venue in the MICE industry to launch such a platform globally, as it aims to effectively connect online and offline audiences. Networking, content delivery and the creation of a global marketplace to promote services ...

New ILEA Europe Board reflects consolidation

Following the consolidation of the UK Chapter and pre-existing Europe Chapter to create one unified European leadership team and membership base, the new-look International Live Events Association (ILEA) Europe for 2021/2022 has the following make up: President: Christian Seidenstuecker, CEO of JOKE Event AG Vice-president of membership: Erica Pew, client services director of Brands at Work Vice-p...

ExCeL London given go-ahead for 25,000sqm expansion

ExCeL London, UK has secured Planning Committee approval from its local council (Newham) in London to expand the venue, which will increase the building’s usable event space by 25,000sqm. Construction works are expected to start in 2022. ExCeL’s CEO Jeremy Rees described the decision as a “key moment” not just for ExCeL but for its customers and the entire UK events industry. “The expansion of ExC...

Hubilo set to accelerate development with new £92m tranche of funding from private equity partners

Fast-growing global virtual events platform Hubilo has announced that in a funding round led by Alkeon Capital and including Lightspeed Venture Partners and Balderton Capital, it has raised £92m ($125.35m) in Series B funding. This investment demonstrates the growing attractiveness of the event technology sector and brings Hubilo’s total funding to £113m in less than 18 months. The investment, one...