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ICC Wales and Celtic Manor make 450 redundancies as Welsh MP criticises owner

UK  venues Celtic Manor Resort and ICC Wales have announced that they will be making 450 workers redundant. The Celtic Collection, which is the parent company of the neighbouring venues, released a statement, 9 July, saying it had advised its staff of a redundancy programme. It comes as a major blow to the £70bn UK events industry, for which £32bn comes from business events such as conferences and...

Social media: #GetBritainMeeting

Mash Media has put out a call of action to #GetBritainMeeting. The UK events industry is worth over £70bn (US$89bn), employs 600,000, and can reignite the UK economy and reunite the people. However, it needs immediate support and protection.

New launch from European Convention Bureaux Alliance

The Strategic Alliance of the National Convention Bureaux of Europe (the Alliance) has announced the launch of a new website. It is designed as an improved resource for customers, suppliers and partners, as well as a communication channel for its 28 members. The Alliance is a network of national destination marketing organisations and aims to smooth working relationships among the European nationa...

American Express GBT launches travel briefing platform

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has announced the launch of Travel Vitals™, a travel briefing platform that gives travellers and travel managers a single source for information before, during and after a business trip. Data on the platform is aggregated from hundreds of sources, allowing users to search travel guidelines by destination, airline, airport, hotel chain, train operator, ...

Social distancing technology trial first for Canberra

The National Convention Centre Canberra (NCCC) has claimed an Australian meetings industry first, by hosting an in-person social distancing technology trial using a smart e-badge developed by the team at Harry The Hirer. The smart e-badge consists of a small disc attached to an event lanyard and alerts users through discrete vibration when social distancing is less than 1.5m. It then resets once d...

Conventa Crossover to go hybrid in August

Conventa Crossover, a conference and festival of events and live marketing, a spin off from the main Conventa MICE tradeshow for the South East Europa region, is to go hybrid this summer, the organiser says. The event drew 150 international attendees in 2019 and runs for its fifth edition 27-28 August in Ljubljana, Slovenia. “Due to the unpredictability of the current situation, we had to stay agi...

UK venue secures $210m worth of future conference business

The UK’s Scottish Event Campus (SEC) has said it has secured new conference business for the future in partnership with Glasgow Convention Bureau and the city’s academic institutions. The business secured amounts to 189,944 participant days for the city and will contribute £144m to the Scottish city of Glasgow’s economy. These wins, the venue says, will deliver £168m ($210m) and £196m ($245m...

Social practices and ethical operations top future priorities, IACC report reveals

Making a positive impact through adopting strong social practices and running ethical meeting venue operations will be the key area of focus for venues and planners by 2025, international venue assciation IACC’s Meeting Room of the Future 2020 report has revealed. The report was conducted ahead of the Covid-19 pandemic and focuses on the 12 months leading up to February 2020. It also include...

CINZ and TNZ renew partnership with MoU

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) and Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) have recently renewed their partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), confirming cooperative activity. By signing the MOU, the organisations confirmed their “longstanding commitment to promote business events to New Zealand”. TNZ’s global manager for business events, Lisa Gardiner says a key f...

Australia braces after first of many quarters of expected poor export tourism figures

As parts of Melbourne are again put into lockdown due to a flare up of coronavirus cases, the latest International Visitor Survey (IVS) results, published 8 July by the Australian Tourism Export Council, look set to be the first of a long series of grim quarterly readings and reveal the desperate prospects of Australia’s export tourism industry. “The March quarter IVS show the last gasps of ...

Brisbane CEC set to welcome back events in August 2020

Queensland Treasurer, the Hon. Cameron Dick, has announced the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) can reopen in August 2020, following the approval by Queensland Health of its Site Specific Covid Safe Plan. Dick called the reopening of the BCEC a ‘significant milestone’ for Queensland. He said: “As we unite and recover from the pandemic, it’s cause for celebra...

Malaysian destinations start to allow meetings for up to 250

Malaysia has started to relax its restrictions on the holding of events, with the city of Putrajaya allowing meetings, conferences, seminars, courses and training workshops to operate as of 1 July, with the proviso that attendances do not exceed 250 people. Organisers must follow the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), including observing social distancing and attendees wearing face masks. Senior...