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India daily hotel occupancy drops to 11%

As Covid-19 concerns and restrictions have intensified in India, the country’s daily hotel occupancy dropped to 11% during the period 23-29 March, according to preliminary data from hospitality research analysts STR. “India remained resilient in February – in comparison with other APAC markets that were more deeply affected – thanks largely to robust domestic demand coupled with the lo...

Copenhagen’s oxygen robot helping hospitals in the fight against Covid-19

Not our usual meetings news fare I grant you, but this tale of innovation success from Denmark provides a welcome uplift in these difficult times. And, let’s not forget, all good inventions inevitably spring from conferences and meetings. It is often in times of crisis that we see new and innovative ideas come to fruition. Copenhagen-based company, O2matic, has – in collaboration with one of...

Glasgow’s November COP26 postponed due to Covid-19

COP26, a major climate summit due to take place in Glasgow from 9 November 2020, has been postponed. The postponement was announced in a joint statement from the UK and the United Nations, following a virtual meeting of officials. The announcement comes after it was revealed that the Scottish Event Campus, where COP26 was to have taken place, will become a temporary hospital in order to take care ...

Venue closures extended in Melbourne and Brisbane, while QODE goes virtual

Management of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), which closed to the public last month in response to the current COVID-19 outbreak, has taken the decision to extend the closure until the end of June. MCEC said it took the decision “to provide our customers and employees with clearer timelines so we can all plan accordingly. As always, we will continue to monitor the situation and ...

MEA supports Re-Imagine Events hack-a-thon

Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) will be teaming up with its international partner the Sustainable Event Alliance (SEA) to promote the Re-Imagine Events hack-a-thon on 15 April. The SEA is inviting people within the event industry to unite for “supportive and therapeutic sessions” to discuss and imagine what the future for events could be. During the free, two-hour hack-a-thon, host...

UK NHS adds Harrogate Convention Centre to Covid-19 hospital list

Harrogate Convention Centre in Yorkshire, England, is the latest major UK convention centre to be transformed into a National Health Service hospital for treating Covid-19 patients. The HCC has been transformed into the NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and the Humber. Paula Lorimer, Director of Harrogate Convention Centre, said: “As Covid-19 has spread around the world, the impact has been devas...

Monaco CVB partners waive cancellation fees for organisers struggling with Covid-19 effects

Most of the hotels and the main convention centre in The Principality of Monaco have waived cancellation fees and postponement deposits for event organisers struggling with the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak. Meetings professionals and the Principality’s convention bureau and partners say they have been working hard to mobilise and to propose new dates for their clients, while guaranteeing...

UK government department partners on Business Events recovery survey

A UK survey in partnership with the government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and leading industry association, Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP), has been commissioned to understand post Covid-19 recovery planning for the UK events industry. The survey is designed to provide a snapshot of sentiment across the sector, with the results being shared with both DCMS...

Marriott International reports fresh data breach

Global hotel chain Marriott International has reported a second major data breach, within 18 months. The company is emailing those affected and said the new breach involved up to 5.2m guests. It said the breach was started in January at a franchise property, but halted in February. An investigation is ongoing. In November 2018 Starwood Hotels & Resorts (acquired by Marriott in 2016) data was i...

Virtual events for the events industry: 27 March-22 April

Following last week’s list of virtual events and webinars, Mash Media highlights some new events to look out for over the coming weeks. A listing is not an endorsement, and Mash Media accepts no responsibility for the content or any changes. Send your virtual event or webinar listing to Martin Fullard, editor, Conference News, on mfullard@mashmedia.net 27 March & 1 April 11am: EventMind EventM...

ICCA’s CEO says meetings can facilitate change during challenging time

ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath has said meetings can be a facilitator of change at a time of economic challenge in this message to the worldwide ICCA community: With Covid-19 continuing to affect ICCA members and associations globally in both professional and personal terms, there has never been a more important time for ongoing communication and support amongst our membership. As an industry we freque...

UK Business Secretary tells banks to ease access to coronavirus loan scheme

The UK Secretary of State for Business Alok Sharma (pictured) has called on the country’s banks to ease access to funding for good businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. His intervention came amidst reports from some businesses in the UK that their banks were making it increasingly difficult for businesses to access the recently created Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan scheme. Speaking fro...