Americas

Los Angeles reopens meetings for under 300 people

The city of Los Angeles in the USA has announced that groups of under 300 can now gather again for meetings. The city is reopening museums, indoor dining and outdoor live events, including spectator sport, with capacity control. This has now extended to meetings. Los Angeles has also announced an initiative to verify the health security of all its hotels, alongside digital health company Sharecare...

MPI welcomes Nevada re-opening as it prepares for WEC Vegas and 1,500 attendees in-person in June

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has said it anticipated the Nevada governor’s announcement (reported by CMW 15 April) for a full, 100% reopening of the state’s convention facilities from 1 June, and is ready to run its annual North American signature event in Las Vegas. The association stressed it would maintain strict safety disciplines at its World Education Congress (WEC) event. MPI i...

Digital twinning line up to feature in Forward Together 2021 Europe ‘Unconference’

Cloud-based event planner Allseated is hosting a virtual event, 22 April, for European events industry professionals, describing the set up as ‘an unconference event’. The Forward together 2021 Europe will be the 2nd edition of the Allseated initiative, already tested in the US market in January. The event is powered by Allseated exVo and the list of participating organisations slated for this vir...

GBTA postpones convention until November and seeks new president

As some large events return in the US and in Florida, it seems those conventions with traditional and significant international travelling delegate contingents are still struggling to stage their events in person. The Global Business Travel Association has announced the postponement of its annual convention from the original July date to 17-19 November. The association will remain, however, at  th...

Governor says Nevada can open at full capacity from 1 June

The Las Vegas events industry received a huge boost after Nevada governor Steve Sisolak said the state could reopen to 100% capacity by 1 June. Sisolak (pictured) was speaking in Carson City on 13 April and added that he wanted to see the social distancing mandate removed by 1 May, although the governor said he expected the requirement to wear a mask while in public will remain in place for some t...

SITE hosts live incentive travel summit in Colorado

SITE’s Incentive Summit Americas took place as a small in-person gathering last week, from 8-11 April. The event, which took place in Colorado’s Aspen Snowmass resort, focused on how incentive travel programmes can be successfully delivered in line with Covid-19 protocols. Health measures were developed specifically for the event by SITE in collaboration with event managers Unbridled. All particip...

Team ITG makes MAD acquisition in New York

Global technology-led marketing business, Team ITG, has acquired New York martech consulting firm MAD. The move expands the scale and range of the company’s marketing technology and services in North America. The acquisition also sees MAD’s founder, Ken Madsen, join Team ITG as chief marketing technologist. Prior to MAD, Madsen was co-founder of Graphic Systems Group (GSG) and over a 20-year perio...

Colorado Convention Center launches its own hybrid platform

Image Audiovisuals has created a new virtual event platform for the USA’s Colorado Convention Center. The platform recreates the look and feel of the Colorado Convention Center, allowing virtual attendees to interact and connect with the venue as though they were attending in-person. The platform features locations around the venue including the lobby, Bellco Theater, and the Blue Bear. It can be ...

Carnival time in May: Electric news from Vegas

Organisers of the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) in the United States have said they have the official go-ahead to run their 21-23 May scheduled dates in Las Vegas. It will be the first major music festival to take place in the United States since the pandemic shut down the industry, and will take place over three days at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. EDC had been previously postponed twice last ye...

Virtually Ottawa, a new vicarious pleasure for planners

Ottawa Tourism has launched Virtually Ottawa, an interactive experience which aims to inspire conference planners to consider Canada’s capital as a destination  for their next meeting. The new tool helps bridge the gap while in-person site visits are not a possibility. Viewers are virtually welcomed to the Shaw Centre, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2021. A tour then begins in the Tr...

Optimism among American travellers back to pre-pandemic levels, according to MMGY Travel survey

A new study from MMGY Travel Intelligence, MMGY Global’s research and insights division, shows optimism among American travellers ahead of the summer season is back to pre-pandemic levels. MMGY Travel Intelligence has released findings from its 2021 Spring Edition of its Portrait of American Travelers® survey, now in its 31st edition. The results illustrate the pandemic’s impact on the current eco...

Orange County Convention Center lines up $123m of summer business

The Orange County Convention Center in the USA says it is expecting to bring in an estimated $123m of economic impact from eight major sporting events this summer. The events, which include the Sunshine Volleyball Classic, All Star Challenge Cheer & Dance and AAU Volleyball Classic, are also expected to bring in 95,000 guests combined. Other events on the schedule include the Orlando Boat Show...