Europe

Conference Compass points to new community VEP

Holland-based software developer Conference Compass has launched a new association and event platform targeted on its medical and scientific society client base. The company says its new product, which took five months to develop, is an inclusive, intuitive, and customisable #OneCommunity Virtual Event Platform (VEP). “When the pandemic hit the spring conference season and most of our customers ha...

On the Newcastle:Gateshead waterfront – big reveal

New images have been revealed showing the green and public open spaces which will be created on the Newcastle:Gateshead waterfront, in the North East of England, as part of Gateshead Council’s arena-led regeneration scheme, Newcastle Gateshead Quays. The 7,4000sqm scheme includes a 12,500-seat arena, a conference and exhibition centre, two hotels, bars, restaurants and car parking all linked by ov...

ECM and ICCA launch European partnership

The European Cities Marketing (ECM) consortium and the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) have launched a European partnership designed to provide better aligned benefits for their respective members. Specifically, the new phase of the partnership will start off with a programme of exploring exchange and reciprocity in three areas: educational content, advocacy and a mentor p...

Survey suggests UK venues are more flexible with cancellation, contracts more robust

Venues within the UK will be more flexible on cancellation terms but are adding more robust contract clauses to cover potentially similar issues, according a survey on venue attitudes to commercial terms following the Covid-19 crisis. The survey, conducted by the UK Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA), spoke to 35 member venues, including 18 venue groups and 17 independent venues, revealed tha...

70% of conferences in Italy cancelled due to Covid-19, research reveals

Research by the Graduate School of Economics and International Relations of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (ASERI) has revealed the extent to which the Italian conference and meetings industry has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Conference and events venues have seen 69.7% of conferences and events cancelled, while 16.9% have been postponed until 2021, and 13.4% to a date later in 20...

ExCeL London expands senior leadership team

ExCeL London has expanded its senior leadership team with the appointment of Anna Clover as head of event management and Simon Callow as head of technology. Clover has 27 years of industry experience, and previously worked as director of venue operations and customer experience at The Queen Elizabeth II Centre. She has also been a main board director for the Association of Event Venues (AEV). Call...

Paris good to go from September

Pablo Nakhlé Cerruti, CEO of Viparis, announced that, on 1 September 2020, Viparis would reopen its doors to tradefairs, exhibitions, congresses and other major events. The venue will be making up for lost time with 300 of its events having been affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Viparis is operator of nine major event venues in the Île-de-France region, including Paris-Expo Porte de Versailles and ...

UK #WeCreateExperiences campaign up and running with Action Group confirmed

UK #WeCreateExperiences campaign begins to take shape Work on a new awareness campaign for the UK events industry is moving at pace as the Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) confirmed the provisional member representation of the Action Group, 3 August. Selected representatives from across the UK events and experience industry will meet in the second week of August to discuss and finalis...

WTTC calls for comprehensive testing facilities at airports

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is calling upon governments to begin a “substantial programme of investment” to ensure that comprehensive testing can take place at airports to combat Covid-19. Gloria Guevara, WTTC president and CEO said: “It is imperative that all airports, catering for international travel, implement globally recognised testing standards for both inbound...

UK events industry seeks clarity as government puts brake on easing of restrictions

This story was updated at 17.07, 31 July 2020 UK prime minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that proposed changes to the easing of lockdown restrictions, due to come into force on 1 August, are to be postponed to 15 August “at the earliest”. However, despite initial confusion, business events for up to 30 people are allowed to take place. An update from the Tourism Alliance read: “The abilit...

Valencia Conference Centre prepares for second major in-person event

The Valencia Conference Centre successfully hosted its first major conference post-Covid-19, when it welcomed, 27 July, the Province of Valencia’s 15th Popular Party Congress. That conference was held under conditions of strict Covid-19 health and hygiene protocols and the centre is now preparing for a second in-person event in September. Although the centre has reduced capacity and only 300 deleg...

Virtual Events Institute launches global platform to educate and inspire

The Virtual Events Institute (VEI) has been launched as a global platform to bring those in the global event industry together to “educate, discuss, inspire and do business”. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, virtual events and experiences now play a crucial role within the event industry. The VEI aims to provide a platform to discuss virtual and hybrid events and deliver summits, market i...